* Posts by goldcd

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

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Especially in this case

Somebody got upset that they were unable to charge per minute for the use of "a piece of glass"

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Ew! HTC jams pop-up adverts into people's smartphone keyboards

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Because

Some keyboards are better than adequate?

I personally favour Swype - but definitely worth seeing what suits you best.

I'm 99.99% sure it'll be something without adverts though..

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Let me bring you up to speed.

#1 Imagine oranges, like wot you could buy from any shop

#2 Then slice them into inch-thick slices you put into an expensive mylar pouch.

#3 Then you make a VERY EXPENSIVE machine that squashes the pouch - AND ONLY THIS MAGIC POUCH, which you have to bin afterwards

#4 Juice falls out

#5 You have to justify why this is better than just squashing fresh produce with a hammer/hand - and you're now the Juicero CEO.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Racism is a social construct

but it's pretty easy to work out 'race' from your genes...(or at least where in the world your last few hundred generations of ancestors have been hanging out).

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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I am more than a little confused.

€12k moving package is pretty awesome.

Yes, it's unfortunate you couldn't just use the cash to lay down a deposit on a flat - but seems somewhat reasonable if they're serious about it being to cover "moving expenses", rather than an under the table tax-free-slush fund. If you used it to cover 2 months deposit, then when you left and reclaimed that money, it's not really a "moving expense" is it? Maybe they could have made it a loan?

Still, even then say you arrive mid-month, and they don't get the payroll sorted until the end of the next full month - that's only €4.5k at €100 a night for a room for 45 days, leaving €7.5 of your relocation. Pay another €6k for another 2 months hotel, banking salary for a deposit (10k less tax and expenses)...

..and seriously, it seems remarkably fair.

Only real issue seems to be the healthcare one..and as you were moving EU to EU, there's the EHIC card which should cover you as a visitor...

..still, can't help having this story out there...

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Re: Cmon El Reg

350 bitcoins from when, y'know, you could mine them on a cpu and they came in 50s.

I made out like a bandit when they reached £7 each..

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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My parents forced me to have piano lessons

I will never forgive them for this.

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Re: Definition of fail

Not the worst way of doing a project - much easier to point to something half-done, and point out the dozen bits that are broken and need to be fixed, and ignoring the other pile of stuff that works OK, or you've now decide you don't care about.

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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

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FFS

If you believe you've assembled the A-team of hackers - and you don't believe they'll pick on your rip-off vending machine..

..just fire yourself.

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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

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Yup

Pixel owner here, and getting my updates 2-3rd of each month since I bought it.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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“be forced to reduce their CLAIMED hours by 15 per cent.”

and then it just gets worse as the article continues.

Might as well just say "Anybody who can get a job elsewhere, please do so. Those unable to get employed will shortly be appearing as the new expensive IBM expertise on customer sites."

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Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Re: Privacy of a Trrrst?

Exactly.

Terrorists don't deserve privacy - but this is not the same as the removal of privacy from all, to see who's a terrorist.

As a realist, I fully accept that this isn't easy - what I'd like to see is simply some openness. Maybe if your government looks at your email or browser history - they drop you a note to say you're in the clear?

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Uber culture colonic cleanses CEO Kalanick

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My take is that their previous/existing "core values"

seem to have been stupendously successful in building their company. Moreover they don't today have a particularly unique business model, nor even exist in an easy market - but by orders of magnitude have trounced their opposition.

What they did clearly worked for them.

What they're now bringing to the table is the new concept of the "arse-hole-pivot" - There's nothing wrong with the business, apart from the personal/institutional baggage that is now more of a liability than a help.

They've raised their hands in a full on "mea-culpa" - the damning report is heading in, the first stage of the company rocket will take the knock on the chin, fall back to earth, as the Uber second stage races unhindered heads towards orbit.

Bluntly it's nothing new - there are no shortage of blue-chip companies that have somewhat murky origins historically. Maybe the first time we've seen it in this sector though.

I presume if Uber "loses" their board, and drafts in a bunch of "respected industry veterans" we can expect to see more of this though.

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White-box webcam scatters vulnerabilities through multiple OEMs

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Re: Why, oh why?

I'd like one I could access from my phone - actually I have one.

Where I think the issue is, is with allowing all these wonderful IoT bits and pieces to expose themselves to the wider world.

Open VPN supported by most decent routers, allowing you to dial phone from your phone, into the security carnage.

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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Re: Just something to think about...

Also assumes that the visit itself didn't have an impact on production.

Maybe IBM is more rational than my employer, but my guess is that everybody spent the last couple of weeks running around like headless chickens to pull together presentations demonstrating how wonderful and critically important the site is.

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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

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Convenience is the enemy of intrusive DRM.

And DRM gives us 'stuff' that we'd never get without it.

I'd like to think that the goal will be 'balance'

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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

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"It should also be noted the importance of registering Netgear products"

Well I presume if you hadn't registered and signed up for their "cloud backup", you'd currently have all your holiday photos..

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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Nah, definitely

Sous Vide

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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

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Yahoo was an "also-ran" from the outset.

I do have to give them faint-praise for "still existing".

I mean htf do they still exist?

How do yahoo make their money?

*bemused*

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Samsung's Shixby: Reviewers unimpressed with S8 digital assistant

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Please, just stop it Samsung, you're embarrassing yourself.

You can't do software. So please stop.

You can't do software in two ways:

1) I have NEVER heard of anybody buying Samsung for the S-software

2) You are useless at pushing out updates - which you then blame on #1 which we didn't want.

You do however make lovely lovely hardware. Shiny futuristic (if occasionally firey), but seriously you're ahead. You're winning here.

I thought you were understanding me the consumer, as "TouchWiz" (I mean just the name alone, was quietly being dialled back and back)

I bought a stupidly priced Pixel for more than your last offering, solely as I get a nice UI and a monthly patch bundle (OK and a teensy bit better camera).

However I'm still stupefied by you spending money on software that actively puts me off your hardware.

How's about launching a "Google edition" of your phone? You sell the hardware and we just get a choice of whether we want your "creations" or something stock and functional.

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H-1B applications down after Trump's 'American techies first' rhetoric

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Re: Maybe the H1-b applicants are too afraid of being shot by american "patriots"?

Not even sure you'd need to mess with the base-salary.

You bring in a foreigner, you pay to cover their visa, relocation - and in return maybe 'own them' for the first 12 months. After that, they're free to spend the next 5 years working wherever their skills are best recognized and therefore improve the US tax base.

Makes perfect economic sense if nothing else. Why would the US government want to earn their tax cut of $60k, instead of $120k? If we're feeling really bold here, for each salary/tax bump just apply an automatic extension onto the Visa.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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I share your concern

I never minded the budget carriers - they were cheap and I could accept a lot from them as their way of justifying the price. I also actually actively liked some edicts like "You're late, we're taking off, and I don't care if we leave you behind".

I've never liked flying. It's better sitting at the front and more pleasant in the lounge, but aside from a holiday I'm only there as my employer is making me and I would ALWAYS prefer to be at home.

My requirements are basic. I would like to get on, be comfortable and ideally spend as much time as possible asleep. The point of the comfort to enable me to sleep. My dining requirements being enough G&Ts to enable me to overcome the discomfort - to allow me to sleep.

BA are currently retrofitting their planes to offer less leg-room than Ryanair.

Currently I have to chuck the magazines on the floor simply to get that f'in bar at the top of the seat pocket to not grind into my shin. I have to endure the (*&£er infront of me wondering why their seat won't recline (my legs) - and should I get an aisle seat, allowing me to get an extra inch by allowing my feet to go into the aisle the sodding cart being rammed into them.

Oh, and don't start me on the "enhanced entertainment system" which is a metal box welded under the seat infront...

..alright, I've gone off topic here.

Scum class in BA is vile and angers me. Ryanair tell me the hate me, but at least let me buy enough drinks, don't have the pocket, the entertainment box and..

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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My take would be "Agile in moderation"

Think of building something else "non-software", such as a building...

'I want to build a 100 storey skyscraper' - LET'S GO!!

"erm I'm making the foundations, what do I need to do?"

'Support 100 storyes you fool!'

"Give me a clue, what will they weigh?"

'Take an educated guess on Monday and start build on Tuesday'

"erm OK, I've made some foundations that could technically support the minimum weight of 100 storyes, but I'd really like to shore them up a bit, I mean they're definitely foundations and you were very happy when I showed them to you, but.."

'Start building the ground floor, we'll come back to foundations when they're a priority!'

"b.but. OK."

'Nice Ground floor, well done. Have a pizza on me!'

"They did come in a few percent heavier than we had previously planned."

'No matter, we'll lighten them if the first floor is too heavy for them. Keep Agile!'

"The first floor is fine, I've no qualms about that, nor the next dozen, but I *really* think we might hit a problem a year from now. I've jotted down some projections for the next 99 I could maybe share with you?"

'Your projection indicates you want me to both re-work the foundations AND the single floor we've built so far. I spoke to the budget holder and they're concerned about the re-work you're suggesting. We're only two sprints in and you want to undo two sprints?'

There are two ends to this story of storeys.

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Re: 'What's Real and What's for Sale'...

All boils down to "problems are hard to solve"

Methodology doesn't matter really, as whenever the rules change we are all exceptionally good at gaming the system and will do so faster than you can change the rules to compensate.

The sole solution irrespective of methodology is to ensure that there are as few parties as possible involved and all their fates are bound together on targets that are equivalently those that will solve the problem.

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I like agile

especially compared to the alternatives, but always struck me as something fundamentally better suited to smaller pieces of on-going work.

Bluntly for stuff you can break and then fix, within a sprint.

Now I'm fully aware your agile guru will tell you that this isn't an issue and it scales, but at a personal level I've yet to meet a budget-holder or a dev, who will sanguinely accept that tested and paid-for code is going into the bin and it should simply be considered to be "part of the process" and there is no need to attribute blame.

My personal niggle is that a team has "velocity" rather than "speed" - and that seems to be a somewhat deliberate and disingenuous selection. The team should have speed, the project ultimately a measurable velocity calculated by working out how much of the speed was wasted in the wrong/right direction.

Anyway, off to get my beauty sleep, so I can feed the backlog tomorrow with anything within my reach.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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Re: What a Muppet.

I'm pretty sure this wasn't a well thought out plan.

Possibly the sort of 'planning' that got him the boot in the first place.

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Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

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Re: My experience with Virgin Media has been reasonable

I must have been lucky as well.

I don't "like" Virgin as that's a very unfashionable thing to do.

BUT - well I'm stuck with them.

Stuck with them in the sense that I moved into my house that has a great big wire coming in from a telegraph post, that is connected to a socket with a BT logo on it, and BT point-blank refused to accept I had a BT connection (although they were willing to charge me for installation).

Virgin/Liberty have been perfectly fine to me over the last decade. Of note, when I have had problems and furiously dialled their offshore support, they were lovely both times and resolved my issue (even the time it was my own fault due to shonky router config).

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You can get 76M through your phone line (BT Infinity et-al)

Just it's not going to an exchange, but a green box you probably walk by on the pavement near your house - and that box is back-hauled by fibre.

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Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

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Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave ...

I would have written my own comment, but I got confused as to where my ire should be directed, so I'm opting out.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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One in the eye for OSS utopians

Arseholes are everywhere.

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Florida Man can't pause cycle on Samsung 'exploding' washing machine lawsuit

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Re: Good idea, wrong country

After Al-Yamamah, HSBC, Rolls Royce etc.. I'm starting to think our moral high-ground is a smidge shakey.

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

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"Agent Storm: My Life Inside al-Qaeda"

is a very interesting book about a western backed infiltrator. I'd take a fair amount of the content with a pinch of salt - but there was definitely a theme of ensuring "specific items of western electronic decadence" where pushed in the vague direction of targets.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Not entirely true

cheaper tax, has helped those 4% beers appear on the bars of the country (along with no pre-reduction on the consumer end)

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It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard

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Re: "improve online privacy"

I'm assuming I wouldn't be listening to Spotify without it - unless you know of an alternate non-DRM service.

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Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

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*quick sums*

Nearly a ninth as dangerous as guns

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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Not entirely sure I follow

I can't think of many corporations that depend on a human's memory to produce decryption keys.

Mainly as they're collectively so distrustful of a single point of salary-renegotiation.

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Re: so Desperation

Eloquently put

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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

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What I find interesting

Is that these big chiefs of intelligence can rock up and state an absolute - and huge swathes of people can shrug their shoulders and just see this as one side of the argument.

Now I personally believe Trump is a delusional-narcissistic-fantasist - but what I can admire him for is being the first 'leader' who has recognized that in this post-wikileaks and all the rest age, realizes he can step up and call them liars to their faces and we collectively shrug and go "yeah, we know, but maybe they aren't this time?"

They burnt their integrity a while back, but this is the first time we're actually having to see them pay for doing so.

Sitting back a bit, is there actually anybody we can trust any more? A bit further back still, I realize we've kindof collectively brought this all on ourselves and that the only way out of this is to decide we're going to come down with custodial sentences and personal humiliation on anybody who, bluntly, "lies"

Reap what you sow, and all that.

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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I can't help but wonder

what it would be worth to ULA

For the SpaceX launch to suffer a "misfortune"

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

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Or we can read this as

Our new laptops won't fit into your existing docks, as we've done away with the connector. Buy new laptops AND docks this year.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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What interests me

is the "authorization" bit, if you took this and ran with it within a broader scope of roles within a company.

The techy person "deleting stuff" is pretty cut and dry, "they pressed a button and it went".

But as he's arguing he was authorized to do this.

Lots of other people are "authorized" by their employer to do all manner of potentially detrimental stuff. Terminating a contract here, signing up something nobody will able to deliver for a bonus there - and this may get you fired, but is extremely unlikely to get you brought up on criminal charges.

I guess my point is that it's relatively easy to do something harmful, that you're notionally allowed to do - but this does open up an entire new level of repercussion.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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Re: Get a cat.

Maybe somethign similar to Photosynth could be used to assemble images of the mouse-components, to more easily allow you to identify whether you've got the full mouse, or there's a rogue leg that's been stashed in your slipper.

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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On it does make sense.

"..is designed to.." being the important bit

They're not actually saying it actually "does" identify individuals on the basis of an objective process, which as they've actually designed, deployed and are using SPOT, is what you'd want to hear and they'd like to say.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Home streaming is killing..

I can't think of any of the previous "clampdowns" that ever did anything to help "the industry"

I humbly think it's just a nice little money-maker for those eternally doing the clamping down, and gives the industry the misguided feeling that they can simply halt the progress of technology and consumption.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Re: The joy of shutterstock...

I can here many of them running towards the delete button, right now

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Mumsnet ordered to give users' real life IDs and messages to plastic surgeon they criticised

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Re: "Penis Beaker"

I read that throughout the chain of comments as "BReaker"

I new Mumsnet was a strange place, but.. I was intrigued.

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How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

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WTF?

We're still printing?

I mean that seriously.

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

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A "Twisted Vapers RDA" is just the "tank"

i.e. bit where the eliquid is heated up by a bit of wire.

Whats of much more interest is the unmentioned "mod" - the bit your screw the tank to, provides the current, and actually contains the battery.

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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Decides to spend week porting Portal?

He was staying with the in-laws, wasn't he?

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

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Yes, but to echo a comment a few up

This isn't particularly new or unique to wikipedia - scientific papers have always been a bit incestuous and peer-review by other experts competing in the field, causes the odd bit of revenge work.

Stepping back to something more popular - "5 fruit and/or veg a day" or "8 glasses or water" - all complete tosh that's endlessly re-fed to us.

Only difference now with anybody being able to bang in an update and fewer journalists being asked to bang out more and more, the loop is just getting tighter.

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