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Young Germans: PLEASE! ANYTHING BUT a digital STARTUP

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Re: Direct correlation with young uneployment rates.

Beat me too it. It's not a question of who won't work for a startup as much as who wants a job of any kind.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Why?

Is there anybody with an internet connection who doesn't know Google

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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Re: Ahem...

>I think some boffins are too obsessed with animal sex

In the old days when the technology wasn't up to much the only time animals remained around long enough to be filmed was when they were either copulating or eating, they didn't have much choice really,

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The sadistic seal killed and ate its target

The Hannibal Lecters of the animal kingdom, usually you have dinner first then get a shag.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Just maybe...

I don't recalll saying anything about public displays of affection. I said shouting about it at every opportunity. As in, when you are introduced, they'll say "Hi, I'm Ken, I'm gay", well good for you but I don't care. I don't go around saying "Hi, I'm Chris, I'm straight". No doubt if you were gay and I did you'd take it as an insult. You want an example, look at the thing Bear Grylls introduced about leaving a number of men on an island, if I recall the gay chap lasted about 5ms before outing himself. Virtually any Come Dine With Me has a gay man or drag artist who can't stop going on about themselves.

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Just maybe...

...if gays didn't shout their sexual preference from a high place at every god given opportunity they could get on with being gay in peace and nobody would give them a second look. I couldn't give a toss if you're gay but why oh why do so many feel the need to tell everybody.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Re: Ansel Adams, gear from 75 years ago, location, location, location.

I'd disagree, the most famous photograph is probably the little girl running away from being napalmed by the forces of the glorious liberators. I'll leave any political or moral comment for another time. I douibt the photographer went there for the scenery.

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Re: Ansel Adams, gear from 75 years ago, location, location, location.

My wife often says to me, why can't you take photographs like that. To which I reply, because I can't afford to go to the Antarctic or Patagonia just to take pictures of penguins looking up at the sky and the local zoo just doesn't have the right background. Or spend three months sitting by a pond waiting for a humming bird to hang upside down from a twig and look at it's reflection in the water. She wants to drag me round art galleries to look at the work of other photographers, waste of time, lions on the savanna, sharks playfully tossing seals about, yeah, I wish. Although I do have some decent snaps of the squirrels in the local park and huge dragonflies from it's pond.

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Re: Yay, more survey based "science"

Oh, silly me, I didn't realise I said identical, but hey ho, that's what happens when people, and by that I don't mean everyone, can't comprehend what they read. Although it must be said that this appears to be getting more and more common. Bill Bryson names it the London, England syndrome where you have to explain everything so the numbnuts don't have to think too hard, well really not think at all, about what they are reading.

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Re: Yay, more survey based "science"

Not at all. People on the whole are very much alike so the ones who didn't wish to describe their fantasies would most likely have the same ones but simply didn't want to take part in the survey, couldn't be bothered, didn't have time, whatever.

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Re: Undedicated follower of fashion

>I'm the least fashion-concious person around

Err, don't see how you can be, I've never even heard of this brand never mind being able to picture it's logo.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Re: Manchester is not northen

Far be it for me to defend Manchester but when we talk about the various regions we are talking about England. Scotland, as usual, counts for sod all.

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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

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Re: Certs not so bad

Would I rather have someone who's studied his socks off enough to remember the answers to a known(*) pool of multiple choice questions with a pass rate of 60-70% without even having used whatever the cert is for. No I wouldn't I'd rather have demonstrable experience.

(*)Known because after a couple of weeks you can find all the questions and answers online to most certification exams.

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Re: Cloud certification - You've got to be joking

Bugger, I've got three certificates. Oh, the shame.

Or if you want Pythonesque

I've got one certificate, birth and marriage

Oh, wait that's two. I've got two certificates, birth marriage and cycling proficiency....

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Cloud certification - You've got to be joking

I reckon my Cyclying Proficiency Certificate is worth more. The ones creaming it in are the centres giving the courses and handing out the certificates.

As if you can't tell I hate certificates, the one mentioned is the only one I have. Any manager who hires or selects candidates based on certificates should be taken out and shot. I could go on but you get the idea.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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Full marks to him

but 0.075% of his wealth is misleading. You should be quoting his cash wealth. My property makes up most of my wealth so if I gave away 0.075% of my total wealth I'd have to sell some of it.

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Just a drop?

>After all, they can always throw it away

Unless it's been changed I'm pretty sure earlier articles mentioned that it couldn't be deleted from the iPhone 6..

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

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Re: Other coverage:

There's more

http://www.engineering.com/3DPrinting/3DPrintingArticles/ArticleID/8688/3D-Printed-Rocket-Set-for-Take-Off.aspx

http://www.thedailystar.net/first-3d-craft-set-for-take-off-45247

Not worth visiting both links as the wording is exactly the same.

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Snapchat 'hack' pics mostly clothed user snaps, odd bits of legacy pr0n – report

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@John G Imrie

I think the author is possibly emphasising that the subject only has to look underage for it to be an offence. He doesn't mention the other end of the scale, a picture of 90 year old great grandmother dressed up as a schoolgirl with inent to arouse would fall foul of the law.

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Oh, shock horror

So basically as I summised in a respsone to a previous article about this, DM style headline grabbing.

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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

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Much ado about nothing

OK, so someone has been naughty and there's potentially millions of personal pics floating about somewhere but on a non-technical level why all the fuss? It makes for a good DM headline but what are the chances of you being recognised by someone you know? Unless your content was absolutely outstanding it will remain to all intents and purposes anonymous. If it's so outstanding as to reach the top of the pile then maybe you should consider a career change. Personally I wouldn't take the effort to scan a pile of snapchat pics to find something interesting when there are plenty of sites with quality stuff already categorised for free

Paedophile angle? I suppose we are talking mainly about the 13-15 year group which while legally are underage it's not the end of the world. Not my cup of tea yet don't class it in the same league as 5 year olds and I doubt many of them are sending selfies to their friends. So more than likely another DM style mountain out of a mole hill.

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Weekend reads: So, Anyway..., Anger is an Energy and Smoke Gets in your Eyes

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Anger

Being on holiday last week I treated myself to some breakfast telly and saw an interview with John Lydon. The hosts mentioned Vivienne Westood. Now I can't remember word for word what Lydon said but the female host was quite taken aback..

No need to remember, about 05:30 into this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO1YuxzHb0w

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone movie: report

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Re: I'll wait for...

No need to wait, here it is.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an Oliver Stone Film --- Redacted --- Role credits

I think I'll watch that version, who'd want to watch a film about Snowden?

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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>I wonder, do the Taliban & co. use a 'terrorist threat'

No they use pictures of nude ladies. Oh, the horror.

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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Re: And here we go again...

>they passed a law making it legal to compel a suspect to give up encryption keys.

They don't need to pass laws in the UK to make something legal. Everything is legal unless a law says otherwise. You seem to imply there is law that would allow law enforcement to torture you until you handed over a key which would be illegal. I think you mean they can prosecute you if you don't give up a key, not quite the same thing.

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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What the hell was that

Must be the most incomprehensible article ever. I've re-read it a few times and I still can't make head nor tail of it. OK, there are a few lucid lines in the middle but the rest is pure waffle.

Take away Jasper's beer allowance or send me a few pints so I can make sense of him.

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LOHAN tin-rattles to a whopping £27,000 on Kickstarter

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Re: only my opinion

So two minutes testing then. You can't rush a good cuppa, nor a bacon sarnie.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

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Example of the tinfoil hattery

And the really scary thing about that commentard is he'll probably not only have a gun but a whole cupboard full of them.

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Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names

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Re: Facebook have backed down in the past @banjomike

You think The Duke has something to worry about. Look up Shirley Crabtree and then think of the obvious response when you called him Shirley.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Replacement suitcase???

This doesn't ring true. So someone just gave her a suitcase that had been laying about for a while without knowing it had something in it. I've had luggage go missing and found and was told it's standard practice to inspect all lost luggage. You could say the explosives were hidden in the suitcase but she didn't have any difficulty finding them so they can't have been. Besides for a training exercise there is no need to do this.

Most probably nicked it then did a deal with the police, give back the explosives in return for no charges.

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Re: Miss the bloke, not the (Bond) films

Best chase stunt, Man With The Golden Gun, bridge out jump. 100% classic and none of that CGI crap. The look on Clifton James face made you believe he was really about to go across.

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@TimeMaster T

How can you not remember the name of Dr No? Appeared in the first Bond film and the real clue is that his name is also the name of the film. Goldfinger is another easy one to remember.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Sod the IT arguments

Wow, a few downvotes, bet they're from Scots who don't want Blair either.

Go on, vote for independence, let's take Blair's passport off him and send him back.

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Sod the IT arguments

I would have handed them independence at the first hint Blair would become prime minister, sent him back to Edinburgh and rebuilt Hadrian's wall but a lot, lot higher.

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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List maker

I was looking for a shopping list maker app this very morning but when I saw one was by Google Inc. I had the sudden thought that they'd use my lists to either blast me with adverts or sell on the info. Went and got a new block of post-its from the secretary instead.

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Re: Multi-user authentication?

No, the NSA don't need a password to login.

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Primarily [linked to the] geographical catchment area [of] the United States and England,

So how does that work then? How can you tell where a gmail.com account user is based without having more details? Did the hackers enter the accounts one by one and discard those where the user had selected a non US/UK or possibly DK location? Does google keep your details on different servers based on where you claim to live? Or maybe the accounts are even older and from the time when you had to be invited to have a gmail account and would more likely be a US based user? All sounds rather odd.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: Good for them say I

Confirmed, 14 years old.

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Re: Good for them say I

Maybe so Geoffrey, but you know the sad part is that people overlook the intended point and read more into an off hand comment than what is there.

On the other hand it could just be possible that some consider any contact between a male and female must be of a sexual nature (usually those between the ages of 12 and 13, 14 if they are really slow developers) and who would rather put their lard arses on the sofa and endure Jeremy Kyle and his ilk than camp outside contemplating their navel, a labour I have always found beneficial and much more gratifying than the former activity.

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Re: What is sad about this?

>to be the first to use them.

Couldn't you have gone behind a bush?

Is this like marking your territory?

There's more, but my day is done so I'm off home.

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Re: The next Apple product I own

Steve, if you mean me, don't worry, I'll redeem myself later.

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Re: Good for them say I @Valeyard

So you've got a small dick as well as no sense of humour. I hope you're not British because according to John Cleese you've lost out on two points.

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Re: "I'm standing outside ... "

Or. more topical, have they started to claim their places for the next royal birth?

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Good for them say I

If they've nothing else to do then why not.Much better than sitting at home watching big brother or some other puerile show that passes for entertainment these days and they get paid for it. I could see myself doing it if only to piss of the haters.

Any pics of Bonnie? She might need company, er, I mean protection.

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Re: The next Apple product I own

I'll never understand why some people dislike Apple as much as others like them, you're all as bad as each other.I generally buy whatever is most suitable at the time.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: it is a shame

This isn't about the killing of one man. It's about the legal issues surrounding the video of it.

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Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

Nothing new there, the police would use a picture of you picking your nose against you if they could.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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@denzil

The majority of people choose not to watch but for a certain target audience these are watched as recruitment videos.

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