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778 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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Just tried to change my Sky password, the change password dialogue is doing sweet FA. Fantastic.

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Security 101 fail: 3G/4G modems expose control panels to hackers

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Re: Plus ca change...

I'm pretty sure your ISP is locked in at the network level nowadays, you need a MAC code before your current provider will let go of your connection.

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Re: Rats in a sack

"That's the only reason I would watch the Parliament channel."

You're missing out. Prime Minister's Questions is like a free visit to the Panto and amateur comedy night in one. Watching the rehearsed cheers and jeers and scripted put-downs is quite amusing until you remember they run the country and the depression hits you.

I need a drink.

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Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices

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Re: Of course costs multiply

Are you trying to say Gary Lineker's appearance fees are index linked to the price of spuds?

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: "heroic codebreakers of Bletchley Park"

Given they were seen as draft-dodgers and spat on in the street, not allowed to tell anyone they were a vital part of the war effort, although their lives weren't on the line I would say heroic is a borderline acceptable descriptor.

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Re: The Internet's full of numbers

Releasing the album through the Daily Mirror was just bending the rules so he could make a comeback at the #1 spot, PR and spin rather than huffinesss. (As I understood it)

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

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Re: new products

With the exception of Dick Tracy, who is still looking forward to strapping a shit phone to their wrist? That's the only new-ish product I can think of that could be in Apple's pipeline; unless they somehow have yet another market-changing product up their sleeve, Cook is just paying lipservice to the nutjobs who believe in unlimited growth.

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US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

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Re: Clarification

I did recall AT&T had a dreadful reputation across the pond. If they slurped my provider the alarm klaxons would be going at full pelt and I'd be looking at alternatives.

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A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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Re: Ok, you've lost me

The unspoken implication is that you are walking into a war on two fronts if you attempt to sue either of them. I could see Google finding something to sue Apple over & Samsung dragging Microsoft to Court if those two don't start playing nice. They could well attract additional partners with the strength of their alliance, If another big name company with a war chest of dollars and patents were to join them I'd be very surprised if the lawsuits didn't start waning.

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Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

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I thought Google had switched teams on the Net Neutrality issue? I'm sure El Reg had an article about it.

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Re: Not the best choice

Amazon says the MOJO is £220? I could get a PS3 and at least 4-5 (older) AAA titles for that.

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Unless they have backed down and I haven't seen it, you forgot to mention the biggest sticking point of the OUYA - when you try to connect to the store it demands your credit card data. This is before even browsing the store and you cannot get round the enter card data option. At the time some launch backers were getting the console there had been a few hacking scandals, and now this untested new company who we had already paid money to wanted our financial data before we made a purchase?

By good luck I had a card that was expiring that very day, otherwise I would have returned it and demanded a refund, but it soured me on the OUYA and now it sits gathering dust. If it's finally got proper XBMC and USB I may give it another go, but they've got a lot of goodwill to reclaim before I'll give them any more money.

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

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Fueled by sugar, but fuel is not flammable...

...Are you sure? My hazy memories of chemistry class are assuring me sugars burn like the clappers. Is Maltodextrin an exception?

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Twitter WLTM UK-based pro lobbyist with GSOH - is ready for ads

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I just don't get the point of Twitter. I gave it a go and still check it now and then, but I can't see how you can say anything interesting in 140 cha

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Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools

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Re: Conspiracy Time

Last time I accidentally clicked on the Facebook app in the Play store it wanted permission to call phone numbers. Unfortunately I can't uninstall it without rooting.

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Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

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Re: The beginning of the end

OR... US government selling bitcoins gives implicit signal that they are legal to own, and anyone buying bitcoins from the government would have good standing to sue if they were restricted or outlawed in future. Price spikes. The end of the beginning.

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

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"Ninty could still end up smelling of roses by treating the U as a stop gap and releasing something rather more potent in 2 or 3 years."

I could be wrong on the details, but I believe abandoning a console because it didn't sell well and bringing a new one out quickly was one of the big nails in the coffin of SEGA. Gamers felt betrayed and changed brands, if Nintendo tried something similar I don't know how the casual market would react.

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

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I dropped Orange after the second time they massively overcharged for data, I think that was probably shortly after they had melded with EE as well.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?

"When nice white people both have nukes it's detente and has brought safety to europe for 50years"

If you discount the occasional communication breakdown or scanner mishap that nearly had our charred remains glowing in the dark...

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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

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Lucy Koh again?

Bloody Hell, can California only afford one Judge?

(Yes yes, I'm sure she is the Technology cases specialist Judge or something like that. I just thought there'd be controls against one Judge overseeing multiple cases against the same companies.)

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Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

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Re: Running out of time?

Being first to market is a very important edge, but there's a hell of a lot else to consider. They have to make sure the rift is comfortable and adaptable to a wide range of head sizes and glass wearers, is affordable to a sufficient number of people, and makes the absolute bare minimum of people want to puke.

They don't want to bomb like 3DTV, and considering the technical challenges involved anyone else jumping into the market will have a lot to learn very quickly if they want to overtake.

Not that I don't feel your pain though, I wish I had an Oculus to play with right now...

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EU pulls out antitrust probe, prods Euro pay-TV contracts

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Wouldn't be that much hassle, just adapt the TV licence to come with an iPlayer login and allow that to work abroad (which some people have been - rightly - screaming for for years.) Given the Beeb have a budget of around £3Bn I think they could manage it; One less character on Eastenders would probably pay for it.

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Ooh, this'll be one to watch. Could be good for the footy fans if you could get a web subscription to a sports service abroad without all the obstructions now BT and Sky have split the matches.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

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It's a bit redundant now but with all the technology in cars now it's no great stretch of the imagination to picture an 'always on' automobile'. Imagine if the new Audi Doody* came with a built in mobile that activated the immobiliser and set off the alarm every time it lost connection to the company servers. Would you factor that in to your review?

*Credit to Lee Mack

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Apple-hungry thieves defy sinking New York City crime stats

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Re: Basically the fault of the mobile providers

I thought the assertion that apple was being 'targeted' was a bit sketchy as well. Obviously iPhones do have better resale value, but looking at "the targeting of Apple rose from just 25 cases in 2002 to more than 8,000 last year" they are comparing now to a decade ago. How many iDevices were readily available to snatch on the streets in 2002? Didn't iTunes launch in 2003?

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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Re: @Connor

Depends on how incorrect the procedure was. A single missing signature could break the chain of evidence that asserts breathalyser results X were taken from subject Y. The date on a blood sample says 2013 when accused was arrested in 2014? Can you be certain that's a paperwork boo-boo? Certain enough to potentially send someone to prison?

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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One thing has always bugged me about the complaint that Google arbitrarily puts their choices at the top of search results: the alternative would be for Google [Other Product] to bid for ad-space from Google [Search] like the other customers. Given G would effectively be paying themselves they could afford to outbid anyone and get a spot next to the top search results anyway, only this would drive bidding up and everyone would (rightly) scream price fixing.

Unless the lawmakers are planning to ban Google from promoting their own products I think the current situation is probably the best compromise.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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99p version

That's probably the main reason for the surge. It's a book of definite historic significance, so a bunch of curious people have said 'it's only 99p, why the hell not?'* and it's had enough interest to be featured as 'people recently purchased' and it's snowballed a bit. I would imagine the Reich worshipping nutjobs already have their leather bound hard copy to biff off over.

*The (potential) stigma of owning Mein Kampf can also be downplayed when you can say it was a cheap impulse buy.

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

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How long are they expecting her to be able to fly for once tests are finished? The old Predator has an endurance of 24hrs, makes 9.4 from a new system sound pretty feeble. I presume the improved ceiling height would make sea patrols more productive as they can have eyes on a larger area at once.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Did the monitor get the option of refusing the job when the court appointed him? Maybe he doesn't want it and is actively trying to get himself punted. As much as sticking it to Apple could be amusing to the right person, compliance checking sounds like boring work that could drag on for years while your skillset and reputation erode.

On the subject of $1100/hr, I wonder how much that is in comparison to Apple's legal counsel? It would be good if he mentioned what the regular lawyers at Apple get paid in a court rebuttal.

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Ghosts of Ballmer and Gates haunt Microsoft CEO job hunters

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The main thing is, MS still needs a massive and probably painful overhaul if they want to be anything other than a (gigantic but still) declining cash cow business. Any CEO going in with the intent of making that happen knows that the Old Guard WILL be a problem when he/she starts making drastic changes to their 'baby'.

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HTC Beats off loss, but shares slip after disappointing quarter

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Re: Confusing

My last two phones have been HTC, and while the hardware is pretty decent I've found the Sense UI pretty slow at times, and just 'meh' the rest of the time. I actually saw a fair speed improvement from installing a new launcher from t' store.

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How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

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Re: Change the incentives of the patent office

That relies on the patent actually being tested in court, which doesn't address the issue with the legalised extortion scamsters who will just drop their suit instead of going to court.

I think the patent office shouldn't be biased, but should act a little like a biased entity and actively trying to invalidate applications by searching for prior art. That way they could clear their backlog by punting patents on existing things, and the patents that did get through would have already stood up to rigorous testing. "Slide to Lock" wouldn't have had a chance.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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The inquest gave a verdict of suicide. There's a little bit of factual history for you. Perhaps it was wrong, as some now claim, but that hardly makes it "gay propanganda."

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Exactly why I dislike the pardon. The forgiveness inherent in a pardon implies he did something that he should be forgiven for, when it is (was) us who should be begging forgiveness for hounding a man to self-destruction when he should have been Britain's guiding light in the new computing age.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Re: the end of common sense....

"The problem is the spying was a bit of a shock, but not a real surprise. The attempt to weaken the security of all devices, is much scarier. The fact that *we* are paying for this abuse, is probably the worst of all worlds"

Agree with that wholeheartedly. I think most of us suspected that the spy agencies overstepped their written remits and broke the law, but we assumed this would be the occasional risk taken to catch someone almost certainly involved in espionage or terrorism. To wake up to the fact that they are doing it all the time to pretty much everyone, and the various governments and courts haven't just accepted this but legalised it, is chilling.

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Self-destructing selfies? Not so fast! Snapchat now offers one-time Replay

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Re: Wow! Very Fail! Such undesirable!

Or having a screengrab app up and running in the background ready for the second viewing.

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The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

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Re: Metaphor

Continue it's search for a safe Harbour. Not had your coffee yet?

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

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You can't know they're less likely to go after the extreme stuff if it's harder to get. It could just as well become a badge of honour to have access to the proper filth. Given humanity's usual trait of wanting what we're told we can't have all the more, the extreme porn could easily become MORE popular after the crackdown.

"An analogous concept would be the idea allowing children to drink wine with meals and supervision from 12 years, allow them to buy beer at 16, but not allow them to buy spirits until they are 18."

I would say a better analogy with the filter enforcement would be making it mandatory to produce ID to buy alcohol regardless of age. It's overkill and it's demeaning to responsible adults and (totally coincidentally I'm sure) has the potential for mission creep leading to more government control of our lives.

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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

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So THIS is what Google were up to in the Maps/WiFi slurp.

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Speeding cops, fearsome drops and Death Star shops

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The Need for Speed games are usually too busy tongueing their own arseholes to actually let you play the game: Insert the game, Load her up, watch an unskippable cutscene, Please log into your Origin account, now polling the Need For Speed servers, updating your stats with Autolog, would you like to connect your Facebook account? Here's another unskippable cutscene. And now we will load some game content. You'd think we'd have done that in the background of the poxy cutscene but no. Now here's another cutscene, it looks like it's skippable but pressing the 'skip' button just mutes the voices until it finishes running, but after that you'll be in your virtual car! Just complete this unskippable tutorial first and then we will let you roam freely in (a small segment of) the game world. We will also unleash the aural assault of DJ Atomica on you. No you can't switch him off.

You can occasionally glimpse a good game in there but BY GOD do they bury it under a ton of shite.

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Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure

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Re: obvious question

Less risky for the attacker to do it in their own room, or whoever had physical access to the room didn't have the technical nous. Also if you're taking the risk of hacking someone's laptop for info, you probably want to make sure it's transmitting the ill gotten gains before leaving, which likely means you need your own 'puter nearby.

The only ballsup was not returning it before it was spotted missing.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: Quite agree

I would have gone with "Bad kid poured cold pulled cod." That way it kind of makes sense, and the single 'b' could be expected to trip folk up on multiple repetitions. But I'm not a Wordologist at MIT so what do I know.

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Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

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In Retail terms that's an incredibly strong password. In my student days with a job at the local [Office Supplies Chain - name Redacted] the manager's password was 1. The deputy manager's was 2.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...

I have wildly optimistic visions of someone strapping heli blades and an automatic lid to a dustbin and swallowing the Amazon drone in flight, like a low budget re-enactment of You Only Live Twice.

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FAT PIPE for ALL: Britain’s new tech firms take it from the telcos

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Re: I'm not mono-browed....

"We live in a large village 5 miles from Harrogate and 7 miles from Leeds and when BT was questioned as to their progress in bringing a minimum of 2MB to us they replied that it was cheaper to take the Government penalties."

Josco, you could probably write to your MP and mention this if you could prove that's BT's position. They might be able to embarrass them into doing their job, or up the penalties so doing nothing is no longer the cheaper option.

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Be fair, we now have using punctuation within your name as a method of announcing to the world you are a twat before they meet you.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Clever Nanny!

"Given how many Aged Parents don't understand technology and leave passwords and crap to the kids, I really do wonder how it will work."

Indeed. I seem to remember mum and dad leaving it to me to sort back when we had dialup, although I think I was probably a little older than a kid, more a "horrible mannered acne ridden little shit" at the time.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

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Just Google where to get it. You could win an all expenses paid trip to one of the NSA's splendid facilities in Sunny South America!

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BOFH: It's DANGEROUS to go alone. Take THIS

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I was expecting this one to be a ruse to get the boss up on the roof looking at the aircon so a "terrible accident" could happen. Good fakeout.

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