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HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

br0die

Re: 13 months in Bracknell?

I actually found HP to be quite a nice company to work for. But that was a few years ago.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Re: But... it is the USA...

Name me a state that doesn't allow guns. There isn't one. The 2nd Amendment has that one pretty well covered (and no, NYC is not a state).

Secondly, you absolutely can use lethal force in defense of property, in many states. Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground, and Make My Day laws make this possible.

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Tick-like banking Trojan drills into Firefox, sucks out info

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Boffin

@piloti

I think what he is saying is the opposite (i.e. standard behaviour with your Ubuntu install):

Unless you launch Firefox with "sudo firefox", ff is running with user permissions, not root, so it does not have permissions necessary to write.

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Virgin Media finally turns an annual profit

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Hear fuckin hear! (stuck on a .5mbps copper line).

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Ofcom: UK broadband speed on the up as punters' packages swell

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Precisely. Which is why telecoms should be public, or at least heavily subsidised.

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br0die

actual vs. advertised? Seems pretty straight forward to me.

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br0die

Exactly! That is the problem in this country. BT is public? Fine, then we can petition the gov for better coverage and speed. Private from the start? Fine, there will be lots of companies who can compete for our business. But this situation where a private company was handed the public infrastructure (both BT and Telewest/VM) is a terrible situation, where only the corps win.

My area is notorious for bad internet, because unless you are on fibre, you have to use the exchange from the town to the west or the town to the north, we don't have our own. Our local Con MP was elected partly on the grounds that he promised better broadband. Now he was elected, he says "derp, actually the ISPs are all private companies, I can't tell them what to do..". So much for that. Capitalism = retarded.

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br0die
Facepalm

This article, tl;dr

tl;dr: "People with decent speeds will be getting better speeds. People with 90s-era speeds still stuck with 90s speeds."

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br0die
Mushroom

Oh fuck off

This is all well and good, giving people who already have fibre higher speed.

What about us that are stuck on the end of a 6-mile length of copper? Us that get 1mbps on a good day, but usually .3-.5?

All I ever see in the news is BT rolling out fibre to all and sundry (when really, they are "rolling out" to the exchanges, after which only 40% of those get it to their cab. Those people usually already had fibre from Virgin). Virgin increases their speeds, so it is possible to get over 100mbps if you wanna pay for it. Guess what? I would gladly pay for it. But there is no high-speed broadband anywhere on the horizon for people in my area, a communications not-spot in the middle of a city full of fibre.

Maybe focus on getting everyone up to something like 5mbps before you try and play catch-up with the rest of the West, climbing to three figures.

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Hollywood gathers to pick over Limewire’s corpse

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Estate agents. And recruitment agents.

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Murdoch slams White House over SOPA in Twitter row

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Coat

That was "Tomorrow Never Dies", not "The World Is Not Enough"....

/coat, etc.

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Study finds piracy withering against legal alternatives

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"In the 60's, nobody cared if you tape recorded a new song on the radio. When VCR's came out, people regularly recorded their favorite movie. Again, nobody cared. The recording industry said that these copies were low quality and they didn't care. "

Not entirely true, see "Home Taping is Killing Music".

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Works for me

I think this method is appropriate. I would not want to buy a game (considering what they cost these days, and the amount of bad games that have come out) without trying it out first. Thankfully, the structure of modern (PC) games is perfect for this model. The pirated copy usually only allows you to play the single player part anyway, because getting on a server to play MP involves some kind of key checking or otherwise phoning home. In this way, if the game is good the person will likely buy it to be able to access multiplayer (which with today's games is 80% of the gameplay anyway), and if it is rubbish they will get rid of it and that will be that. The latest FPS games only have a campaign mode that lasts the weekend, then it is on to multiplayer for months, if not years. Seems like a fair deal to me.

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James Bond savages the Kardashians

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Unhappy

@Ian

Do not dub either. Look how awful Trollhunter became after they dubbed that.

Also, do you refer to "Let the Right One In"? I did not realise they Hollywood'ed that one.

It is true though, all these foreign films I know and love (see: The Experiment, an awesome German movie mimicking the Stanford Prison experiment) are being remade in Hollywood. It is such a shame, because they often do not live up to the original, and all this because people are unwilling to read subs.

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br0die
Trollface

8/10

I raged for a few seconds. Nicely done.

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McBain: "That's the joke."

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br0die

Erm, Roger Moore thankyouverymuch.

Cold, calculating, dry and highly womanising, he did the role perfectly.

SC looks too friendly, and is a bit too Scottish for the role. Evident by how many Moore films there were, compared to how many Connery.

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

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Happy

Thank you, yes I did my own research as well, and confirm that Cyanogenmod'ed phones are not affected

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br0die

Cyanogenmod?

I wonder if my modded HTC has this rootkit on it.

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Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks

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http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/it.htm

Suggests the top bracket (for the richest) is 50%, not 25%.

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br0die

really? So me, in the bottom % bracket, pay 20% to the taxman and the richest 1% pay 25?

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Just trolling: It's OK to poke fun at Christians, says ASA

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@Keep

Hah, well I only did it once, then they insisted I keep doing it. Normally I never would, and I hate people who do.

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Facepalm

Re: The film

As a Norwegian, I implore you;

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, don't watch the dubbed version. At least not the first time (watch it later, and laugh). The dubbing is so ridiculous it ruins the film entirely. Not only are the voice actors ridiculous and the voices totally mismatched, but it misses out (sometimes key) information.

Some British friends watched this version with me, and I had to ask them to pause it every ten minutes to explain what was meant by the often directly-translated dialogue.

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Jilted man swaps engagement ring for Halo suit

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Megaphone

Did he bring a costume or did he buy a costume? Proofread!

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Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

br0die

I'm sure they didn't choose it willingly, it just happened.

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Reg man the most-flamed recruiter in the UK?

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Coat

We need to go deeper.

Commentception!

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br0die
FAIL

Fail. Misses the point where "cnut" is a common intended misspelling of the word, to get around draconian wordfilters, or just for a bit of fun.

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Stripper nicked for 'nicking knickers' with kids in tow

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Aha, so it has no relation to the time-honoured westcountry practice of pasty-smashing?

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UK broadband speeds crippled during 'rush hour'

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Unhappy

"A pitiful 2.1mb/s" well fantastic, that is 3x my normal speed regardless of time of day.

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PETA riled by Mario's raccoon skin suit

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Seems to me if you are an American it is totally cool to support the IRA. Lots of their funding came from there.

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br0die

Don't know why you were downvoted but I have seen a similar practice (may have even been tanuki, they looked similar). They bash them on the ground to stun them, then skin them alive. It is really quite shocking to watch.

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Naked vegans target Prince Harry over meaty 12-incher

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Boffin

@loyal

Cows (or indeed all mammals) do not need to be "kept pregnant" to produce milk. They have to be pregnant to start, then they can continue indefinitely (see gross youtube vid of lady who breastfeeds the kids until they are 8). As long as you milk them every day, the milk will continue being produced.

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Pint

Only in the last couple years, at the recommendation of his doctor for his gastrointestinal problems. He was not morally against it, and probably wished he could have both.

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Engineer sues Huawei for axing him 'because he's a Brit'

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WTF?

Judeson Peter? Did he adopt the Chinese way of rearranging first and last names in order to fit in?

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Computers are so middle class – Mark E Smith

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FAIL

Yes, both my parents and my grand parents are tech literate. Just as they know how to use a mobile phone they know how to order plane tickets online. There is no excuse not to learn this stuff now, it is everyday life.

You go a long way to assuming I am reliant on Facebook and twitter, which are a whole other ballgame and not really relevant to this discussion (incidentally, I have a Facebook that I sometimes look at. twitter, well to this day I am not sure what it is for, and why people use it).

I also function completely fine without these things (I can set up camp/build a shelter, forage for food and find water in the forest), but there is no need to in every day life.

Why do you sleep on a bed? Is it necessary? Why not resort to the floor? It is, after all, a luxury and not necessary.

Moron. It is because of people like you the world laughs at the UK and how far behind it is technologically. Enjoy recession and chav scum.

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Meh

I say don't push it on them. They will either realise soon enough that they are being left behind, or they will just get left behind and nothing of value is lost. Society will shape itself to the adaptation to technology regardless of a few stubborn mules. Maybe sometime in the future, dole cheques will need to be claimed online and deposited directly to an online bank account. That will get them learning the internet.

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Diaspora co-founder dies at 22

br0die

Various blogs and news sites are saying it was a suicide, but this is yet unconfirmed.

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Ex-councillor jailed for grooming blackmailer posing as teen

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Meh

You could make the same argument against To Catch a Predator. None of those "criminals" ever did anything illegal, since the people they chat to online are decoys, and are all of age.

I also like how he is branded a pedophile and put on the register for attempting to have sex with a "child". This "child" will be able to legally have sex in less than a year. Not defending him at all, but at the very least the wording should be a little different, both legally and journalistically. If 15-16 is the difference between child and adult, then who is an "adolescent" or "young adult"?

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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Trollface

Don't feed the troll

Troll if I ever saw one. Or typical left extremist. Same thing, and all signs are there:

1)Questioning immigration is racist

2)My view is right, yours are wrong and here is why, it is obvious so I don't need to provide any evidence.

3)People who don't agree with my views must be wrong in everything they say

I have lots of this animal in my extended family, it is knowing how to handle them that makes them tolerable

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Why your tech CV sucks

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WTF?

Not harsh enough. Estate agents are, by and large, the scum of the earth. Like recruiters, they are middle-men, who usually do not actually have any qualifications (or even skills).

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br0die

Indeed. Just last week, on this very website (over there ---> "latest jobs") I saw a job posting that was paying £0pa Awesome proofreading there!

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'Indestructible' Moto Defy telly ad banned

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I lost a mobile to the Underground floor. I don't know if someone nicked it or it was simply ground into very fine dust.

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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FAIL

@MrCheese

This does not change the fact it's not my job to police your pets. The excuse that "they have their own lives" does not hold. If it did, I could keep a pet elephant, and if it crushed your car I would use the same excuse, since he likes to walk around on his own and I can't keep it trapped in the house, poor thing.

If *you* can't control your pet, *you* should not have one. You are not a special case because of your choice of pet.

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FAIL

Moreover, it explains the expression/phenomenon "crazy cat lady", and why there is no "crazy [x] lady" for all other values of x.

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br0die

Agreed. It annoys me a little that cat owners are exempt from responsibility of their pets (this seems to be unique to this pet, as all other pets need to be accounted for by their owner). I used to have a lot of issues with cats fouling my garden. Other people (cat owners) response was usually along the lines of doing things to cat-proof my garden (put up a better fence, leave lion poo around, fill a bottle with water etc.) But why is it my prerogative to keep your pets out? Should it not be your responsibility to keep your pets away from my garden?

I have a German Shepherd now, so cats in the garden are not such a problem anymore, but I do worry what the legal implications are if he kills or maims a cat in our own garden (he likes to play, only, his idea of playing can be a bit rough).

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BioWare Baldur's Gate

br0die

YOU HAVE BEEN WAYLAID BY ENEMIES AND MUST DEFEND YOURSELF

Every, fricken, time!

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New plastic telescope ammo machine gun is light as a rifle

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I was going to mention this as well. From what I understand, the reason the G11 was nothing more than a prototype was that the problem of "runaway" guns was too high a risk.

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Goldeneye 007: Reloaded

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Meh

I was initially excited on seeing this. Goldeneye remains one of my fondest memories of childhood and was one of the first FPS's I ever played. I still play it now, on an emulator.

It is a shame, then, that it will not come out on the PC (I always wanted this, so that I could react to threats at my real speed, as opposed to how the quick the joystick will let me). More disappointing is that the music has not been kept in and that the gadgets are gone. Cannot really comment on the voice actors, since the original didn't have speech (one of the few things people really disliked about it). I think they could have done this really well, if they had approached it a little differently. Honestly I do not mind that the story and levels are the same. I would have liked to simply play through the original game, but with modern graphics, sound, and on a PC. Sadly this will not happen, it would seem.

Also, for that price, no way.

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Best Buy to shutter all UK megastores

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It is a nice store, and the staff are helpful (certainly more so than the PC World further over in Cribbs) but neither of those things really matter to me much. I was excited at the aspect of Best Buy in the UK since, having lived in the US, I thought it would provide an alternative to PC World (store) and Ebuyer (online ordering), in other words, the low cost of ebuyer without having to use mailorder. But I was wrong. Everything in Best Buy costs the same as everywhere else, and the selection is the same as in PC World. So, Best Buy does not really provide anything different (except maybe a more helpful staff to customers who aren't technical). I can see why this venture went sour.

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

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I wish they would make Zero Minus Ten http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Minus_Ten into a movie.

Written by the same guy who wrote Tomorrow Never Dies (arguably one of the better non-Fleming Bond films).

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