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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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@MJI Re: I would move like a shot

You forgot "Doesn't force you to accept PayPal which, of course, they own, so they get two bites at the cherry as they take another chunk of your profit"!

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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"requests for access to Google's user data leapt by 15 per cent in the last six months"

Well perhaps that's because they know that Google has been snooping on everyone's e-mails and web searches and so on for ages, so there's got to be some data worth having.

Maybe Google should think about how they could stop this happening...

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Facebook's self-destruct status update beta test will self-destruct

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Well I think that...

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

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Not Maps, but Street View

At the moment, for some reason, parts of Street View appear to be giving black screens.

I was looking for a location near Russell Square in London WC1B 5BB but Street View showed no images, just black.

Other locations, however, worked fine.

Maybe it's an anti-terrorism measure...!!!

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

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"transmitting phony Caller ID information"

*WHY* is this even possible these days?

Is it lack of ability on the part of the telcos or simply lack of giving a damn??

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Yes, but....

... did they find The Pandorica?

Mines the one with the bow tie in the pocket.

Bow ties are cool...

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Cui bono?

A few years ago I switched energy suppliers and got a free electricity monitor.

I connected it up and looked at the reading, then went around switching every unnecessary device, charger, tv on standby etc and came back and, lo and behold...

... the bloody reading hadn't changed because I already do that anyway!

So these "Smart Meters" won't save me any money because I'm a Smart Customer!

Meanwhile I have no doubt that a few people in Government have been promised nice little Directorships which will pay them a million quid a year for doing about 12 hours work...

Cui bono? Not us!

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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@Omgwtfbbqtime - Re: BBC produces quality TV that the market can't...

No, someone should tell the people making documentaries for the BBC that they shouldn't copy Discovery et al and make an hour-long broadcast that could have been done in 20 minutes if it wasn't for all the padding, repetition and trailing of what is coming up...

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Celeb nudie iCloud pervs hatched photo-slurping Flappy Bird plot

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"the app. It now secretly downloads all of the phones pictures to my server"

And *THAT* Google, is why we, the USERS, need and should control of what apps can actually access on our Android phones!

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

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@Erik4872 Re: Super Cruise

Supercruise is actually the ability of aircraft to maintain a sustained speed in excess of Mach 1 without using afterburners.

The English Electric Lightning was the first plane to be able to do it, the Concorde did it for most of its flight.

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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@PCS "give us a settings to STOP the videos from autoplaying"

It's called FlashBlock :-)

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India government: 'net should not be censored

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"the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience."

Well isn't he a complete idiot...

... sorry, was that a knock at the door?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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It's the money, stupid!

So many of the the issues described can be traced back to a simple source: Money.

Either you have people who are too interested in making money for themselves and their mates to worry about the effects of what they're doing or there are the people who want to and are trying to sort out the problems, but who are told "that's too expensive, do what you can with half the money and, fingers crossed, it will all work out".

Eventually risky practices will be fixed, but usually only after something has gone so catastrophically wrong that they cannot be ignored any more and then, suddenly, money is no object in rectifying them.

Of course only *those* particular problems are fixed, it would be too expensive to sort out *all* the issues (at least until they lead to another disaster...)

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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We think it's ok...

... so don't worry your pretty little heads about it...

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Glasshole-in-chief QUITS Google to become CTO of America

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The sound you hear...

... is that of high-fives being shared all around the Chocolate Factory...

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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'I'll know it when I see it'

Translation: Their "line" is an entirely subjective view (possibly only by one person) which, of course, is not subject to question or review because otherwise it would demonstrate just how inconsistent their decision making progress is.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Yeah but...

... who was responsible for the "You didn't shut down your computer properly" message, which generally had users screaming at the screen "That's because your f*****g operating system crashed!"

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Isis Wallet, NOT an Islamist militant group, reborn as Softcard

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"In a bid to distance itself from a violent Islamist militant group..."

Are people *really* that stupid that because the Islamist group is currently being referred to as ISIS that any business that has a similar name must be linked to them...?

> US-based mobile payment company

Ah, sorry, forget I asked.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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"Illegal sites"...?

And, of course, there won't be any False Positives in there, boys and girls...

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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"at least as talented as modern artists"

Talk about damning with faint praise...!

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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@Hud Dunlap - Re: Why have a license at all?

> For hundreds of years England not only allowed its citizens to have weapons they expected them to have them and be good at it.

Yes, and they had to go and practice the archery every Sunday after Church and be available to be summoned to fight when needed, so people *knew* who they were.

However (judging by your name) you appear to be of the Left-Pondian persuasion (ADDENDUM: Ah, I note from your follow up post that you are indeed) and seem to think that letting anyone have a gun without a licence, without anyone in authority knowing who they are, without background checks, without proof that they actually know how to use it safely and, indeed, without any proof they are actually mentally stable is a good idea.

Then, of course, we get to the situation where everyone has the right to bear arms and thus, many feel the need to do exactly that to protect themselves from all the others who have exactly the same right...

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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@AC - Re: THIS is an example why there is a 2nd Amendment in the USA

I keep hearing that, but, tell me, when are you going to start the second American Civil War...?

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"There is almost to zero chance that you would be of interest to any secret service on the planet."

"a draft article by an independent author"

Matt! When did you start writing for Kaspersky?!

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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"only if you turn off all Tiles"

Tiles? What are they?

Oh, yeah, those things that I turned off as soon as they were introduced, so when I open up a new tab I get a nice clean blank screen which I can fill with a web page I *choose* from my Bookmarks list.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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They may make good cleaners...

... but they make crap videos!

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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"It undermines the rule of law if laws are unenforceable"

ORLY?

Odd, because that doesn't seem to have stopped the last few governments from passing all sorts of unenforceable laws which look good in the media...

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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@uffish - Re: Star Wars (The Reagan version).

> Sounds just like the American wheeze to destabilize Soviet Russia, same hype...

ITYM "Same Ret-Con", claiming after the event that it was all a clever and sneaky plan (and not a whole load of money pi$$ed away on pie-in-the-sky unworkable boondoggles...)

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Can I just say....

Standby to launch SkyDiver!

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@AC - Re: Daft concept.

> Not Howard Arneson, which was his actual name?

Ah, but only jake got to call him Dale!

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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@diodesign - Re: @AC - Orlowski articles as ads

> Play the ball, not the hack, etc.

If the articles from certain hacks were marked as "Opinion" pieces (which, frankly, is what a lot of them actually are) I think readers would appreciate El Reg's candour.

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@AC - Re: Orlowski articles as ads

Re: your point 2) - in the past, he has actually moderated (and edited!) comments on his articles himself.

Conflict of interest? What's that...?

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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@Phil Endecott - Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"

> Read "The Dead Hand" by David E Hoffman.

Watch "Dr Strangelove - Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb"!

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Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Re: The wrist computer market has grown by almost 700 per cent this year

The number of comments on that post has just grown by 100%!

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Re: As opposed...

If you want one of those, I have them in my Affordable Leather Products range, suitable for ordinary and swivel chairs... ;-)

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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@AC - Re: "there is no criminal offence of watching videos"

> "making" to add to "possession"

Very probably.

Of course the real purpose is just to make it sound better in the media because "making" implies that you actually produced it

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"there is no criminal offence of watching videos"

Erm, there probably is if it falls under Extreme Porn legislation, where simple *possession* is enough to get you banged up...

> the British police now truly believe they have the right to state that something's illegal even when that's not the case:

What is this "now" business? Certain elements of the Police have been decising that someone's a "wrong'un" for years/ decades/ generations now and finding excuses to charge them with "crimes" (see Constable Savage from Not the Nine o'Clock News for details).

I recently was chatting with someone who had been a Police Officer but left because he became so disillusioned with this sort of institutional attitude from some of his colleagues. When he tried to raise the issue with his superiors he was basically told "shut up and let them do their jobs".

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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@Da Weezil - Re: D*ckhead Designer requirements

> it illustrates nicely where the muppet manufacturers priorities are.

And the bean counters when you need to replace the whole lens assembly (or even light cluster) if one part of it breaks... Kerching!!

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Great, maybe...

... this will stop all those idiots who think retro-fitting HIDs to their cars is really clever (instead of being stupid and spraying light all over the place) or the prats who think that fog lamps are running lights and should be left on all the time.

And hopefully it will also mean lights have a longer lifespan, so you get fewer cars driving around with one (or even both!) rear lights out because the owner thinks "meh, it passed its MoT, it's ok" and doesn't even do the simplest basic checks of the road-worthiness of their vehicle...

(Sorry, I can't stop myself laughing cynically at this point)

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Brookhaven boffins boggle at baryons

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Sounds fascinating...

... even though I didn't understand a word of it! :-)

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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@ Barry Rueger - Re: Video... not more video....

Hear hear! Or, rather I'd prefer not to hear (or watch) it.

I can read a damn sight faster than someone can speak and I can zip through the text transcript of an hour long "webinar" (ugh, horrible neologism!) in a time substantially shorter than that hour, thus leaving me time to actually do something useful.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Wrong orbit? Come on guys, it's not rocket sci...

... erm, ah, sorry, nothing to see here. Move along!

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Monkey speak

Oook!

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So, from another viewpoint...

... if Country X says that software licences are invalid and copyright doesn't apply to them, the USCO would be quite happy to tell US Businesses that people in Country X can quite legitimately copy their software and not pay for it...?

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

Remember that Babylon 5 had a baseball field, which meant that *every* ball would be a curve ball...!

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Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state

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"In a move that has garnered little notice beyond India"

And El Reg, it seems...

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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@Destroy All Monsters

> why is anything in such an investigation "classified"?

Because (as was later revealed) the Malaysians had tracked the plane with military rather than civilian radars (which have much less coverage) and they probably don't want the Chinese (or anyone else) knowing their surveillance and monitoring capabilities.

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

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Ensor?

Didn't he create Orac...?

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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@Charles Manning - "Like any other manufacturer/service provider, they sell what the punters buy"

No, they sell what the suckers will believe.

For example the 2010 Tory Party Manifesto said "We will stop the forced closure of A&E and maternity wards, so that people have better access to local services, and give mothers a real choice over where to have their baby, with NHS funding following their decisions."

But in 2012 the Tories attempt to force the closure of the A&E and maternity ward at Lewisham Hospital, however, fortunately, they were defeated in the courts.

That's just *one* small example of what lies politicians will peddle to get people to vote for them, knowing full well that, once they're in power, they can do what the hell they like for the next four or five years before they peddle a *new* set of lies (and bribe people with their own money) to get them to vote for them again.

This makes a total mockery of the concept of democracy.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Marsbarbrain JeffyDoh Aww that's just unlucky

And so we get back to the same old, same old...

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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@jake - Re: That's nice.

I bet you told Wilbur and Orville that they were wasting their time too...

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