* Posts by Merchman

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Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

Merchman

Re: Maybe just change your name?

Has the poor little snowflake's feelings been hurt?

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ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard

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Re: But...

If I remember correctly, they went to a wireless HDMI into a terminal style unit.

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: The right don't smash things up? Eh? Political Correctness "key words" and "tricky phrases"

Just because they had "Socialists" in their name does not make them such. Try educating yourself.

https://twitter.com/MikeStuchbery_/status/898254826277978113

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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Re: Fair Enough

Is your argument that firefighters should retire later, or builders should be able to retire earlier? One of these is stupid.

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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RE: app on our smartphone

The thing about standard remotes, is they are tactile units. I can navigate menus, change channels, adjust the volume and change inputs, using the supplied remotes, without looking at them. I can't do the same when using the TV app on my phone, where the entire interface is flat and I have to switch screens to access different functions.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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WTF?

Re: @dalethorn

I think you might need to step away from the internet for a bit. A break from Breitbart might do you good.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Facepalm

Re: Assange v Chris Grayling

You mean "a cyclist using the cycle lane"? Shirely?

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

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Intentions over words

While Oxfam may be "echoing" the words of Theresa May, I would argue that they actually believe them and would like to see them put into practice. Where as May says them as a smoke screen to fool people, while she's busy selling off more of the UK's public services.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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FAIL

Re: As I understand it

@Chris Miller - £350M / week for the NHS. Doesn't get much bigger than that.

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Re: Advice

And considering this advice has led to the £ tanking, without A50 actually being triggered, would it not be a good idea to ignore it?

If I advised you that jumping off a tall building would make you more attractive, would you follow that advice? Even after you jumped off a curb and knocked a tooth out?

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Re: Chris Miller, re. abstention

If you thought the decision to leave should only be left to those who fully understand it, why did you abstain, giving those who, in your words, "don't understand it" the opportunity to make the decision? Surely in that situation, voting for the status quo would be the logical course of action?

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Re: Re:

I'm curious. What lies were told by the remain camp? And bear in mind that financial forecasts were based on A50 being triggered immediately after a leave vote - something that didn't happen.

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

Merchman

Re: Bah!

Boris owes about £6bn+. I think he might want to start looking down the back of the sofa.

http://www.whatdoesborisowe.co.uk/

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Merchman
Facepalm

The referendum was a non-binding, advisory vote. As we live in a representative democracy, MPs are fully entitled to reject leaving the EU if it would be massively damaging to the economy and people of this country (as it is looking more and more likely).

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Merchman
WTF?

Phone build

<quote>Plasticky, cheap feeling case – gone. The new phones are solid and metallic.</quote>

I take it you've never picked up an Nexus phone then?

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

Merchman

Re: There Is More To Add

Nice you got the facts right about the spread of bovine TB. Wait. The other thing. There is no recognised benefit of killing badgers to prevent the spread. If anything, in parts of the West Country where this has been happening, bTB has stayed flat, or increased. In Wales, however, where they have been vaccinating, cases are reducing.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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Mushroom

Aren't the private sector great.

Can you imagine the utter shit-storm, if this had been public sector workers? I imagine the Mail, Telegraph and Express wouldn't shut up about it for months and there would be continuous calls for the entire management hierarchy to be sacked.

But G4S can continue to fuck things up (the Olympics, prisoner tagging etc) and keep getting contracts.

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Netflix scores new Trek tellie

Merchman

It will be down to licensing between the people that own the IP and broadcasters in those regions/countries. Netflix will have to abide by existing broadcast agreements.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

Merchman

That was yesterday: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/22/andrews_three_fabulous_reasons_to_leave/

You're welcome.

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Facepalm

Re: Still voting OUT!!!!

You do understand that the EU is trying to bring in country by country tax reporting, to clamp down on avoidance. You are also aware that the British Government is trying to scupper it?

Who tried to limit bankers bonuses? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't us. I'll tell you what we did do though. We (George Osborne) mobilised an army of lawyers to get it scrapped.

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WTF?

Re: Why would someone work for a pittance when they can live on the dole and be better off ?

Go on then, try to live on £72 per week. Bear in mind, this needs to cover all your food and utility bills. Also remember to put a bit aside for when you need to new shoes or pants.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Flame

Re: Dyson spin

The same James Dyson that cares so much about Britain and its workers that he moved all his factories to Malaysia,

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Merchman
Stop

Until they implement a full screen option in Edge, I'm not even considering using it (and Cortana was turned off post-haste). There's nothing I like more, on my laptop with a small vertical resolution, is massive tool bars taking up screen real estate.

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Merchman

Re: Easier to use

Before the company I work for upgraded to Office 2013/365, I took a screen shot of the menu bars in Office 2011. When I was 'upgraded', I modified the Quick Access Bar to look like the old menus and then hid the ribbon. I can find 90% of the functions I use quickly, the other 10% I would have had to hunt for in any version.

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Wikiland turns to Shapps and says ‘those emails you wanted, we deleted them, sorry’

Merchman

Mrs Blurt

They could do a deal. Wikimedia hand over their emails when Michael Gove hands over the Mrs Blurt emails he was ordered to publish in 2012.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-17235168

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Merchman

Mrs Blurt

Maybe a deal can be reached. Wikimedia will hand over their emails when Michael Gove hands over the 'Mrs Blurt' emails, that he was told to publish in 2012.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-17235168

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

Merchman
Flame

I know you're joking, but I wasn't:

[quote]In a letter sent to Duncan Smith on 30 June, Field writes: “My constituents tell me that despite submitting a DS 1500 form drawing attention to a terminal illness, they have been asked directly to their face whether they think they will soon die and by what date they expect to be dead. In one case my constituent’s mother was asked by when she expected her daughter to die and in front of her daughter.”[quote]

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/06/terminally-ill-benefit-claimants-asked-when-they-expect-to-die-mp-says

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Merchman

I'm sure IDS "believes" that the systems will work so that's okay. And a strike shouldn't get in the way of DWP employees asking terminally ill people when they're going to die.

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

Merchman

Just one thing

Can anyone tell me where the younger kid got the matches from?

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

Merchman
WTF?

You sound like a bit of a humourless SYNT and I hope you lose all your web traffic.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

Merchman
FAIL

Re: foodbanks

You do understand how foodbanks work, don't you? It appears not. You can't just turn up and expect to be given food. You have to be referred by another organisation, such as the DWP or CAB. Only then are you given food, and then only 3-days worth.

Try learning about what you are talking about, before spouting your right-wing Daily Mail misinformation all over the place.

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UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

Merchman

Re: "According to Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge"

Any reason why? She seems to have been doing a pretty good job as head of the PAC.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Merchman

Re: Sinofsky

On my work PC, where I was forced to update to Office 2010, I rebuilt my Excel 2007 menu-bar in the quick-access bar and then hid the ribbon. It made my life so much easier.

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Merchman

Re: Pulled off on MS Office?

Yeah, I used to be quite competent in Excel. Now with the stupid ribbon even the most straightforward action has me googling 'how to...'.

I rebuilt my Excel 2007 menu-bar in the quick-access bar and then hid the ribbon. It made my life so much easier.

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Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

Merchman

Re: How on earth can this happen ...

You mean the baseless accusations that the Telegraph have already had to apologise to Margaret Hodge over this story:

An item posted on the Telegraph website last night said: ‘Margaret Hodge MP – Contrary to our report “Hodge faces challenge over family firm’s taxes” (Nov 20), Stemcor, in which Ms Hodge has a small shareholding, has not abused transfer pricing to avoid tax. We accept that there is no inconsistency or hypocrisy in Ms Hodge criticising other companies for tax avoidance and apologise to her for any contrary impression.’

http://www.taxjournal.com/tj/articles/telegraph-apologises-margaret-hodge-over-stemcor%E2%80%99s-tax-affairs-13122012

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

Merchman
Facepalm

Re: Well hello ducky...

Well I was thinking it would make it easier to hit them with something blunt and heavy, but then I remembered the TARDIS is bigger on the inside.

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This article has been deleted

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Flame

Exactly. These are some of the things that were promised, that have been broken and they are now trying to remove the evidence:

1. No frontline cuts

2. Protecting the NHS budget

3. 3,000 more police officers

4. Keeping VAT at 17.5%

5. Keeping the Future Jobs Fund

6. Keeping Education Maintenance Allowances

7. Preserving tax credits for middle earners

8. Removing the “couple penalty”

9. Scrapping tuition fees

10. No bonuses for bank directors

11. 3,000 more midwives

12. Three more army battalions

13. Pupil Premium additional to the schools budget

14. Keeping Child Benefit universal

15. Stopping A&E and maternity closures

16. A Post Office Bank

17. No new nuclear power stations

18. Removing high marginal tax rates

19. No cuts to the Royal Navy

20. Automatic prison sentence for carrying a knife

21. Cutting rail fares each year

22. Keeping the Child Trust Fund for the poorest families

23. No more top down NHS reorganisations

24. No cuts to public spending this year

25. Increase teachers by 30%

26. Reducing 'special advisors'

27. Flood defence spending

28. Flat rate pensions

29. BBC World Servic

30. Post Office Bank.

31. Extra child care allowance

32. Inheritance Tax.

33. Increase front line budget for schools.

Fortunately the Conservative party have all the technical ability of a tuna sandwich and people have already scraped and saved huge amounts of the site.

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Merchman

It looks like a lot of the old Labour speeches are still there, just not easy to find. Here is Ed Balls' speech on child poverty from 2007.

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Announcement of 'churnalism detector' gets furiously churned

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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FAIL

Re: Can we check one thing?

The Telegraph have already had to apologise to Margaret Hodge over this story:

An item posted on the Telegraph website last night said: ‘Margaret Hodge MP – Contrary to our report “Hodge faces challenge over family firm’s taxes” (Nov 20), Stemcor, in which Ms Hodge has a small shareholding, has not abused transfer pricing to avoid tax. We accept that there is no inconsistency or hypocrisy in Ms Hodge criticising other companies for tax avoidance and apologise to her for any contrary impression.’

http://www.taxjournal.com/tj/articles/telegraph-apologises-margaret-hodge-over-stemcor%E2%80%99s-tax-affairs-13122012

I wouldn't expect a little thing like facts to get in the way of Paul Staines attacking someone.

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Ten Windows tablets

Merchman

Prices!

Well, at least they're all competitive on price.

/sarcasm

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Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs

Merchman

Access to the internet

And yet, the government are looking to make it mandatory for ALL benefit claimants to use the internet to manage their benefits under the new Universal Credit scheme (which is thankfully starting to fall apart).

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

Merchman
Facepalm

Re: Now I hate Win 8 as much as the next man

Am I the only person who managed to read the part at the start of the article that said: 'The Apple command key maps to the Windows key in VMware Fusion'. I would assume that they also told the testers that they had done this.

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

Merchman

Re: Am I the only person that quite enjoyed

Personally I prefer Jeff Wayne's musical version. Particularly for Richard Burton's narration.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2

Merchman
Facepalm

I don't believe it was the intro movie per-say that was Lucy's problem. It was the fact that it played a 20 min movie prior to beginning the game, and then when she started the game it played the exact same movie again (only this time it had some additional voice acting).

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Digital UK names date for end of analogue TV era

Merchman

Re: Is the digital TV system in Northern Ireland

Nope. The NI and UK system runs on MPEG-2 and ROI runs on H.264

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MPs blast dole-office-online plans

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Libraries

It would be, except the government cuts have/will close a lot of libraries. I believe that this is what is called 'joined up thinking'.

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Got a buck to send M Night Shyamalan to film school?

Merchman

XKCD

Obligatory XKCD strip: http://xkcd.com/566/

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Berlusconi calls George Clooney to his defence

Merchman

Re: Talk darfur to me, honey.

He actually claimed Ruby was Hosni Mubarak's (then president of Egypt) niece.

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Flickr flap illuminates cloud concerns

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Stop

Re: Always 3-2-1

If you read the original article, he did have back-ups of all the photos uploaded to Flickr. This issue was with all the meta-data and links to the photos from other people. If you have some mystica, magical way to backup that lot as well, I'm sure we'd all like to hear it.

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