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The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

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Had an ASUS TF-101 for the last two and half years and I'm happy with it. Recently rooted it and put KitKat on it, battery life is better than ever and it seems a tad more responsive. It works perfectly for everything I need but when it does finally die I'll be more than happy to buy another ASUS tablet based on my good experiences with this one.

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eBay impulse buyers STAY AWAY: Holy Grail Superman comic book to fetch $2m+

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Charity donation aside, I bet Fleabay can't wait to get their claws into that lovely 10% commission on the sale of a $2m item!

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June Whitfield and EE to old folk: Would you like a nice cup of tea and some internet, dear?

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My 75 year old Dad isn't normal!

I thank the heaven's my Dad was always a DIY tech nutter. He was always making daft electronic gadgets when I was growing up in the 70's ( usually burning stains on the kitchen table with his soldering iron, much to the annoyance of my late Mum! ). The minute he got his hands on a micro back in the early 80's there was no stopping him. He's 75 now and I don't get normal parent type calls about unable to work out how to use the DVD player. I get calls from him along the lines of, "I need to extract source data from website ABC.com, get it into CSV and import into another Filemaker database I'm writing, have you got any Java source I can get started with to get it dumped?"! I love him for it!

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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Bankruptcy stock and dealt with by a load of people who are simply just shifting and lifting old kit to get money back.

The company goes down, the employees might be lucky to get a token pay off but most are just happy to be out of it and off a new job. The old crap in the offices is just dumped on the back of lorries by people who neither know nor care what it is, they're just told to "pile 'em high and sell them off" to get money back to pay the bankruptcy debt back to the bank.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: What really matters

Steady there soldier! Fischer's aged well but not THAT well!

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Facebook in new 'experiment' drama: Will users buy it?

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Best of luck, anyone with any sense already has AdBlock. Actually anyone with any sense has already avoided Facebook!

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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"access to said picts"?

Don't bring the the Scot's into this as well, they have enough to worry about at the moment!

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BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

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"...we are satisfied that BT did comply with the Data Protection Act in relation to its BT Mail email platform," an ICO spokesman told El Reg.

Well I wouldn't have expected any less than this from the toothless entity that is the ICO!

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Smell the Glove!

If Spinal Tap don't re-release "Smell the Glove" using this for the cover, I'll be very disappointed!

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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The only thing I like about the start menu is that I can quickly find things more easily by looking down groups of folders and lists of apps, that I find easier than the tiled interface where you need a rough idea what you're looking for in order to find it. Apart from that I'm not that bothered but I do wish they'd make up their bloody minds! Either bring it back or don't, all this pissing about like a fart in a cullendar, don't know which hole to go out through!

Stupid thing is, they bring it back now there will be this section of Windows releases where there is no Start Menu available, so we'd move from Windows with, through Windows without and back to Windows with!

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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OK, not a problem but....

What about the rest of us?

You greedy media moguls are doing it to protect your goodies from unauthorised copying, fair enough but what about my photos? Will they get the full weight of the law next time some thieving, spotty faced sod has at one of my images, butchers it and tries to pass it off as their own? Will you lot come to my aid? Will you send in SWAT teams to protect my rights and my copyright? Will you f**k! I'll drop an email to the ISP and the website in question and if I'm really, really lucky someone might take the image down but most of the time I'll just get ignored, while someone little bastard gets the glory for my all hard work and I lose out on potential sales. Must be so great to live on those wonderful ivory towers the likes of Murdoch and co live in.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Re: step foot?

Ooh you wicked child!

20 lines on the board, "I WILL NOT RIP THE PISS OUT OF PSYCHOTIC, MURDERING SPORTS CELEBS!"

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Re: The rest of the world was heavily forested

Indeed, the highlands of Scotland, known for being sparse and barren these days was once very heavily forested. However I believe it started decline around 1500BC when the climate got wetter and windier, people moved into the area with animals, even the Romans reported from around 30BC there the Caledonian forests were still quite thick.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: An excellent system

Timers are easy even for an animal to work out, the cat would soon work our when a toilet stop was possible. You need something to take snapshots using a camera, then detect changes from the last to the next image, changes in the image capture stream mean something has moved into or out of the view of the camera. It's the basis of how most home CCTV units work. It takes time to tune home CCTV so it's not going off every few minutes 'cos a tree has moved in the wind or a cat has run through your garden ( stopping for toilet breaks sometimes! ).

You can usually get some OSS that will do the same for any webcam, the clever bit is using it for something wise and wicked like this, a superb adaptation of technology by this gent. I have female cats and we back onto a river, so they go down the river and are not territorial enough to bother going next door for a crap.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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Re: mooooooity OMGeeez!!! What a DISASTER!!! We're all DOOOOMED!!! Etc.

MattBryant :- "If you don't like it then get off the Grid and let the rest of us use the bandwidth for something useful."

Such as?

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

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"By gaining access to the master bulb,"

Just sounds like a line from a really crappy, made-for-TV sci-fi movie!

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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So what, even by a slim chance they're found guilty, it's not like they're going to stop spying is it?

It's GCHQ's whole "raison d'etre"!

Slap wrist, naughty boys and girls, off to bed with no supper and don't do it again. Next day, backon "da toobs" looking up the details on anyone they fancy taking a pop at.

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

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"All without directly charging the end user anything at all."

Oh come on, you cannot be that naive surely?

Oh no, Facebook, Twitter, Google et all do all this from the goodness of their little hearts! The cost is so little they only want to know every little detail about you or at the very least, as much as you're willing to share either directly and consciously, or more sinisterly and most often when you post something seemingly innocent, which their data harvesting algorithms will rake through multiple times looking for anything of value. Once they have it sifted and sorted, they sell "you" off to the highest bidder.

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Why go through all that?

Simply take a handful of sepia/lomo processed images of a VW van, a cup of coffee, a couple of different kittens, someone's shoes and a few assorted images of 19 year olds in "hipster" style fashions, duplicate the images to every user when on the target SANs and you're done! Bish-bosh!

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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PNAS?

Yeah, there certainly a lot of those running Facebook!

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

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He's a teenager.

Take away his Spotify, Skype and Vine access and he'll be climbing the walls before lunchtime!

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

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Not really, there are so many opportunities for people to connect to the internet now that these places are designed to attract bored people. Most of us would simply read a book or find something useful to do but there are a lot of people with a lot of free time to spare!

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Re: What's the problem?

That's what's bothered me about all these quizzes you see the links for being posted about all over the place, the questions seem silly enough but when you sit down and actually analyze some of them they are quite intrusive.

Given enough mugs answering them, plus the background data they can fetch it's not difficult to see how valuable some of this info could be to someone with a cheque book big enough.

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Acronis True Image is good for Windows but they're not going to get far in Mac-land. Time Machine is the one thing I miss not having on Windows, it's a superb piece of software that's never let me down in 5 years of owning a Mac.

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

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Re: Alternatively

Pond scum can't help being what it is, however unlike humans, you won't find pond scum screwing each over a for few little green pieces of paper.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: Imagined use case?

Xbuntu 13.10 running Virtualbox on 8GB and 2x 750GB drives and a dual core box......it ran a 3 node Oracle RAC cluster! Granted it was slow but it was usable for education purposes.

Amazing what well written software, when configured correctly, can be made to do if you put your mind to it. On the other hand I have to work alongside ( not with! ) C# developers who won't get out bed unless their pet development app server has a minimum 32GB, 8 cores and 8TB of local storage!

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

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My God it was awful I had to.....you know....barely bring myself to say it, but I had find something else to do other than wittering my meaningless endevours to the rest of the world!

Actually I only found out later on when someone told me they could look at one of my photos. Shock horror, they did something else for an hour or so and then came back! No fuss. No moaning. No losing their freaking mind! Just behaving like a normal sane person and simply waiting patiently for things to be sorted.

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YOU'RE HISTORY: Ancestry.com goes titsup for TWO DAYS

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I think of many targets that would be ideal for a DDOS but a genealogy site?! Doesn't seem like something I can imagine many hackers would gain much kudos from their peers for taking out of service!

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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They're targetting those wonderful demographics!

Firstly the 8-13 year old teenager with their first disposable income, hasn't really found their feet quite yet with regards music, still buying manufactured pop-pap until they discover nihilistic indy-music, just before they start their GCSEs.

Secondly the 30-something who never really got into indy music other than buying a Stone Roses CD a few years back 'cos it had that song on it that was in such and such film. Happy to buy Coldplay and Rihanna CDs by the bucketload and the odd MP3 single off X-Factor with that bloke/women with the good voice.

Lastly the 40-something "rock-Dad", likes a little jive to AC/DC at nephew/nieces wedding or that one off that commercial Yes album that everyone has, doesn't like anything heavier, happy to go all teary at the thought of an REO Speedwagon track that him and the Missus played at their wedding 20 years ago. WIll happily hoover up soft-rock CDs in TESCO like they're going out of fashion.

All three groups are superb money spinners for the music industry mainstream!

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Don't forget 'teenage male singing generic love song about unnamed girl.'...steady now, let's see...

Don't forget 'foetus posing as teenager singing generic love song, written for them by balding 30 year industry song writing veteran with 400 other song credits and royalty cheques that would make you weep, singing about other unnamed teenager younger than them of course as they won't sing about real life where people of all ages fall for each other'

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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So to sum up...

"A fool and their money are soon parted." and "One born every minute!"

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Get your wallet out yourself Cole!

If she's got £7m+ in the bank and so desperately wanted a "web-toy" to play with, why didn't she get some celeb mates to chuck £100k each into a pot and launch it themselves? Why the f**k do I have to pay taxes to fund this vanity project? I want my money to go on hospitals, education and council cleaners to clear up the dog-shit that litters town pavements up and down the country!

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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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Save your breath Reg

Nice article Reg but save your breath, another government dept hyping up the non-existent bogey-men on "da net" so they can get more money to play with by frightening those with the purse strings. As they say, why let facts get in the way of a good story.

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Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

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Fascinatating...

Completely unknown person does sums on back of napkin about a company that's always being hyped up and get's his name and ego, and no doubt his portfolio, pumped up!

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Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos

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Anyone listened to the radio show Bigipedia? The Bigi-Medic? Life imitates art once again.

"Press button if you are unconscious....you have not pressed the button. Bigi-Medic assumes you are now well. Have a nice day!"

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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" data tucked away in users' browsing history because 'many companies [read: rivals] already do this'. "

Quite a lot of people burgle houses and nick cars, doesn't mean everyone should start doing it!

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Amazon Prime Music opens – but where's the streaming music?

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They wonder why

Yadda, yadda, yadda, "wrapped up in legal red tape...",..."can't offer X from supplier Y....".....

Oh sod it....http://www.pirate_torrents_proxy.com

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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Sooner or later someone is going to get seriously injured or killed by these bell ends flying their toys around populated places. Then model aviationists will suffer as the government puts in more laws on where and when they will be able fly.

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

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Good luck to him, as my old man occasionally still reminds me ( even though my 43 ), "Not telling you what to do son, it's your money!".

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

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Re: arehole

Assume you have no kids, or perfect A student kids.

I have a car, apart from a little work on changing brake pads and filling the right holes, I've no interest in it other than it getting me from A to B. My Dad was a mechanic and technical department manager, he's a handy with tools and working with his hands, I'm not and I don't want to be as I've no interest. My Dad has some basic knowledge about computers so I help him with those and he organises my DIY jobs while I work as the gopher on the jobs we need to get done together. He doesn't mind that I'm not good with my hands, just happy I got into a job I like doing.

I've worked with computers for over 30 years but my daughter has no interest in them, my wife is more interested in them than my daughter and my wife is a nursery school teacher. My daughter wants to be a theatre set designer, something none of us expected with me and my wife being techies. My daughter is very comfortable using computers, knows a little BASIC programming, understands enough to see technology as a tool and nothing more and I'm happy with that. I want her to find a career she really wants to do, not one I force on her just 'cos it's what I like. That's called parenting, knowing your child is an individual, guiding them and encouraging them to do what makes them happy.

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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Re: Or you could get a Transcend 2TB StoreJet 2.5 inch USB 3.0 for about 100 pounds

The 1TB version is only £50! That cheap and that small, I'd get two and mirror while I'm out on a "camp'n'shoot" trip rather than pay daft money to Lacie. Even more so as USB is good enough for the transfer of a couple of CF cards at the end of the day.

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

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Re: Irony Failure

Points 2 & 3 I saw as a compliment! She's not going put with a load of crap from some bloke and she's got the guts to speak for herself!

TwatterSphere explodes in mock-rage, hardly a reason to stop the world spinning is it! So some bloke makes a bit of a twat of himself while doing his job. Get a sense of perspective, call him on it, tell him he was being a bit of a dickhead for berating women and let it go. Life's too short for wasting on some stuff, deal with it and move on.

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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

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Re: Can't help thinking

Have a day off Phil W, take a chill pill and laugh, eh?!

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Automated driving in North London

Oh yes indeedy! Keep right unless you want to end up in Sainsbury's or B&Q car park in Enfield. The other direction you end up on the M25 to Watford and a 10 mile round trip to get back to junction 26 where you started.

If you keep going and head over the North Circular, head into Finsbury Park area and the same thing happens again, only this time it's even more fun as no bugger will give way to anyone! You want that space in front of the car, slam down on accelerator, squeeze in with 2 inches to spare then immediately slam on the anchors before the next 30 mph speed camera catches you!! I've driven into London down through Finsbury at 4am on a Sunday morning and it's just as busy as 5pm on a Thursday afternoon, only at weekends is unlicensed cabbies picking up the clubbers who are wandering all over the bloody road absolutely pissed as newts!

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

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Who needs malware with Android's security model?

As an example start a download of Facebook app for Android and see the frightening amount of access it asks for to be able to run. Who needs malware when apps like Zuck's ask for permission to look through your phone book, access to premium rate calls and your SMS texts, it's a chat/blogging app for crying out loud, why does it need all that? Most users simply click "OK" and the app is on the phone and ready to sell you out.

All you have to do is write and app that everyone will kill to install ( Flapping Birdies or whatever the heck it was called ), ask for a stupid amount of access and 9 times out of 10 most people will simply click "OK" to install and you're golden.

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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Re: Stupid bureaucrats

Bloody right!

Bloody nann(c)y state! Typical they just don't care about art or interesting stuff, all they care about is not having a few tourists being seriously injured by an unauthorised flying machines! How selfish can they be to only be thinking about the safety of people instead of some dingbat who should have thought the whole thing through first! Tch!

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eBay faces MULTIPLE PROBES into mega-breach

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Re: Received

"Click on the link below!"

( which leads to some site http://www.lads_from_lagos.com/get_ebay_user_details.html )!!

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Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

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Best of luck Zuck

I don't have any mics or webcams on my PC as I can't trust any of you bastards ( or my kids! ) not to turn them on without me knowing!

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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Re: Creative department?

I'm sure you meant it as a joke and yes very amusing. Sorry but a lot of photographers resent the implication that we go out snap any old shit, whack it through PS and instantly pop out a masterpiece.

Sorry to burst your bubble there chum but the old adage G-I-G-O applies to photography and art in general, especially with regards Photoshop or to put it more plainly, "you cannot polish a turd"!

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

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Same here, the section in the book where the sign built from super novas goes a little awry!

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