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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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Re: Tesco.

I've been in my local Tesco late in the evening when they put the stuff out on the reduced shelves. Loads of people hovering suddenly turned and pounced on the poor lackey trying to load the shelves from his cart. It reminded me of the sort of thing you see in movies when someone chucks some live bait into a pool full of piranhas

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Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

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Headmaster

txt spEk

As your first paragraph ably demonstrates, with the proliferation of txt speak, pretty much every SMS I get these days appears to be encrypted. Couple that with a predictive text faux pas here and there, and the content is as unreadable as anything that's been through a military grade encryption system.

Yes, I am an old fart.....and proud of it....

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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68

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More than Mole

Reading this obit (and others today) you'd be forgiven for thinking that Adrian Mole had died, rather than his creator. Yes, the Adrian Mole books are the most well-known books by Sue Townsend, but she wrote more than just those...yet the non-Mole stuff hardly seems to get a mention. Take "The Queen and I"...superb story but, like the rest of her output, it's going un-noted

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Coat

Re: in this context creosote

There's a thin line between misunderstanding and parody....a line that is only waffer thin

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Boffin

value of intellectual property

" The project, called BULLRUN by the NSA and EDGEHILL by the British spies at GCHQ (named after the first battle in both countries' respective civil wars) meant that anyone with sufficient resources could crack the encryption and destroy the value of intellectual property"

But this would be a Good Thing wouldn't it? At least it would seem to be, based on the number of comments one reads online from freetards demanding that information be free and saying that hoarding of intellectual property is a Bad Thing.

Not trolling, just asking....

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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WTF?

browser restrictions

"Apple don't allow other browsers the same access to the rendering engine as Safari has, and lock down their usage so they can't improve their rendering speed much (it's why Firefox wont release an iOS version). This means Safari is the best web browser for iOS out there in terms of both quality of rendering pages and in terms of the speed it does that rendering!"

I hadn't realised Apple were that restrictive. Does that not count as restrictive anti-competitive practise...the sort of thing that gets companies sued?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: RE: service charge

"But why have you bought a new machine and not spent the time at home previously setting it up, therefore not pi**ing off your client and also not getting charged by Dell for a basic operation?"

I could do. So I have three options.....

Do it "on work time", and p*** off a client

Do it at home instead of working, and lose income

Do it at home, in my own time, and lose personal time / quality of life.

And we could be talking about more than just a 10 minute browser installation - a new machine could require a lot more software to be installed on it.

So personally I'd take the fourth option: pay someone what I consider to be a fair price to do something that frees me up to do something which I consider to be more important.

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Re: RE: service charge

"If you're a professional who can't find something else to be doing with that multitasking computer you're sat in front of, whilst the Firefox installer does its thing, you shouldn't be getting paid anything, by anyone."

Yeah...cos when you're getting paid contractor rates to sit in a client's office and do the work they're paying you top coin for, there's nothing the client likes more than for you to not work on the job in hand and to p*** about setting up software on your own machine

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Boffin

RE: service charge

Good point, and pretty much what I was thinking.

The software itself may well be free, but Dell are providing an employee to do the install. That employee requires a wage, and on top of that they have direct financial demands on the employer (employer's NI contribution, pension contribution, etc.) on top of their salary. And they'll require the tools to let them do their job....things like a chair and desk, etc.

Before you say "but they'd have that anyway" remember that if they weren't installing Firefox they'd be doing other work...other work which is currently being done by someone else, who brings with them their own overhead cost.

If your time is sufficiently low-value, then sure you can spend 10 minutes installing Firefox yourself. But if you're a professional, working at professional contract rates, then that 10 minutes of not working/earning could easily cost you in excess of the £16-odd that Dell are asking for.

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Facebook: We want a solar sky cruiser comms net that DARPA couldn't build

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Go

Re: Zuckerberg to the 3rd world..

Prefix that comment title with "Send ", and it starts to sound like an attractive proposition

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Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse mull merger

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Coat

Re: merger??

"So with that, who's buying who?"

errrr....I dunno.....I'll have to ask a manager...

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

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wheels

I assume the iWheels on the iCar will have RoundedCorners©

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Boffin

Freetards

To all of those whinging about the new changes and the adverts....get a grip. This is a free service. Do you have any idea how much it costs to source, manage and serve the mapping data, to develop and distribute the app, etc.?

I'm not a Google apologist, just a realist. If I pay for something, and the person I'm paying then screws around with what I've paid for, then I can complain. But if someone gives me something for free, at expense to them, I'm not really in a position to claim that I'm hard done by if they change it in a way I don't like.

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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as advertised

Bird's Eye potato waffles are waffley versatile

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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Coat

the right man for the job

Device security is important, so I'm glad this is being addressed by someone as sensible and level-headed as....oh, never mind.....

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Go

Gasmasks

Three words for you...Gasmask Kazoo Orchestra. (search for it on the Tube of You, and you'll see what I mean)

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Stop

Re: “can neither spell CONSUMER nor DEVICE”

"Well if I was going to be picky I'd suggest that whilst users of the English language within the IT sector are possibly FOND of verbing, I wouldn't say they were FOUND of it."

I find the use of "verb" as a verb horribly recursive and jarring...I am not fond of it (or, for that matter, found of it).

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Coat

surprised?

"Ballmer announced his surprise resignation in August 2013."

He mismanaged a once-mighty tech behemoth into a shadow of its former self....I can't say his departure announcement really came as much of a surprise.

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

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Joke

Re: Alistair Dabbs : Gallic punnery

If only they did high-speed deliveries using Toyota MR2s

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ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap

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Thumb Up

Mission Brief

I had to read that mission summary 2 or 3 times for the enormity of the task to sink in properly. To do all of that, at those speeds, that far from home....absolutely awesome

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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WBAGNFARB

So many phrases in this article Would Be A Good Name For A Rock Band....

Gastric exorcism

Intestinal distress

Death bears

Colon-shredding rage

etc.

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Tech titan Bill Gates: Polio-free India one of the 'most impressive accomplishments' ever

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Re: Excellent news

"Although, im not sure one of his other main goals, eradicating maleria in Africa is such a good idea, its great for controlling population growth in an environment that can barely sustain the people at the moment, let alone support the million plus that are offed by the pathogen every year."

Interesting thinking. Following that logic, seeing as London seems to be getting a bit over-crowded, maybe it's time to re-introduce cholera to the water supply?

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Re: Nice to see

Indeed...but sadly people will probably continue to hate him on principle. Which is a shame.

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Re: Phablet calling

iProduct placement?

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The Man Himself
Boffin

Re: Phablet calling

I meant "fact" as in I have seen figures based on actual research carried out by professional/specialist research companies, as opposed to some biased personal opinion that I'd just pulled out of my arse

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Megaphone

Phablet calling

While most of us would feel that we'd look a bit daft holding a phablet-like device to our ear to make a call, I reckon the fanbois will lap this up....another way to draw attention to themselves and the fact that they have the latest iDevice.

[ fact - based on professional experience in this area - the iPhone has the biggest ratio of perceived market presence to actual market presence. Android, BB, etc, users have a "smartphone" and say things like "I need to make a call" or "I'll look that up on my phone".....Apple fanbois have "and iPhone" and say "I'll need to make a call on my iPhone" or "I'll get my iPhone and look that up". Consequently, there's a perception that there are a lot more iPhone users out there than there actually are, just because they keep banging on about the iPhone so much, whereas users of other platforms just get on with it ]

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Boffin

Books

"Until sometime in the early 1980s, when you reached secondary school you were handed a slim book full of numbers during a maths lesson and taught how to use log tables. Sines, cosines, tangents, square roots - they were all in there too"

I remember that lesson well. Towards the end, one of the girls in the class started crying...when asked what was the matter, she replied "I'll never be able to memorise all of these!"

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Coat

Re: Don't worry.

"About as much chance as Canute had, I'd say"

In the context of this discussion, the alternative spelling of that king's name might be more appropriate.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Boffin

FX-570

Solar power on the FX-570? No, don't think so. Lithium battery only. I've still got mine in my desk drawer - alongside the WHSmith flowchart stencil, both purchased while studying Computer Studies 'O' Level.

Neither really get used in anger any more, but they do get wheeled out when I go into "nostalgic old git" mode.

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iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

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mmmmm

I mis-read the title as iBacon, and thought that perhaps Apple had finally come up with a product that I might want to buy

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: Is this a story?

"11 miles in a shift? 8 hours? 1.375 miles an hour ~ 40 yards/minute? Is that excessive for stock picking? It's not fun but it's not sprinting"

And how does that compare to someone working on a production line, doing an 8 hour shift sitting in one place and pushing a button every so often while they wait for DVT?

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

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FAIL

fish & chips

I spy salad. That's just wrong. If you want something green with your fish & chips, get some peas (preferably mushy ones) but lose the leaf-based greenery.

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¡Bong!

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Re: ¡Bong!

I get that it's not meant to be serious...I just don't get why it's so unfunny

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WTF?

¡Bong!

I asked this in a comment to the latest Bong story but it got rejected, so I'll ask it here.

Sorry if it's a stupid question, and maybe I'm a bit late, but WTF is this ¡Bong! nonsense?

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NSFW spotlight images

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Re: toned down?

I think it's just you

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First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats

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Devil

Ryanair

I wouldn't be suprised if Ryanair size the opportunity to add a "being allowed to keep your Kindle switched on" supplement to their ticket prices

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: DAB is pointless @Ben

Regardless of accurate those calculations are, there is a key issue which you failed to factor in. It's all well and good looking at data requirements for one car's radio, but what happens when all the cars (or at least a big percentage of them) in a cell all compete for resources on the call base station?

My guess is that the BS will max out....and I can't see the networks increasing the capacity on all of their cells, and the underlying terrestrial network, just people can listen to the radio

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Boffin

in-car listening

I wonder what percentage of radio listening happens in cars...no stats to hand but I imagine it's quite high, possibly even the majority of all radio listening

I also wonder what percentage of cars are equipped with DAB-capable sets? again, no stats to hand, but I imagine it's pretty low. I know that a DAB radio came as an option when I bought my last car from new, but after reviewing the full options/costs list, I didn't take it.

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Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

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Boffin

Tautology

"One of the Anonymous protesters, who declined to give his name"

Well, that is kind of Page 1, Paragraph 1 of "How To Be Anonymous"

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SECRET Google store touts pricey accessories to Glasshole shopaholics

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Coat

Should have gone to SpecSavers

...that is all

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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WTF?

how much?

" the $499 before tax and subsidies means it’s roughly where Atom-powered netbooks used to live"

Where were you buying your Atom-powered netbooks from? I would have considered that the going rate for one of those to be around or just over £200/$300

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PLEASE let us build Fruit Loop Central, Apple begs Cupertino City

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Coat

I like it

It's the ultimate expression of rounded corners

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

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WTF?

security

"other details I don’t want to go into because of the security situation"

I wonder how he'd feel if somebody leaked that information?

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Custom ringback tones: Coming to your next contract mobe?

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"the companies already have this option at no cost by having your call automatically answered and playing their own recorded message."

At no cost to *them* - if they answer with a long pre-recorded announcement, then the caller is paying from the moment the message kicks in....and have you seen how much it costs to call an 0845 (as so beloved by so many companies these days) from a mobile?

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Samsung UK computing chief leaves for HP PC biz

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Flutter-BYE, we're all Google now: Ad giant slurps gesture-tastic app-maker

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WTF?

That quote

"We share Google’s passion for 10x thinking, and we’re excited to add their rocket fuel to our journey."

I think I speak for us all when I say "Oh, FFS....."

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Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

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Re: A few other ingredients

"water, yeast and TIME...lots of time."

Or, Water and lots & lots of yeast to get the job done in far less time....probably resulting in a substandard brew IMHO. I've seen some wine kits which claim to complete fermentation in not many days, basically by putting tons of yeast in which will chew through the sugars in next to no time

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

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Casio Jogging watch

The best watch i ever had as a young 'un was the Casio Jogging watch (c.1981). It looked like a calculator watch (and it was) but it also had a load of functions to help out runners, such as pedometer and more-sophisticated-that-the-norm stopwatch. How I *loved* that watch....

Nowadays, my main watch is mechanical automatic...waterproof, reliable, glow-in-the dark, even has a separate 24 hour hand to allow viewing of multiple time zones. And the nice thing about it is that it actually increases in value each year, which is something I've never been able to say about any silicon-based watch I've ever owned.

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Nasty Flash advert

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I thought it might just have been me...

For the last week or so I've had to use the mobile version of the site. Within a few seconds of opening the main version the cooling fans on my i5-based ProBook are running full-pelt trying to deal with some errant processor activity.

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Power Cuts

I live in the sticks, and power cuts here are common-ish.

One time I was sitting on the sofa and at the *exact* same time I pressed the button on the remote control to turn the TV off, a power cut happened and plunged the entire house into darkness.

For a brief moment, I felt like I held the world's most powerful remote control in my hand.

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