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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: What are your predictions?

I'd say it'd be a 51% Yes to be honest. Either way, I'd love it to be a Yes.

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China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

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Re: Pots and Kettles

Don't you know? The NSA only hack peoples computers/Merkels phone for security reasons. So basically they're breaking in to your stuff to protect you from other people breaking in to your stuff.

See, makes sense! I for one welcome our new American WarOverlords.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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No, it just means you're a Pay As You Go customer.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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All Mr.Putin is thinking is:

They'll be back.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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You know why it was given away for free?

Because it's shite. They should've retired after "All That You Can't Leave Behind".

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Can anyone smell recession yet?

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

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Re: This is a positive thing.

Thing is I always used to champion Carphone Warehouse over Phones 4 U. I used to go in to P4U and just be looking at the handsets, curious if anything. But you'd ALWAYS have some slime ball shit bag come up to you and try and entice you in to sitting down looking for a contract. I remember the once about 6/7 years ago I went in looking for a £20 phone contract, they would only offer me £35 contract on a completely different phone and then tried to give me £75 to go ahead with the deal.

However, while you must applaud CPW for their customer service selling phones, their technical/repair team are total idiots. I put my phone in nearly 3 months ago to be fixed, and I've been back twice to find out the fault wasn't fixed even though they said it was. Just a complete joke of a service really.

The lack of competition is worrying really, especially so as what EE (and Vodafone) have effectively cut off supply to P4U to help their own shops. CPW will be next, but will be protected by Dixons really and eventually swallowed up by them completely.

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Movirt-who? BlackBerry gobbles maker of multi-line smartphone tech

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Re: Too little too late?

@DougS You keep thinking about companies based on consumer markets, where BlackBerry is in 4th place. But they are better in the business world and I'm fairly sure they're not 4th place there. And it's all well and good saying they will drop out of handsets, I don't believe they will. I believe they will become a niche handset maker because they make phones with keyboard that do email extremely well. The only phone/OS that can even get close to the email experience of a BlackBerry is, surprisingly, Windows.

And as @Big_Ted has pointed out, BES10 is probably the most secure system you can get for mobiles systems. With the assets they have, the company aquiring them will want to have more money than the £3.1billion BlackBerry has.

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Re: Too little too late?

I'm sure there are a lot of companies out there who would pick BlackBerry over Apple on the security front. BlackBerry is proven secure, Apple has proven the complete opposite, and an earlier article also proved (again) Android's free-for-all security permissions are security concerns as well.

These purchases are strengthening BlackBerry. Read the article, they made $966 million revenue last year, on top of the $3.1 billion they have to spend. John Chen is doing a fantastic job at the helm of BlackBerry also. They won't topple Android or iPhone in terms of being the phone of the regular consumer, but they still have an important role in Business.

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Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion

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I've built a website called Scriptio, it allows users to send short bits of scripts to the audience on the internet, all within 144 characters.

I have no users yet, but this thing will be huge. All I'm asking for is $1.5 billion to get me going.

Apply within.

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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The only bad guy I ever liked. As a kid watching him, I wanted to be him. Not because of the teeth but he was just so imposing as a person and, to me, probably a lot tougher than James Bond. He'll be missed.

Also, loved him in Cannonball Run 2.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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One fishes terrorist

Is another fishes freedom fryer.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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RIP iPod Classic, we hardly knew ye

Well, I need to get a spare 1 or 2 iPod classics then. My current 120GB still works (Thank God!) but the screen is starting to develop dead pixels, the lock button is on it's way out along with the headphone jack.

I bought it as a music device, back when it was possible to get a Zune or a Creative MP3 player that had expandable memory. But the iPod Classic WORKED BETTER than these. My Classic works better now than my phone playing music, because it's easier and quicker to navigate through the lsit of Artists.

There is not another product like it. It will be the only Apple product I miss. RIP matey, and thanks for all the Fish (from Marillion).

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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I would guesstimate that there are several million handsets in consumer products already that have the ability to make "pay-by-bonk" payments. The only difference between those phones and the iPhone 6 is marketing. Again. Now all the little sheeple will think "fantastic! I can now use my phone as a wallet!".

Newsflash: My BlackBerry Z10 had this feature from day one, but I don't use it. I don't feel it's safe to have a credit card attached to an object that would be more appealing to thieves. I don't even use my "pay-by-bonk" credit card for the fear that there is no security with it if it's stolen. By the time I realise it's gone there could be £20/£40 gone out of it. Not exactly a lot I know but the day before payday that is a lot of money.

And as for the iWatch (f**k you Apple I'll call it what I like - sue me), how can people be excited by it? I'm genuinely confused. To me it's not masculine, so I wouldn't wear it. I like a watch that looks like a proper watch that could take a smash with a hammer and keep on ticking. That thing, doesn't look like it could withstand a splash of rain water. I'm sure it can, but it doesn't look like it can. And, for the women,I won't try to guess what they think, but I know my girlfriend saw the watch and thought it was horrid.

So, fair play to Apple's marketing department for this wonderful tour de force of product wonder. How much do they charge by the hour?

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: Dead Packets' Society!

We must get Patch Adams immediately!

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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

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What exactly is the point?

This advert has been out for months now, and how many customers do you think had signed up to Vodafone based on the idea that they are a network so reliable that the emergency services use them? I don't know the number, but it's a number of customers who weren't with O2 before the ruling, and won't be with O2 after the ruling.

In other news, escaped horse see's owners close stable door after leaving.

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

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Nothing shameless about that plug. Have a +1 on me.

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"Suicide is the permanent solution to a temporary problem"

The film escapes me at the moment, but this is the very line he said. It's sad to think that he felt that it was the only solution to what was troubling him. It's sadder still to remember that he would go around to see Christopher Reeve when he was paralysied to cheer him up, to bring some laughter to his friend when he never felt like laughing. It's so sad to think that he felt no one was there for him when he needed help.

The first film I saw him in was Mrs.Doubtfire, I was no older than 7 at the time and the family would watch it religiously nearly every Friday/Saturday night. He was incredible in that film. But then again, was he ever really bad in any of the films he was in? I remember "One Hour Photo" being panned, along with "Bicentennial Man". But Mr.Williams was fantastic in both.

As stupid as this sounds, I want to say more about a man I never met or knew but only saw through films, and I've tears in my eyes thinking about how I felt in all the films he was in as I saw them as a child.

RIP.

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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"Cortana, can you Google how to make a cake?"

"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Short term memory loss

That's exactly it! He spent all his time before the holiday saying it wouldn't happen. The sunshine and sangria must have gone to his head then, because he came back and had the totally different stance.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers this.

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Short term memory loss

Remember back when Labour "ran" the country, and Lord Mandelson was on a lovely holiday with his friends in the music industry. Shortly after this holiday, he came back and the Government came up with the digital rights act (the proper name escapes me) - basically the bill that allows the Police to do these types of things.

At the end of the day, to quote Chomsky "Government is there to protect property from the majority". The Police aren't there to protect the tax payer, the normal joe. They are there to protect the interests of the Government's friends.

I would also suspect that soon we will get to a point where anyone who uses Tor or a VPN to access the Internet will be arrested "under suspicion" of accessing websites we shouldn't be accessing. That day will come, and it'll come soon unfortunately.

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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

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Re: All the dodgies together

That's a shame really as Carphone Warehouse are actually really good. I've only bought phones from them, as the sales tactics of Phones 4U really piss me off.

"How much are you looking to spend on a contract?"

"About £25 a month. Nothing more."

"OK Let me check."

*** Sales rep goes off to find a ring binder, comes back ***

"For £35 a month you can get this.."

"I said no more than £25"

"But look at the phone you're getting for £35!"

"But I said no more than £25, so either give me something for £25 a month or give me that £35 a month phone for £25."

*** Sales rep goes off to find the manager ***

"Tell you what, I'll give you £75 right now if you take the £35 a month option."

"It's a 24 month contract, so I'd still be paying about £32 a month."

"Yes you would."

"But I said no more than £25 a month for a contract phone."

"Yes but this is such a good offer"

*** I promptly walk out after 30 minutes of "haggling" ***

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*** Walks in to Carphone Warehouse ***

"I want a £25 a month contract phone."

"Any preference to network?"

"No"

"Any preference to phone?"

"Not an iPhone"

"OK."

*** Sales rep uses computer, finds a phone ***

"Here's one, would you like to go for that?"

"Yeah OK"

*** Sales rep gets phone, I sign up, everyone's happy ***

Moral of the story: Never buy a phone from Phones 4U.

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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

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Re: re: redundant within 3 months

" a usable mail editor (I have to use K9 mail)"

Can you expand on this? I've a Z10 and the email client is fantastic, especially email editing. This is further compounded by my Z10 needing a repair and I'm using a Huawei Android handset at the moment. It is very much like driving a Kia Picanto when you've spent the last 12 months driving a Mercedes S-Class.

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Shuffling Zombie Juror – aka Linux kernel 3.16 – wants to eat … ARMs?

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I'm happy with Linux 3.11 for Workgroups, thank you very much

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: Offensive to Brummies

The Cockenese daaan laaandan are only jealous of us Brummies because we're trusted to build Jaguars, where as the Cockenese would only go joy riding in them pretending to be gangsters.

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BlackBerry: We'll buy Angela Merkel's phone security company. HA!

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They're resorting to typewriters and walks in the park now. Both of which are available in Germany.

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50,000 sites backdoored through shoddy WordPress plugin

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Re: Old news - WordPress is a disaster

I don't know why you decided to be Anonymous, all you did was tell the truth.

WordPress is a horrid, bloated mess of a system. It's slow, and for it to do ANYTHING worthwhile you need to use about 10 plugins. It's the darling of Web Agencies across the world more for the fact you can get it out the door quickly rather than have a system that's built to spec for the client, that's secure and efficient.

The one to watch is October CMS, for me this is the WordPress killer I've been dreaming about. It's quick and secure, as it's built on the Laravel framework which in turn uses several Symfony components.

I look forward to WordPress' overdue demise.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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36% for TalkTalk?

Goes to show the type of customers they have.

Don't want their children to see some boobs on the internet, but don't mind them joining in on collective bullying/public shaming by watching X-Factor.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Rumour Has it

Imagine if he was driving along a bridge when he was startled by it, driving the car off the bridge. He'd be Rolling In The Deep....

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Maybe...

The hand isn't Luke's at all. Maybe it's from another dimension that will be opened up when the new WMD is fired, causing a split in space time and thus opening up the star wars universe to that of mickey mouse. Mickey Mouse gets pissed off with whoever the new Darth Vader is and gets Goofy and Daffy Duck to become fake storm troopers who then take on Darth Vader, stealing HIS light saber as Anakin Skywalker in Episode III (alternate dimension remember!), placing it back in in another planet where it is then found by some turncoat stormtrooper who then goes to find Luke.

I await the downvotes, but I'm telling you this is a far better story line than what Disney would come up with.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: At least...

Have to agree, especially the woman. I'd "tap-as"...

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: how long before...

You don't know how lucky you are boy, back in the SS, back in the SS, back in the SSSR.

If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there. Anything for a life without the Tories ruling over me.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

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Re: Ironically....

"Sky are probably not much better, but they are better than BT, TalkTalk - now that's another story!"

Until there's a problem, then you're pulled and pushed between them like two warring parents. I was with Sky, left them for BE Broadband, and then had to leave BE when Sky bought them. Utter charlatans, the lot of them.

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Re: Ironically....

Further more, notice the irony of a Rupert Murdoch organisation complaining about someone else telling lies about them?

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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I'm looking forward to this handset. I've had a Z10 since they came out and I love it, but while the keyboard is the best I've used, I am longing for a physical keyboard. Also, it looks a fairly large device, which will be good for my shovel hands and baseball bat sized thumbs!

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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My boss came to me not so long ago saying she had been downstairs.

Boss: "I've been with X and they showed me this website on their internet"

Me: "Their Internet?"

Boss: "Yes, their Internet. It's much quicker than my Internet up here."

The office has one internet connection that we all use. And for the record, it was a basic website, no CSS at all. So you can imagine how much quicker that would be compared to, lets say, the BBC website.

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

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There are two types of people involved with this

Those that care about what's happened, and Facebook. Who don't care.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Re: Your name, too, will go on the list..

I've good mind, after writing to my MP, MEP, and Dennis Skinner, to go and download Tor. Ha! They can get fucked if they think they can see what I'm up to!!!

Oh....... shit.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Needs more cowbell.

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PayPal says sorry: Fat fingers froze fundraiser for anti-spy ProtonMail

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Re: Oh dear

Russia definately think so (in regards to VISA and MasterCard), they're setting up their own services a la China and Japan.

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Re: GCSE Computing still a joke????

"However blaming the teachers is a bit unfair*, successive governments have made the school curriculum ever more proscriptive, leaving little room for teachers to teach what they think is interesting. Of course that doesn't stop those same governments from blaming teachers for "failing to inspire" while trying to teach such an insipid syllabus."

You're right about the government, but teachers are still a problem. For a year I was a tutor at a college teaching IT. I was a newbie, wasn't qualified in teaching but I had real world experience in computing and qualifications to back it up. For the most part I was told what to teach as "it was part of the syllabus", so I didn't question it.

Part of the course for the kids (16 to 19 year olds - little bastards) was a "web design" unit. This, i thought, was brilliant. This was my bread and butter, something I excelled in and had/still do make a living from it. My mentor gave me all the relevant papers etc to give to the students, which I did - and I did it without reading which I accept was my own fault, a schoolboy error if you will. For the 2 hour lesson, I spent 30 minutes explaining the basics of HTML, CSS and very basic layout ideas. I then said carry out the tasks in the paper as it goes to their coursework.

About 20 minutes in to it, a student raises their hand and asks me how do they insert a table in Dreamweaver. I was a bit confused as to why he asked, but I told him how to do it. He seemed happy enough with the answer. Then another 10 minutes elapsed and another student asked how to turn the borders off of the table. I asked them why they were so bothered about tables and they pointed to the document, and I quote as near verbatim as I can: "All websites today are built using tables to give them structure..."

Hang the f**k on here, that's wrong. This wasn't done in industry, and I was farily certain that there was a usability issue there as well. So I leave the room and speak to the mentor and I said the paper is wrong. She looked at it and said "No it's not". In the nicest way possible I told her it was, no one has used a table for anything more than displaying data since about 2001, it's not industry practice and if these kids went to get a job in it (which I know 2 of them tried to do after the course) they'd be laughed at. She tried to shut me down with the old "It's in the syllabus", but I pointed out that no where did it tell them to use tables. It then transpired that she hadn't a clue how to do web design and that the document she gave me she had wrote about 10 years ago and hadn't changed it.

At this point I walked back in to the class, let them finish their work, and went straight to my line manager with a letter of resignation. There was more to it than this one instance, a lot of the tutors at this particular college all followed that train of thought, which in fairness to them comes from non-techie teachers saying it's a good technique to recycle past resources. You can do that in maths and english but you can't with IT.

These people though are endemic in education and need to be rooted out.

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GCSE Computing still a joke????

I will have left school 10 years this summer, and the biggest regret I have (apart from not asking a particular girl out) in regards to my GCSE's was that I took ICT as a GCSE/GNVQ. I learnt absolutely NOTHING during that course, except how to make a PowerPoint presentation. I also recall during my GCSE's that OCR were trying to hit several barn doors with many banjo's and screwed up not only our GCSE year, but the subsequent years afterwards.

Exam boards, politicians, and the lazy arsed teachers who don't edit their teaching resources because they don't think they have time or they simply can't be bothered: it's children's futures at stake, and it's the education you're emparting to them that will make or break them. You empower them, inspire them to go out and get more from the world. But who the hell can get excited about the prospect of a career using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint?

Oh, and Michael Gove: You're an arse.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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"One of the dumbest shows ever on TV. Including Judge Judy and the agony aunts."

No one EVER speaks like that about ANYTHING Malcolm Tucker is involved in!

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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Similar Situation

Except I'm not lucky enough to be a freelancer here any more, I'm on the payroll. I truly miss the days of being self employed/freelance. Sure I might have been a lot poorer but I had far more fun doing it than right now.

Roll on finishing my own project, the one project to get me out of paid underlingship and hello to being my own boss.

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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The plane, if a major electrical fire occured, would NOT have flown for as long as it had (based on Inmarsat data). The autopilot would have disengaged due to the system being burnt up, along with other controls such as hydraulics. The engines, I would assume, could still run but the control surfaces wouldn't be responsive and could be blown out of shape from turbulence or other factors.

The rogue pilot theory is a bit daft too. It's easy to see why the theory has been made, remove evidence of what happened to the plane which could then lead to a life insurance payout. But there would be evidence of this at the pilots home, even with his bank accounts and/or other dealings.

The thing that bugs me most about this is when the flight is compared to the Air France flight that crashed in Brazil. Airbus received a tonne of messages from the plane listing failures, this didn't happen on the Boeing flight - and if it did Boeing haven't said anything about it. I don't think Airbus planes are any more advanced than Boeing planes, so Boeing could have these systems in place. And even if the systems were turned off so that they stopped reporting on the plane, that would immediately alert either the Malaysian Airlines ground crew or Boeing themselves. Even with the theory of a fire, systems dropping out all over the shop would be reported back to Boeing. I'm fairly sure even Rolls Royce get data fed back to their company in regards to engine performance.

I think, really, that this was a massive set up by a particular group of people or government. There have been a number of theories surrounding this, all plausible. The best one surrounds the theft of drone equipment in Afghanistan, which was then sold to the Chinese who were transporting it back on MH370. Only then for the USA to "take control" of the plane mid flight (aparently they have been able to do this since 9/11), fly it to their little island base and then unload the drone equipment. They then sent the plane back up in to the air with the cabin depressurised and let the plane fly until it ran out of fuel. Another theory surrounds Freescale Semiconductor, but you can Google this yourself.

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BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

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Reminds me of that square looking LG smartphone from 2012. I'm looking forward to this and the "Classic" version. Probably the only two phones that I will want to have to replace my Z10.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Re: Sacrificial lamb?

Didn't the News of The World continually report that Jails were like Holiday Camps? He has nothing to fear!

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Re: Shame

An owl for every man in the UK?

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Cameron will surely lose the vote of the serial cheaters, who use the fact they can't get signal as an excuse for not picking the phone up to their wife/husband while banging away on their latest bit of fluff.

Cameron is truly out of touch with the UK public.

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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

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Well, it could be argued it is. If the staff all used BlackBerry's they would use the BlackBerry Services software that MobileIron immitates. Because Aviva want to save a few pounds and not issue their own handsets to their staff they decide to use this MobileIron thing instead, allowing BYOD harmony.

But I agree, it's not an iOS issue. I would also say it's not a MobileIron issue, it's a Heartbleed issue.

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