* Posts by Jamie Jones

1887 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Not the developer's fault.

There's a leaning tower in Pisa too, apparently.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: Weird

I used to run with that too! (Well, somethinng like SW Police Sureveilance van #6)

(I currently use "The Aslyum")

I wonder if we could be done for impersinating a police officer?

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Re: The question is...

Ugh, I know what you mean, I've been an amazon customer for 17 years, but the website these days is mainly just a spam-fest for prime,

I even went to buy some things recently, only to be told "sorry, this is just for prime members'. So I bought them elsewhere.

And yeah, constant nagging over stuff I happen to have looked at. Nothing embaressing though!

Don't know why you got all the downvotes though.. Not wanting amazon recommendations on sex toys from a previous relationship popping up when your girlfriend uses amazon hardly makes you a prude

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Packet.net strong-ARMs cloud for $0.005 per core per hour

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Re: Guilt about Bullshit Artistry

ah man, if you were too busy to update it, you should have removed it the minute you were aware!

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Re: Is it...

> > | > : >> > Reply to post: Re: Is it...

> > | > : >> > Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

> > | > : >> > 9 hrs Updraft102

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> > | > : >> > Yes! It never should have been there in the first

> > | > : >> > place. I've loathed this ever since it came around.

> > | > : >> > Even worse is when they send a multipart email

> > | > : >> > that's supposed to contain a plain-text version

> > | > : >> > and a HTML version, and the plain-text version is

> > | > : >> > empty. To those of us who actually have the email

> > | > : >> > diaplay option set to plain-text, it shows as a

> > | > : >> > blank email! Leave the plain-text section out and

> > | > : >> > let my client reduce the HTML to plain-text, if

> > | > : >> > you must, but don't tell me this is the plain-text

> > | > : >> > version and then leave it blank!

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> > | > : >> > Then there's the plain-text version that says

> > | > : >> > something like, "Your email client doesn't support

> > | > : >> > HTML. Please upgrade it." Yeah, sure, I'm going to

> > | > : >> > upgrade to another email client because you said so,

> > | > : >> > because I want to get HTML emails from you, right?

> > | > : >> > (Yeah, it DOES support them, BTW, but I have it

> > | > : >> > turned off. Hint hint.)

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me too

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Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports

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lol, bra?

I think it's a hat!

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Re: Uhm, right...

Hey, maybe his feelings have done some respectable things in their lifetime to warrant such a title? :-)

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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Re: @ Brewster

Um, I didn't downvote you, but you just realise that he more you question it, the more you'll get!

As for your message, it was written very confusingly, but what I could get out of it was that you felt it necessary to pompously "show off" to a bunch of techie readers, on a techie site, that when you worked for the NHS, it was the unit managers who actually had a say in what they used their computers for.

The bit about them not taking IT advice is valid, but you just "authoritatively" told us something that 90% of us have experienced, and the other 10% could have guessed anyway.

Oh yeah, it bugs me too when people put question-marks on sentences that aren't questions? :-)

Anyway, no offense intended, (really) - I'm sure you're a nice guy, but you did keep asking for a response!

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Redacted?

Ha ha, to all of you that posted redacted comments, not one of you realised youd left the document history attached, so it was easy for us to undo!

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Re: Growing your own food can

@Lotaresco

Probably. It's certainly true that the USA bans people trying to live "off grid" by misusing sanitation laws and by claiming that anyone who saves the rainwater from their own roof is "stealing" water that belongs to a private company.

For real? And to think we used to joke about taxing the air we breathe!

I know in the UK, trespass laws won't get you anything, but in America, if a private company owns the water, can't you prosecute them for trespass, or sue for roof/rust damage, or charge them rent, or legally confiscate assets sent to you u solicited? !!

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Re: All are avalaible on Amazon

Errrr, "yay fox news?'

For what it's worth, I agree with the non-censorship issue, but I hardly think American media is anything to gloat about.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: irrefutable proof of torture

I assume I;m not the only one reminded of 'Biff' in Back to the future 2, where he is a rich bafoon that controls everything...

Come to think of it, was the character based on PEOTUS?

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DMCA updated – toaster penetration testing gets green light in America

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Re: couldn't agree more

The article mentions "Security researchers still have to abide by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act."

And as you mention copyright law already existed.

So what is the point of the DMCA? Yes, I'm being rhetorical.. It;s for big businesses to have unfair control . It's so they can stifle competition, or embaresiing revelations they want kept secret.

It's wishy washy so that if it goes to trial, they can get their top lawyers to drag things out for years, which most people wouldn't be able to afford.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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Re: How about testing it ?

"why did they not test it with Linux first ?"

first? You mean ONCE?

I read it as "first" in relation to "shipping buggy code"

I.e. "(Once they thought it was ready to release), why did they not test it with Linux first"

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: fun.apply(handbrake)

or just buy an ordinary manually driven car that looks identical 6to the self-drive ones!

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Re: I called it a couple of weeks back.

Your link has been truncated. To fix it, either make it a clickable link, or post the URL that appears when hover over the 'posted date' of your message.

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Re: Taxes to the rescue

I hope you forgot the 'joke' icon!

Although you do raise a point about a situation where jaywalking rules actually make some sense.

Because at the moment, the countries that have such backward, patronising laws. are just exercising nanny-state control.

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PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

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Re: 2fa choices

A lot of UK banks use your debit/credit card and a "card reader" gadget that allow them to send you a code (on web page) and you then answer with a hashed version that provides a means of checking its you and the amount you wish to transfer, etc

Ah yes, PinSentry.

Due to the wonders of chip and pin, this device is bloody handy, as it authenticates any chip and pin card, so next time you rob someone, you can be sure they gave you the right PIN without your attempts alerting authorities.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_Authentication_Program

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Re: Scams?

Just because an OS can be compromised, it doesn't mean it's unfit for purpose. It can execute code, how is it supposed to tell that it was not your intention to run a particular piece of malware?

You know full well that we aren't talking about a piece of code the user 'knowingly' runs as part of a confidence trick.

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Re: Scams?

On the whole, I agree. Software seems to have a free ride in terms of consumer law.

Well said

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Re: Scams?

So you're saying that any OS that is vulnerable to viruses is defective?

Yes

Seem you would have to add MacOS X (macOS) and all the various flavors of Linux to the mix as well as iOS and Android.

If they are susceptible to virii, yes.

Which shows that you haven't really thought through your statement, have you?

No - it shows that you have low expectations, or don't actually know what a virus is.

Expecting perfection from incredibly non-trivial (but nonetheless useful) systems is completely pointless. How would one even know that a product is vulnerable in the first place unless millions of units are in the wild and eventually attacked by the bad guys?

Strawman. I never said "perfection".

Also, note that whilst I have negative rants on malware and exploits, that's not the subject we're discussing.

And with that attitude to software, please don't get a job writing software for flight navigation, traffic lights, power stations, cars, space craft, missile defence systems etc. etc. etc.

It sounds like *you* haven't thought this through - a symptom of the Microsoft generation.

Of course, you can wait for the perfect system and opt out of the current rash of "defective" software...

Thanks for your concern, but I'm there already.

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Re: Scams?

Having said that, isn't in now sad where we live in a society where if something is this defective, instead of complaining to the manufacturer, we instead automatically expect to pay for virus protection?

I can't think of any other product we'd do that for - even out of warranty, you'd be able to argue 'fault has been there from the beginning' :-)

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Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

Yeah, but the same way we are now talking about the youth happened to our generations, the generations before, and will happen to the generations after.

I was talking to someone who thought it was awful and incomprehensible that if I wanted to phone up a girl I fancied - which was stressful enough on its own, I had to really hope her parents didn't answer.

In 20 years time, someone youngster will find it incredible that to visit a girl he had to use the common front door, and couldn't simply beam up into her bedroom.

When I was the youngster, the generation above was shocked how we all had calculators, and "couldn't do maths properly anymore".

I'm sure a few hundred years ago, a youngster went to get a glass of water, after being to the toilet, only for the elders in the room to decry how he just takes the tap for granted, and has no idea about how the water distribution works, and the network of pumps etc - particularly for sewage removal.

Wind back to caveman days, young UG is cold, so gets closer to the fire. Elder Ug and Ug moan about how he has no clue how things went on before fire was discovered... :-)

But yeah, I've fallen into the same trap. I marvel at what is going on when I'm watching a YouTube video coming down the phone-line, transmitted to my TV over Wi-Fi, with sound sent to the speakers remotely via Bluetooth, and my remote control wireless keyboard all buzzing signals around at the same time.

But I marvel because I know what's going on, those who don't simply don't care. I've tried to describe to my nephews and nieces how when we used walkie-talkies or CB radios, when you were on the same channel, you'd have to make sure you took your turns to broadcast, and how this compares now to the multiple devices all using the same frequency "at the same time", and all I get is a shrug. I wouldn't even attempt to talk about even more intricate detail.

I've thought it would be interesting to know roughly how mpeg works so that they know what's going on when a picture appears blocky, or corruption causes a sync frame to be missed, and you sometimes get the picture of someone talking "spookingly" appear over the previous picture, mouth first etc. but they care about as much as I cared about logarithmic tables and starting cars with a crank shaft handle.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Tom, whilst it's true that many people of the BRexits voted for more control, and the supposed chance of making more lucrative deals abroad, and honestly had no xenophobic intent, the rest of your post is BOLLOCKS, and you know it.

The whole circus was taken over by bigots, racists, and those old codgers who still believe "Britannia rules the waves" - so much so, that most of the BRexit people I know keep it quiet, as they are ashamed of what the whole event actually became, and don't want to be associated with the pond scum who swung the vote.

*Your* intent may have been pure, but that's not how BRexit played out.

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This article is a load of leftie rubbish

Those bloody foriners, nicking our jobsAND benefits(!) , and taking over our towns.

We are GREAT Britain - all those jobs foriners do could easily be done by our own elite, who - because of foriners - have no choice but to watch, and go on, the Jermy Kyle show.

You will always see us true brits showing the bulldog spirit - buying all booze and fags from British companies, and buying 60inch plasmas at 5 times the price from Shite-house - damn good honest British '"on tick" - where else could you get a big tele when you can't even afford to properly clothe and feed the kids?

Those foriners speak funny anyway, and cause all sorts of crime.

We don't need them They need us. They needed our empire. We tried to domesticate these savages, and they turn around and take advantage of us.

Next we need to blow up that Frenchie channel tunnel, and then build a wall - a big big wall, and all the foriners will pay for it - that will sort out those rapist scum

Let's make Britain GREAT Britain again.

♩ ♪ ♫ Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves!...♬ ♭ ♯

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Re: Your Access has Been revoked

Sure, just find an exploitable buffer overflow in a nearby employee...

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I'll sleep more soundly at night

I'd rather they ran on PDP-11's than some Windows incarnation.

I also much prefer the fact they are programmed by people who actually know how computers work, who don't see "you heed a faster computer" or "you need more RAM" as valid excuses for sucky code.

People with flappy beards, not flappy birds!

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TV5Monde was saved from airtime-KO hack by unplugging infected box

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They unplugged the *infected* machine?

At that stage of events, if there was only one machine distributing the malware, (which all seemed to go domrmant on disconnection) then it's not a virus, if anything it's' a C&C node

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FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

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Re: Golden age my foot

But it needs to include EVERYTHING. Yes, I live in California, but I do want to learn to speak Gaelic, damn it.

You can already get Welsh!

http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/e_live.shtml

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FreeBSD 11.0 lands, with security fixes to FreeBSD 11.0

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Re: Why the torrent hate?

It's not just stability - I struggle to get my 10MB/s using a single source

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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

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Re: I almost thought the title was meant to be New Year's Eve 2017

You're a year off. mste

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Re: Could they chose a different time

Nice time to do it - when everyone who is supposed to be handling a potential fallout is completely plastered off their t*ts...

Agreed! They made the same stupid decision for the start of Y2K! :-)

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Whatever

I do almost everything via the command line,

I also like coffee. In fact, I want one now.

*walks to kitchen. Gets coffee*

I'm back! Job done.

*sigh* And IT geeka wonder why the rest of the world laugh at us...

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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

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Re: If Disney buys Netflix....

Dear Mr. Anon,

As someone comfortable with my own sexuality, I've not noticed any of the events that seem to freak you out.

HAVE there been gay people (shock horror) kissing or holding hands etc. on any TV I've watched?

Probably. It just doesn't hit the radar. I'm not threatened by it. As I told a gay friend when he came out: "Cool! That means I don't have to worry about you being competition when we are out on the pull!" (it was MANY years ago)

It's a long established fact that those most vocal in homophobia are unsure themselves, and feel bad about it, presumably due to family/worker/peer pressure etc.

So, we sense your internal conflict, but you should celebrate who you are, despite what your family/co-workers/friends say.

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Re: Nightmare

That would ne the same Spotify hating RIAA that sent this to the US governemtn?

We learned today from media reports that the music service Spotify has been blocked from access by users of the U.S. House of Representatives’ network. We certainly can appreciate and understand why the policy was implemented that prevents access to unauthorized peer-to-peer services for security reasons as well as to prevent use of the House network for illegal activity.

Spotify is a licensed, secure online music streaming service. In fact, it is one of the dozens of authorized digital services that the music community is partnering with to offer a catalogue of millions of songs to fans, however they want it, whenever they want it – including members of Congress and their aides. Additional details about Spotify and these other services can be found at www.whymusicmatters.com, a comprehensive one-stop shopping guide of authorized music services that we developed with music business association NARM and our online retailer partners. These services are safe and secure, and assuring access to them not only respects the contractual relationship users may have with these services, but also achieves an important public policy goal of promoting legal, safe digital providers.

Source

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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"Don't be a cunt"

Teasing etc. should be fine - as should the odd argument.

Common sense tells us how we should be, and it can be summarised as "Don't be a cunt".

The problem is, you can't legislate something like this. It's too vague a definition, and is too affected by circumstance. Such laws (even if made with good intent) will be abused, and controlled by the best lawyer.

If you wouldn't do/say it in a pub without feer of being beaten up, don't do it online. This segways into my next point: Even ignoring what I wrote above, all the 'bad' things are covered by existing law anyway.

We don't need new laws just because "it's the internet" - surely the people in charge know this, so are only pushing them to please the "think of the children" brigade.

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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Re: no micro-sd, no removable battery

That's OK then, as most of us have not-easy-to-lose microsd cards.

Rarely do many of us remove our sdcards in the pub, and mislay them at the bar... Or is that just me?

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EU turns screws on Android – report

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Re: Beware of ladies knitting elephants in meetings...

Not quiet up to the standards of "amanfrommars1", but keep trying, you'll get there!

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Sorry, but I prefer your girlfriends attitude.

Yeah, "switching it off and on again" is the quick 'fix' but it's just firefighting. As a support person, you don't often have much choice, but thinking 'switch it off and on again' is acceptable is one of the many things we can thank Microsoft for.

Before then, it was simply a non-answer. Don't switch it off! We'll lose debugging diagnostics!

(Again, I'm not talking about you at home wit the girlfriend, but generally in the industry)

Can you imagine if "have you switched it off and on again" was the stock response for computers running traffic lights, nuclear power stations, auto-pilot etc.etc

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Re: Is it on?

Be honest would any of us think comp school IT teachers would know anything about IT?

I'd hope it's better now, but in my day it was generally a maths teacher who'd been on a course.

When we were all hacking away on our ZX Spectrums and Commadore 64's, we had a secondary teacher who knew sod all, and was very defensive because of it.

I remember one lesson where she wrote BASIC a few lines to output 3 numbers in numerical order. It was full of if... then etc.

As homework, we were told to write a program that would sort 6 numbers.

I wrote a simple generic sort program, as you would, and got bollocked in front of the class: "If I'd wanted you to write a sort algorithm, I'd have asked you too"

Back then, I was as shy as a coconut stand (*rimshot*) [No-one believes me when I tell them that today}, but fortunately a mate of mine was a gobby little shit and gave it to her big time.

When I did A levels (different school) it was totally different, the teachers knew their stuff, and knew they did, and if they were asked something they didn't know, they'd say as much, rather than mumble and bullshit like the first teacher did. In fact, you'd often hear "I hear XXX(pupil) has been looking at that. Why don't you ask him/her"

I sorta agree regarding university lecturers, although whilst there were a few great school teachers, there were also a few lecturers who were obviously only there for their research project and equipment/funding.

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Re: Is it on?

And can someone tell me why credit/bank card forms ask for the 16 digit number with no spaces or dashes?

Is it really so hard to parse '^([0-9]{4}[ -]{0,1}){4}$' ?

What's worse are those forms which only allow 16 characters, so as you are typing in the number with spaces (for clarity, AND as it's printed on the card) only for the field to stop accepting the complete number.

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Re: Is it on?

I'm sorry, but in this day and age, if anyone doesn't know that 4% is the maximum deduction for one legged piano players in Arkansas who also claim a single dependant as wife and sister and aren't separating form 24B from income on ....... then they don't deserve to be employed.

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Ooops, Juniors, J1 - J4

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Re: Is it on?

Don't get me started.

I'm viewing the page on a 7 inch screen, INCHES from my face. Why the hell do you think I want some backwards retarded website with half the functionaliy and a max of 5 lines due to the large font size. Do 'designers' think our mobile devices are not much more powerful than WAP devices?

I've seriously never found a 'mobile' version of a site better than the desktop one. And those sites that browser sniff and then redirect automatically to the mobile site do my head in. If it's a commerce site, and there is no easy way to switch back, it's not worth bothering with. They lose my custom.

Browser sniffing.... Sigh. I thought we'd seen the end of that in the early 2000's :-(

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Re: Is it on?

Yes, the guy was clearly having a blonde moment by mistakenly trying to enter 31st September

Doh! I totally missed that. I was wondering if it expected "Sep" instead of "9", which didn't seem to make it a stupid user mistake to me *blush*

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Year 7? Is that upper-sixth, or some reference to the 'new money' classifications?

Infants - Lower Middle Top

Juniors - J1 to J5

Comprehensive, Years 1 - 5 and lower 6th and Upper sixth.

... as nature intended!

You kids get off my lawn!

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: 20 wks in prison! He's a kid for fucks sake!

Too bloody righ6 he got off lightly.

As soon as you kick someone on the ground in the head, it's gone beyond a 'drunken brawl' into psychopathic potential murder. And from readeing the article, he would have continued if it wasn't for the door staf.

Also:

"This will destroy my life, I am the director of a company and everyone would lose their jobs. We have 1,000 clients, we have staff all around the country, and it would die," he protested before being sentenced, the Daily Telegraph reports.

No, if it's true, then you destroyed the company, all by yourself. This shows a total lack of remorse, and taking resposibility for his actions. He's tring to make out he's the victim. Classic psychopathic traits.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: 4 Hour erection

So, to add insult to injury, before killing you, it shortens the duration of your erection?

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