* Posts by IsJustabloke

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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re So will Sauron be a gender fluid necromincer?

Superb!

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Hmmmm.....

This reminds me of the (probably apocryphal) tale about a user ringing a help desk to report that his printer wouldn't print any yellow text everything else was printed perfectly but anything yellow was missing. There was much too-ing and fro-ing between helpdesk operative and user until the helpdesk operative decided to actually visit the user. Turns out the user was using yellow paper "because it's pretty and makes a change from boring white paper"

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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"Oh pretty please. I've been waiting a year to dump the useless fucks"

Weirdly, my Plusnet service has been rock solid reliable at the speed they promised for the price as advertised.

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Re: Ah well

"Vodafone here I come."

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... *breathe*...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

No seriously, who're you going to ?

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Why hasn't anyone done a Thomas Covenant series/film?

I thought the first three were ok but it very rapidly went downhill. Although Donaldson's writing style was a hard work.

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Re: I suppose they could do a prequel,

"the Silmarillion" is an abomination of a book beaten in shitness only by the execrable "Adventures of Tom Bombadil"

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Greetings cards?

"I think the last hold-out was greetings cards but Moonpig solved that"

I solved that particular problem by never buying the things in the first place.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: 'image persistence' or 'burn-in'

"Oh yes.... and a foot operated button on the floor to dip the head lights."

I have an old Alfa Romeo Berlina.. it has a foot switch to operate both the Headlight dipping and the windscreen washer , some times it's like doing a tap dance while steering through bends and changing gears

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: get a lordship...t

"..like Sir Humphrey then"

who is a Knight not a Lord

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Re: One such trip involved “four of us sitting around a cage full of monkeys, feeding them fruit”

"when someone had called the "If found" number attached to the back of them"

HR director had previous for getting lost eh? Surprised he let you stick a number on his back though...

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: yes, it's very nice but...

"I see parallels with Formula 1 where there is a theoretical trickle down to road cars but it only seems to show on the >£1million supercars "

You couldn't be more wrong about that.... in recent times turbos became common place because of F1. Improvements in brakes, safety systems, fuel efficiency, creating more power from smaller engines. Hybrid technology... chassis design... Tyre technology... all these things and probably lots more trickle down from car manufactures being involved in F1. it's the *reason* they're in F1, the kudos of winning is supplemental.

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Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

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Re: Hey look, a three-headed monkey!

@FlamingDeath

How do you make it through a single day ?

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: Just like Apple

@fidodogbreath

I'm not the one that needs to be reminded of that :)

As an aside it's a bit weird that people have down voted my post because I have actually heard my friends veer from, "awesome! Apple have just fixed my *insert broken thing* for nothing how cool is that!?!?" to "Bollocks! Fucking Apple have a said they won't fix *insert broken thing * unless I stump up another x quid!"

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Re: Just like Apple

"Got a problem, take it to the Apple Store. Broken, yep we'll replace that. "

Pretty sure that for every instance of that, there's a matching instance of "*shrug* Not our problem buddy" I have several friends with iPhones and they can all claim to have had both experience types in an Apple store.

Obvs, I admit this is anecdotal.and that's not say that makes apple users sheeple or idiots but Apple marketing would have you believe they always do 'x' to fix/help users whereas they in fact no different from any other corporation in as much as they will try their utmost to wriggle out of stuff.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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You know....

The F35 saga reminds me of Philip K Dicks "The Zap gun"

have a read, it's one of his better efforts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Zap_Gun

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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Re: Good to know, when we finally track the Taliban Navy to their secret Afghan port.

So to defend just our own shores and interests we need a strong combined Navy/army/airforce but *ALL* govt. seems keen to reduce all the armed services.

FTFY ... no charge.

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Fantastic movie that watched by accident and have never been more pleased at a mistake.

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Amazon told to repay €250m in 'unfair state aid' from Luxembourg

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Just out of interest...

assuming this actually ends up being payable (after several rounds of Appeal / knock back / appeal natch) to whom is it payable?

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Re: Replicant or not

"The question to my mind is whether replicants are humans or not"

There was an old paperback I read years ago (i picked it up in a charity shop) The premise was that androids were all but indistinguishable from humans, the only visible difference being that the androids were blue in colour. everything about them was steeped in secrecy about where they "made" and the various processes etc etc... but there was a dark secret!

It was a good read but sadly I can't recall what it was called :(

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"I think it's because Philip K Dick mostly wasn't a brilliant writer."

I absolutely agree... I think his forte was ideas and that mostly he struggled to put those ideas into words in a coherent way. The fact is that for most of his career this was the prevailing opinion. It wasn't until after his death that his work was revisited and reclassified.

Blade Runner was panned by critics because it was a film that has to Watched. you can't skim it like so many of it's contemporary films.

Sci-fi was suppose to be all "flash bang crash kill the aliens !!!" a'la Star Wars, Leave the cerebral stuff to books please!

It's a fabulous films in all its many cuts and It rightly deserves the plaudits it gets, it's up there with 2001, and Alien as a classic Film both of which also redefined what a certain type of movie should be like.

I'm looking forward to seeing 2049, I'll watch it with an open mind and I sincerely hope we can add it to the list of brilliant films.

Lord knows the list has been lacking in recent times :/

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30 strong fingers but still no happy ending for robotic back rub

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Roboter...

As a fan of Kraftwerk, that homage made me smile :)

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NatWest customer services: We're aware of security glitch

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re Bank that cant't count

A very long time ago I had an account with Lloyds. being a callow youth I ahd to pay for my car insurance in installments but the company concerned used to require 3 post dated cheques (I said it was a long time ago!)

I can't remember exactly why but I chose to close my account with Llyods, genuinely forgetting that i had written the cheques. The last of the cheques was presented after I had closed the account. For reasons best known to themselves it was cleared and paid. They duely sent me a letter saying I was overdrawn and I should do something about it, I wrote back saying, I don't have an account with you and went on my merry way.

Every two or three months I'd receive a statement indicating i was £55 overdrawn and I'd ignore it. This went on for a while and then suddenly a statement arrived that indicated a positive balance.

I wandered into the branch and asked the cashier if the statement was correct, he said yes so I withdrew it and closed the account (again!)

It was like real life monopoly :D

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WordPress has adverse reaction to Facebook's React.js licence

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Re: "...the popular content management system"

"but that does not make the pipe wrench into a screwdriver."

Actually it does, literally in fact; you are using the pipe to "drive" in the "screw" ;-)

Ah.. thank you, mines the one with the hammer in the pocket...

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UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

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A friend of mine was doing Jury Service recently

and he told me that every single morning they were reminded about not saying anything on social media, or to partners or to mates down the pub and to make an effort to avoid reading anything about the case.

It must take a pretty special kind of idiot to ignore the instructions.

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ummmm....

"Well just as the US immigration are asking for people social media account before they can get a visa"

I recently visited the US (albeit on the visa waiver programme) you still need to apply for an esta and at no point was any mention of my social media accounts made.

My travelling companion required an actual visa and again no mention of of her social media accounts was made....

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: Say what you mean and mean what you say

"The only problem was that it seemed to ignore the "pay separately" tick - so all her ebooks were charged to my card."

Or so she said....

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: Ped-ANT-ic typo in title

"Is it Terrence or Terence?"

If it's the one I know it's actually spelt T.W.A.T

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: One more thing -

"6S+ 128GB"

Why did you feel the need to exactly specify which phone you were using?

Why not just say "I use my iPhone to....."

The only time I ever refer to the make / model of a phone is when I'm differentiating it from the one I'm currently using in conversation...

IE "Well, I had a sammy and it didn't do *thing* but this one *holding up my mobey* does"

I'm genuinely curious

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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How do you know it wasn't?

"There's still the question of why, if there was a case to be investigated, it wasn't investigated in the UK where it would appear that the alleged act would have been committed."

See title...

if the government really does feel it saved them a headache they may have well decided it also saved them a headache in not prosecuting him themselves.

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Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

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Re: I'd pay good money ...

"Car Racing [game] is the only [game]..."

FTFY. No charge.

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: You're confusing Kim with Bob.

"Somewhere out there there's a grieving family and friends. Just saying..."

#virtuesignalling

Just saying...

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Re: TLA?

@wolfetone

RTFM

That is demonstrably NOT a TLA

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Re: Worth it?

"I can't imagine for one minute any other nation ally or not, who would be willi g to put their expensive toys at risk to protect ours. Not in a real war."

I guess it's because you don't understand the way these things work perhaps you should read up on some military history?

A bunch of countries with different capabilities "ally" themselves. These "Allies" provide different bits of any given task force...

Country A has a bunch of Frigates (say) but no Air cover, country B has a load of air cover but not many frigates... so country A says to country B "Hey, give us some Air cover and we'll protect you with our Frigates!" That's how being "Allied" works... for other real world examples see pretty much any armed conflict from history.

For what it's worth, I seriously doubt that we would ever find ourselves in a shooting war with either Russia or China. Russia's only aircraft carrier is followed around by a bunch of tugs and a ship full of spares.

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Re: Garbage

sunk by EU missiles eh?

You're not expecting negotiations to go well then?

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Re: Tree falling in the wood...

It clearly does have aircraft embarked....

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Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

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4G on Three's "feel at home" has never been included but other than that it's as speedy as it can be.(I've used it without a problem in New Zealand, Hong Kong and the US)

It's just the usual suspects taking the piss... EE, Vodashite and O2. So no, you won't be live streaming your mate's Mediterranean wedding to the rest of the UK.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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paywalls...

Interestingly, there are several sites that I would be happy to pay a nominal monthly fee to browse but we all know that even if a site is behind a paywall it will still serve ads and that's the issue right there. As a consumer I'm willing to play fair ad slingers aren't, so fuck them. Unitl relatively recently I paid to subscribe to the Telegraph online... still had ads.. Guardian wants me to subscribe... still has ads., I'm willing to be that the Times still serves ads behind it's paywall.

And we know that Sky customers have an entirely ad free experience.... ho ho ho...

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: I need Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

"I am not sure there is anything other than GIMP to replace Photoshop "

GIMP is not even close to being a replacement for photoshop.

yes, there are alternatives to lightroom and photoshop but nothing integrates with my website or social media channels as well as lightroom. I can publish directly from LIghtroom into my portfolio, dropbox, facebook, instagram, twitter, I don't need to create multiple jpeg copies of any given image, I simply publish the raw files using lightroom, they are converted to the correct format on the fly.

This is such a huge advantage over everything else. all my images are contained within a single environment and greatly simplfies my workflow.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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pah!

It's a rare onion indeed that makes my eyes water... I've often watched friends chopping onions through tears and wondered why it affects them and not me.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: The idiocy of this runs even deeper.

"How do they exchange the racing pigeons?"

As a pie?

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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@FrankAlphaXII

Our building Inspectors don't skulk about, they simply walk up , identify themselves and have a look round / inspect. It's a very foolish builder that aggravates a building inspector.

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Re: As poor as Vodafone are

I've used Three in the US, New Zealand, Hong Kong as well as Europe and I've never had any kind of problem. There's certainly been no obvious throttling but then I was just using it for google, maps, navigation and email.

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You could see the phone trying its hardest

What?!?!

Was his phone sweating? Was it pulling a face like it was squeezing one out?

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"is this just Three being skin flints"

I'm not sure that is a charge you can level at Three... they included as standard 4G while every other network was charging extra and they've had "feel at Home" as a no cost extra long before it was mandated , not to mention they have it in many more countries than just the EU

The no tethering is more likely to be a restriction placed on them by their partners

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: ...I want proper monster munch...

"and Wagon Wheels the size of your head"

Yes, with chocolate that was at least an inch thick!

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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"How am I going to draw my rudimental penis pictures if they take away paint?"

simply send a selfie including the one on your forehead :D

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Re: What are they thinking?

Thanks for the update.

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Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely.

"and I _REFUSE_ to change."

How about you just take a day off and give the rest of us a break?

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Nice matching jackets though....

See title.

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