* Posts by wolfetone

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Question

When this Tesla is in autopilot mode, can the driver slam on the brakes and in doing so turn the thing off? You know, akin to stepping on the brakes when your car is in cruise control mode?

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Man sues YET AGAIN for chance to marry his computer

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In the future...

"A Utah man is trying to divorce his computer, because it upgraded to Windows 10 and he doesn't like it".

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BitCalm Gone Bye Bye?

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BitCalm Gone Bye Bye?

In a bid to be more efficient, and to impress the new place I'm working in, I decided to use BitCalm to back up our two servers. Everything was going well, their software would kick in when needed and the backups were made.

But, like Schrodingers Cat, no one really knows whether or not the backup actually works or not until you need it. So a failed WordPress plugin update this morning has meant I've logged in to my BitCalm account - only to find nothing there. All I can see is my profile, and a button saying "Need Help" which just displays a blank sidebar. Usually you would get to the dashboard listing all of the servers and back ups you have.

I've got none of that.

A quick poke on Facebook as well reveals I'm not the only one having issues, and judging by the number of people asking questions to their Facebook and about them on Twitter, I think I'm one of 20 customers affected.

Is there anyone else affected by this? They really do see to have just upped sticks and left the country, along with my $240 which I paid for the year.

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

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I Must Say

Self loving after Brexit isn't the same as it was before. You watch the videos and you can't help but wonder - Now we're going out of the EU, will I still be able to see the German Dwarf Schizer videos I've come accustomed to watching.

Paris, because any port in a storm...

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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I tried making Bacon Vodka once

It didn't go down well.

Well it went down the sink easy enough but it was bloody vile to drink.

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Plymouth 'animal rights' teen admits Florida SeaWorld cyber attack

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"And you base this on what exactly? Have you ever been there and seen how it compares to other zoos and research establishments? Of course, *everybody* knows animals are so much better off having to fight for survival in the wild, aren't they?

Never mind waiting until he turns 18 to buy him a pint, how about we send him out to the middle of the ocean to see how whales and dolphins survive in the real world."

Let me put you in a cage for a year and see how you feel about zoos then yeah?

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

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Well it already pulled their staff out of Birmingham years ago, so they'll use any old excuse to do it a second time.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Nearly a week in to Brexit, the fact insurance MAY go down is the only good thing to come out of all this.

Also, there is a new rule in regards to non-EU cars driving in the EU. Lots of people renting cars in Switzerland and driving in to France etc are getting slapped with massive fines.

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Re: On the plus side...

"Duty Free for anyone travelling between the UK and the EU..."

If you look at it like that then yeah, it's a good thing. But it comes crashing down to Earth when you can only bring 16 litres of Duty Free beer home with you in the boot of your Corolla.

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

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Re: Ts&Cs

I'm not saying it's perfect, but it's not as if Microsoft hasn't told them what their money actually gets them.

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You know those Terms & Conditions you just click accept to without reading?

Is now the right time to tell you that if you read them this wouldn't be such a shock to you?

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: Yes, I know, but Apple --

"If you dismiss it it goes away. It comes back after a few days or weeks, but it never tries to install itself."

Well that's bullshit. Every fecking day I go to my iPhone and it'll say "Oh I need to update. Do you want me to update?". So you press later, then it wants to know a time when it can remind you.

I AM THE ONE WHO TELLS YOU TO UPDATE!!!

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Re: Just say NO

"Sadly, folks without some level of more advanced technical skills CANNOT "just say NO". That's the main problem here."

But couldn't they just go to Apple? You know, because it "just works"?

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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"Lets just forget the whole Seagull and fan-kicking incidents though eh?"

Surely he'd be better as our Minister for Defence?

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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To be honest it's all a futile exercise.

The MP's will vote against it, because they have to do what's right for the country and their conscience. Not what the people want. Because in fairness, if the MP's did what the people want, they'd have moved the UK to Spain because everyone was sick of the weather.

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Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit

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Re: I just can't help it, by Jove

Well done for coming up with a joke worse than Friday's referendum result.

Have a pint.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Yep, quite right, I did mean Vote Leave.

I blame the immigrants myself for me writing the wrong thing.

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I just hope those who Voted Remain are happy with their decision in years to come, when they come to the realisation that everything they've been told may actually be total bullshit.

For starters, and it only took 2 hours, Farage said they couldn't promise that the promise they made for the magical £350 million they would save from EU membership would go to the NHS.

But hey! At least the lazy immigrants won't be coming here for much longer to take all the jobs you don't want. That's something :)

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EU stay or leave?

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"Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn"

Today 52% of the UK are doing just that.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

"If you vote Leave, you are a racist xenophobe, was the "joke". He would have been a huge boost to the Leave campaign."

Didn't Boris Johnson, poster boy of the Leave campaign, say that Barack Obama was anti-English because he was born in Kenya? Of course, there is the underlying hilarity of Johnson being so against someone outside of the UK having an opinion on UK matters when Johnson was born in America.

And as for Geldof, the UK are happy to keep him. He thinks he's English anyway.

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

"There aren't that many regulations on pillows. John Oliver exposed the manipulation of the facts required to come up with that number."

I know. He spoke a lot of sense in that video, and the best thing about him he's a Brummie!

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See what can happen when you work together?

Yes you may be annoyed that you can't buy a curvy cucumber, or that there are 105 regulations for pillows (which, actually, is bollocks), but you'll finally get Germany to acknowledge the winning 1966 World Cup Goal!

Brexit can't do that!

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Re: sniffing out porn - or the devices that carry it

"I wonder what the Internet smells like"

I always thought it'd smell like a bag of Haribo Starmix.

But because of this article I'm glad to know I'm not the only stupid person thinking that the Internet could smell of anything.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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"Do we want a government that we people of this country elect and hold accountable ruling over us, a government that we can remove if we want to."

Which country can you do this in? Because you can't do it in the UK. The Queen is the only one who can "get rid" of a Government. And we the people can only change the government every 5 years.

And Nigel Farage was elected to go to Brussells, yet aparently, we didn't elect him.

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Re: Attacks on those who think Differently

Why is out the best solution? As far as I know every time there has been a problem where a dictator has told their people or other countries that it should do what it's told and not the other way round, the dictator has been brought to task and sorted out by dealing with the problem.

Turning your back on the problem, holding your hands up and saying "Nothing to do with me we're off" doesn't deal with it.

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Re: A lie got us into Europe at the last referendum

"I sadly overheard a conversation last week where an older person sincerely told our GPs receptionist (who was born in Walsall, but has Indian parents) that it's be a shame she'd be sent home when we leave the EU. *THAT* is the level of debate and understanding at the "grass roots". And anyone who thinks it rises much above that is deluded."

Well of course she's going to go home after they leave the EU. She doesn't live at the Doctors surgery does she?

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EU Problems Are Closer To Home

Preface: I haven't decided whether I'm voting to Leave or to Stay. My backside has many splinters from sitting on the fence.

TL;DR: Flip a coin and vote that way. If it lands on its side, do the lottery.

All of the problems the UK have with the EU stem from our own apathy towards it and us not holding those responsible to account.

The turnout for European elections are always lower than that of the General Election. Why is this? The usual reason is down to a simple case of the UK public not giving a damn what happens in Europe. This is compounded over time through more sensationalist headlines breeding a feeling of the UK is powerless to do anything with Europe.

Our biggest representative in the EU is UKIP. The UK public - those who voted anyway - decided it was a brilliant idea that a Euroskeptic party should go to Brussells on our behalf and work with the EU. What exactly have they done though? UKIP have always been very quiet about what they have done in Europe, how they have voted etc, and what they have done to reform the EU. Quite simply, they couldn't give a toss about the EU, they just want out of it. Fair enough, but they still go to Brussells, still pick up the wage (£100k per MEP?) plus expenses. Aside from UKIP the BNP were our representatives, Labour and the Conservatives. I would ask the same question to them, what have they done?

It's an easy thing for MEP's we send over to come back and say "it's undemocratic" and "it doesn't work for Britain". If you attend a meeting when every single person knows you don't like them and don't care very much about them, how likely are they to take your side on matters that are important? I think if we're talking about undemocratic processes then we need to question our MEP's first before we blame the MEP's of Europe.

And on this subject of the unelected, undemocratic system that the EU is - will the UK become a republic? Our house of Lords is unelected, the head of state is unelected. At least in the EU the positions which aren't elected are at least discussed and one is appointed. The monarchy runs on the rule of whoever the current head of state gives birth to first is then the next head of state.

Our relationship with the EU is also flawed, but could it be argued it's an extension of the national feeling that the UK still owns 25% of the world. During this referendum hate campaign (and that's exactly what it's been like on both sides) is that the EU takes etc from the UK and we get nothing back. This in itself is wrong. Yes we pay money to the EU which is about 0.5% of our GDP, which allows companies in the UK to deal with other European countries on a fairly cheap and easy basis. Norway, who has long been pointed at as a country that prospers outside of the EU, have an incredibly raw deal. They pay £190 million a day to the EU (which once our rebate is removed is what we pay) yet have absolutely no say on what happens inside of it, even if it affects them. Their PM even said that Britain would hate to have the Norway situation, although that makes me think why can't Norway negotiate a better deal for themselves?

From what I have read you would be forgiven to think that Brexit's view on the EU is something we should be a member of but cream off all the good bits of it and leave the bad bits. When really our relationship with the EU should be viewed as an office. There will be people we don't like, people we do like, bosses we don't get on with and wonder how they got there, but if you don't pull your finger out collectively the whole company falls down.

And that brings me on to another point, there are 27 other countries we deal with daily in the EU. We have been told we'll still have great relations with those countries if we leave. As much to say we're leaving the party but we'll still chat on Facebook. The UK leaving the EU will cause those countries a load of shit. It will. The economies of those countries will suffer (who knows to what degree), the EU itself will be cast in to chaos as other countries will then think "Well if the UK can leave then we will too". In stead of leaving the party on good terms, we've effectively smashed a box of stink bombs in the middle of the room.

If France decided to leave the EU, and we didn't have this referendum, yes the people here would want to follow France's lead and vote to leave. But if France left long before that notion got to be discussed, our economy would suffer and we'd have to deal with the problems the EU would then face. What would our opinion be then? "Bloody France causing us a load of problems, selfish bar stewards". Would we want to deal with them after they left? No. Why? They caused us problems. To think the other countries would view us differently to this is pure fantasy.

Ultimately though, this referendum isn't legally binding. It's not like on Friday we're going to wake up to news that Cameron has gone to Brussells to and told them we're leaving and we'll be back to split the CD collection. All it will achieve is the markets will react, the TV channels will be flooded with analysis, social media will be full of the Leave people saying "YES WE WON" or "BLOODY FIX THIS IS RIDICULOUS" with the Stay people saying the same thing in appropriate response. From a poll I saw the other day it was split 44%/44% in favour of leaving/staying. With something that close to call, will those who have lost the referendum accept it? Of course they won't. Recounts will be demanded, a new referendum demanded, all the time showing that those who believe in democracy and the right of the people not the elite actually don't give a single damn about any of that. They want to win at all costs. If the Stay vote get 49% of the vote, they'll demand all of this. Likewise if Leave get the same number.

But those who are on the winning side, how will they feel when the referendum result is passed to Parliament and they vote on it? Oh yes, this has to be done to make it valid. If the MP's vote against the result of the referendum, what then? The people you elected only 18 months ago have gone against what you want. What are you going to do about it? Kick off? Start smashing the place up? Flood social media with hateful messages condeming those who thought differently to you?

It's democracy, and it's ugly.

Personally, I know what I have said may seem I'm on the side of staying but I'm not decided. The EU has major problems. It does need to be transparent and accountable. But the people of the UK also need to be smart enough to hold it to account, not to just view at something silly like The Voice on TV. We need to elect people who will do a proper job of representing us and working with the EU to fix it and to make it better. We can't do that outside of the party. We can't do that by sending someone in to the party who hates parties. We need people we can trust, however rare they are they do exist. You might be one of them reading it, stand for election maybe?

If you're undecided, there's only a handful of things you can do. Look at what's being said, look for the evidence to back it up. Make sure it's something that actually does affect you, because there seems to be a lot of people from predominantly white areas complaining about immigration and that those lazy people who come over here from Syria are taking all the cleaning jobs from people in this country, even though they work at a Renault dealership somewhere.

For me it's down to the economy. How will we cope or prosper if we leave/stay in the EU. As nice as it might be to think we suddenly have £190 million to spend on the NHS (which will NEVER go there - hello TTIP), it's cold comfort to me if in 6 months time the place I work for goes under. I have a house, I am planning to get married, I want to have kids. I want an easy life free of hatred, free of agro. Everything, to me, was fine before this referendum started. Since then my bills have gone up as the pound has suffered in the markets, I come home to see stories of total bullshit on my TV screen. I go outside and my neighbour has a massive "We Want Our Country Back, UKIP" outside his house. I go to work and I see that Farage has promoted that dreadful poster of "Breaking Point".

I have said it before, but it might just be better for everyone if a coin was flipped and you voted that way. If it lands on its side, don't vote but do the lottery.

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NHS advertises for digital director at £131k

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Ah yes, the M25. The biggest car park in the world.

I worked in London for 3 months, commuting from High Barnet to Covent Garden, it was a horrible 3 months. It was when the riots were kicking off too and I would go home every weekend to Birmingham, so 1 hour on the tube and the overland train to High Barnet then drive the car for 3 hours to get home.

I know it's not for as long as you, but Christ it was enough for me to resent going there. Sure if you're out of London you think it's an amazing city, but it's not. Over crowded, dirty, expensive. I don't know how anyone can live there and like it.

Never again. I was genuinely tempted to apply for it too, but am I hell doing that again.

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If it wasn't for the fact this post is for a job in London I'd be applying for it. I can do Twitter, Facespace and MyBook like a real pro.

But I absolutely draw the line at working in a city where I would spend 2 hours a day with my faced pressed up against someones arm pit on the tube. No thank you!

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

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Agree.

I stopped using Fedora at around Fedora 18 to venture to pastures new, but when I bought a new laptop last year I decided to give Fedora 23 a try. It's come on leaps and bounds, GNOME actually works (and is quite lovely, especially with the Numix theme).

After I finish the project I'm working on I'll upgrade 23 to 24, but this all looks very polished. The Fedora guys have gotten their act together at long last.

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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I bet Edward Snowden has read this and thought "Shit"

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

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Re: My cousin Pedro...

I don't know. We've been talking online for quite a while now, it's getting pretty serious.

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It's a pity "Vote for Pedro" isn't an option in this referendum. It'd be a much simpler choice if it was.

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Lycamobile offices 'raided over fraud allegations' – report

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Cue Father Ted Quote..

"But that money was just resting in my account.."

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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I would argue the actions of generations previous have done more damage to the future of our world than future generations will ever do.

Thinking it was an amazing idea to do:

a) Nuclear waste just chucked in to a pit - Hello Windscale/Sellafield!

b) The use of Asbestos in the home - Hello Lung Cancer

c) The use of weed killers in the food chain from Monsanto - Hello Cancers, Goodbye Bees

So, really, if the place is already screwed up let's just have one massive party and wreck the joint.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Remember kids, the "man" doesn't like you having a choice. He just wants you to think you have one.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Re: :'(

"The man who introduced me to the concept of haggis Pakora - since adapted to black pudding pakora."

You need to link to that recipie, that was before my time but I need that in my life!

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Might be, if at all possible (and of course, wanted) if some of his ashes could go up with LOHAN when it makes the trip up to the sky.

RIP.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Re: loved the sample tweets

"What is it that OFCOM *actually* *do*?"

They're going to have a good, long, hard think about the situation, then contact Virgin Media to have a good, long, hard talk about how they need to stop being so poor. Virgin Media will then make a good, long, hard apology to OfCOM and promise to really, really, really try harder not to be so poor next time.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Black Helicopters

Well one of them did. The other one is working out where I live to "send the boys round"...

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Big Brother

It's funny how all of these companies that were involved with the NSA and GCHQ are releasing encrypted messaging or file systems isn't it?

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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

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Re: More marketing lies by Microsoft, Sony and AMD...

"Quote: "4K gaming on what?"<br />

Erm, on your TV, where do you think?"

I don't think he meant it like that. He's implying the hardware to run the games (not view them) isn't there.

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"Not to be pedantic, but that would be actual reality, or just "reality". :P"

It depends if I choose to accept it as my reality or not. If I don't, then I'm virtually outside wearing virtually nothing :D

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Re: Both were good ideas but

I don't even think it was a lack of buttons, you needed loads of space and it was just awful to use. Plus who wants to actually get fit playing games? I had to play some jungle advent game with my girlfriends sister when it first came out and I was knackered after it. I didn't enjoy it.

I honestly don't think you can get a better control method other than the hand held controller. It gives you a precision that can't be matched with Move or Kinect or the Wii.

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Yay, that's just what I wanted! More hip tech that doesn't improve anything.

Is it really that hard to build a console with good games - and I mean GOOD games that are original, not Call of Duty 83 or FIFA 44 - and local multiplayer support?

No, just stuff my console full of crap that I don't care about. If I want to watch TV on demand I'll use my set top box. If I want to watch a DVD I'll use my DVD player. If I want Virtual Reality I'll go outside.

Idiots. Has no one learnt the lessons of the Kinect and Playstation Move?!?!

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Re: El Reg seems to be monetizing it's user base, too

"Do I need to send in my contact list to qualify for the £140?"

No, but an email to the ICO wouldn't hurt you.

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All credit to Micro$hite for paying $60 per user for what essentially is a network that:

a) is full of motivational speakers/blog posts/images that sound nice but don't mean a whole lot

b) is full of people who have an account just to have an account and don't understand how it works or it's "benefits"

c) is full of bloody recruiters who give themselves bullshit titles such as "Specialist PHP Communications Enabler" or "VP Of Talent Acquisition".

I am the fool that paid ~£50 a month for their Premium account, and the only benefit I got from it was being able to email Tom Kalinske to thank him for what he did at Sega* and stalk former colleagues without them knowing it was me.

I got feck all work from it, feck all connections because everyone is only on there to sell. No one cares about how cool your company is, how cool your business is. All they are bothered with is how you can benefit them in financial terms.

*he responded to me, which is nice of the guy. Top bloke actually.

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TWELVE YEARS of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash

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Must've been stored on 8 inch floppy disks.

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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Bilderberg

Ah ha! Now we know why Dido attended it, this is all part of the New World Order's plot to take over the world!

By screwing over the already screwed TalkTalk customer.

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Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

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"FSVO 4 that may be closer to 2."

THAT BLOODY TIME MACHINE AGAIN!

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