* Posts by wowfood

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Hmm

How about some other suggestions via el reg users themselves?

Personally I'd probably recommend Descent Journeys in the dark. Many hours wasted playing that game, and much hatred towards the game master at the end. It's pretty much the same as the star wars game on page 3 by the look of it.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Love to, but it might breach the DPA

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Hang on

I'm fairly certain there used to be something in the distance selling regulations that protected online sellers with regards to incorrect prices etc. Looked it up when somebody tried to buy an £89.99 phone which had been priced at £8.99 and they hadn't honoured the reduced price. (Cancelled the order on the store end)

IIRC it was basically along the lines of "Until the item is marked as shipped, they have a right to cancel the item". I imagine Amazon / sellers could use these same rules here, unless the item was automatically marked shipped before the mistake was noticed, at which point they're in a legal hole and would have to eat the costs unless the buyer was especially nice.

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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i can understand it

I have the urge to punch people who talk over me too.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Re: Make one up

I figured what that ip he just disabled did. It was a firewall they installed after I flooded the Enrichment Center with a deadly neurotoxin, to make me stop flooding the Enrichment Center with a deadly neurotoxin. So get comfortable while I warm up the neurotoxin emitters.

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

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So

it's like the progress bar I made as part of a uni project, the bar filled in red based on the 'estimate time' elapse, and filled in green on the actual time.taken, so if the estimate were ahead you'd have a bit of red on the end of the bar.

Pretty certain I got that code from a book too.

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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Re: Safe replys

I'm feeling horny [send picture of horned animal of choice]

I want to see your pussy [send picture of feline]

I want to see your ass [send picture of a donkey]

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Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search

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Part of me doesn't much care, I can change the default search to whatever I feel like, and I intend to. Although I have noticed somewhat a swing in the web market.

Originally I used IE because well, only real option. Then I moved to firefox which was worlds better. Started getting lots of problems with firefox, pages crashing, running slow etc, and I switched to chrome. Now many years later, chrome isn't displaying pages correctly, keeps crashing on me and have plugin issues for me, and I'm considering going back to firefox.

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Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

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Re: Advertising on FB - when was that?

Well, things keep progressing to the simpler and simpler.

First it was myspace where you could customize your page, pretty much write blog posts etc as statuses and nobody minded.

Then facebook where you couldn't customize, and the blog sized posts are frowned on by people.

Then twitter where you get 140 characters.

Now we have Tumblr and Instagram, which are basically just photos with a couple words as a caption.

The next logical step is a social network that just measures your brainwaves and posts on your behalf.

7:00 "Feeling sleepy"

9:00 "Feeling hungry"

10:00 "Feeling sleepy"

12:30 "Feeling hungry"

13:00 "Feeling sleepy"

Would effectively by my daily posts on such a network.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Re: I volunteer!

UKIP is filled with extremists, the first act should be to remove all material relating to UKIP.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Gotta love the religious nutbags

God hates homosexuallity it's a sin and you're going to burn in hell for eternity... but he still loves you.

It almost sounds like one of those abusive relationships where the man beats the woman for no reason then claims "I'm doing this because I love you" as his excuse... Yes I just compared God to a wife beater.

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

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Re: Erm, How?

I am Sparticus Banksy!

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Lies!

This article is wholly inaccurate, I've seen several documentaries on this very subject.

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus and Mega Shark vs mega shark vs crocosaurus,

CHECK YOUR FACTS!!!

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Miracle!

Or not, I mean it's not like this has been known for ages... Oh wait it has. Body builders have been ingesting supplements which increase nitric oxide for years now with benefits along the lines of improved endurance / recovery / weight loss.

As is pointed out in a bodybuilding article I once read, the ingestation of Nitric Oxide combined with exercise increases the rate at which the body uses up glucose, effectively converting it to a form available to the body faster, then absorbing it faster. Here's the main quote.

experiment was 2 sets of people, some ingesting a nitric oxide supplement, others not, they then cycled for 2 hours, followed by a 15 minute all out cycling period.

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http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/6-reasons-use-nitric-oxide.htm

During this time glucose levels were measured in the body and it was noted that those who had taken the L-arginine had a significantly higher glucose rate of appearance, glucose rate of disappearance, and glucose clearance rate. This demonstrates that these athletes were taking up the glucose faster into the muscle cells as the exercise persisted.

In addition to this, the supplement also supported the increase of nonesterified fatty acid concentration as well as glycerol in the body, potentially pointing to the burning up of fat as fuel.

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Burning fat as fuel is another important note to this for those looking to lose weight. During the first 10 minutes or so of exercise the body burns carbs as fuel, from 10-60 minutes the body turns to burning fat. Normally from 60 minutes + the body will switch to burning muscle as fuel since proteins burn slower and it's slow energy you need.

Although I did read another study that still pointed out that going over 50 minutes was bad for fat loss, the study measured cortisol rates (stress hormone, which can increase fat storage) cortisol levels gradually decreased as people exercised, up to about 45 minutes, after which cortisol levels began to skyrocket. Lots and lots of different things you need to take into account while exercising for weight loss.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Re: Fun?

By the same logic they should have compulsory singing lessons, just look at all the pop star millionaires out there. And that involves even less effort than coding, half of those pop stars can't even sing.

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AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

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AMD Fanboy

I've always been an AMD fanboy through thick and thin, and even I admit that they just cannot compete right now.

In the CPU market Intel are shupping them, to the point where AMD don't even seem to be trying high end anymore, insead aiming at all in one solutions with their jaguar 8 core chips with built in graphics. It's all well and good, but it's not where the money really is, right now Intel are beating them senseless in both power (watts) and power (speed) while matching them on price / performance level, if not beating them.

At the same time they keep making jumps to catch up to nVidia, and hardware wise I'd often argue that ATI cards are better, but the drivers are a huge let down it seems. It almost feels like for every step forward AMD/ATI make, the competition takes two.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: Fashion

I have two pairs of jeans, they're exactly the same though. Gotta wear something while the other pair is in the wash.

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Re: i.amPULS

Probably Useless Lacking Sophistication.

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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

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Re: which is great

Tampering, or third party chargers, those are also to blame.

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Three UK fined £250,000 for customer complaints COCKUP

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Re: never had a prob with three

I too was with them for years and it was fine. It was when I tried to leave that all the problems began, refusal to cancel my contract and instead signing me up to a new contract in spite of me repeating over and over again "I do not want a new contract, I already have a contract elsewhere"

I then spent several months fighting with them to get the illegal contract cancelled, during which time they sent debt collectos and all sorts after me. Eventually got info on the ombudsman service or whatever it's called who deals with three. It was settled with a "He didn't sign anything, you have no legal ground to stand on, refund any money you've taken" personally I would have prefered additional payments for the amount of phone calls / stress. But at the time I was just happy it was finally done with.

As a further note, if you ever wish to cancel your contract with 3, go in store, ask a rep to call up and cancel on your behalf, state your behalf. I

As a note I'm not the only person I know of who has had this happen to them.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: If you can't say anything nice

On Eddy Itos post, it reminds me of an episode of top gear I watched once. They wanted to test drive some car, and had been told they could have one, and then teh company changed their mind because they thought that the car would get slammed.

So instead they went to a dealership, and did a 'hidden camera' test drive, I think it was James May doing the driving, can't remember.

I believe they also had another episode where something similar happened, iirc they were driving through russia or romania... some eastern europian country. Two of three cars turned up, the third did not because the company didn't want them test driving it, so IIRC hammond bought one, using his own money.

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Personally

Hot bar, sweaty hands, talking to somebody on the phone and somebody knocks into you, that's a good 6ft drop right there (give or take a few inches)

If you're a builder and you put your phone in a back pocket before climbing a ladder, that's definitely more than 3ft if it drops. Although I'd advise any builder to buy a nokia... not one of the new ones, one of the old indestructible types. Once dropped one off the top of an old oil truck, 1st story height at least, barely scuffed the plastic.

I've rarely seen anyone drop their phone from a table top, it's normally fumbling to get it out of / put it in to a jacket pocket.

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Personally

Iuno, I've already seen a few 'drop tests' being done on youtube, one of which I believe was on this site in another artile by some techfix au company (i forget the actual name) where the screen broke in stupendous style.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Happy

I sense a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of fanbois suddenly cried out in pain.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Hah

On the article itself, I love teh response of 5 years to how long have you been here. This actually happened to a friend of mine, asked a guy at the bus stop how long he'd been here "About 6 months". My mate just facepalmed, started laughing before saying "I meant at the bus stop"

As for the apple following. If it suits them then that's fine. Everyone has their own hobbies. Personally I think standing in line for a few hours for a phone is daft, then again in a week or so I'll be standing in line for a few hours to get into eurogamer... and then in march I'll be doing the same thing for comicon, so who am I to judge.

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: Time to update and backup

As quoted from Penny Arcade (badly)

I would sell my actual baby for £2.5 billion.

With that cash, Microsoft probably have a contractual obligation Notch remains for X months / years. After which he can jump ship with cash in hand, and either retire for the rest of his life, or start up a new company.

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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I am somewhat reminded of the whole contreversy of the Facebook Messenger application, personally I think the seperate messanger was daft, but I went through and disabled a load of the 'features' and now it acts just like normal messenger, so much so that I again wonder why they bothered splitting off.

ANYWAY

The furore I saw when people saw the list of permissions it needed, "Why does it want my camera / contacts / gps / first borns soul" etc. People up in arms about how facebook are going to farm this data from messenger to sell on to the highest bidder or some other fantasy... Happily ignorant of the fact that facebook already has every one of these permissions, and possibly more.

It makes me wonder if people are just plain ignorant of what folks can do with these permissions, until they're told to be angry about it in a particular case by the tabloids.

I will admit that I don't pay much attention to these permissions, not nearly as much as I should, and I do wish they'd make it a requirement to list why features are used / needed. Or better yet, disable access to certain features. (I'm getting fed of facebook and google asking if they can use my location)

No I don't use my camera straight from facebook, so you don't need camera accesss, nope nor do I use the GPS. Give us little check boxes, and a list of features that'll no longer opperate and I'll be happy (I guess)

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Re: ETA

I quite like the idea of a Trout Eel alliance. Or TEA for short.

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Re: I trout it very much.

Oh don't be so crabby.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Main thing

The main thing I dislike at the moment is how others companies have begun caving to the license fees.

Now I will say if you watch TV, you should pay the license, I don't think it's good value for money myself, especiallyw ith things like netflix / amazon etc, I personally believe teh fee should be lowered (they could probably scrap black and white TV, and lower normal TV licenses to that fee)

What I'd like to see hwoever, is somebody making a reasonably priced 'TV' only minus the transmission ability. On the one hand I don't watch TV and so am in no legal dark place, on the other, I still own a TV, and from many stories of these enforcers, owning a TV = watching live TV.

Sadly gaming monitors don't seem to go up nearly as big as TVs do, and seem to be more expensive than their TV counterparts.

So on that note, if anyone can give me a recommendation of where I could buy a 40 inch monitor which takes multiple HDMI connections, along with DVI and SCART. For a reasonable price, I'd be a happy man.

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Re: BBC content is no longer worth the Licence Fee.

Haven't touched a license in a long time. I never watched much live TV before, and I don't really watch any live TV now. If there's anything I want to watch it's usually on crunchyroll or netflix. I made sure to contact them when I first moved in to tell them I didn't watch TV, but since I live in a flat I'm wondering how long it will be before I get the threatening "We know you have a TV and we know you're watching it" letters. I imagine they'll start in november time.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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equips tinfoil hat

Microsoft are starting to pay antivirus companies to bork up windows XP. That way more people will realize how much trouble xp is and will then upgrade to windows 8 (yeahright).

That or norton are just terrible. I've had a lot of issues with them from dodgy updates, including blocking of all web traffic, so I coudln't even update norton, deleting my explorer.exe and blocking me from installing certain games / deleting the game exe after installation because it thinks the game is a virus.

Not had nearly as many issues on kaspersky.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Something for the weekend?

The weekend is almost over sir.

But I agree, for anything reasonably useful 3d printing as it is, would be fairly useless. The only thing I've seen it used for personally is rapid prototyping (even though the slow printing speed could hardly be considered rapid)

£10,000 per prototype, or £500 per prototpe. Makes a big difference, and is still much faster. Sure when it comes to the final prototype, we still splash out on the expensive 10k one, it's all the failed prototypes we've saved the money on.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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In todays news the AWS cloud servers have gone down again. In an unrelated story suddenly X banks backend systems have had a massive fault, preventing standing orders, direct debits, and even normal card transactions. More on this in news at 11.

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Google ghostly graphics haunt Image search

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Re: Rise of the machines

Google testing AI,

Google testing self driving cars

Google images, possibly testing the AI shows an image of a fatal car crash.

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I do not want these self driving cars.

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Personally

When I was with them the customer service were top notch, however it would have been nice if I didn't have to phone their customer service team monthly for every new issue that appears. For the first 6 months I was calling them every month because of a piece of bloatware they'd pre-installed on my phone, which was impossible to remove (without rooting) which also happened to be a subscription service.

Gave in, rooted phone, removed app.

Got their panther (i think) deal with the orange brand, the one with free deezer and mobile data not counted against deezer use. Was then calling them every other month when I went over my mobile data from deezer use and they were charging me.

Every time it was sorted out quickly and the staff were nothing but helpful Absolute bullshit that I had to spend so much time talking to them though.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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I'm still happy with my g15 and microsoft sidewinder mouse.

I've been tempted on more than one occasion to splash out and try a razer orbweaver / naga combo. But I suppose these things vary with the kind of game you play.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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/but

It only has 2 legs, so doesn't that technically mean that this is a wyvern, and not a dragon?

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Eureka!

We finally have a solution. Dig up the landfills, scoop up that trash island out to sea, stick it all on a space ship and have it incinerated in the atmosphere... FOR SCIENCE!

What could possibly go wrong?

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: I call bollocks.

A lot of it (in my experience with teaching parents) is that the older generation appear to be more afraid of breaking something. It took me a month of reassurances to convince my mother that unplugging the PC wouldn't wipe all the data stored on it.

Kids on the other hands are happy enough to push random buttons to see what happens. And that's the difference imo.

The XKCD tech support flow chart is a good example

https://xkcd.com/627/

Step 1: Find a menu or button that looks like it does what you want to do

Step 2: Click it.

Older generation are afraid of the first two tech support steps, lest the break something. Younger folks on the other hand will happily click whatever until something works.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!

"But I've only got one... How about 1 groat and a turnip"

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IBM can't give away its chip business: report

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Re: "Big Blue is believed to leak a billion or two dollars each year"

<pedant>

or did IBM suddenly lose their famed accounting abilities

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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One problem

'Murica won't let people go off grid. Well they do but I've read several stories of people being arrested for taking their homes off grid I think they cited terror laws as the reason.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/12/18/texas-state-tried-to-shut-down-a-sustainable-community/

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/09/florida-makes-off-grid-living-illegal-mandates-all-homes-must-be-connected-to-an-electricity-grid/

I can't comment on the quality of the above site, but I've read the same stories elsewhere in the past, so they're as good a source as any I have atm.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: The simple answer is usually the obvious one

I always suspected that time travel was afoot.

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Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

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Re: Feathers != fluffy

So what you're saying is, rather than waste money on a new Jurrasic Park film... We should just do a new line of Godzilla films?

Godilla vs CassowaryRex

We could make millions maybe even BILLIONS!

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Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

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Who said they were working, just said 'fixed while we were in the bar after work'

They probably subcontract an office gremlin. No office should be without one.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Three

As soon as I saw 3 I knew something bad was going to follow.

Many moons ago I had a contract phone with 3, it was the best deal available to me at the time, and 3 had the best coverage in my area. About a month before the end of my contract I wanted to sign up to a new deal elsewhere. It was the period of half price for 6 months, with £150 cashback on top of it, basically made my new phone free for half a year. Signed up for that with somebody else, then called 3 to cancel.

I was on the phone for half an hour repeating the word no as the salesperson tried to get me to sign up for a new contract. I repeatedly refused stating I already had a new contract and was not interested, in the end he agreed and disconnected me. The next month I got a letter informing me about my new contract.

Cancelled all direct debits, called my bank an informed them not to process anything regarding 3 due to dispute etc, contacted 3 several times and the refused to do anything, they called debt collectors on me etc etc. Eventually got instructions from consumer advice to go through their... ombudsman is it? I can't remember. Effectively what 3 did was entirely illegal, but the process wound up costing me a fair bit of money in phone calls and a lot of stress. End result I got nothing back and 3 cancelled the contract. They lost nothing I lost money.

I can only imagine the number of people who have gone through the same thing but didn't bother fighting it. Since then I advise everyone to avoid 3 like the plague.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: "then I can only surmise that they are all good"

Our old group started with D&D 3.5 and stuck with it for ages. We modified the heck out of it with house rulings for bits we weren't overly fond of / felt didn't work. However that eventually started to crumble around us and made it difficult to add new people.

Then we moved to Pathfinder which fixed most of the issues we had with D&D. Never did D&D4.0 none of us were overly enamoured with it.

We had a stint for a year or so with WoD which was great from a roleplaying perspective ,but more difficult from a combat one we found.

Right now we're looking at a few different systems to try, mainly GURPS which I believe is also a freemium system, and FATE which caught my interest.

Since playing D&D 3.5 however I've been slowly building my own system that I'd like to try some day, but building a balanced system is hard, especially when I'm trying not to rip people off too much. Turns out the system I was putting together has a lot of similarities with GURPS. Thing is I keep getting to a certain point and then forgetting about i t/ losing the documents. That point is normally magic.. I'm no re-writing it all again, this time omitting magic entirely (for now) although I did have an idea of how I could implement magic in the future.

I know there's no need for my own system, and it'll probably do more harm than good for our group but it's something that's been stuck in my mind on and off for way too long now.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Re: The trick will be in the feedback loop.

I am patenting this, all I need is a cool backronym involving Pavlov.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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A quote from Hawking

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," Hawking said. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

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The only reason we need these super space telescopes is so we can arm ourselves to the teeth when the aliens start invading. That is also the real reason why every country is stockpiling nukes.

*adjusts tinfoil hat*

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