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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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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Its a shame really

its not even the cost, its the whole experience. Its both dated, overpriced and overrated.

This reminds me of the annoying adverts at the beginning of DVDs. (which I still don't get the point of) hey you bought this DVD legally, now we're going to talk at you about how stealing is wrong. That'll teach those thieves who pirated the DVD and therefore didn't see this annoying advert.

But the most annoying is the one advert that goes on about how "By downloading this film you're missing out on the true movie experience"

If I wanted the true movie experience, I'd spill a sugary drink over the floor to get that extra sticky sensation, have somebody standing up in front of me and blocking my view every few minutes, talking, playing on mobile phones, and eating loud snacks (who ever decided nachos should be a cinema snack food should be shot in the foot)

I often find that a lot of these anti piracy things are aimed at the wrong people (the people who paid)

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Funny, I too once had a bad reaction to being taken into an apple store once. First it got hard to breath, heart palpatations, and then I had an intense urge to leave. It was actually the start of a panic attack because there were too many people in there, but I can't help but think apple is partially to blame.

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

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Re: Pharma sales

Can't help but be reminded of the pharma rep from scrubs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmoVsbaFrHc

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs

Not sure, but if flintstones is anything to go buy I'd gues pretty darn good. That and roast pterodactyl.

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WinPhone iView app flap: Microsoft to pull 'unauthorised' app... coded by STAFFER

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Re: I think this quote sums it all up...

That's just cruel. Ralph gets bullied enough, no need to compare him to WP

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Prepare yourself for PlayStation pr0n: Sony shows off PS 4 beta-fest

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although the stage of old tellies was a nice touch

When I saw the pile of tellies my immediate thought was. NEW PERSONA GAME! Y'know, considering the pile of old TVs from Persona 4. But alas. (for anyone wondering what I'm talking about when I say TV pile)

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs38/i/2008/343/c/3/DarKaoZ___Persona_4_PS3_Theme_by_darkaoz.png

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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If only

they could give it some way to monitor when you're falling asleep, could be useful for keeping me awake in boring / any meetings.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Parents

are the bane of the computing world.

I've actually printed this out

https://xkcd.com/627/

and given a copy to my mother. Sadly it was a long slow process getting her far enough to use that. I remember when we got our first PC, I was about... 8 or 9? Mum spent several days trying to use the PC with the manual etc, didn't get too far, within the first half hour I was using it to a higher competence than her.

It took so long just to teach basic things.

"Double click the icon"

"I am, it isn't working!"

"Are you double clicking quickly, or are you just going click... click"

"Does it make a difference?"

"... double click quickly"

"Oh now it's working"

It also took me a long time to convince her that turning it off at the plug socket wouldn't reformat the computer. She was actually afraid that if it was ever unplugged she'd lose all the data on the PC.

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Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species

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No picture?

How can I postulate on the proportions of these pint sized pachyderms without a picture?

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: More data required

Or trying to strike up a conversation.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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On the one hand

I like the idea of print to order. It would save a lot of space for books in the warehouse, cutting out costs of transport, storage etc, kinda how I wished many moons ago when stores actually sold CDs that they'd do a kiosk which was basically iTunes connected to a CD writer, so rather than buying an album, you could buy the tracks you wanted and put them on a custom disk.

But the rest of this stuff, wanting to dictate the prices etc. Isn't this pretty much the reason Amazon took Apple to court before?

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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I don't get the BBC

We pay £12.50 a month to pay for the BBC, basically 2 channels for 1/4 the cost of a sky subscription. And yet we have this god awful television, low budget tripe... and doctor who. As for the lack of countryside coverage, when are they watching TV? All I ever see on the bloody channel is countryfile and 'ye olde time show of victorian era'. and occasionally if I watch during the day Doctors (oh and the snooker when it's on).

What are they going to do to showcase the countryside folks more? Start a new soap opera and put it up against emmerdale? "Down in sommorset farms we got tra'ers an comboin 'ar'sters."

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: The anti-helicopter wires it hit

So THATS what that's meant to be a picture of.

All this time I thought it was some kind of scorpion.

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

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Re: I missed the old days ...

his bunch of debug printf(); statements wouldn't produce no output

Wouldn't product no output? So they would produce output then?

Sorry, I was confused by your double negative. You see grammar is very important to the Nazi party.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Special Needs

What ever happened to the good old malted milks. Perfect for any occasion.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Nah

bullets cost too much, we'd be better of bludgeoning them all to death.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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I had to upgrade the RAM on my mother, and step fathers laptops.

Brand new Windows 7 laptops, only 1gb of RAM. Add on the shovelware and that wasn't nearly enough. Removal of bloatware, and the installation of more RAM sped the thing up no end. Still slow as hell though, I've since told them to ask me before they buy another laptop.

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Bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox finds a friend to fend off out-of-pocket investors

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Re: "Gonzague Gay-Bouchery"

Just don't do a google image search for him.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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Don't quote me on this

But I think the guy is just an idiot who doesn't make himself clear.

Whether it’s Bitnet, The Tor – which is 90 per cent of the Internet – peer-to-peer sharing, or the streaming capability worldwide

I think it's meant to be Tor which covers is 90% of the internets P2P transfers. Meaning that the majority of THIEVING PIRATE SCUM! torrenters have taken to using TOR in order to circumvent firewalls or prevent themselves from being tracked. So not 90% of the entire internet, but 90% of torrenters.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Load of Shite

My dad gave away pretty much my childhood video collection to a friend for their kid to watch. The kid didn't watch 'modern' tv. But he'd sit hours on end watching animals of farthing wood, classic noddy etc.

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WORLD CUP SHOCK: England declared winner in 2-1 defeat to Italy

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So england won

Because there was more twitter traffic about football from England supporters.

But wasn't most of that traffic lambasting Rooney or talking about how boring Nevilles commentary was? Surely those can't count.

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

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Re: A troupe of boffins?

I am personally a fan of a pod of boffins, since we apparently work in pods where I am.

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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Careful

If they've found the secret ocean it's only a matter of time until they uncover R'lyeh

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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This is why

I could never work at one of those companies where you can make your own title. Software Liason for Ubiquitous Technologies.

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Re: Mephhead Not an 'hack'.

Aren't most of El Reg's journalists called hacks?

:P

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Re: Not a 'hack'.

FTFY

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: Headline is lie

He already has a proper job, that's what journalists do these days. All it was missing was the word SHOCK! at the beginning of it and it could have passed as newspaper worthy.

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Re: Even with all that GPU power

That's not just a female problem. I spent several hours customizing my Elder Scrolls char to look exactly as I wanted him to, only so I would never really see their faces again. Likewise on most MMO which relatively good customization.

I think I have a problem.

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Re: Understandable I guess

Somebody set up us the bomb.

Main screen turn on

All your base are belong to us

You have no chance to survive make your time.

Move ZIG

For great justice.

Text to speech will never be as good as this. Ever.

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Re: So which is it?

And the inevitable, "We're now releasing DLC for remale avatars whcih wil cost an additional £6.99"

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Re: Filmed in the UK for the tax breaks,

I find it far too much with more recent films. Sometimes a green screen is used and it's not overly noticable, normally because they blur the background to buggery. But so many times now you can tell instantly in films they're stood in front of a green screen, it just doesn't look good.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Not a fan

of the idea of teaching all kids to code. It doesn't make sense to me. School should be a preparation for things people will need. I'd much rather see them scrap this idea that all kids need to know how to code, and instead teach them something useful.

How to fill in a cheque, pay bills, put up a shelving unit, replace a light switch / plug / put up a new lighting fixture safely (general home DIY)

Kids are more likely to need that information than they are coding.

Perhaps a taster course and give them the option of picking it up later on down the line, but not an entire subject dedicated to it.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: objects and stuff

Java Guy: “OK guys. Any idea how to make women more interested in us?”

C++: More exceptions?

Python: New methods?

ANSI-C: Stop treating them like objects?

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Re: CryptTrue

Crypto the wonder true.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: It's how you cook it

I should also say where I used to work they once tried deep frying bacon. "just to see how well it cooks"

I think americans would have liked the outcome.

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Re: It's how you cook it

My grandads way of cooking bacon was frying it in lard. Never oil, always lard.

If they did a roast, they'd always keep and render the juices, keeping the fat so they can render it into lard, and the juice for stocks / gravys.

Nan used the stock for meals, Grandad used the fat for bacon.

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Office website HACKED: Passwords, addresses, phone numbers slurped

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Be an optimistic pesimist

Always assume the worse, that way you're rarely disappointed, and often pleasently surprised. Hence I'll assume it was all stored plain text. That way if it turns out it was encrypted we'll all be pleasently surprised. Even though I don't hve account there anyway.

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