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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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True, but ... [was: Mirror]

Sure, he was a dopey idiot to unsheath his blade for the camera, but unless he got voted into office vowing to smite all such activities from atop his moral high horse (and there's a hypocrisy angle), what is the news value? "Prime Minister does something stupid, film at eleven" doesn't exactly make one reach for the TiVo, does it.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: Can't quite put my finger on why...

Looks of similar dimensions to a whiskey (or whisky) flask to me, should fit nicely into a jacket stash pocket (see illustration -->). Sounds like a decent piece of kit, looking forward to further reviews when it's been put through its proper paces.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Meh

Kinda' sad, Apple used to wear the "it just /works/" crown ...

... now it's fallen a bit. Hope whatever money they saved by not doing more pre-launch testing was worth it. [* casts apprehensive glance at my iPad, which has just upgraded to 8, and hopes '8' is not interweb-speak for 'ate' *]

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Why, oh why, in this the twenty-first century common era ...

when we have put people in a space station (and brought them back -- alive), we're still hung up on pee-pees? Brown eyes, blue eyes; white skin, brown skin; left-handed, right-handed; vagina, penis -- honestly, who cares?

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: Viddie feed

*snrk* Nah, I'll leave the stunt- cycling crashes to those with gold-plated insurance policies. ;)

In my area, an incident doesn't happen unless a cop sees it (or if there is too much resulting damage to ignore) and video footage of yet another near-miss might convince TPTB that the dodgy intersection of Zig and Zag needs more patrolling (or better signage or something). Such is the hope, anyway.

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Viddie feed

As stated above (by Dave 13), having video of the impact would be VERY helpful since too many scum/ perps simply drive away and cyclists don't always have the wherewithal (or ability) to note the license plate number as they greet the concrete. I'd also suggest considering an option for continuous (or "slap on/ slap off") video during a ride: there are MANY incidents wherein drivers will cut across the bike lane in front of cyclists (or do other stupid stuff) that causes the cyclist to swerve (and curse and use sign language) but does not cause an impact. While likely not prosecutable, such evidence would be useful in suggesting where police could be more effectively deployed (if it can be demonstrated that a large number of such incidents happen at such-and-such location), whether any signage or street striping would help reduce these incidents, et cetera. Yes, this is likely beyond the scope of what these brilliant interns have devised (thumbs way up, guys!), but might be a "next phase" option.

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Not to blame the victim here ...

... but perhaps if she didn't act like such a silly git so often her press coverage would not be so ego- bruising? She certainly has the right (some would say "obligation") to act in ways that provoke media coverage, but it is disingenuous at best to feign shock -- shock, I say! -- that some of the resulting coverage has been less than positive. Such is the price of celebrity. (Caveat, of course, that one can lead a saintly life of good works and still get busted down by some internet troll.)

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

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Re: Governments should be afraid of their people?

@KeepRefrigerated, re: "Of course 'Governments should work for their people' unfortunately does not quite sound so dramatic."

Problem is, for /which/ people should my government be working? We the people who elect our representatives? Or them the people who fund the campaigns? Very occasionally these two constituencies have concerns in common, but ....

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Hmmm.

Missed opportunity to educate moviegoers on even a dumbed down version of the science? Check.

Overemphasis on romance (yawn)? Check.

So I'll likely either give it a miss or wait for my library to get it on DVD.

However, if a "Hawking for dummies" flick piques people's interest in his work and prompts them to seek it out (and accidentally learn something), maybe it's not entirely a bad thing.

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Holmes

I note the piccie was taken with the accomplice's face not visible.

Keeping the beastie anonymous(e) for future missions? This is not the cat you seek ....

AC motorbike: perhaps if you precariously set a trayful of clattery things (pot lids, tin cans) on the seat and tank of the bike, the monster will upset them when she/he/it jumps on the bike and might get enough of the bejabbers scared out of it that the problem is solved. Not the most aesthetically appealing solution, but one of the more humane ones. Good luck!

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Check your Clungene, Irish women warned

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"13 Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS" article link to the right.

Well placed, that.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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I guess if it ends up being really nasty you could resole your sneakers with it.

Double your pleasure, double your fun.

Might need to vulcanize it, though. -->

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Re: What the hell is CrossFit?

Walking in 6" heels will exercise muscles you never knew you HAD, girlfren'. ;)

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

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Devil

Get Samuel L. Jackson on the phone ...

... the Russkies have seen our Snakes on a Plane and raised us Reptiles on a Rocket.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Re: Oldies but goodies

Ayuh ... what should be a simple "Find ______________ and search by [ ] name [ ] parcel/ case ID" form (text box + radio selector) form on almost any public information site is a raft of pages and pages of who- knows- what. Some sites that were designed a while ago are still fairly simple, lean, and fast, while many newer ones seem to have used the latest canned bullshit from the "Need to build a website? Have no HTML skills? Have we got the product for YOU!" snake oil sales vermin who get a kickback on whatever click-through and/or other tracking bullshit is buried in the aforementioned who- knows- what. Hangin's too good for 'em.

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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Re: Stereotypes

T-shirt is NOT faded, it's, um, DISTRESSED, all us hipsters wear 'em, you know ....

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Devil

Welcome to my underground lair.

The Pacific volcano lair is being remodeled with upgraded shark tanks and other evil accoutrements, so we relocated to the Siberian summer lair for the duration.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: Dammit Lester!

Someone in Delaware might have gotten some shrimp burrito, or maybe it was beefsteak, the article didn't go into detail.

Cerveza to wash down the burrito, mi amigo. -->

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What do we want? CAT VIDEOS! How do we get them? TOR!

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Re: "Only terrorists want privacy. Apparently."

re: "fiddling their expense accounts" -- or their interns, although I don't think anyone cares much about that anymore either.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Devil

Not to give fecebook a pass, but ...

The _Atlantic_ article states, in part: "The backlash [against the research methodology] in this case, seems tied directly to the sense that Facebook manipulated people -- used them as guinea pigs -- without their knowledge, and in a setting where that kind of manipulation feels intimate." The outrage, then, seems to be hinged on people thinking that fecebook does NOT manipulate people, that a company whose revenues derive in no small part from adverts would not manipulate its users. Hokay. Not sure how this is different to measuring the effectiveness of said adverts (using illustration A, 24% of viewers clicked the link, while using illustration B only got 15% of viewers to click") -- viewer sees stimulus, viewer takes action, fecebook keeps track, and correlations are hypothesized -- as someone posted above, if a service is free you are not the customer you are the product. Having said that, if fecebook does manage to gets its hands slapped this time, hallelujah.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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The thumb of the lass on the right

looks like a less, um, complicated sex toy -- pure coincidence, right? Just wow. Now I fear the adult version of Hello Kitty -- Hello Pussy -- is not far behind, eeeeeyuuuughhh.

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App maker defends selling S.F. parking spots as a FREE SPEECH issue

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MonkeyParking creates two classes, those "in" and those "out".

In theory, everyone is "in" on public parking -- first come, first served, luck and happenstance dictate when a space opens up in front of you. If I am trawling for a parking space, and one opens up in front of me, happy day, I wave to the departing driver in thanks, and life is good. If I am trawling and see someone in the front seat of a parked veehickle not move until a blue XYZ model with plate number 123 shows up out of nowhere so the XYZ-123 can park there even though I've clearly been waiting longer and visible to the driver of the parked car, how is that fair? I pay the taxes that make the public parking available as much as anyone else, yet the open-to-all crapshoot that is finding parking in any downtown now has the dice loaded for some and not others.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Re: Rights? Rights? We don' got no steenkin' rights.

That'd be the U.S. Supreme Court -- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/25/supreme_court_ruling_mobile_search_needs_warrant -- d'oh! Which means it applies nationwide, not just in one state or judicial circuit, does that sweeten the deal?

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Rights? Rights? We don' got no steenkin' rights.

Y'all really bought a pig in a poke, didn'cha.

Although it was just decided in one of our courts (don't recall which) that police need a warrant to search cellphones, the reason being that they often hold more personal data than one's home. So not entirely useless, eh? Eh? Where'd you go ...?

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Big Brother

*sigh* I suppose it was just a matter of time, huh. :\

"We gave you myspace, fecebook, twaddle, and so many ways to make it easy for you to give us your info on your timetable and think you were still in control, but not all of you fell for it.

So now we're getting Serious.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

All your everything are belong to us, citizen."

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

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City's doing it wrong, they should ask for a cut of the action.

At the very least they should monitor the auction results; this could be a good source of data that might be of interest to City land use and transportation planners. If people are bidding ginormous amounts for parking in one area, perhaps the City should adjust the transit routes to better serve this area so folks have more options.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Now the fun begins, as world+dog says "Hey, what about MY stupid idea?"

"I and my mates thought it was crackin' uproarious over beers -- we even took a couple of hours to code it up -- and if this jimmyjoebob can pull in millions on 'yo', why wouldn't [* insert name here *] also rake in some dosh?"

Might as well laugh, the ship's going down anyway.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: Escape

Until he runs into a real washer woman who exposes the ruse, that is (viz, Mr. Toad, _Wind in the Willows_).

--> Suds, yum.

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Smartphone SEX APPS will give you CUPID'S MEASLES - study

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Nokia 3390 is good for what it is

(mine worked fine for ten years before I upgraded to something with a camera), but it ain't hardly "smart" in the whiz-bang cellphone sense. Unless that's some other type of hardware that's happy to see me (and wearing a disguise so as not to frighten the children) ....

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: I got a little bit upset by that Register article

Might be more inclined to agree with you, Daggerchild, if she weren't getting wodges of tax money for the project. How do I get over a quarter-million to faff around promoting a "stuff wanted" site?

(Need a crocodile tears/ boo-freaking-hoo icon.)

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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edits required

"While we wish that we had 100 per cent success rate, we understand that is not likely an achievable goal and therefore it is our responsibility to our users and the industry shareholders to launch the enhanced music experience in time for filing quarterly financials."

Fixed now.

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US dairy biz in a churn over TPP

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Re: It's simple

And time. Farmers and other ag businesses have been around and strong- arming government since it was first decided to trade/ tax/ regulate crops, anything 'net related is [relatively] new to the game. Not surprised Japan and Canada are hesitant to open their markets to 'Murkin cow product, they've both had time to see what happened to Mexico when NAFTA enabled the dump of screaming shitloads of cheap 'Murkin corn into that country and likely don't want to see similar obliteration of their cow product producers.

Favorite crop -->

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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I don't know why they bother ...

... most of the stuff advertised is shite and the quickest way to kill a bad product is to advertise it.

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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Jheez, poor bastard. :\

There but for the grace ....

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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The Nancy Chamber of Commerce and Tourism should have paid his fine ...

... and agreed to a generous royalty scheme for use of his footage. My donut says his a- freaking- mazing video did more to shift visitors (and their spend) into Nancy city limits than whatever the Chamber's efforts netted.

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Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts

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Washington, DC, is MMJ+, btw ...

... as are California (home to the Silicon Valley tech talent pool) and a dozen or so other states that have decriminalized the use of cannabis for medical use. It should be pointed out that people get wrecked on percocet, oxy, and other legal pharmaceuticals all the time, but generally don't lose their jobs until a catastrophe happens and the substance use is revealed after the fact.

Also, to respond to an earlier comment, I thought I read somewhere that "substance abuse" is considered a "disability" and therefore anyone claiming such affliction can not be discriminated against. Don't recall if the context was hiring or health insurance (or ??), but still ... America really is the land of opportunity.

Spark one up, dude. -->

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Dear Portland:

If you are not going to use that 38 million gallons of slightly soiled water, can we have it? We appreciate your concerns about quality, but be assured we do have filtration equipment to handle the modest contamination you describe. Thank you for your kind attention.

Sincerely,

Arizona.

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

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FWIW, Arizona's legislature was debating a bill to get around the dealership fiefdom,

allowing direct-to-consumer sales of certain vehicles (that happen to be made by Tesla), but it got nuked by whoever's campaigns were owned by dealership cabals presumably because this narrow excepted slice of the veehickle market would be the camel's nose under the tent and before you know it we'll be ordering humvees from Amazon, society will collapse, and so on. Arizona just doesn't spend enough time providing material for late night talk show monologues.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Black Helicopters

Good for elders and invalids, though.

It could free up the carers' time to do more actual CARE instead of schlepping for groceries (while those who use grocery shopping as a bonding/ social event can still do so). The downside is that people working as carers could see their hours cut if grocery shopping is taken off their to-do lists.

Choppering in a pallet of fortified nutri-drink ....

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Devil

Good on the kid for figuring this out, but

since Xbox will be used by KIDS, shouldn't Microsoft have rented a kindergarten class for a day, given them a dozen machines and instructions to "have fun", and taken notes on what the sprogs discovered? As was noted above, kids are pretty darned creative (before it gets beaten out of them) which makes them both a joy and a nuisance (da widdle debbils). :)

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Interesting to see how other (i.e., non-Czech) people rate the photos.

My supposition being there might be some subconscious bias for "people who look more like me", with those looking more stereotypically Czech/ Slavic rating more highly among presumably Czech scorers. Would there be similar results if these photos were shown to students in Beijing or Mexico City?

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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"I see you're trying to bomb a wedding party ..."

Oh, wait, that'd be Boeing + Microsoft, nevvamind.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Can this double as a built-in tinfoil hat?

Lame joke attempt aside, this was quite an impressive bit of work!

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Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

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cancer cells ...

... and publicly held companies.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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At least the plaintiff is relatively young.

How many similarly situated elders have jumped the mortal coil before justice was rendered?

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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Re: Nokia

Only if it's set to vibrate.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: A few simple tests of usefulness

Right -- how am I supposed to smite my playground adversary with a measly tablet? Nothing says "no, fuck YOU" like a backpack with a handful of science textbooks swung over said adversary's head.

In other news, are these tablets being made with easily recycled/ repurposed parts? As was noted earlier, kids + technology = broken equipment and it'd be a shame if these ended up in yet another landfill causing potential groundwater contamination ... unless there is pent-up demand for small snack- and- drink trays.

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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Cumdumpster -- great metaphor/image, but cockwaffle?

Amazing what gets done with/to the English language by non-English speakers, innit.

Not sure what to make of "huh" being added to the list, there goes half my outgoing correspondence.

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Vdara, not Vrader [[Re: Like the Vrader Hotel "death ray" in Las Vegas? [The irony]]

Death ray, death star; Vdara, Vader, easy mistake to make.

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Like the Vrader Hotel "death ray" in Las Vegas? [Re: The irony]

http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USTRE6904AR20101001 -- another wasted opportunity. (Fire icon for obvious reasons.)

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