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853 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

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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Schmidt: 'Android mobes are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!'

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Interestingly, I think you could make the argument that those accusing Microsoft of being sexist are the sexist ones when they assume a gender was implied with the knitting comment.

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US army bites the bullet in $50m software piracy pay-out

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Re: good for them!

They've hidden them. "enter your comment" and "add an icon" are effectively tabs within the comment page.

I don't think suing the US military would be that hard, especially considering $50M would be chump change to their budget. You'd just have to keep an eye on the PR angle, release a statement along the lines of

"we are honored* to be supporting our troops with our work; unfortunately the military financial offices have not compensated us for our software and with costs mounting we took the difficult decision to initiate legal action."

*Spelling deliberately mangled in honour of our friends across the pond

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New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet

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Re: No Combustion Involved

To heap pedantry upon pedantry, Combustion <> Combustible. I'm sure a dead whale bloated with gas is plenty combustible.

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

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"Ah, yes, I assume it'll be making me *rent* the same game that I've already purchased..."

I think we did this to ourselves when we showed how hungrily we would eat up PS1 classics on the store and repurchase the HD remasters of the PS2 greats.

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

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The most frustrating thing is how they can always be relied on to come up with the most cack-handed solution to anything. Shit-talk can be funny, for example when two players are clearly having fun having a wordplay showdown and amusing the lobby, and on the flip side hearing other players can be extremely frustrating without swearing or even talking being involved, for example when some moron has their mic constantly on and the gain turned high enough that I'm treated to an extra helping of the game music as well as the background sound of slamming doors and the yammering of their neglected family.

The catch all solution is to make in game muting of players quicker and easier; add options that allow me to quickly mute "all players talking right now", "Entire lobby" or even a setting that by default mutes everyone in every lobby unless I specifically unmute them. There are plenty of games where I could happily never speak to another player.

But no, the Microsoft way is to come down hard on anyone who says fuck.

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Boffins: Bonkless Brits fondling slabs, not each other

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2001 was not twenty years ago unless I got some bloody amazing sleep last night. Were we in recession in the period that most recent numbers are being compared to? I seem to remember sex increases when money is tight as it is cheap entertainment (Depending on your date of course.)

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HEADS UP, text-flinging drivers! A cop in a huge SUV is snooping on you

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"If you're doing anything else you are by definition distracted."

True. We are fortunate however to live in a society where the police need evidence to charge you with an offence, and until using a mobile while driving was explicitly in the books as a no no, people got away with it unless they were caught having a whoopsie with another car or the kerb etc.

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"book people for driving while distracted, a statute which we have had for a *long* time."

The problem with that is that the officers can't book anyone for driving distracted until they have evidence, i.e. the offender has a near miss or an accident, which doesn't really gel with the police goal of prevention. If we trust the judgement of cops then we have to trust that they campaigned for years to get using phones while driving banned for good reasons.

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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Re: Slightly off topic...

Awesome. Ironically we're just getting to the stage where the shops opposite would have been glad of the free heat.

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Slightly off topic...

But while we're discussing architectural disasters, did anyone follow up ont what became of the building in London that was melting paint and setting fire to shops opposite and / or the designers thereof?

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BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

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I'm just confused as to why Simon let PFY get out instead of sabotaging his escape plan and getting him put on the experimental Invasive Electrotherapy program as per established standard procedure. Must be bored at work or something.

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Flippin' heck! Magnetic poles of Sun are gyrating: What Earth needs to know

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Re: Satellites not likely affected

"Oh no!! Magnetic compasses will no longer work!"

Surely the needle will just point South (or South-ish) after the flip?

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Re: Satellites not likely affected

100,000-200,000 is the cycle time, not how long we have left. I believe current thinking is we are overdue for a polarity shift, hence the concern over the effect on tech.

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS, it’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

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Loving it for all it's flaws

The level of freedom is fantastic, I've had it for a while now and the only reason I touch the main story is if I need to to get an upgrade. The assassin management of prior games (where you send them around the world on stabby missions) is replaced by fleet management missions (Battling to open trade routes and ship goods up and down and across the continent(s).)

My biggest gripe with this is that you can't play this aspect of the SINGLE PLAYER game without logging into Ubisoft's servers, and if I'd known that before purchase I might not have bought it on principle.

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

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Re: "One of the sites spreading the exploit"

It could constitute slander if they were mistaken in blaming a site, and it might play into attackers hands by tipping them off that the game is up on site X and that it is time to ready some new sites for malware flinging.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Microsoft Mascots bad...

Did they not learn from clippy?

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: Hangouts for SMS

Google will be glad you find some of their offerings sub-par; they can't wait for you to hand them their slice of the price on a replacement sms app, or even better install an ad-supported one. Probably the same for the issues with the desktop.

This is obviously bored speculation and paranoia, but can anyone deny that now android has market share it would make business sense to nudge users towards the profitable add-ons?

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Japanese boffins unveil INVINCIBLE robot rock, paper, scissors 'bot

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Re: I wonder if you can fake it out

Rock your right hand up and down as is custom during the 1-2-3, then drop it and throw your move with your left.

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UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

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Might be a market for a secure phone where you can plug/unplug the microphone and or camera at will.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Re: Imagine getting across the Pacific at Mach 6?

You could reconstruct that sensation by letting a lorry drive over you.

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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

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This makes me sad

I always enjoy BOFH, but - into November and we're only on episode 9?

They're becoming a rarer and rarer treat.

Someone (Not me obviously) slip Simon a backhander and commission some more.

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Garages are notorious for being unwanted and will be completely obsolete as soon as the motorcar is phased out which can't be far away now. first on a new buyer's "knock down and replace" list.

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HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

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My thoughts

Flawed but good. The bugs I saw were the framerate issue on PS3 (dropped down to about 5FPS once and needed as reset) and a bug where I lost most of the functions associated with the triangle button (Couldn't interrogate informants or do silent takedowns. One gripe is that the 'playable Deathstroke character' is just a reskinned Nightwing with the same moves as the last game. It is more of the same Arkham style gameplay with just a little cautious innovation thrown in, so whether or not that's what you hanker after should dictate if you buy this full price or wait a while.

My biggest gripe with the game is BIG SPOILER WARNING

The main bad guy is the bloody Joker. AGAIN. I get that he is important to the franchise, but would it have killed them to show Batman facing the schemes of another villain as the main threat for once?

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Re: @ auburnman: It Could Be Worse Than That

"Russia is very wary, if not actually scared, of China."

So you're saying if China asked for him, he'd be stuffed in a bag and shipped over priority delivery?

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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My biggest problem with my phone as alarm clock is I'm never awake enough to realise if my fumblings equated to 'Snooze' or 'Off'. I got into work VERY late a few weeks back 'cos of it. I'd quite like an alarm app that audibly tells you 'Snooze Selected' or 'Alarm Deactivated.' (And in an ideal world, it would activate the microphone and listen for a few seconds after that so you could change it from one to the other by shouting at it.) I realise I could search the store, but the problem is everyone and their dog appears to have done an alarm app and I can't be arsed trawling through thousands of them to find the best one.

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