* Posts by Martin 71

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Brits love their phones, but spend less than ten years ago

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Yes, quite frequently

They still have this concept of 'primetime', meaning they spend 22 to 23 hrs a day broadcasting shite, then every channel broadcasts the programming they have that's worth watching, all at the same time.

Beer, because I like it, and you have to do something else in that 22-23 hrs!

One-armed Belarus man monocuffed for clapping

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Black Helicopters

Hmm, chilling effects :-(

See titular section

BT, TalkTalk refused appeal against Digital Economy Act

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Hmm, EU vs UK

Bigger trumps smaller in this case :-)

Brit CompSci student faces extradition to US over link site

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Godwin doesn't apply

when the comparison is valid. Having SEEN what the conservatives in the US are like, I'm quite happy to say the comparison is perfectly, disturbingly, valid.

Council fined for randomly emailing personal data

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I wondered

what in the hell 'recalling mail' would be, is this the internet equivalent of getting your hand stuck in a pillar box?

It'd HAVE to be microsoft wouldn't it

Mentally ill file-sharer had 'low self-esteem'

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WTF?

Did you read the same article as me?

I don't see any humour in it really, just a biased piece of reporting, laced with viewpoints that wouldn't have been out of place in the 1970s, which is far below the standard I've come to expect of Mr OIrlowski.

I have many aspie traits, and have been diagnosed with depression [fortunately that's under control with medication]. I also do work with people who have much worse mental health problems. It certainly does NOT mean I (or they) choose to use the illness as an excuse, but it SHOULD be taken into consideration in certain cases. I think this case is one such.

If a person had behaviour that could affect their driving, I think due note should be taken of it, but also whether their behaviour might be a danger to other road users (I'm leaving out the places where speed cameras have been put for purely revenue gathering purposes, that's a whole different can of worms). Your attitude is disgusting in the 21st century, and I pity you for it.

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It's just you

As title

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As others have said

Depression varies in its impact in both type and severity, from individual to individual and from day to day. I know depressed people who can't STOP eating even when it makes them ill., others for whom it makes no difference to appetite

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It isn't a mental illness per se,

but it DOES come under the mental health spectrum of disorders, and is often a symptom of other, possibly undiagnosed conditions

CEOP to retain ops control under National Crime Agency

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Coat

Gamble, who at the time was Britain's most senior anti-paedophile policeman

So you're suggesting the rest were pro-paedophile ?

Someone call the daily mail! :-)

Mine's the one with the big red CEOP button in the pocket

UK.gov would pay to have benefit claimants' tattoos erased

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Oh thank the gods

"they're not all Russell Brand"

How two failed capacitors stranded Sydney rail commuters

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S*** happens

The title was my first thought. Although others may bay for blood, it's the kind of oversight that can happen. At least the system failed secure, inasmuch no trains crashed into each other, nobody died (that I know of!), and hopefully they'll now learn from this.

Beer, because it's an Aussie tradition

HP price tag could nix Marrickville council's 'Israel boycott'

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WTF?

Mister [well it's a title]

Your last paragraph seems to not make sense, possibly a negative missing?

And what western media are you partaking of that doesn't report it? All the outlets I've seen report both sides, with varying emphasis to be sure, but they do report both sides.

Cobalt-barrel machine guns could fire full auto Hollywood style

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Flame

Unlikely to be white hot

According to whackypedia, if it was a perfect black body, it'd be orangy red, usually that's a close enough approximation (1100 degrees C is about 1373 K )

But yes, still too visible

Flame, because that's what'd happen to your hand if you touched it.

PlayStation hacker defiantly posts 'bible' following police raid

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WTF?

When are these sony morons going to get the message

Hacking ones own equipment IS NOT ILLEGAL, sheesh. He PURCHASED the PS3, therefore what he does with it is his business.

London man gets 5 years for YouTube terror videos

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WTF?

Umm

I think you'll find the Daily Mail forum is that way >>>>

Google threatens Chrome address bar with death

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FAIL

They STILL have no menu bar!

Gah!

W3C apologizes for HTML5 brand confusion

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FAIL

Title :-)

It also looks like the logo of a failed 1950s superhero.

McDonalds samples NFC swipe-tech in UK

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Happy

Or

You can destroy the coil that does the 'contactless' communication . I have done this with my barclays debit card

Filthy PCs: The X-rated circus of horrors

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Good tip

Re: the cotton bud (yeah I expect everyone else knew that already!)

Beer, because the day has a Y in it.

ISPs under pressure to control online porn

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FAIL

Uhh

Keep the little darlings under control. If you're not capable of doing that, you're not fit to be a parent. It's easy *

*Yes, I know it's not as black and white as that anymore, with nanny state telling you you can't discipline the lovely little people anymore, but the basic point is valid. Don't say 'the job's too difficult for me'. You chose to have the children. Inconveniencing the rest of us, and putting the control of what is and isn't allowed to be viewed in the hands of an ISP who in turn are effectively controlled by the government, is NOT what the UK is supposed to be about. We're meant to be a free[ish] society .

Don't wait to obey European data laws

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Oh I HOPE so

I just wish the court was able to hand out custodial sentences for such crimes

Hacker sinks Royal Navy website

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WTF?

Good to know

that the MOD are on top of technology eh?

USB fanboys teased with 16-port hub

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Not anymore

With switchmode gear becoming the most prevalent, it's probably no bigger than a small laptop/netbook PSU :-)

HD Webcams

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me

Have a pint for bringing up a valid point

Police turn to extreme-sport mobe sucking

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Cola springs to mind :-)

as per title

Tesla Motors: Our cars don't burst into flame, but our emails do

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Joke

Now now

In what way is a resurgence of communism a bad thing? :-)

Comcast to notify subscribers with infected PCs

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I agree

People who need this kind of thing just need to be dropped to a 'call your local nerd/geek' page :-)

Beer, because that's the minimum fee for answering the phone

How do you copy 60m files?

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Looks good but...

the download .exe file is not found.

Beer, because I need one now

IE9 strips to win Chrome fans

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WTF?

What is with microsoft and menu bars?

I use them. It's the only way to get to some items. Having been exposed to windows 7 set up not to have any menu bars (Is this undoable by the way?), I know how absolutely impossible it is to use. It's only because I know certain keyboard shortcuts (yes I know all of us HERE do) that I was able to print a document in notepad for pity's sake!

Netizens now Facebook more than they Google

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Yeahbut

In the title they're capitalized. You don't capitalize verbs like that, just proper nouns.

Beer, it's a weekend, enjoy

It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

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Happy

That was my first thought

Is this april 1?

Documents show CAA fears over powerline networks

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FAIL

It's also covered by existing legislation.

Just because it's not INTENDED to broadcast, doesn't mean that it doesn't require a license when it DOES. Or if it does mean that, the law is ****ed and we need a change.

PLN/PLT/whatever is just laziness. Cat5 is not expensive, cat6 isn't even expensive these days!

Carnivorous plague mice 'wiping out towns' in US Midwest

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Probably not the first to reply but

Seppo = Septic = septic tank = Yank = Merkin :-)

Vodafone upsets customers with upgrade downgrade

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Megaphone

I was with you till the last paragraph

But then, you lost me :-)

Hack uses Google Street View data to stalk its victims

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Pint

Failure to spot joke icon.. penalty

One pint of beer plz :-)

Firefox joins Microsoft in uncool kids class

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WTF?

Serious questions for Chrome users... I would like to use it but can't

I have XP pro, set with themes disabled. Therefore every program has a proper window, with menu bars, etc.

Whenever I've installed chrome, it looks ... well fisher-price-ish. Some weird vista-esque close button, no menu bar, and so forth. Is there some easy way to make it look like a windows application? Until there is I can't use it!

UK.gov slams Facebook over Moat fan clubs

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Interesting idea

Prozac in the water would save me prescription charges, I support this idea!

On the other hand, questioning the police's actions isn't a bad thing. Provided it's done even handedly, which in this case, obviously it hasn't.

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Just one tiny point :-)

And it's mostly agreeing. But the legal defence of 'insanity' or lack thereof ('declared sane') has no connection with mental health issues. I work in a voluntary role with mental health charities, and most people are fully aware of what they're doing most of the time, Moat by the sound of it was aware his thoughts were wrong and would almost undoubtedly have been found guilty.

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A title

No, but the first to attribute it :-)

Kaspersky blocks BBC News over false phishing fears

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Hmm, I can see why they blocked it

It looks like it was put together by someone trained in the mid 90s on AOL. They probably took one look and went 'the server's been hijacked by script kiddies, better block it'.

Yes, I KNOW I can adjust font sizes, but the 24 point arial all over the place? Why?

Famous 'Invisible Gorilla' trick vid gets sequel

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It's embedded in the article

Therefore you either have flash blocked, or not installed. Therefore by default, you win :-)

Have a beer

iPhone 4G blingmobe: Yours for £13k

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I wondered about that too

If someone were to report them to the ASA they might have a hard time proving diamonds are rare.

Power line tech could crash aircraft and shut down the Archers

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Umm

Wouldn't it be easier to just point out that PLN kit, by definition, broadcasts without a license, advertise the fact widely, and later, aggressively prosecute anyone caught using it? The fines could pay for say, installation of wired networking :-)

Firefox comes over all cloudy

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Won't be using it

This tendency lately of random companies to expect you to send them the passwords belonging to accounts with other companies, WHAT is the idea with this? We've spent YEARS teaching people to check the URL matches the site whose password they're typing in, now people come along and say 'it's fine to give [randomcompany] your password!'

Losers. The lot of em.

Firefox devs: A hint. Fix things that are actually broken, like, say, the form filling autocomplete search order in firefox 3.6, broken by design. Or, maybe, the memory leak that's been in firefox since 1.0 and is STILL there?

Just a suggestion :-)

Apple adds 'make the web go away' button to Safari 5

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Does safari allow you to change user agent string?

If so, that would render the question irrelevant

Fanboi's lament – falling out of love with the iPad

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Fair enough :-)

This bit isn't a title. It's a pint of beer for being correct

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As a non fanboi

Yet not an apple basher... I do have one comment. If 'some usb ports can't charge it', this must mean it is out of specification for the USB standard. Which, along with literally hundreds of other devices, makes it unfit for purpose under UK trading standards laws

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