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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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I wish

the government would stop wasting money on BS like this and actually put it somewhere more useful.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: Interesting Point I Suppose

I had a casette player with a mechanical slide to lock, so you didn't accidentally hit rewind in your pocket.

In the future I had the same thing on a CD player, slide to lock so I couldn't skip tracks accidentally.

When I bought my first MP3 player it had a digital slide to lock, swipe your finger over it, light turned red and you couldn't accidently skip tracks etc... This one didn't work too well though, had to slide several times at varying speeds to get it to work. I can't remember who made the mp3. the casette was JVC can't remember who made the CD player either. (possibly JVC again)

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Waitwhat?

Maybe it'll actually be a new version of windows?

I mean so far we've had to pay for

Vista

Windows 7 (vista 2)

Windows 8 (Vista 3)

So maybe 9 will actually be a step forward.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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I agree and disagree. Front end software patents are utter bunk, things like "a method of displaying an icon on a screen with the use of pixels... for a mobile device" or "Bounce back" when you scroll too far. Basically all software design patents.

I'd also say the vast majority of hidden front end stuff shouldn't be patentable, 'patented' spell and grammar checkers for example.

But the completely back end only stuff, filesystems, ways for operating the kernel, I believe this stuff should be protected since it provides something pretty major while at the same time it wouldn't be that obvious to the majority, I mean how many years did it take to put together exFAT or NTFS etc. If it were so simple, android would have migrated to GooFS (google filesystem I just made up) to get around the patent issue.

I think design stuff should however be protected under copyright, just not patent.

On a similar note, I've got a feeling the stuff microsoft is extracting royalties for probably relates to the filesystem / kernel areas. If I remember rightly the Linux kernel makes use of numerous microsoft patents, but is protected by a cross licensing deal of some variety, although android is built off of the linux kernel it's a distinct fork so probably lacks said protection, and I imagine that's where microsoft have gotten their in.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: How to avoid getting soaked in a storm

Maybe a better version would be "stand under a dead tree and get wet, realize tree is dead and move over to one which is dying"

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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Re: in other news

I see you're suffering an aneurysm, would you like help with that?

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Ya'll be back now

It's the fancy plates and stuff you put your food on when friends come round. Some families also use it for thanksgiving.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Your son has good taste. I always root for the bad guy, and I'm waiting for a game where I get to play the villain rather than the hero. I don't wanna be a pokémon master, I want to take over the world darn it.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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I imagine it's because of the stereotype with women. Y'know more attractive or blond etc the dumber the stereotype says they are. I've seen plenty of girls whoa re attractive and intelligent, plenty who are attractive and dumb as bricks, the same for the less attractive.

Guys it's kind've more obvious. Most of my friends who I thought would do well in life are doing well, lots of my friends I guessed would be on minimum wage suck jobs are. And of course there's always the one who you think will do well because they're smart, and then they turn into NEETs.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Mojo jojo

Seeing a brain in a plastic casing reminded me so much of mojo jojo from the powerpuff girls. I could just imagine some eccentric billionaire rich guy having the top of his skull replaced with a plastic tube that showed off his brain beneath.

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Re: I want...

Only issue is they spy satellites. If people with metal fillings can pick up radiowaves, imagine what you could pick up with an entire skull made of metal. They could use you to intercept enemy transmissions, or you could attach a wire from your head to your phone to boost signal strength.

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

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The part about "A recent survey" just makes me think of the daily fail.

A recent study has found that *Insert item* causes cancer. With the actual contents being that there has been an observational study performed which found a link with "insert scientifict name for Nutrient X" and cancer. "Item" contains "Nutrient X" and will therefore give you cancer, ignoring the fact "Item" has 0.1mg and the observational study only found a link with those consuming 300mg or more per day.

Reminds me of that other thing we had recently, about how meat is as bad for you as smoking. For advice on how much this was bunk, just google

examine.com high protein diet cancer.

I would post the link but my works firewall is about as accurate as an american with an assault rifle surrounded by friendlies.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Gameception?

Wonder if you could get away with making any game which uses a VR headset. Maybe several small games, and in thsoe games you could have a menu where you're on the VR deck from Red Dwarf. And when you die you take off the headset in the game, but you're still in the game.

You could even sell a groinial attachment to go with it.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Re: Apple DON'T repair your iThing

Can't confirm it about apple, but it's a standard thing a lot of companies do when you send your stuff away for repair. You send it off and in the meantime they send you back a refurbished model, if they have the exact same model in stock you get the same, if they don't you get newer because they can't legally downgrade you.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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really enjoyed fable and fable 2. Fable 3 was a joke of a game though. I always had it in my mind that adventure RPG style games were meant to be challenging to a degree, and last a while.

Fable 3 didn't even last 6 hours, it didn't last 3 hours if you ignore the loading time going into your inventory. And you couldn't die in it. Even with difficulty turned up it didn't seem possible to die in it.

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

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Re: Sheesh

I'm sorry you went over the 140char limit. Please try again.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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So

What are the alternatives to the oculus? I know Steam and Sony are both working on VR solutions, any others on the horizon?

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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I remember

buying an orange monte carlo phone, it came with some TrafficTV app pre-installed. Every month they'd charge me £5 subscription for it, each month I'd call up and tell them to reverse the charge (and they would) because I hadn't used it. Then the next month I'd get another bill because the bastard thing was on my phone.

After a few months of this I gave up and put cyanogen mod on my phone. Fixed the TrafficTV issue, would have been easier to fix if I could have unintalled the bastard thing.

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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Re: Hmmm...

"I'm just gonna walk like this *starts kicking the air* and if you get hit it's you're own fault"

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: This

I remember getting banned from a forum once for saying I was having faggots for dinner. Faggots being the following

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_(food)

Completely unrelated topic I know, but still. Also, from reading the brief description of ovo lacto vegetarian. Isn't that just like... regular vegetarian? I mean if you remove eggs and milk that's the general shift from vegetarian to vegan right? Or am I missing something here.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: Awful lot of misogynists here

No we don't. We also have GitHub's reply: https://github.com/blog/1800-update-on-julie-horvath-s-departure.

There's not much room for doubt.

Actually there's plenty of room for doubt. That's a fairly standard response to a HR situation. Do nothing about it at all and say "They didn't do anything wrong" and you're the bad guy. If they haven't done anything wrong and you let them go instantly you're open to unfair dismissal. If you give them leave (doesn't say unpaid) while you investigate further it gives the impression something is being done. This investigation will either come back as "they've been let go" or "we have found little evidence of her claims"

Can't make any claims for or against her because, like everyone else we only have one side of the story (as stated the github response is a non factor since it's standard to cover their backs) it could be that she was harassed, it could be that she didn't fit in and began to feel everyone was against her. We just don't know, and we won't know until the investigation is complete (internal or otherwise)

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Re: Hmm

David, are you comparing being a women to being handicapped and wheelchair bound? Absolutely disgusting, I expect some level of sexism when I'm on the internet but this just goes way over the line.

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It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II

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Re: If you attack while its tail is up, it'll fire a laser at you!

Thanks, it's been a few years since I last played (2011 i think) so I couldn't remember the exact quote. First time I played through I almost rage quit the game because of that. "I'm attacking while its tail is up and I KEEP DYING STILL!"

Friend explained the poor translation to me, easy sauce from then onwards >.>

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Re: Gotta say

What I'm kinda hoping is that the soul cashing in thing is done on an area basis. IE level 1 zone 1 you can collect a grand total of 5000 souls. If you die and lose those souls however, the count of the souls you picked up from there is reset. That way you don't run the risk of losing your souls forever, just... temporarily.

I can in some ways understand why they've done this. Some people who get stuck on Boss X, would grind souls for hours just so they could beat the boss with brute force, rather than skill. As for the health drop, I can only assume they've gotten rid of "alive" and "dead" mode. In DS if you died you dropped straight to 50% health as the max until you were revived again, which of course only lasted as long as you lived (which normally wasn't long since people could at that point invade your world)

I imagine that's what this replaces, but I can't be certain since I don't have the game yet.

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Gotta say

I agree with pretty much everything in this review. Especially the point of games feeling dumbed down, and a challenge such as Dark Souls 2 is like an oasis in a desert filled with packing foam.

To clarify what I mean, Diablo 2 was a fun challenging game which you had to explore and grind here and there to win, even on easy you could run into a named enemy and risk death. Diablo 3 you really can't die without trying / playing really sloppily until you reach the nightmare difficulty.

I will say one aspect of DS2 scares me however, and that would be the lack of soul farming. That was my bread and butter, i'm also terribly worried about one simple mechanic from the old games which, combined with this one, will make me run back to the start every time I have enough souls to level. Die once, drop all souls, die a second time, and the dropped souls are gone. In a game where you can only farm a limited amount of souls, this prospect is terrifying, unless you now keep the souls on death, which would be welcome but also kinda sad.

The graphics on dark souls however are amazing, I personally felt the bosses in Dark Souls reminded me much of Shadow of Collosus in many ways. It wasn't about gear, or level, or anything like that (althoguh both make it much MUCH easier) it's about strategy. When he swings this way dodge left, that way backwards ,if he raises his sword in the air run as far away as possible and pray to the 12 that you're lucky enough to not die. Even with the normal enemies it's about strategy. *Five enemies, can't take them all.. there's a ledge there, and 3 of them are lungers... I can probably take out one with my bow and arrow... pew pew pew one down, lungers, roll left, good two fell down the cliff, only a lunger and a shield guy left"

Most games just don't give that level of strategy or difficulty any more. You either have hordes of enemies who die at a single swipe from your weapon, or fall at a single bullet from your gun. You then have bosses who appear, only to give you a tooltip or a voiceover say "Hey it looks like the joints aren't that well armoured, maybe you can try attacking them!" "If you attack while its tail is up, it'll fire a laser at you!"

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: @ Aaiieeee

I think the AC above is a pair of pliers in disguise.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Re: BBQ

At least you'll have an excuse if you BBQ chicken tastes like shit.

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Will Yelp help 'Yahoo!' compete with Google? Search us...

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Re: Yawn

They still have too much value to go into the boneyard. They've got to plummet the value as low as possible before google buy them, probably for a few minor services while they'll sell on the core service to somebody else.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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Re: Fountains of the deep

And here I always thought Cthullu was trapped in an alternate dimension. Maybe the alternate dimension is actually a tear between dimensions, so he lives both in our dimension trapped below the earth, and outside of our dimension so he can't affect anything around him. A bit like in TNG: The Next Phase when Geordie and that other person get stuck out of phase with the dimension.

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Universal Music mulls 'all you can eat' buffet of song downloads

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Alternative Option

Do a streaming service, people subscribe to monthly, and as part of that monthly sign up give them a discount. "Buy this track for £1.99 from iTunes, or if you're signed up to our subscription service, only £1

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Re: Found this on a tp link router last night

I actually started using comodo recently. Can't exactly remember why, never even heard of iceDragon before, so I'll give it a look.

I've actually been caught out by this problem a few times in the past, and by I I mean my family and I've had to go through and change settings for them. As a note, Orange routers are terrible, at one point were were having the DNS changed on us almost monthly.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Are they blond?

A Dell spokeswoman said the fee covered the time taken to install Firefox, rather than the product itself.

The Mozilla product must be without cost and its distribution (whether by download or other media) may not be subject to a fee, or tied to subscribing to or purchasing a service, or the collection of personal information.

I'm pretty certain that charging for the time taken to install firefox would come under "Distribution may not be subject to a fee"

And £16.25 to install firefox? Even assuming a slow installation of around 5 minutes, that's touching on £200 an hour.

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eBay stockholders! There's MORE to COME, thunders Carl Icahn

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Survery questions

Majority of investors want the board to change. With no figures I can only assume this majority is 50.1% of something equally low

43% of investors want to split off paypal.

Isn't it great how he goes by the number of investors, rather than how big their investment is? 20 biggest investors vs 43% of what remains. I don't think he has a hope in hell. Then again at this point the douche should just start saying the opposite of what he wants to do.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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From my look at it, the "we can use it as a shiny placemat" and the "false economy" of going through the process of getting the court order. I think at this point it's stubborn british pride. The device was left to him by his mother, apple are preventing him from using the device, so he's taking action about it.

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

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If dinosaurs aren't real. Is Philosoraptor a mass delusion?

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Re: A paper based on "what if"?????

What we need is hubert farnsworths what if machine.

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

We must tell the guardians a 'noble lie'.[1] The noble lie will assure them that they are better than those they serve and it is therefore their responsibility to guard and protect those lesser than themselves. We will instill in them a distaste for power or privilege; they will rule because they believe it right, not because they desire it.

Looks like we can now see what Platos republic would have led to.

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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Re: Bozhe moi...

I had assumed a PETAbyte would be one of the few insects left, whom PETA have made their poster child for some reason or another.

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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I'm surprised

nobody has attempted to take ICahn to court yet, accusations of insider trading (effectively) and directly confronting that guy whose name I forget, sounds a bit like slander to me.

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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Re: /sigh

Ars Technica did that a while back as an experiment.

They changed their page so that if adblock was enabled, not only were adds removed, but so was all the content. Apparently the idea was to start a debate on pretty much this kind of topic. Users were given 3 options, pay subscription, whitelist the site, or deal with it. Apparently the 'deal with it' crowd were rather vocal.

However not long after they did this, adblock changed the extension so it worked around the content strip.

This brings about two thoughts for me personally

I actually somewhat approve of this system, it seems... fair. Either pay for ad free, or don't and deal with adverts. I'll agree that sites need to get funding from somewhere. But I can also see a level of potential abuse, namely getting the most annoying adverts ever, and effectively pushing people towards paying protection money, i mean subscriptions to avoid them.

I grabbed adblock personally because I was getting peeved going to sites which had those banner ads that popped out and covered half the screen (normally funnily enough right as you clicked on something) or the ones with audio. Right now I have adblock set to allow unobtrusive adverts and that works for me. I still don't generate any revenue because I never click the darn things, but still.

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Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

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Re: Setting precedence

As one who is easily offended, your lack of empathy to my kind offends me. I demand you retract your post and issue a public apology.

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Say WHAT? Qualcomm, MediaTek scrap over who has best 'marketing gimmick' octocore

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And yet I still get a better shave using the 2 blade when I can find it. I find the 5 4 and occasionally even the 3 blades get clogged up with hair after the first shave. Still usable for a few weeks but nowhere near as comfortable and getting worse each time. The 2 blade? Run it under the tap and boom, clog free and works like a dream.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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lol

Elop, who was a rumoured contender for the position of top dog at Microsoft after the retirement of current CEO Steve Ballmer, will be working on devices like Xbox and Surface tablets

That's pure genius, put the guy who watned to get rid of the xbox division in charge of xbox. I mean, that is pure brilliance right there. Then again, while trying to make a success out of Nokia he single handedly drove them into the ground, so maybe by trying to drive something into the ground he'll actually make it better?

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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Re: DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

We're in an international market people. Clearly it's ¥11

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Well

They're streaming services which you can get on Linux with a bit of jiggerypokery. I can't remember the details off hand, but it was something to do with WINE and the windows version of firefox. There are other methods, this was the one I found simplest... I'm sure the instructions are out there somewhere.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Re: Confused

I always liked the idea of having it so your GPS would link to your cars speedometer, and then feedback whether you're going above the speed limit. Perhaps in a future of electric cars having it so that it automatically caps your top speed to 5mp above the speed limit. At least it would kind've eliminate some of the stupidity you see on the road, even if a lot of drivers would hate it.

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

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Re: In the words of Ron Swanson:

Anything that bounces when it barks is not a dog. It's a chew toy.

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Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival

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Re: Idiots

Google shopping might be shite, but foundem is far worse.

Search for item on foundem and I'm given about 5 items all at, lets say... £10 + shipping. Search the same thing on google and I'm finding hundreds of pages of items (okay so only the first 3 pages are relevant) priced at £8.99 with free shipping.

Not only that, google shopping has saved me a fair bit of cash over the years. Are there other price comparison sites? Yes, and I've used them, and on occasion they work out cheaper than google for specific things, but 9/10 google gives me the same, or better deals.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Re: This is old news...

I'm looking forward to the iPhone 8. I hear you can side load windows on it.

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Re: I'll have a go at translation

And on the translation front ,9.75million yen is aprox £58,000. So the number it cost the airline isn't nearly as bad as it sounds.

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