* Posts by Not also known as SC

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Got some pom-poms handy? UK.gov seeks a geography cheerleader

Not also known as SC

Re: Other things the UK government needs to learn

I think you'll find that the British Isles are part of the European continental plate. The English Channel is only 45m deep between Dover and Calais with an average depth of 120m. Non-continental oceans are in the thousands of metres deep.

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Re: Not much skill needed

Could save some money and buy a copy of London A to Z for inside the M25 and a 1:600,000 scale map for the rest of the UK.

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

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Distance Alarm and other questions.

So if your phone and wallet move out of range of each other an alarm sounds (wallet in taxi, and wallet on table scenarios)? So why didn't the wallet beep in the taxi? It is now out of range of the phone?

Also wondering how the walllet's anti-thief camera gets its photos to the telephone? Does it have to be connected to a wi-fi hotspot, or is it as Tony72 said above, it has its own SIM and network connection? What are the privacy implications of always being 'on-line'.

Finally, if I ever found a wallet I would open it to see if there is any owner information to return it. Not every one who finds a wallet is a thief and to call the camera an anti-thief camera is quite insulting - especially considering the company are trying to extract money from people with a product which seems unlikely to make the light of day with the specs / design as promised by the mock up in the video.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Big Reset Switch

As long as the writers don't fall back on the Big Reset Switch then I don't care about the sex of the Doctor. I'm still annoyed about the way "The Doctor persuades the Master to stop, and the Paradox Machine is destroyed. Time snaps back, and the events of the last year are erased and the Toclafane disappear." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_of_the_Time_Lords) type resets occur and nothing that happens matters because there are never any lasting consequences.

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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

Not also known as SC

I have a 'wedding book' from when I registered my marriage in Belgium. It has physical stamps stuck in it to cover the necessary taxes. So I think that those stamps you were referring to are an official stamp duty.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: if cost == 0 then panic

"something that could have significant implications in future as computers use artificial intelligence to capture and create images."

You don't need to even consider AI, What happens if a photo is set up so that a ball is released at a random time, rolls down a slope breaking a sensor beam and releasing the camera's shutter? I.e. no photographer pressing the button. Who would own the copyright of that?

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Re: Devil's Advocate

If I ever had any respect for PETA it has totally evaporated now. Not even the South Park episode featuring PETA made them look such douches (and that made out that PETA members have sex with animals - http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/People_for_the_Ethical_Treatment_of_Animals).

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Re: a colleague skyped me..

shove your "smart quotes" where the Windows don't open

I can't up-vote this enough.

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

Not also known as SC

Re: Solid DRM

You can just imagine the problems if they did introduce some sort of DRM to artifical hip joints etc - Hipsney Corp has decided to withdraw your version of Hipjoint (TM) and will 'deactivate' it via an OTA update in the next twenty one days. Sounds like a good starting point for a novel.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Refined thirty year old technology?

"At the moment, it's trendy to teach software agents to play games using reinforcement learning. Here's how it works: every time a bot increases its score, typically by making a good move, it interprets this as a reward. Over time the code works out which decisions and behaviors lead to more rewards. ... Some games are better suited to reinforcement learning than others – it's not a one-size-fits-all solution."

I remember reading a magazine (Scientific American IIRC) about 30 years ago. There were always articles about programming where pseudocode was given and I remember producing a noughts and crosss game in BASIC which used more or less this principal. I think the difference was that a losing move was considered bad so it was stored and not repeated (negative reinforcement?). The code didn't work anything out though, it just had a database of bad moves and would not play a move in the bad move list. (After enough games the computer would throw the towel in after one move. ) So is this just a refinement of techniques at least thirty years old?

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

Not also known as SC

Re: Windows-as-a-service...

The difference though is that IOS is a mobile operating system. Windows 10 shouldn't be trying to be a mobile OS when installed on a PC. We're also talking about the OS pushing advertisements, not an app. I have a choice of installing free apps on my phone but if I buy a new PC then I have less to no choice about the OS. Remember Windows 10 is no longer free but costs real money.

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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

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Re: Windows HAL

@Doctor Syntax

Thanks for the explanation. It was a long time ago that I was involved with NT. Wonder who downvoted me for asking a question though...

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Windows HAL

In NT4 days Microsoft used to make a big think about the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), in that a program complied for one CPU could run on a version of Windows based upon a different CPU (unlike Unix IIRC). Is the HAL no longer part of the Windows design?

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The harsh reality of Apple's augmented reality toolset ARKit: It's an incredible battery hog

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Action Transfers

So AR is basically electronic action transfers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Transfers)?

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

Not also known as SC

Re: FFS!

""I'm undecided as to who I'm going to vote for"

You work in tech and you're undecided who to vote for?"

Trouble is it was New Labour who were pushing for the ID card linked to a totally over the top database which the Conservative/LibDem coalition abandoned. Wasn't that another of Theresa May's decisions?

Just as well there is more to the election than just 'security', there's cuts to disability benefits, free school lunches for infants, the dismantling of the NHS, etc so it still quite easy to work out who to vote for.

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Re: It's the Internet

@AC who replied to me

I'm up-voting your post as well, because once again you have replied to me like I'm a human and my views matter although you disagree. This is why I generally like the level of commentard on the Register.

It was hit and miss though about up-voting or down-voting you, because surely the one thing we've all learnt from reading the Register is never to trust the vendor's website for information. That's like going to Google to find out if internet advertising is a good thing! It's in WD-40's manufacturer's interest to get people to use WD-40 so by its very nature will be biased. I personally like to refer to the late-great Sheldon Brown's web site https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

"Lubricants Not to Use!

While it's hard to say which lubricants are best for chains, some lubricants are real no-nos:

Automotive motor oil contains detergent, to wash away combustion products, and is made to be renewed constantly under pressure from the motor's oil pump. I [John Allen] rode once with someone who had used it the day before, and her chain was already squeaking.

"Household" oil, such as 3 in 1, is a vegetable oil and is acidic. It tends to gum up. (It's really bad news inside internal hub gears, too...)

WD-40 and other thin sprays are intended more as solvents than lubricants. They evaporate quickly."

Anyway chain maintenance is almost as dangerous a ground to get into as camera lenses...

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Not also known as SC

Re: It's the Internet

It's all in the context.

Your reply, although disagreeing with my comment, has been made in a polite manner so an up-vote. This is what you don't see on forums populated by 'experts'. Instead Given a choice of using a rusty chain or one lubed with WD-40 I would of course use the WD-40 lubed chain, but given the choice of WD-40 or a lube designed especially for bicycle chains I would go for the role specific lube.

Point about Ken Rockwell taken - I'm not a fan of his as such and I disagree with much that he says. However his seven levels does ring true for a lot of internet forums. Having seen reviews of camera lenses where they photograph square graph paper and complain about distortion which can only be seen at massive magnifications. If you're a professional where this is critical the point may be valid, but for a review aimed at hobbiests it s a little extreme.

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Not also known as SC

Re: It's the Internet

The internet is full of too many self declared experts who really do not like any criticism. One of the reasons I like the comments on the Reg is that they rarely descend into personal insults, and often contain really interesting insights into the material being discussed. El Reg is a rare exception to any group of internet users.

I once made the error of posting on a cycling forum to point out that you shouldn't use WD-40 on a bicycle chain because it is a solvent, not a lubricant. Never again. The amount of personal abuse directed my way was unbelievable. Ken Rockwell has summed it up really well here - http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/7.htm - The two relevant levels I think are one and zero.

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

Not also known as SC

I didn't say my idea was perfect...

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Not also known as SC

Do what I do, go cold turkey until you get home from work.

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Gay Dutch vultures become dads

Not also known as SC

"But how do we know that the other vultures don't shun them? Just because they do it, doesn't mean the other vultures are not bigoted, just as humans are."

If El Reg - the 'original vulture' accept them then I'm sure most other forward thinking vultures will as well.

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

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Re: Who to punch?

@AC

"... I just looked at it from Belgium and it immediately breaks the language laws here by only offering French, and being the annoying sort I want Flemish ..."

As someone who is married to a Belgian from the Antwerp area I felt you deserved an up vote for this!

EDIT - Actually they do have a Flemish site - https://www.spectacles.com/be-nl/ = it's the first one in the list when you select the country you live in to change sites. Oh well - I'll have to hate them for another reason such as they look bloody awful.

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Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

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Coat

Re: I live in a vacuum!

@ Mystic Megabyte

If you live in a vacuum then technically it isn't a vacuum any more...

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: And still shovelling Android

This is my concern. IPhones may be a bit 'crap' but at least they receive software updates. What is Huawei's track record like on updating their previous models (genuine question)?

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: But

Why has this "Yes there cakes hence why not called Jaffa Biscuits" got down votes? It seems a perfectly sensible, and very El Reg type comment. Unless it's the use of "there" instead of "they're"...

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

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Re: Updates yes, but please stop breaking working programs

You should try using Microsoft's SCCM remote access tool onto a Surface Pro attached to multiple monitors. I have to use this often at work and my cursor is usually displaced around one or two inches in a random direction. Even when the user switches to a single monitor the scaling is completely out.

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Audio Ads

I was almost considering an Echo until I found out you need to have various levels of membership to get the most out of it - Prime and Music Unlimited. Audio ads definitely kills the deal for me. Audio ads are bad enough on commercial radio.

As for 3D objects in a VR headset - way to kill the product dead before it even takes off.

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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Malleus Maleficarum

Never knew about the Malleus Maleficarum. Fascinating stuff.

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

Not also known as SC

Re: 4G? GPRS more like

I don't know what actual speed my '4G' is (I'm on EE in the Midlands) but it seems hell of a lot slower than when I used to have a GPRS enabled phone. All I can think of is that web page bloat, even for seemingly text only pages, has got so out of control page load times are comparable to when I used to use GPRS on a 'feature' phone. It has got to such a point that I rarely even fire up the web browser on my phone when out and about because the page load times are so long and If I didn't know better I'd say the adverts were prioritised before the actual content data.

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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Re: Tablets and their uses

The only realistic 'productive' use I've seen with tablets is as portable clipboards where the user has to fill in a form or check an appointment list. My son's swimming classes use tablets for the clipboard purpose. The tablets are in a waterproof case which still allows information to be recorded making them ideal for taking notes by the pool side. My opticians use tablets for listing appointments and checking you in when you arrive.

I am (was) in the market for a new tablet after my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 died a death. It would have needed replaced many years earlier if I hadn't put Cyanomod on it because Samsung crippled it with a firmware update. The current tablet options seem really 'meh' and offer poor value for money as far as I can tell. The longer I don't a have a tablet, and I'm forced to use my laptop for things, the less inclined I feel to buy another tablet especially when I start comparing prices to laptops.

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

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Coat

"Let's say I'm on Facebook and I see an article and it makes me not like purple people, ridiculous I know because of the one eyed one horned..."

I think you'll find it's a purple people eater, i.e. a purple creature with one horn and one eye that eats people (the creature, not its eye).

Mine's the one with the Sheb Wooley CD in the pocket (and yes, I did look this up because I've always wanted to use the pedant icon :-) )

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

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Headmaster

Re: Windows RT???

"It's another £45 to upgrade to the full (Pro) version of the OS according to the article."

Is the Pro version Windows 10 Pro or is it a modified version of Windows S? Am I also right to suppose that even though the machine comes with Office 365 you'll need to pay on top for a subscription?

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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WTF?

Alternative Facts

I gave up a number of years ago when I saw a colleague described as CEO and Developer at <company employing 20,000+ staff>. They had been a contractor before joining the company so technically were the CEO of their one man business but were just a cog in <company employing 20,000+ staff> at a standard high technical grade. I don't think he was an exception either from the profiles I saw relating to people I knew.

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Gig economy tech giants are 'free riding' on the welfare state, say MPs

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Meh

Re: Finally someone's noticed?

"but it has the wonderful advantage that it's not the company that's underpaying their 'employees'; it's their 'contractors' who aren't working hard enough, or who have failed to negotiate a suitable rate - and of course it's the 'contractors' who are blamed because they suddenly have to go cap in hand to the welfare state. It's not the company's fault, naturally..."

Remember if a company's workers are claiming state benefits then the tax payer is also subsidising that company. The company involve are not only dodging their tax obligations, they're getting labour part paid for by the government instead of paying the full 'market' rate.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: How do you abort the update?

@King Jack

I'm up-voting your comment because I appreciate the sentiment. Just a bit of a bugger that it's my machine and not someone else's...

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Not also known as SC

Re: Another day

"MS didn't force it on everyone the same time causing massive chaos this time round, but were releasing it in stages"

Trouble is all as I've found out tonight, they are forcing the update onto machines. They may not be doing all users at once but once your machine is selected there seems to be no way of preventing the upgrade.

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Not also known as SC
Unhappy

How do you abort the update?

My PC initiated the update this evening. A pop up appeared which gave me the option of reviewing my privacy settings now or later after I upgraded (that's how I read it anyway). The 'pop up' blurred the rest of the screen and had no obvious method of closing it apart from the two buttons. There was no way to do anything else on the PC. As I was in the middle of something important I was just a little pissed about this because I needed to get back to what I was doing.

Am I now doomed to be updated to the creator's edition or can I still abort it?

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: Write what you think

I don't know if this is just me but if I try to verbalise a thought in my mind, I actually find that I think the thought first so I end up verbalising the thought al least twice (more if I consciously think about it). Assuming that this is normal behaviour and my mind hasn't been warped by years of The Register then wouldn't any 'write what you think' software end up printing both my intended verbalised thought, and the pre-verbalise thought which immediately proceeded the intended thought? So like you said, unless the software is going to perform some major filtering, most of what will be outputted will be noise (I was going to say crap but that doesn't really narrow things down much).

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Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

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Shutup10

Haven't heard of this before. Just to make sure that I download the right software is it O&O ShutUp10 I should be looking at?

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Meh

Isn't this what sms was invented for?

So loud mouthed gits could communicate without disturbing every one else? Pity there is no way of blocking voice calls while allowing text messages to be sent. (I know email could be used but I can only guess how much they'd try to charge for the data).

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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Thumb Down

Analysis?

Have I misread this article? I can't find anything substantial in it at all.

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Point-and-pwn tool for posers dumbs down ransomware spreading

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"Strains of the resulting WYSIWYE (What You See Is What You Encrypt) nasties have been detected by Panda Security in companies across Europe, including Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and Spain."

Have any other security companies detected this as well or only Panda?

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Mushroom

Re: WWF

Sinister how they haven't commented. Do you think the WWF (wrestlers) have something to hide?

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

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For Those of Us not Working in the States

Could someone clarify for me what this actually means?

"I've been RA'd. 90 days notice, and 30 days pay."

Does it mean that the employee will cease working for IBM after 90 days, and then gets an additonal 30 days' pay as part of their redundancy? Also what does RA stand for? I'm not commenting on the statement, just want to know precisely what it entails.

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Re: It's right in the EULA...

This paragraph bothered me as well

"According to the complaint, Windows 10 installed itself onto plaintiff Stephanie Watson's computer without her consent and then erased data, some of it related to her work. She hired Geek Squad to repair the machine, with only partial success, and ended up having to purchase a new computer."

As much as I dislike Windows 10 - how did this cause the plaintiff to need to buy a new computer (unless the new one was Windows 7 but I think this is unlikely). Are 'Geek Squad' incapable of reinstalling an OS? In fact doesn't Windows 10 make reinstalling the OS 'too' easy at times with the recovery centre options?

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Facepalm

Daily Mail - Hypocritical?

According to NoScript, The Daily Mail's website runs Google scripts for advertising and I guess therefore revenue raising purposes. So while complaining that Google (indirectly) supports terrorism, they themselves are helping to bank roll Google by using their advertising services.

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Alert

Awful Job?

Who would want to, or even be able to, trawl through one other person's social media account yet alone hundreds or thousands of them? From what I understand most people's accounts are full of tedious motivational posts, pictures of food and animals (kittens are okay I suppose), and the occasional "Got bad news today..." fishing line designed to attract comments, replies and likes. The sheer volume of crap would drive any checker insane to the point that they'd probably only give each a cursory glance defeating the point of the check in the first place.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Meh

Am I a Bad Person?

Why does this quote "Having found one though often suggests a much larger hitherto undiscovered population – I'd be very surprised if there aren't many more similar objects out there waiting to be found" instantly make me think that the organisation is using this discovery to try to obtain more funding?

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Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

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Joke

Windows 10 does have one good point

it isn't Windows 8.

Not sure if I should use the joke icon or not...

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