* Posts by D@v3

962 posts • joined 15 Aug 2008

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: second SIM

I don't know for sure, as I have not used a phone with more than 1 SIM slot before, but i would have thought that if you are in an area where there is no signal, it doesn't matter if you have 2, 3, 5 or more SIM's, they're not going to help.

My understanding for multiple SIM's is, 1) you spend lots of time in 2 areas, with good signal on two separate networks, 1 SIM for each. 2) you have a really good minutes plan and a really good data plan 1 SIM for each. And you switch between the two as required.

The only way that i can see that the proximity of Twonks could affect the usefulness of your 2nd SIM, is if you have chosen a 2nd network that only has coverage in areas frequented by Twonks.

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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Re: Obligatory XKCD (was: Once again: WE NEED A STANDARD !!!!)

one of my favourites

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

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Re: Where have the real holograms gone?

Cant remember exactly where it was, but the best one i saw (quite small scale) was a computer chip, under a magnifying glass. From the side, you could see a small chip, with a magnifying glass floating above it. If you looked from above, you were looking 'through' the glass, and saw an enlarged image of the chip.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: Captain my captain....

I had a similar idea some 15 odd years ago back before (i was aware of) touchscreens and smartphones. A simple module, about the size of a laptop hard disk that could be plugged into a 'base station' an on said disk would be all your software and settings, internet favourites etc.. so that any computer you used would be 'your' computer. All through a 'standard' interface. If i recall, it was before USB was much of a thing. (blimey, well, maybe more like 20, time flies)

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Re: @ mcpharm

I know this is going to get lost in a sea of 'replies' to the ongoing post, but, I can't agree with you enough.

I work in IT in healthcare, not the NHS, but close by.

So many of our users seem proud of the fact that they can barely switch on a computer without assistance, it's scary. But of course, like you say, their comeback is, 'but I'm a healthcare professional, i cant be expected to know about this'.

While I do understand to an extent, because I can't be expected to provide end of life care to our patients, but, I am a first aider. There has to be give and take on both sides.

I keep hoping that the younger generation of HCP's that have grown up around and using computers will be better, but it doesn't seem to be the case, it's all, 'oh, at home we have a mac' or 'my partner works in IT, he said it would be fine'.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: ok

In general i would agree, however my recent experience was that you can take an empty bottle through security and fill it up at the various "fill your bottle here" points, dotted around (at least the airports i was in).

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Re: Another impact on airlines

I also saw that very recently on the Alaska Airlines leg of my trip to / from Hawaii. They would even rent you a tablet with the service pre-loaded if you didn't have one. I chose to (try) to sleep instead.

Mostly my trip through the various security barriers (Heathrow, Seattle and Kona) were no more intrusive than they have been in the last few years going in and out of various parts of Europe. (except for the thumb and hand printing in Seattle on the way out). Had a brief scare when the robot at Heathrow pushed my carry on bag (filled with all the electronics i didn't want in the hold) to the side, thankfully the guy with the grabby claw pushed it back.

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Re: It is 'that wall' in disguise

bollocks to the niceties, i AM jealous. You utter swine.

Regardless, have a great time, I'd be massively surprised if you don't. And I'd argue, you will have a better time in NZ, than you would have done in the Good Ol' US of A

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Re: oblig xkcd

yes we do, and always will

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: have you seen the fjords?

I was wondering if this might have something to do with Copenhagen airport being closer to Malmö , than Malmö airport, but perhaps not.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Muggings...

yeah, just like when 'phones started with finger print access. Remember all those news reports of people being mugged and having their fingers chopped off. was horrific.

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

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Re: mass vs density

my thoughts on the 'its mass suggest something denser than an iron core' question are. What if, unlike us with our 70% surface water, it has something like, 10% surface water, and that extra 60% surface is something like a much more dense version of 'rock' than we are used to. Or, it's Core is just much 'larger' proportionately than ours.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Github power shell script

I've been 'cleaning up' a bunch of windows 10 pro machines for deployment this week, and cam across a handy power shell script that removes a whole bunch of, stuff.

https://github.com/W4RH4WK/Debloat-Windows-10/blob/master/scripts/remove-default-apps.ps1

True to windows nature, doesn't work every time, sometimes needs to be run a couple of times, sometimes needs a re-boot, but it does (seem) to work.

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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Re: if you only want sky1

Try a NowTV subscription. Sky1, and several other 'entertainment' channels, catch up and box sets, £10pm i believe

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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I can hear the conversation already....

engineer - we have these new batteries that have three times the energy storage of a similarly sized li-ion power pack, can handle …

designer - great, we can make the battery for out device three times smaller.........

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You want a 4-SIM mobe? Never mind why – your wish might come true

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Re: DougS

The problem with using a USB C 'dock' (or micro USB for that matter) is that the charge socket is not in the same place on all phones, some on the bottom, some on the side or even the top (also not all phones are the same shape) so you would still end up with different 'docks' for different brands / models. With iPhones they are in the same place, you only have to worry about the 'shape' of the phone and if it will fit in the dock.

I personally quite like the idea of a 'modular' phone. Buy the basics at a reasonable price and add on the fancy extras as and when you want them. I like the way the Moto has done it, only thing is, what happens if you want the extra battery, and the camera? (or any other combination), but that is likely to be an issue with any way of doing this.

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Jawbone leans over, whispers: Psst, guess who's in a criminal probe? Yes, it's Fitbit

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Re: Having just got a Jawbone device

My other half has recently moved from Jawbone to FitBit, after her 2nd (first replaced under warranty) fell apart within a year.

Jawbone (at least the fitness tracker side of things) seems to be winding down, almost no support available. When she went back to the retailer, they were going to offer her a third, but they no longer sell them, so gave her a full refund (it was those nice people who are 'never knowingly undersold')

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Virtual monopoly on UK cell towers and TV masts up for sale

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Re: Fibre

"unless you think BT and VM are chomping at the bit to roll out fibre to the home"

Funny you should mention that, just yesterday I got a letter from Virgin wanting to dig up my road so they can lay some fibre....

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: call about your accident

My general response to people wanting to talk to me about the accident i was in is,

'Christ, I've been in an accident? Really? Am I OK? Do my family know? It must have been serious as I don't remember it'

Generally don't get much further than that before they hang up, although you do get the odd one who doesn't understand and you have to spell it out for them.

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Re: Nukes are nervous about RF

I read it as being, there is so much EM in there already that using RF as a transmission media is no good due to the possibility of interference with the transmission.

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Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

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Re: SWAINOATS ??

anybody care to give us a clue?

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Re: Sullenberger?

Also, worth remembering, he didn't crash the plane into the Hudson, he landed the plane ON the Hudson.

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Stardust

I enjoyed that thoroughly on a long train journey over Christmas.

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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I'm Spartaclock

and so is my wife

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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Re: smartphone = iphone

in a similar way, we have a number of Samsung tablets here, and they are almost exclusively referred to as iPads.

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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lost drones

I saw one tangled in some lines (power? Phone?) above a pub car park the other day (10-15m high). made me chuckle.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Rose gold?

That's for v.2.

Have to get the repeat purchases some how.

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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Re: huh?

That is exactly the problem (theirs).

Your kit is old, and still works.

If they can convince people who do need to buy a fridge (new home owners for example) to buy one of these, then instead of it lasting 'many years and work fine' as yours does, it can last ' a few years before needing replacing' thus giving them a steady income stream.

Too many manufactures seem to be trying to apply the 'I need a new phone every year' model to far too many other appliances.

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Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Re: Symon

Strategic application of force. Most useful tool in my kit.

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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iPhone 7 users still tied to audio dongles

I really don't understand why so many places are treating these like they are both the first blue tooth headphones ever (and there for the only alternative to a dongle with a i7) and also the only other headphones that will work with an iPhone (and there for the only alternative to a dongle with a i7).

I (and I'm sure many others here) have been using a variety of, really quite good thank you, both in ear and over year blue tooth headphones, for quite some time. Speakers as well.

They are a vaguely interesting gimmick, which may (but probably won't) work anywhere near as well as 'advertised', but at that price? I'd rather buy another couple of spares of what I already use, thanks.

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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*** ANECDOTE WARNING ***

In a completely non-scientific study, I have just been for a walk on my lunch break. In the middle of December, in the south of the UK in a short sleeved shirt. This has led me to believe that it is considerably warmer at this time of year than it used to be, as I remember fondly the winters of my youth being warm jackets and skidding around on patches of ice.

This "winter" I have worn my warm jacket once, we had a cold snap, it lasted a few days it is now back to being about the same weather that it was in early October.

No science here, only opinion.

I don't -know- what is 'causing' it, it might be natural, I feel with the way the human race treats things (other humans, other animals, the planet) I would not be at all surprised, if somehow, it is our fault.

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Men! If you want to win at board games this Christmas, turn off the rock music – scientists

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Slade is Rock. Yes I would say are Prog.

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Re: pebble round

"A "Round" model announced later that year was an attempt to make a more stylish and better looking timepiece, but the cost was a big fall in battery life, to about a day."

This, is bollocks (sorry), I have one, battery lasts 3 or 4 days, only slightly less than the Time model.

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Re: Last firmware update.......

I'm with you on that Tony. I've had no problems with App stability, until the last update, crashes every say now. (watch firmware seems ok though)

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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This has got me wondering if there is any connection with the fact that the Pebble App, previously (for me at least) being nice and stable, was updated early this week and the stability has gone to pot. Have to force close it at least once a day.

As I've said on here many times before, I've been really happy with my Pebble(s) over the last few years, (was a backer on the original and time) and particularly impressed with the support (both software and replacing faulty hardware). It's a shame, but not exactly a surprise to see them go.

I'll stick with my Kickstarter Time, and Time round until they go bad, which will hopefully be some time away, but having found how useful having 'a small computer strapped to my wrist' is I'm wondering where I'll find myself then. Maybe see what the apple series 3 has to offer.

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Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

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Pebble

As a once (well, twice) proud Kickstarter backer, it's sad to see the way this has ended. It did seem somewhat inevitable that they wouldn't last forever in their current form, it's just a shame that the end has been so definitive. While I like their hardware ( a lot) the thing that has really stood out (to this point) is their dedication to the Pebbler community, and now, in the blink of an eye, it's gone. Much like yourself, I have had issues with my hardware, and the support I have had in the past has been rock solid.

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

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Re: Virtual booths

You could have a collection of them, that you could take your time browsing. Collections of text and videos and pictures. You could probably even have several open at the same time, and, switch between them to make comparisons. It would be like a large Interactive Network of sales sites. There could be links between such 'sites' so say a 'booth' selling storage, could 'link' to a booth selling racks, and there would be so many links between these 'booths' that it would end up being like a whole web of sites......

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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US jails

I saw an interesting video the other day about US jails, and how they are run.

It was presented in a 'here is some humour with your facts' kind of way, but was very disturbing. Included such nuggets as the jails being run by private corporations, who in some cases (states?) have imposed minimum occupancy limits, and if those 'targets' (say, 97% full) are not met, then the municipality which 'runs' the jail is fined.....

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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Re: double up the nagging.

you say that, but with my Pebble, I have completely muted my phone, no vibrate either. All notifications straight to my wrist, at a glance can see if it is anything of interest.

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

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@ fidodogbreath

Problem with the 6s isn't battery drain as such, it's that the battery suddenly decides it has no power, despite the battery meter showing around 30%, and shutting down. When you plug it in to charge, once it has enough power to switch on, it will show 30%+.

I find that between 100-30% the battery (on mine) is fine, its just that my battery is only 70% the size it should be (some of the time).

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Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

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Customer service

I have been a Kickstarter backer for both the original and the Time. Have my time on my wrist at the moment, very happy with it. One thing that I can say for them is their customer service has been excellent.

My first gen, kickstarter backed watch started suffering issues with 'screen tearing' a couple of emails and some photos later, and a new one was in the post to me. Any software issues have been quickly addressed.

It is odd, because, thinking about it, I have had far more problems with my Pebbles, than anything else I own, but the customer service has been so good, that I haven't really noticed.

Will be a shame to see them go, but, I guess it was kind of inevitable. Maybe we'll see some FitBit Pebbles....

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Big Music goes mad for chat bots and AI

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"Most chatbots aren’t really artificial intelligence"

No chatbots are really artificial intelligence.....

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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"The UK's first contactless mobile cash service"

Pretty sure my local Santander has been doing this for a while. They got some fancy new ATM's in branch a while back and they have a little 'patch' on it with the 'contactless' symbol on it. Haven't tried it myself, so I can't be sure, but that is certainly what it looks like.

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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HACK THA PLANET !!

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Re: Wire is good

But I find my smartphone and my tablet don't work so well when wire is all there is

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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The cheesecake

is a lie

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Celeb-backed music TV phallus Electric Jukebox finally ready for launch

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6Music

I also got increasingly annoyed at how much air time on 6 'Music' was taken up by people plugging their new; book, film, tv show, or just about anything else that wasn't music.

Switched to Planet Rock, some adverts, but less talking, certainly less 'plugging', and mostly pretty decent music (if you like that sort of thing, which (i'm gonna make a pretty broad assumption) i'd guess most people here would)

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: cambsukguy

reasons to plug your phone into your computer....to charge it, add / change music, OS updates, App updates. Some of these can be done wirelessly, but some people (such as myself) prefer to download large updates to a PC, not direct to the phone.

also, you say, your phone has an SD card, which is great, but, another things this supposed Pro Macbook doesn't have, is an SD reader, so, you would need to plug your phone in to read from it.

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Re: reminded of a joke

Man walks into a cafe, there is a sign on the wall. Cheese sandwich £2, Ham & Cheese £3, Hand job £5.

Man walks up the counter, smiles at the attractive girl behind it and says, "alirght love, you the one that does the hand jobs" "most certainly am Sir" comes her reply.

"great" he says as he reaches into his pocket, pulls out £2 and says "be a dear, wash your hands and make me a cheese sandwich"

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Monster (other enrgy drinks are available, and probably much the same)

I have a friend who does / did surveying work, he once recounted a trip to a Monster factory, and about the large vats of (somewhat) volatile chemicals that could not be mixed together, until they were mixed with other, agents. Swore him, and me, off it for life.

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