* Posts by LarsG

2105 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: A huge active VOLCANO

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Doomed, doomed I say, we're all doomed!

Again?

Meteors, disease, volcanos, tsunami, alien invasion......

We've got no chance have we?

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Stratfor email, credit-card hacker Hammond thrown in cooler for 10 YEARS

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Opportunity inside

To teach others how to hack a computer........

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Cocky Microsoft strokes soft tool in public for 3D printing on Windows 8.1

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Re: XXX title

Just don't talk about waxing lady parts, but cocky is fine.

Much of what is allowed depends on what side of bed El Reg gets out of, though liberal use of spelling mistakes and ******* use will get it through.

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Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

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Let those stupid enough buy them....

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Mixed bag of motors lifts India's budget Mars shot

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@AndyS

Doesn't look like a pseudo-racist argument from my point of view. Giving the money for education would far outweighs the benefits of sending a space rocket to the moon. How many of these children have needlessly blighted lives because a Government wants to raise it's image in the world.

Being poor is relative to where you live, the poor here still have toilets and phones and food and TV's.

Having seen children begging in the streets, victims of polio, female infanticide, starvation etc first hand, and having worked for humanitarian aid agencies I can see no justification.

It is easy to look to the past for examples, but we are now better than that, we have moved on, more educated.

It is also easy for you to pontificate on this from your nice comfortable existence, let's clap India for going to Mars, while the infant mortality rate in the country is almost 50% per 1000 births in India.

As for filling my car this morning, yes I did, but I have also been on the ground in places that I'd not wish on my worst enemies.

47 million might seem like pocket change to you but it goes a long way in a country such as India, it could provide an education, inoculations and support for 10,000..

So you keep clapping and applauding these countries that feel a space rocket or nuclear weapons are more important than people.

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You'd think they would address the extreme poverty in their country, the starving children, the caste system before they spent money on this.

I've seen it first hand.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

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Re: Self-Censorship

I mentioned female waxing, post withdrawn, I mean who on earth could take offence at that, and I didn't even swear ***************?

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'We're in it together..'

But if it means a choice of getting rid of you or losing my bonus, pay rise and increase in pension fund........

Usually two to three weeks before Christmas....

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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Re: Pushing boundaries, but only in a limited way

With inflation so low why such a price hike?

It's all well and good giving a coverage of 48% if it's only available in towns and cities, so instead of looking at the bigger picture they charge more for the same service.

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

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Too good to be true?

When will people learn?

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Apple kicks iStuff-sniffer out of App Store

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Re: Cold Frenzy

Aren't they a mean bunch of b*ggers!

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Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

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Expenses?

That looks incredibly like the expenses sheet of one of our Members of Parliament.

The excuse will be, 'it was a genuine mistake and I apologise for it, thank you for bringing it to my attention'

The only thing missing is the second page.

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Smut-spreading copyright trolls told to return cash extracted from victims

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" a mild mannered janitor" @A Non e-mouse

I like that term, they always turn out to be serial killers.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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If it does turn into a Disney film we should expect a young Hannah Montana style story with a happy ending surrounded by sparkly fireworks and even the occasional moments when the cast begin dancing and singing.

Whoopee.

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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

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Re: Ever increasing standards

That's insulting the dog.

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Will small biz get a bite of mega UK.gov IT pie? Yes: if it can pass the bulls**t sniff test

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Look at the reality

I have just tendered for a contract (not IT), the initial application demanded that I fill in a 'pre-application' form that ran into 228 questions. This was to narrow the field down to the 'last' 16 who will then be invited to tender for the contract. Each question was weighted to a value. Under 75/100 and your 'pre-application' would exclude you.

They asked for HSE, acceptance of government credit cards, environmental policy, discrimination policy, equal opportunities policy, whether I would need to invest, cost of sub-contractors, bank statements, 6 business references, details of contracts we hold, value of contracts we hold most valuable contracts.....

I could go on and on and on...

At around Question 160 I began to realise that the whole process was weighted in favour of national facilities companies, subtle questions here and there began appearing that pretty much excluded any small to medium sized business and reduced the overall mark out of 100.

But I Persevered and filled in the forms just to be pedantic.

All this for a contract that they stated would be worth no more than £7000 over 4 years and covered the Northwest of England.

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Moody's eyes up Sony's debt: Hmm... junk? Bam! Shares drop 11%

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Re: Shame

Is no one buying Sony products?

Reason, products are not cutting edge and no longer have that quality kudos any more, not for a long time.

Over priced average products.

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

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Why Buy

It's because if you have a retina screen iPad then there is no reason whatsoever to upgrade for the sake of a little less weight. If they had introduced the fingerprint reader ( next year perhaps ) then maybe but only just.

Most people are waiting for the mini retina screen, that will sell BUT just think that if you hold out till next year you will get one with a fingerprint reader......

It's not great is it, if all I can find to rave about is this? It really is quite a bland offering but hey you can say you have an Air.. Kudos, nope not any more.

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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Re: We know and they know

Would only happen if the Martians give them planning permission.

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Apple Store workers' inner journey revealed

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Education

"Adam, at the head of the queue, figured his new tablet would help with his studies. "

He will be fondling the slab so much that he will forget about his work, instead will Facebook, play games, watch porn and wake up one day to find he has failed his exams.

They don't make you cleverer, they just distract.

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Commies copying West again as Vietnam plans own Silicon Valley

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China is becoming too expensive, India is becoming too expensive so in the next round of 'where can we get low labour costs' Vietnam will be the place to go.

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Australian confirms Huawei ban

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They have

They have been welcomed with open arms in the UK.

So who is right and who is wrong? Unless of course GCHQ has done a little deal with them?

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iPAD AIR WORLD DEBUT: Our Australian team gets an early fondle

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Re: Slightly squarer edges perhaps

But nothing compelling

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SECRET Google store touts pricey accessories to Glasshole shopaholics

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What optional extras would you like to see?

Is there any pink stick on furry fur?

What about a set of plug in light up deely boppers?

A disguise attachment, such as a removable Taliban beard?

Come on folks what would you like to see?

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Mavericks Mail's spam-spewing 'flaw' was scripted by red-faced user

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Red faces all round?

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Twitter duped us, coupon-clippers claim

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And how to you quantify what might have been.

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'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

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I think you need to see what happens when they release the new products, I think the retina mini will prove popular, this breakdown of Q1 Q2 etc is a red herring. Micro analysis is all well and good but the annual figures are more important.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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"The device's public FAQ does make it clear that car and bicycle riders should be careful that they aren't breaking the law."

So is using a mobile phone when driving but having been on the receiving end of someone that did.....

Hope the fine is huge.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: Kick it out and start again

If DAB were a Dodo it wouldn't need shooting because it would already be extinct.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

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Re: Here we go again...

Tooooooo Late to make a difference.

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Ahoy, scalliwags! FBI claims another haul of Silk Road booty - $26m of it

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Seized $26 million dollars in Bitcoins?

Have you got them in your safe? Are you holding them right now?

Ok, now In a puff of smoke I will make a virtual transfer of them......

Gone.

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Less likely

To be a data centre and more likely to be a floating prison given that the US prison population is a self perpetuating cash cow.

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

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While

While I think there is some substance to global warming, every day we get information, mis-information and down right poorly researched information to the point where the majority of people really don't care anymore.

Everyone and his aunt come up with a theory and if any of it really does have some truth in it, it has already disappeared into a mire of information that is impossible to make head or tail out of.

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Samsung patent points to hi-tech glasses project

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Just like the Watch, a tethered product that has no future.

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Samsung swallows $340k fine for renting trolls to TRASH-TALK HTC phones

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Meh

Wink Wink

The fine is really a tap on the wrist followed by a wink and a smile....

Samsung just pay more in bribes than HTC can afford.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Re: Time I think

Scary when you think most of this new Surface is old stuff repackaged.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Re: Already seen this

I've had the HMRC emails, around 7 of them and it was only because of the spelling mistakes I realised they were dodgy.

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Got a mobile phone? Then you've got a Trojan problem too

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The majority of Android users can only dream of an update, unless of course they buy a new phone!

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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Re: "Remained faithful"?

I agree, just use Google and the major benefit of this is that they are protected by the US of A.

Of course you will be monitored by the NSA but they have bigger fish to fry.

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

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Fantastic, no need to save up for a pension, might as well spend it now!

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

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Re: A neat trick but

Buy decent up to date phone £600

300 mins 1000 texts 500 data £12 inc per month on 12 month sim only contract

Total cost over two years £788

Same phone locked on contract £100 handset plus £39 per month over two years £1,036

Additional benefit is that I can change my phone every year, sell the old one and get up to 50-60% value back.

In fact this year sold an old 2 year old but immaculate iPhone 4S for £190 so that cost of phone and sim only contract over two years is now

£598 total cost over 2 years.

If I had sold my iPhone 5 instead of giving it to my wife I could have reduced the cost by another £150.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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Re: Sensible approach or is it?

Today, tracking for 999 calls,

Tomorrow legislation introduced for compulsory phone tracking... Even better than an identity card.

Ok so it's obvious that they do this already, under the table, off the books but it's only used to 'keep us safe'

Or is it?

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Smile for the cops! Sexy Snapchat selfies' self-destruct scrubbed by search warrants

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Re: Things that are forever ...

Really? They could be seen 'before deletion from the servers.'

You actually mean 'under national laws we are obliged to keep ALL information accessible to law enforcement agencies and anyone who wants to have a look for a period of no less than 6 years, though in certain circumstances we can insist on this information being kept forever.'

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McDonalds tells fatties to SUPERSIZE THEIR BRAINS

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Re: As an educated Yank ...

Ebooks? After a study revealed the UK has one of the worst literacy rates in 16-24 year olds in the developed world. They need to stick with cheap and nasty plastic toys or might even be better off giving away free copies of the Sun.... Though that might be a bit too taxing on them.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: Is there really any need for pathetic name-calling like this?

A rather racist statement, he is Pakistani/Kenyan whose parents immigrated to Scotland in the 1960's.

However he has never had a real job in his life, after studying Politics at Glasgow University he worked for Bashor Ahmad SNP as a researcher. He is one of those career politicians that has no real experience other than living in the political bubble of politics which pretty much includes the whole bloody lot of them from lands end to john o groats.

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

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Trust

However little trust I have in the USA I would rather them oversee the Internet than the numerous little 'democratic' republics who will all jockey for position to try and influence and take control.

If it is put in the hands of a world organisation then just look at the EU and the UN to see how it would suck up expenses and how agreement would be impossible to reach.

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Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner

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Re: Payday loan companies......

In an honest society politicians would have looked at this and said no, they would have banned payday loan sharks.

I wonder how many of our Politicos sit on the boards of these businesses, as we have seen before they tend to have their snouts in the trough where money is being made.

No right minded individual would allow it.... Brown envelope sir.

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Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam

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We used to have proper policeman who would deal with this, now we have a politicians grand idea, just like the Borders and immigration lot. Within 5-6 years it won't be fit for purpose so anothe politician will give it a name change and make a bit deal about it.

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Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

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Re: Seriously now....

Oooooh, the FBI bods will be quaking in their shoes.....

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That 'DIAMOND SUPER EARTH' may actually be WORTHLESS ball of gas

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A moot observation

A planet that may or may not be made of diamonds 40 light years away....

By the time we develop the technology to get there diamonds will probably have no value anymore, the world will have been consumed by the Sun and if any human beings were lucky enough to have survived or moved on they will be more concerned about survival than making a dash to grab a hand full of stones.

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