* Posts by Amorous Cowherder

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

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I was with you until your final patronising paragraph. Have you ever descended from your ivory tower to walk among the mortals of this earth?

Normal PC users see a PC as a gadget, like a fridge or a washing machine. The PC is simply a tool that does stuff and much like their car, when it stops doing stuff it's supposed to Joe Public needs help. I've worked in IT for close on 30 years, it's my life career I know how much of a pain in the arse computers are but I also have a good idea where to start looking to sort stuff out. If my plumbing or my car starts playing up I might have an idea but I don't have the skills or the tools to fix complicated problems, it's not my job so I hire a plumber or a mechanic to look at it. I trust someone with the skills in that area, that I don't know. Non techies hire people like us. Yes they make some fucking stupid decisions and abuse the PC but can you honestly tell me you've never done anything stupid with things outside IT? I know I have.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Why? If they're anything like my pre-teen daughter it'll be spouting mindless bollocks to their mates about "who's going out with whom"(*) , stomping about the house looking moody, occasionally arguing with parents and slamming doors when things don't go their way!

(*) Note the average length of a relationship for a youngster under 14 seems to be about 3.2 seconds from what I gather!

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Times sure have changed

Way back in 2001 ( pre towers ), we got pulled by airport security in NY, they claimed we had knives in our bags. We said we had nothing of the sort. Security showed us the X-Ray and sure enough there was something that looked like knives. So we pulled the entire bag apart only to find 2 long handled hairbrushes and some finger nail sand-boards!!

I had a Swiss army penknife I stupidly left in my carry on bag, no one even noticed that!

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Desperately suspending disbelief at the whole story for a second ( no easy task ) , he wants to get famous for proving he can screw with the avionics of a plane he's riding is. He's risking his and lots of others lives, plus many more on the ground. Hmmm. If this even had a shred of truth to it, how's he going to get famous a researcher, posthumously?!

Do me favour! Best April Fools I've heard in ages!

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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CC, a lot of whinging about nothing.

After the meltdown last year I was wary, so I waited another 2 months for Adobe to get their act together and learn from it, touch wood, Photography CC package has worked flawlessly since I started using it. I even got the new Lightroom CC only 36 hours after they announced the general release. They release regular patches and it's never crashed once. My old CS5 would crash at least 2-3 times a week. I can use CC on my Windows desktop and Macbook simultaneously, something I couldn't do with my standalone copy, I had to keep moving the license back and forth and I couldn't have it on separate platforms. I've been away for 3 week shooting trips and it's worked perfectly on the laptop without any complaining about authorisation as so many said it would. A lot of the complaints people raised that put me off committing for so long, have turned out to be groundless.

No you don't own it but you don't really any software, just a license to use it. Given the pace at which operating systems and software move those standalone copies people are clining desperately to, will soon have to be run inside VMs on old copies of Windows 7 or OSX.

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Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

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"Microsoft enforcement action does not result in a console becoming unusable."

No as that would probably land MS in court however given the nature of the wonderful connected world we find ourselves in these days, something that can't connect to it's main source of data is pretty much crippled.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Re: Am I the only one

Thumbs up for TorrentFreak. I don't knock stuff off anymore but I do still love reading the news about the world of pirate sites!

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Bears/shite/woods

"...closing the site had little effect on copyright breaches. Indeed, it may have spawned a new generation of stronger piracy services."

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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the game presents a “Non-deterministic Polynomial-time” problem “that computer scientists believe are on the boundary between hard and easy.”

No one says you should spend every spare minute trying improve your intellect by reading the latest CERN research paper, there's nothing wrong with wasting a bit of time but people should try daydreaming and using their imaginations to waste time, give your brain a chance to relax for 5 mins. Playing cack like CCS is like not letting your car's revs drop below a certain point, it's not a problem to leave your brain to idle once in a while for a few minutes, it's actually beneficial.

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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"Each prototype’s speed will be capped at 25mph...", that sounds just as dangerous as too much speed.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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When I went to buy my Honda CRV the salesman said there was an option that would allow control of the accelerator where it would gauge the distance to the car in front and control the cars speed appropriately...he said it was a complete waste of time and money! And he was on a commission for selling it and even he didn't want the grief of dealing with it.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: The new 'improved' Google Maps

As a photographer I found the picture overlays that people had submitted to be very useful on Google Maps, they promptly pissed that up. The old version supported that great feature for about a year, now it's gone. You have to go to Panoramio to get that feature where a picture of a location is actually overlaid in the location itself!

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: Pap music, meh.

Metal, which is basically 50/60's rock and blues with more speed and a shit load of overdriven guitar. 30 years at the metal mast, don't get me wrong I'm a fan of anything decent like Emperor, Suno))) and Skeletonwitch but I'm under illusion where metal's roots are. I was brought up listening to Cliff and the Shadows, The Ventures, Stones, Floyd and Buddy Holly, I can see almost direct lines running back to those 60's bands.

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Re: I think hip-hop saved the charts

Grunge was basically a fusion of Husker Du/Pixies/Sonic Youth rock oddness, a lot of Neil Young style lyrics and chuck in some Ramones anger occasionally! I name check Screaming Trees, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains to name three.

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Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

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Re: Que?

What about the Belgians in Africa? As soon as things started to go a bit pear shaped they just buggered off and left the two warring factions to tear the shit out of each other.

Great Britain did capture and trade slaves from Africa. Sir Francis Drake was a very well known person who's slave trading and privateering is quietly forgotten in favour of his hero image, however that was 500 years ago.

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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Re: Ah, Out Run!

I once had a Summer job as a dogsbody at a sports centre. The town was a few miles away and I couldn't be bothered to walk, so apart from living off snacks from the vending machine I also spent every lunchtime for 2 months playing Outrun. I once completed 14 straight runs through it without fail. Meanwhile everyone else would be outside at lunchtimes enjoying the sunshine or taking advantage to use the sports equipment for free. Fairly obvious I was heading for a career in IT, that is stuck indoors in front of a screen, and kept away from direct sunlight!

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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That's nothing...

I challenge anyone to watch, "Ground Control" starring Keifer Sutherland.

www.imdb.com/title/tt0137799/

Budget in the hundreds of dollars and, at the time, minor celeb attempts to save a piss poor boring script but instead stretches what should have been a 5 min student film into a 90min lurching, done-on-the-cheap disaster of a movie. The end result is that you want to scratch out your eyes and insert a fork into your earhole and scramble your brain to make it go away!

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Never saw that coming!

"Drat we got caught, suppose we'd best raise the paperwork to make it official now."

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Simpsons surely have prior art?

"Last time I saw Old Red he was in a body bag."

"Yep, that sounds like Old Red!"

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

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" HTTPS via Internet.org is going to 'happen soon.' "

Just as soon as the FB engineers can install the SSL snooper appliances. We must be able to snoop your traffic you naughty freeloaders!

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Certainly better than the usual LEGO mini-figs in space stuff, clone out the strings and that looks pretty damn good!

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Pornography and minors

I'm curious. If the minimum age for Facebook sign-up is 13 and this image was shown to a 13 year old, could Facebook be sued for showing pornographic material to a minor?

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Gambling with your data: Betfair fixes HUGE account reset email vuln

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I think someone must have accidentally put the alpha development source live from source control, there's no other explanation for this rampant stupidity!

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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Re: Facebook shill

Just what I was thinking, a whinging maggot trying to garner sympathy. Sorry but the world is a bigger place than the good ole' US of A and the world has lots of very small countries, and where they've combined they are all given a right to speak and make their own points. So this FB shill should realise that this the very epitomy of a democratic group like Europe, everyone gets a say! Don't like it FB? Then simply shutter up your website and don't allow anyone from a European IP to access it. Oh no, you won't do that as it would mean losing potentially a 1/4 to 1/3 of your "products" who won't be able to access the site. ( rough estimate of 600m in Europe ).

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Everything that's new is crap

Reality bites!

When Windows95 came out the general public were getting their first taste of the "inta-toobs" and MS hit a spot. Other than the Sony Playstation, most consoles ( Sega, Ninntendo ) were seen as kids toys, serious gamers used PCs. MS managed to convince people that they needed to keep upgrading to retain that "first time" experience and keep playing those state of the art games. Sadly the wheels have long since come off that wagon, the average person has that laptop/PC they bought 3 years ago and it's still good enough for using the "da toobs" to email Granny in Canada and to satisfy little Johnny's need to play Minecraft. Outside that Johnny can play his "Kill a Brown Bad Guy" game on his PS4 as he can have it in his room, he has a mobile phone and probably a tablet for everything else. When most people need to write a formal document, they can simply use Google office apps through a copy of Chrome, no need to buy and install huge office apps suite these days, most people simply want to bang out a formal letter to the GP or the local council and Google through a browser is adequate.

MS needs people to keep upgrading their hardware, that's generally the only time your average Joe P actually upgrades their O/S. I can put money down and show you that most of my rellies are still using XP or Windows 7 and they're happy, change is tough. MS keeps faffing around with the interface and average person doesn't like it. Most people still see a PC like a fridge or washer, just a device to get things done. They don't expect the fridge to change every 9 months!

MS are damned lucky that Apple kit is expensive. I have at least one relative who got absolutely fed up with Windows 8 inability to do simple things like edit a home movie. My wife lent them her Macbook and with just the bog standard OSX apps, her video was edited and output in 30 minutes with no previous experience. They were going to get a new Windows laptop, now they've decided to spend a little more and get a Macbook. Plenty of IT people are setting up Linux desktops as most people simply need a browser. With Google Office apps online, those are good enough for most people.

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Mortgage data splashed all over the net. Thanks HSBC Finance

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"Since HSBC does not appear to be claiming that it suffered a breach by hackers it seems that it may have inadvertently stored the data in a manner that made it accessible on the internet."

A1, first class excuse! "We weren't hacked sir! Honest! We simply put it there by mistake and some other, bigger boys read it sir!"

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Who runs this world? Sony Pictures CEO jokes about getting UK culture minister fired

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"Don't think your vote will make the blindest bit of difference when it comes to who holds the power."

Who holds the power? Mainly the "Humphreys" running the Civil Service isn't it?

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She's running an "Upper Crust"? Mines a cheese and tomato baton with a cup of cha on the side please!

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The lives of the great and the good eh? Yep some bloke who runs a division of worldwide tech company just decides to fire a government minister in the UK and put his best mate in charge. When these sorts have such a disconnected sense of reality, it's no wonder no one has any trust in govs and corps.

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WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

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Just a mere 27k for a letter by the first ever developer/programmer, Ada Lovelace? Sounds about right, even after 150 years women in IT still getting a bum deal!

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Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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Re: Why have age limits at all?

Surely it's their shindig and they can invite whomever they wish? I've no interest in the Apple "ecosphere" but same would apply if you held a development conference in your local church hall, it's your do, your rules.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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"Google's Rachel Whetstone responded to reports of anti-competitive conduct by posting a GIF of a baby."

Well that confirms all I need to know about what Google think of we mere plebs.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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I wasn't aware you could get pre-video ad blockers too, you learn something useful every day!

Cheers!

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Insurance

Out of the whole sorry episode the most amusing part is all these well off dealers whinging that their uninsured jewellery was nicked. Let's re-iterate that word again....UNINSURED.

You have something valuable and you don't get it valued or insured, more fool you!

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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"It's like heroin...."

The fervour of some of the Apple fans always reminds of the skit in Frasier.

Frasier Crane: "The food is die for!"

Marty Crane: "No Frasier. Your flag is die for. Your country is die for. Food is to eat."

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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Re: Windows-as-a-Service

I bought into the Adobe CC model for Photoshop and Lightroom and couldn't be happier. Working out the difference I'd have to stump up £700 for those two if I were able, but with CC I pay £8:50/month and I get constant rolling upgrades and I can install it on 2 seperate machines at the same time. I have Windows edition on my desktop and concurrently the OSX edition on my Macbook when I'm shooting away from home. I could never do that with a single paid-for edition as it had to be deauthorised before reauthorising on another machine, so I already have twice as much software for a cheaper price. I worked out, it would take me several years of rental CC to pay the same amount as I would a full paid copy.

Don't ever forget you never, ever own software. What you get is always a license to to use it, which you have paid for. In the previous sales model you still had full functioning software after you had paid and long after it had stopped being supported, that's big difference. What I will have if I stop paying for my "ransomware" is no software.

O/S on a monthly model, no way as that's truly holding people to ransom. I don't need Photoshop to be able use my machine, I do need an O/S. I'm happy with Win8.1 ( one of the few who is! ) I left OSX behind because I liked Windows8 so much, but if MS start messing about with rental versions of Windows, by-bye and I'm off to go play with the fruity mob again thanks very much.

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EU Commish mulls new bloc-wide rule on web content takedowns

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Add "re-imagine" and the suffix "-gasm" and I'm right with you!

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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Re: So....

If I wish to walk around with a balaclava on during the winter months, do I have something to hide? Am I about to cause trouble? Or is that I don't want a cold head and also you've become one of those people who's become so damned paranoid by way of a moronic media that truly believes in the mantra, "nothing to hide, nothing to fear"?

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Not in the Ware ( Herts. ) area it didn't. I've been busily flushing backups up to an online storage site and never noticed anything untoward.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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As an amateur landscape photographer, the BST change over gives just a couple of weeks more when I can shoot in the morning before work and catch the sunset after work.

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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Re: I see tears ahead...

This is the reason I'm intrigued, purely as a backup to my backups. I have 140 years of family history in photos in JPG and 7 years of landscape images I've shot. 2 backup sets on NAS boxes at home and I want offsite storage to dump 2TB of CR2s, ARWs, TIFFs and JPGs. My wife has a Prime account and that's really got me interested as I can piggy back her account for this.

NSA and US Gov? I'm not bothered if they want to rake through 45,000 images of long dead pets and my since deceased relies grinning into camera!

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Not worth going then

Ideas and situations change, mostly for the better. We don't use terms like paki, nig-nog, wog or coon any more because they're nasty, racist and only serve to demean others based on skin colour and cause friction. Would you describe your female co-workers as babes and bitches? Not unless you want slap and handed a cardboard box by HR.

The world is changing Duncan my old son and having respect for everyone, whether they have a penis of a vagina, shows we are growing up and becoming better people. I suggest you leave your 1950's attitude to women at the door.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Human nature

"Yes, stupid safety features. They should ban selt belts and airbags and put a massive barbed spike sticking out the middle of the steering wheel. That would stop speeding. Dead."

They should also make it compulsory to learn to read a comment, weigh up the relative merits and then make a sensible comment in return. Instead we have the "unlicensed" with their utterly stupid knee-jerk reactions.

I interpreted the OP AC comment as simply making a point that safety features are all well and good but should be designed to consider that human override is appropriate sometimes. ABS braking, no human override, airbags no override, sign reading speed limiters yes override allowed.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: sigh!

It's pure unadulterated "poor porn", cheap and easy to make. Get an out of work jobbing actor for £100/day, get them to voice over some PD CCTV footage and you've got yourself a TV show.

The mentality of those who watch, "Ha ha, look at those people they're worse than us, let's laugh at them for entertainment!". Sorry but anyone who sinks low enough to watch this kind of utter shit for entertainment is, in my opinion, lower than the people being shown in these so called documentaries.

Reminds me of the "TV shows" in THX-1138, simply boiled down to the key elements. You want sex? Just watch two people having it off. Want violence? Watch someone being beaten. Why bother wasting time with characters of plots, just show the key elements in the raw.

I'd rather watch my cat take a dump than the shite that spews out of the TV channels these days.

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Re: Good

Depends but in some places here in London, caught urinating in public can lead to a fine of up £500.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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I'm probably the only person on the planet who doesn't have a problem with Windows 8, then again I'm a bit odd. I had a mate who swore that Windows ME was a stunning version of Windows at the time everyone else couldn't wait to piss on ME's grave!

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Re: Desktops????

I swear I seem to vaguely recall a third-party util/hack that allowed you to get multiple desktop screens under Windows 95.

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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New security features? Shame 'cos I love collecting fake £1 coins, best places to pick them up are pubs.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Am I the only one...

Simple enough! We do what they did with the Jubilee line in London, simply put glass walls all long every road and the doors only open when the cars all stop!

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