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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

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inevitably..

As is now traditional, users took to Twitter to complain

also traditionally, i bet hundreds of people hit 'reply all' to complain about people hitting 'reply all'

When that first message hits you know the complaints and 'helpful advice' are going to contribute to your mail server melting

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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FTFY

The biz, which has mislaid half a billion dollars of BTC

I think you meant 'misappropriated'

;)

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

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my favourite meter reading

After getting an ~£1000 quarterly electricity bill one day i was on the phone to give my actual meter reading and it was only when comparing the numbers i'd realised what had happened

I recalled there had been two engineers reading my meter, one had clearly read the numbers out loud left to right and his mate had been writing them down right to left

The potential for that bill to have gone through some weird heights had the original rightmost units been much lower than the actual leftmost top-number

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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No matter the OS

When installing either Windows or OpenSuse, if at any point you find yourself looking on the realtek website for drivers you need to

1-Stop

2-Admit failure

3-Buy a different wireless adapter

Those 3 little rules have saved me from repeating so much annoyance

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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Re: Daft thing is ...

I wanna be just like you when I grow up

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Re: Daft thing is ...

but you have to factor in where are they going to keep their acres of vegetable fields, cattle fields, barns etc.

You could advise them on that Jake

Interestingly "why invent all this technology?" - but half your posts (not the EOF ones) are literally the most luddite 'the good life' hippy nonsense I've ever read, where you're asking "WHY did we invent all this technology?" meaning an entirely different thing.

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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A waste of money

Patents are often granted by things that don't really deserve to be patented, it's when you try to enforce it and a judge tears it up that you realise you've paid for something completely worthless, and that's before the lawyer-cost of actually trying to enforce it in the first place

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

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Rockstar to announce next GTA sequel

...as TWOC* 6

(*taken without owner's consent)

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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200k is NOT small

to people used to dealing with billions of £s in budget, 200k may seem like a small amount to piss away here and there

but that's like the entire working life of numerous people right there, their entire lives' contributions, pissed away on a shit website

but it's "budgetted for" and a small amount compared to anything else, and is therefore fine

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so much rubbish

I read that Guardian article you linked to before. It's a typical example of saying words for the sake of saying words, none of which mean anything when said in succession.

Managers are awesome at it and don't realise we all know they're trying to sound smart about something that is either rubbish or that they know nothing about.

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

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Re: Amusing

Jack Duckworth was simply a man ahead of his time

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: Of course it's military... @Titus Technophobe

Who imposes a classification if not the military? Also, citation please for most government documents having a classification. Or are you just an opinionated loudmouth?

I worked for the HMRC. Every single document was given a classification, even if that classification was that it was completely unimportant security-wise. Hope that helps.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Re: Wrong charge

Pretty much ending a woman's entire career and necessitating her housemove for one..

but nah women don't count, as long as you stick it to a corp

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Wrong charge

Right guy, wrong charge. He did so much else he deserves to be put away for, but this really shouldn't have been a crime

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Re: Excellent idea - additional software

Yeah, that sounds good! and the ebook resources too, better than the mobile library we occasionally had in our rural village!

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additional software

if it's (for all intents and purposes) offline, do they still do encyclopedia cds like encarta?

that's what we did before internet connections got decent, and clearly they're educational.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

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Re: no need

This is what can annoy me about el reg sometimes. why did Lionel's comment deserve 2 downvotes? 2 people actually disapproved of his comment so much

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'Software amplifier' boosts quantum signals

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whaaat

so what exactly is quantum computing anyone?

as far as i know, you put a cat into a box, shut the lid and plug a hdmi cable into the side of it and it suddenly boots up as a superfast PC. but apparently the cat now needs his signals amplified (if indeed it's alive)

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New fear: Worm that ransacked US military PCs was blueprint for spies' super-malware

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Re: Bluff, Double bluff, Counter Bluff .... and AIPerfect Openings

i'm going to get this framed "The day i got a reply from amanfrommars1"

the last sentence is especially true.

big fan.

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Re: Bluff, Double bluff, Counter Bluff .... and AIPerfect Openings

I've missed your complete markov-algorithm-generated random sentences stringed together to form a larger nonsensical wall of crap, so i enjoyed this :D

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Re: I'm possibly wrong

ah true, i forgot one had to go to glasgow for 3 months once and so had to factor in rent etc (he was from Durham), yeah costs do factor in too

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I'm possibly wrong

I may be mistaken here, so please don't get angry if I am, but isn't the generally higher pay rate of a contractor specifically to mitigate against times when the market is dry?

a friend who contracts says his longest dry spell was about 3 months once, but you weather it because you've saved up when you DID have work at a higher pay than permie staff

you can't have your higher-than-permie pay AND long-term job security too... for a start it tends to piss off the regular workers who demand that full-time staff are recruited instead

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'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

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Re: YES!

Yeah it's DRM but it's very flexible

My wife bought it and owns it, but because she's authorised me to her library i can play it anytime she's not which is pretty good imo

Also, as someone commenting on a website where a lot of us make our living writing software, you should that piracy is bad, mmkay?

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YES!

Wife downloaded it last night on steam, should all be activated and ready after work. That's my weekend sorted!

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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I suspect..

...That the register is trying to make sure the next prototype Apple phone is dropped in a place of their choosing.

That'll make 'em listen!

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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rand

sincerityFunc()

if rand(100)<=15

CapitaliseCurrentword()

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Who earns '$7k a month' but can't even legally drink? A tech intern!

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Re: First in your class at a great college?

you know more about your son's financial history than I can remember about my own, Dinner conversation must be a blast at yours

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

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Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.

lots and lots of products are "stolen" from sci-fi

I don't think anyone really begrudges them it. If you invented a warp drive back in the day i highly doubt gene roddenberry would have given a damn as long as he could get a go

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Re: "glass" is a useless bit of kit.

you don't know Jake do you? he made one of these when he was like 9 in his own forge

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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dirty bastards

between three and 11 per cent of the obtained Yahoo! webcam pics contained "undesirable nudity."

the rest were of nude underage kids

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Tesla wants $1.6bn to help fund $5bn TOP SECRET Gigafactory

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are these..

...the batteries that ran down if left idle and cost a bomb to recharge?

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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contracts

I wonder if a firm gets penalised any time the security features need to actually be used, because i can't imagine they want too many of these lost; gives the bad guys something to poke and prod for the next time which devalues the marketability of the entire product to other companies surely?

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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Re: glasses

not always when i'm wearing them. sometimes they just fall out of a jacket when they're in my coat pocket and then i bend over, take it off and sling it on a chair, or the gets folded in half top-pocket-facing-down on the short journey from cloakroom girl to hanger or whatever. they're just remarkably unsuited to ever staying with me (don't want them in the same pocket as my keys, not in my trousers because of all the sitting actions bending them etc so i usually keep them in the dangerous top-pocket of a coat)

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glasses

Raises an interesting point, I've never broken any glasses or anything, but get through 1 or 2 pairs a year, purely by losing them when drunk

but if they were high-tech and liable to sell well on ebay they're probably very easy to snatch off someone's face compared to nicking an iphone, which was a craze for a long while, and that's in your hand which has the ability to grab..

i think the lesson is don't take them to bars, i don't even take my smartphone to pubs in case i drop it or get mugged (i go out in middlesbrough..)

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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for funsies..

...i spend about 30 minutes reading the reddit comments on the subject of how much people lost

I was a tad dismayed at seeing all these rich people with so many zeroes appended to their net worth, until i remembered why they were posting and i felt so happy

(Don't judge me, Please remember we're British, we love to laugh at the misfortune of those doing better than us)

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Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

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Re: Which disties?!

Not one of the any of the ones which are our primary ones anyhow that's for sure.

I'm afraid I had to stop reading here, I just couldn't risk an aneurism

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MtGox MELTDOWN: Quits Bitcoin Foundation board, deletes Twitter

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nominations through April 7, 2014.

*shudder*

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

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hooks then...

...fucking hooks?

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Wurm turns! DDoSed online game universe offers €10,000 bounty for the hacker's head

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yeah i was thinking that. Isn't there a .co.uk in my address bar?

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Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

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never underestimate beard-detection

it'll tell you if that long-haired guy wants a copy of the guardian or metal hammer

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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special offer...

....comes with lots of free cookies and some junk mail in the box

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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Re: argh

ok good, but don't look down your nose at us for it and react really rather horribly and childishly as you have been up to now

people are allowed opinions that differ from yours, you know, and shouldn't be shouted down, bullied or made to feel vain for wanting to maintain their dignity and privacy in life

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Re: argh

sent from your google glass? :/

You're taking this very personally i must say

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Re: argh

Where do you draw the line at what you consider to be excruciatingly embarrassing?

when it's on the frigging internet for giggling youths...

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argh

I do stupid things in public sometimes. i trip over, or i have to do an embarassing 180 when i realise i turned a wrong corner or or i say hello to someone who just LOOKS like a person i know or i fall asleep on the bus and jump awake or realise i've just walked 2 streets with a nerf dart stuck to my damn coat thanks to my nephew.

The thing is to capture any of this people tend to have to have lightning quick reflexes with phones which is different with an always-out ready-to-start-at-any-time camera. i don't want to have to iron all my clothes just to go to the corner shop and always be conscious of every slight action in case the fucking internet-humiliation style-gestapo happen to catch me picking my nose or something and put it on the internet

It'd be an explosion of those "spotted" facebook pages, which were basically just "holy shit, this woman is fat LOOK"

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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competition..

Apple should use some of their vast amounts of cash to buy a formula E team. nothing encourages R&D like a competition that can be a massive PR showcase if you get it right

And getting a team hasn't worked out too badly for a certain energy drinks company..

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Re: Bears and woods....UK Gov IT is all bears and woods!

Having worked in gov IT i see your 3:1 manager to dev ratio and instead of a grin at a jolly good exaggeration i'll just join you in a solemn, knowing frown

It got to the point when they realised so many of the normal staff were now managers that they had to invent new lower paygrades for the new people joining as non-managers

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Gamers save Nvidia's bacon in storming fourth quarter

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Their drivers are a bit of a pain in the ass actually (on Linux), but supposedly they've been getting better very recently

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'Demon Killer' who tied SD card to cat pleads not guilty

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wow!

I wonder how many demons he's killed!!!!!

(or how many people he has killed AS a demon. Either is impressive, to tell you the truth)

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Someone's snatched my yummy Brit COTTAGE PIE – Viv Reding

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Re: inquiring former colonials want to know...

Shepherd's pie is lamb and cottage pie is beef

I asked my wife this the other day when i said i've never had a cottage pie, and it turns out I do because she always uses beef but everyone still calls it shepherd's pie anyway :/

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