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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

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Re: Nicely put

Go into a shop that sells motorbike equipment and buy yourself a decent set of earplugs! :-)

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Greek journo who published list of Swiss bank account holders cleared

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Tex evasion?

Sure thing, pardner!

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Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!

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Re: Sir

Ditto and ditto!

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African kids learn to read, hack Android on OLPC fondleslab

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What's the Ethiopian equivalent...

... of a 419 Scam...?

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Russia launches internet blacklist to protect the kiddies

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Big Brother

Well there's a surprise...

... NOT!

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ISS 'nauts pop out to fix a radiator... in SPACE

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"In Space"...?

No, really? And I thought they'd left the ISS to fix one just down the road from me...

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5 Tokyo devs cuffed over 'The Movie' Android app scam

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"Gullible idiots...

"...The Movie!"

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SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

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WTF?

So...

... this has nothing to do with the lamentable state of sex education in the USA and the influence of the Moral Minority who think that promoting abstinence whilst ensuring ignorance is actually a good way of preventing teen pregnancies...

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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Ok, very nice but...

... how long before some idiot starts flashing one of these at passing cars/ aeroplanes/ whatever?

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Hurricane Sandy: Where are all the cynical online scams?

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@Stratman Re: Never mind 'where are the scams?...'

Ask Joss Whedon... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TiXUF9xbTo

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Hackers deface 'sinful' French Euromillions site

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Re: @Evil Auditor @Jim Booth

> It means stop pandering to them *in your own country*.

Yes, because Freedom of Expression only applies to people who have views we like...

> In point of fact, there actually wouldn't even *be* as many hardline muslim countries without the West (i'm thinking Egypt and Libya here) - the overthrow of their governments was done with the help of the West, after the incumbent populations started the ball rolling."

And I'm thinking of eg Iran where the West colluded to overthrow the Shah (and then *got* a hardline Muslim country!)

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@Evil Auditor Re: @Jim Booth

See Jim Booth's comment " We pussy foot around them, pander to them and then let them shit on us. Maybe, just maybe we need to start growing a pair" for details.

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Re: @Jim Booth

"I merely point out that leave us alone and we will leave you alone. Clearly, this is too much to ask to some people."

And have you ever considered that *THEY* might be saying exactly the same thing???

Imagine someone started interfering in your country's political affairs? Imagine if they invaded your part of the world because they thought they knew best about how things should be run? What would you do?

Do you think you might say to them "leave us alone and we will leave you alone"?

Still, clearly, this is too much to ask to some people...

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Graham Marsden
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Oh you believers...

... you are free to believe what you want.

Just remember that so are we.

Thanks.

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@Jim Booth

I was going to upvote you until you got to your intolerant last couple of sentences which appear to suggest that you want *us* to impose *our* way of life on them (or shoot them if they don't like it) which is probably the cause of these problems in the first place.

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First eyes EVER SEEN (by definition) appeared 700 million years ago

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Re: The Holy Jellyfish?

Hail Cthulhu!

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Apple turns off Siri’s potty mouth

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Re: "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"

/me dials MYCROFTXXX :-)

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@Robert Carnegie

"Has everybody read the classic science fiction story, [A Logic Named Joe]?"

I hadn't, but I have now. It's a very interesting and thought provoking little story, so thanks for the pointer :-)

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@Chris W

Here's a search for you to try: "Siri, what is a Straw Man argument"?

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Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

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"While some will no doubt point to Fukushima...

"...as a sign the UK should be looking to scale down its reliance on nuclear"

Yes, because it's only been around 400 years since we had a Tsunami in this country...

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Freesat downs own website after Downton quickie

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@Mystic Megabyte

Presumably, then, they didn't have a Sky+ box.

The only thing I watch "live" (ie as it's broadcast) is the News. Everything else is stacked up on Sky+ waiting to be watched at my convenience and the ads get fast-forwarded through.

I pay £20 a month for Sky which gives me Discovery, History, National Geographic, Sky 1, Atlantic, SyFy, Watch etc etc plus all the Freeview channels which is well worth the money to me.

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

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So...

... You're sitting on the loo, minding your own business and one of your "mates", for a laugh, kicks a ball under the loo door...!!!

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Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

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Re: Really?

@ the second AC

I don't know where you live, but it's pretty clear that the first AC lives in the USA. Now I don't know what their Data Protection legislation is like, but in the UK you actually have some pretty good rights under the Data Protection Act to get it corrected, so perhaps it was easier for you than for him.

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Bond's Walther PPK goes digital: A civilized gun updated

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"the small and rather underpowered PPK"

"really would have been an unlikely choice for an undercover service to be issuing to its assassins"

Really?

An assassin doesn't want to have a face to face shoot-out with his target, he doesn't want to talk to him or make a witty comment, he wants to get the job done as quickly and safely as possible.

The .25 Beretta would be fine for this: Walk up behind the target, a single swift shot into the back of the head which probably won't even penetrate out the front of the skull, and while anyone nearby is wondering what that "crack" sound was and why some bloke has fallen down, the assassin is walking away, job done.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Ghostery + Adblock

+ Refcontrol

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WTF?

"it does not accurately reflect user intent"

So how do they expect users to express their intent??

If I decide I want a browser that has DNT on by default or if I switch it on, how is Yahoo going to know the difference?

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US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

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"Wireless Association, formerly the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA)"

Defined by the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy as "Another bunch of mindless jerks who'll be second against the wall when the revolution comes..."

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Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

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"For a while...

"... they flew on, motionless against the starry sweep of the Galaxy, itself motionless against the infinite sweep of the Universe. And then they turned round.

``It'll have to go,'' the men of Krikkit said"

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Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

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I bought a product a few weeks ago...

... and was offered a £5 discount by the company if I clicked their Facebook Like button.

So I clicked the button, took the discount, bought the product and then Unliked the company!

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Hero police robot back on duty after 'unstable man' blasts it with shotgun

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Terminator

"Dead or alive...

"...you're coming with me!"

(Ok, that was Robocop not The Terminator, but WTH!)

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Natwest biz banking service goes titsup overnight

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FAIL

It's been up and down like a yo-yo...

I've been trying to check if I've received a payment, but it keeps telling me there's a problem and to try a different browser!

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Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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Re: Translation

The bottom one is the EULA.

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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

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WTF?

DRM = Draconian Rights Management

We're right, you're wrong.

We can take away the stuff on your Kindle because you don't own it, you only have a licence to read it and we can revoke that at any time without needing to provide any justification or real explanation for our actions.

It's great to be us and it sucks to be you!

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Skype for Windows 8 is coming: Always on, always in your contacts

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Great!

You can spend *ALL DAY* being pestered by people who want an *INSTANT* response from you!

No more them sending an e-mail and having to *wait* for you to reply! No, now they just go on Skype and keep hassling you until you reply just to get them to SHUT UP!

Who could fail to love such a setup???

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European Space Agency to launch exoplanet-spotter

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Cheops?

Was the award for the project or the most contrived name...?

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Royal Society hosts edit-a-thon to get women onto Wikipedia

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What's the betting...

... that a big chunk of their edits will be thrown out by the self-important idiots who "moderate" Wikipedia and think they know better than people who actually study a subject?!

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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"I suppose you expect me to walk...?"

"No, Mr Bond, I expect you to wait for the AA! That's what you get for driving a Lotus..."

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New Oz road rules forbid touching mobes

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@Larry F54 - Re: cyclist's perspective

>> and don't get me started on the f*ckwits at night without lights.

> Well, I agree with you there.

Me too, especially all those drivers out there who are in control of unroadworthy vehicles.

To all drivers: A non-working headlight, rear light or brake light will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT test of roadworthiness, so try *checking* them every now and again!

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@Da Weezil Re: cyclist's perspective

Yes, cyclists have to obey the rules of the road like everyone else, but if they do something stupid in the vast majority of cases it's only themselves they put in jeopardy, unlike those who use mobiles whilst driving.

So, please, stop trying to obfuscate the situatino or move the goal posts, let's concentrate on *this* issue, thank you.

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Ancient 16m-yr-old beastie caught riding on much bigger flying mount

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@NukEvil

Next time just don't stop to pick up a hitch-hiker!

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McKinnon case is NOT a precedent – says his own lawyer

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@AC Re: Err...

"Let's say you were stupid enough to go out and leave your house unlocked. I walk in and have a good old rummage through your smalls drawer...no crime there then?"

No, actually there is no crime. There is a civil offence of trespass, but that is *not* a criminal offence!

And were you to claim (as the US did) that adding extra locks on each of your doors would cost $5000 per lock (or whatever their made-up figure was) simply to get the offence to be serious enough to warrant extradition, you'd be laughed out of court.

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Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to confound copyright cops

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"we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into the next stage"

So they're saying they're Subliming?

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Regulator spanks quiz line with record £800k fine

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Re: excuse me

@excuse me

It did happen, but, as I said, it was later rescinded.

See the article which I linked to in my post www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/bt-blocks-direct-access-to-telephone-porn-lines-personal-code-will-be-needed-for-adult-premium-rate-numbers-1494484.html

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@JimmyPage Re: Why aren't premium-rate numbers an "opt-in" feature ?

You asked the same question in the El Reg forums on the Friday the 4th May 2012 at 13:22 GMT and I pointed out to you then that that did happen in the day of the old 0898 Adult Chat numbers.

Unsurprisingly perfectly legitimate and legal businesses suddenly found that nobody was calling their numbers because people didn't want to phone BT or whoever and say "Give me access to the porn, please".

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2012/05/04/cameron_default_isp_filtering/

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Re: In my book

Well, of course, in Fleming's Book he was an ex-Nazi who wanted to collude with the Russians to nuke London!

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Re: Hugo Drax needs more love

Not forgetting "You defy all my attempts to plan an amusing death for you!"

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Report: Google offers to 'brand' search results in Euro antitrust probe

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@heyrick - Re: @Alister

" if you have a good product that answers the question the user asked, why not promote it?"

Because if you can put your product at the top of the search rankings it doesn't matter if it's a "good product" or not.

Why do you think some people are always trying to game their way up to the top of the google rankings? Answer: Because if you can get the first position (or be in the top three) you're *much* more likely to get someone clicking on your result. Of course if you get caught gaming the results, you'll get knocked down the rankings...

... unless, of course, you're Google...

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@Alister

Do a search for a map on Google which is still the most used search engine, you get a google map slap bang at the top of the page and most people won't look any further than that.

That has the effect of locking other mapping services out of the primary channel for their services and that is an abuse of a (near) monopoly situation, exactly in the same way that Microsoft did with IE.

Now MS have to offer a choice of browsers and Google should have to do the same, if you look for a map you should get an option of "these mapping services are available", not *USE OURS!"

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Sarah Brightman plans International Space Station gig

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Ah, Hot Gossip...

... displaying their naughty bodily particles!

- K Everett

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Boffins build program to HUNT DOWN CO2 polluters where they LIVE

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@NomNomNom - Re: Can't reduce what you can't measure

"using public databases, traffic simulation and building-by-building energy consumption modelling. [...] Local air pollution reports, traffic counts and tax assessor information has all been pulled into to the modelling system"

Nowhere there does it say that they're using the sum of electricity or gas used by the building, nor that they have access to anyone's billing information (nor should they).

So all they're doing is taking a guess at how much CO2 people are producing based on inaccurate and incomplete information.

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