* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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Re: Fuck livestock

"Just think of all those 60s/70s housing estates where the architects thought the place looked wonderful without fences or hedges so there are covenants in the deeds or leases against putting any up."

I had a house with a similar covenant.

Fortunately the ban was on permanent fencing, so when a neighbour's baby turned into a toddler, everyone agreed that the fence her father erected was indeed "temporary" :-)

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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Re: So-

"But then again, we all know, all this "ads are a security risk" is just a stupid excuse, made up by weak minded sociopaths, in an attempt to justify robbing honest working bloggers/journalists/publishers or their well-deserved income, so they (ie. the blockers) can deluded themselves in being control of and over something in their pitiful lives, otherwise hopelessly controlled by people a lot smarter than them."

You are flailing.

When I see good journalism, written by folks who have actually bothered to do some proper research, then I am quite willing to pay a fair price.

The current debate is about how we pay, and what amount. Many of us use adblockers because we find the means of payment and/or the amount unacceptable.

Most of us here have had to adapt their careers to cope with advances in technology and the changes they have brought .

Now it's your turn. Deal with it.

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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"A lot of what you put into the EU actually comes back anyway in terms of regional funding."

Ah, that's another nail in the EU coffin then.

They want it to go to London instead.

After all, a shiny new footbridge across the Thames is sooo much more important than investing in regional libraries.

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Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

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Alas, poor Usenet, I knew him well

That one liner from Bryan Cantrill was a belter.

He quoted 251 lines of technical content from David S. Miller and added one line:

Have you ever kissed a girl?

To which Miller responded:

No, but I can kiss the sky:

$Id: bw_tcp.c,v 1.3 1995/06/21 21:02:49 lm Exp $

Socket bandwidth using xenophanes: 10.49 MB/sec

And I know how to make it even faster.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: some people may find this appealing

"monospace is fine for tabulating. In fact its a lot better than shit HTML"

Monospace has the further advantage that where "111.11" is displayed above "888.88", the individual digits display in the correct places.

Proportional fonts really aren't very good for displaying lists of more than one part or account number.

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Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

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Re: Need more info..

"every cloud "privacy" policy I've ever read says that anything uploaded to it can be used by the vendor (or their "affiliates) or sold to whomever buys the company when they go tits-up."

An unfortunate/appropriate* turn of phrase, given the story's subject matter.

*delete according to mood

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Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

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"When do I get my design flaw free Skylake X?"

The BOFH covered this one in yesterday's column:

“EOL sounds so much better than RECALL doesn’t it?”

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Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

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Maybe there's hope yet?

Grauniad article: 'Parents killed it': why Facebook is losing its teenage users

This year more than 3 million under-25s in the UK and US will either quit Facebook or stop using it regularly, and they are pretty vocal about why.

“As soon as parents got in they killed it,” says 24-year-old Jordan Ranford, a now minimal Facebook user who ditched his mum as a friend because she was “just jarring”.

Georgia Davey, 21, predicts a bleak future for the increasingly uncool Facebook. “I don’t know if I should say this, but I think Facebook might shut down one day,” she says. “There will be a new thing soon and no one will be on it any more.”

With 2 billion registered users it is impossible to see Facebook closing. But her comment highlights an inherent truth of internet life: impermanence. Digital businesses age in dog years, meaning today’s new thing can rapidly become yesterday’s news. Anyone remember MySpace or Second Life?

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Re: Sie Effects (or is that Side Affects?)

Side Effects: other stuff wot happens.

Side Affects: Only when I laugh.

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Oi, Dabbsy

I found a solution to the problem you described in your review of the iPhone X the other week.

Day 10: I think I’ve got the hang of transferring the photos to a computer. My choices are AirDrop (to a Mac, very fussy) or via USB cable and an import utility (again very fussy as I have to tick every image one by one).

Using the USB cable route, the answer is to click one of the photos and then hit Command-A, to select all of them.

(I did manage to get away with just a Command-A, but that first click on an image ensures that the right bit of the screen has focus.)

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BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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"“EOL sounds so much better than RECALL doesn’t it?”"

That one had me laughing out loud.

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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

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Blatant attempt to drive traffic to a commercial site?

"According to the GDPR FAQs ..."

No thanks. That site is an advertisement for Trunomi products. Trunimo's site itself contains references to "Trunomi Ltd", appears to have British employees and mentions London a few times

But it carefully avoids giving any idea of the company's actual location. No physical address, or any of the usual items such as Company Registration Number that one would expect of a legitimate UK or EU business or ogranisation.

It's a Yank company hoping to cash in on fears about GDPR, and uses SEO to get there.

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"Canonical is meant to be UK"

Yet they default everything at installation time to US settings.

Yes I realise the US is where the majority of English speaking customers is, but they could make life a bit easier for their home customer base here.

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Look out, Wiki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

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Re: Better than human

"As long as Google doesn't allow it to learn paranoia, rudeness, stubbornness, stupidity, bias, deviousness, dishonesty and all those other loveable characteristics of so many of my fellow human Wikipedians."

Can't wait until we get a couple of bots arguing with each other about the vaiidity of an article :-)

I'll just leave this here:

Wikipedia articles must not contain original research.

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: We should all sue Microsoft!

'They are an Abomination Unto Nuggin & therefor should be strapped into a chair ala Clockwork Orange & forced to watch endless loops of "upgrades gone wrong".'

I'll help you make the film.

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Re: how long ago was this?

"They could just post him a retail Windows 7 CD and a polite note reminding him that the end of support date is 23 months away (January 14, 2020)"

Correction:

"They should have just posted him a retail Windows 7 CD and a note of apology in the first place"

Or just maybe, not forced the upgrade.

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Re: Anyone want to make a lot of money?

"Approaching this from a business perspective. Our lords and masters have decreed that something must be done. "

Much the same idea occurred to me when reading about AI detection of terrist videos. They got 600K, we could certainly aim higher than that,

With sufficient funds, we could subcontract the job to GCHQ and let them get into systems using more conventional, but tried and tested methods, such as social engineering.

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Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

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Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

All I found in my letterbox this morning was a fictitious bill from a scammer.

So...

Yes.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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"I do wish they'd allow a pointing device "

Hear. Hear.

When away from home recently I tried my best to use an iPad as my sole computing device. I managed well with both writing and a bit of Python programming, but what really got me was the awful copy and paste mechanism.

My hands are simply too large to get text selection right at the first attempt.

I have a Logitech Type Plus keyboard which is not only comfortable to type with, but it has proper Control, Option and Command keys too. Once I have the cursor positioned in the right place I can use shift plus cursor movement keys just as I can on a Mac.

Gimme an attachable mouse, and I really could be productive on the thing.

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Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

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"Suppose you were a reviewer for Egyptian Google, could you tell the difference between a Britain First rally and a Remberance Day parade or a Scout troop? Could our algorithm?"

And what chance does any algorithm stand of coping with satire?

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US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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Re: Not Surprised

"For UK citizens the cost of health treatment is exactly zero unless the patient chooses a private health provider or private treatment within an NHS hospital's private wing ."

To be precise, the NHS is free at the point of treatment.

The actual cost comes out of general taxation and National Insurance[*].

How the NHS is funded

* when I first started work, National Insurance (N.I.) contributions were known as N.H.I. contributions (National Health and Insurance?) but that got shortened to plain N.I. somewhere in the late 70s or early 80s.

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Re: "New York State is run by Democrats. "

"The truth is to non Americans outside America it's very difficult to tell what you call Democrats apart from what you call Republicans."

Back in student days, I asked an American what the difference was.

Her answer was "They're both the same, except ..."

(I've forgotten what the "except ..." bit was; the main message was the first bit.)

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As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains

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Re: Companies House, anyone?

I would be quite happy to have my name in WHOIS as an officer of a company (director, company secretary, etc), together with the company's address and contact details, for a company website.

For my own personal or hobby related website, however, I have never been entirely comfortable with having my home address published to the world plus dog.

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Re: A job application...

"I therefore feel myself fully qualified for the post, as I enjoy first class travel and can drink vintage champagne and 50 year-old whisky with the best of them."

As someone so well qualified for the job, you really need a salary attendance allowance to reflect the impartiality you will bring to the table.

Shall we say $150,000 p.a. to reflect your status?

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"Would you, for instance, expect a thorough worked example of how to fit fire doors to your premises so you could comply with legislation on fire protection?"

Yes. Even the humble VAT handbook has examples of when VAT should be charged and when not.

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Uber and its 245 million reasons to settle with Google's Waymo

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Re: Waymo came to the court with a plan

"I'm less interested in the value of the share than what other rights have been accrued in the company"

I'm wondering if there's anything special about 0.34%. It probably depends on who else has shares, and how much of them.

Just a small percentage can make the difference if shareholders join forces.

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Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here's who won our exclusive Reg merch...

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truly a north-south thing?

I haven't a clue about the motivation for tortilla wrap, but the whole idea of gravy on chips reveals an East-West divide.

Gravy on chips is definitely a Lancashire thing, and simply doesn't exist in Yorkshire.

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From July, Chrome will name and shame insecure HTTP websites

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yet more encouragement ...

... to abandon efforts at running your own website and go with one of the big hosting companies.

Bah humbug.

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Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

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Re: Oh, *that* kind of attack

"To be fair to Fidelity... Who am I kidding? The network isn't built yet, so it's not possible to DDoS it. Yet..."

Where DoS stands for Denial of Service, stopping the whole thing from getting off the ground in the first place is well, a Denial of Service.

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Theres only

"Linux still fits that bill providing nobody potters about with it."

I see what you did there.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Re: Work it off

"And should their spouses and kids be made to suffer for the sins of the breadwinners?"

Yes, because they deprived your spouse and kids of the money in the first place?

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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everyone knew the real reason was "I wore it a a fancy dinner party over the weekend and I've no need for it any more so can I have my money back please".

This is also common in the mail order clothing world, where returns for "doesn’t quite fit" or "doesn't suit me" are part of normal business.

The stray pieces of confetti are a bit of a giveaway that they actually used the clothes for a wedding.

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"Do you know who I am ?"

A story from circa 2001, which happened at an airport in North America, when heavy storms caused multiple flight cancellations.

The lady on the check in desk was confronted by a "Do you know who I am ?" character.

Cool as a cucumber she picked up a microphone and said "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a customer who doesn't know who he is. Can anyone help identify him?"

This was greeted by applause from the throng of more polite customers waiting in the check in queue.

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Re: PC world

"There was a time, back when dinosaurs roamed the land, when CDROM drives required the CD to be placed in a tray or caddy, before being inserted into the drive:"

We arrived at a customer site to install some systems only to find that the customer had already unpacked them.

All the caddies which came with the systems had "walked", leaving us without the means to run hardware diagnostics or install any software.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Re: The Universal Food

" Sunday dinner, for the benefit of Southern Jessies and other Off-comed'uns, is a meal served in the middle of the day."

True when you are still living with your parents or subsequently have kids of your own.

But there's a period in between where you never sit down to Sunday Dinner before at least a couple of beers in the pub.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: The B ark.....

"What's a cat pick?"

In this context, Pick of the Week or Pick of the Day of cat pics.

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The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

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Re: What I want to know is

"... what does the British Computer Society have to say about this egregious appropriation of their TLA?"

Harumph, Old Chap. This isn't cricket.

Anyone for another G&T?

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't really have a clue what blockchain is?

Currently, a single bitcoin transaction is estimated to consume as much energy as 15 average American households do in 24 hours.

That's an awful lot of juice. Should that be suffixed with "Probably" ?

Looked at another way, it's as much energy as one American household consumes in 15 days.

I know that's probably going to be a lot more than my household consumption, but at the spot price I just looked up of $8,905.73 per Bitcoin, where do I start?

(I suspect that I'd have to lay out a fair old bit on hardware before I could even begin)

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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Re: Wow

"other local environment feedbacks (eg. OCR streetsigns) to augment the positional data."

Emergencies - fog - smoke? Fine in good visibility but OCR as a last resort doesn't sound too good.

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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"Which you had to pay for with £1 coins, £2 not accepted.

20 years ago, Manchester Airport had a machine that wouldn't accept 20 pound notes, and the cost for the long term car park was ~28 quid for Sunday evening to Friday evening.

It was quite tricky getting hold of enough fivers and tenners when you were working abroad all week, so you ended up in a long queue to pay at a kiosk.

On a Friday night, when all you want to do is get home.

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"I remember coming to Germany and finding that the local parking fine for no ticket was less than that for 1 hour of parking in Shaftsbury Avenue, London..."

There's a psychological effect at work here. When the initial charges for parking are high and the fines are punitive, you end up resenting getting caught.

Where the initial charges and fines for not paying them are reasonable, you are more likely to accept the responsibility yourself and say "My fault, I mustn't do that again".

Ditto with speeding fines. Affordable fines without threats to your driving licence in the form of points don't create resentment, and you are more likely to accept responsibility yourself. It becomes a matter of pride rather than what you can get away with.

"So far, I have been "lucky", in over 30 years of driving, I have never had a parking fine."

There we go. Something you can be proud of.

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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

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"Before my time someone had done a similar thing for an major application source that had no back up. They had to retype it from the latest listings. What was surprising was how many code bugs they found in the process."

Our junior programmer had just completed his first big program, and with the intention of printing out the finished listings the next day, threw his working printouts in the bin.

Then the source disk was discovered to be corrupt. All other sources were intact, but not his program's. That had him skip diving to retrieve his working printouts, to no avail. I did have a go at scavenging the empty spaces on disk, but couldn't find anything but snippets of his code.

Oh, well, he got to write his program again from scratch.

It was some years later that it occurred to me that he might have been covering up some unexplained cockup. We'll never know.

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"He managed to destroy every single backup."

There was also a tale of the operator who found he couldn't read a disk pack, so tried it on every drive in the room.

It was a bad pack and he caused a head crash on every single drive they had.

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Re: old lessons well learned

"DD-MMM-YYYY. Worked OK _until_ the French customers wanted French months (just Jan-Fev-...,"

Can't use the first 3 letters of the month in French, because of Juin and Juillet.

We used dd.mm.yyyy for user input and display, and stored it on file as yyyymmdd.

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Re: old lessons well learned

"I still use the date format from my VAX/VMS days - dd-mmm-yyyy"

Whoever came up with that format neatly sidestepped the whole MM/DD or DD-MM confusion.

I'd really like to shake them by the hand.

The idea was not new in VMS. In RT-11, dd-mmm-yy was used.

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"Also remember the convention (just QUB or any 1900 installation?) for distinguishing O from 0 was different to that everywhere else."

The mention of inverted triangles prompted memories of the different ways of distinguishing O from 0. That was in the 2900 world.

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PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

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Re: Again, in the past several markets have converged on the PC

"However now tablets and mobile phones undercut the price of PCs. For consumers who just want to have some "Internet Terminal" those are just as useful. So naturally some of the old markets are going to move away from PCs."

When I was househunting around the turn of the century I saw of lot of PCs stuck in the corners of living rooms or bedrooms, totally at odds with the rest of the usually tasteful furnishings.

Someone who just needs the ability to do internet bill paying and the occasional letter or spreadsheet really doesn't want some great ugly thing in the corner of a room.

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Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

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Re: A "mute" button... how quaint...

"no speakers on my PC and a headset that's seldom plugged in."

Mine's a different problem. I often listen to either music or current affairs radio programs on my system, and I definitely don't want those interfered with by some random website turning the combined output into a cacophany.

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Re: Should block ads for stuff you just BOUGHT

"And come to think of it, I was so pleased with the replacement toilet seat I got the other day I think I’ll buy some more!"

You can never have enough toilet seats.

They'll come in handy when you build yourself a football stadium.

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Re: Does Google really not get it? (clicking ads)

"Why do companies pay for the ads? Well, someone is clicking them, so it must be working right?"

Going back about 4 years here, but I did come across someone who reckoned that for every pound he spent on Google he got seven pounds worth of sales.

I could believe it with his line of business, but am doubtful about others.

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