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M&S extends customer support contract with, er, Capita

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Truth in advertising

M&S=C&A with an on-premise Waitrose concession

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: You've achieved a gold badge for venting spleen,

Actually it's a Bronze badge.

They'll have to try much harder if they want a Gold one.

Yup, they give out Bronze 'uns to any cunt these days.

UT's real crime is not being that amusing

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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"immediately I saw a snake's head coming out"

It's the turtles you also have to watch out for.

He was in the one place that you don't want to worry about the site of turtle heads*

*unless it is the size of Great A'Tuin

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Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

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Re: Should be broken up

I have heard of cinemas being told that if they show indy films that they won't get block busters.

Win-win for customers?

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Bitcoin's utility these days is solely as a store of value or as a gateway crypto used for buying other alt coins.

Surely it's value is mostly as a source of cheap PR and low rent click bait churnalism?

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: Well the smoking gang...

An umbrella, having no walls, definitely counts as outdoors

That's either one hell of a loophole or a rule that requires more context

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PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

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Re: The Chinese

A great bunch of lads.

Ah, go on

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Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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Re: OTT

A civilisation capable of generating massive power and then letting unbelievable shitloads of it escape into space. Doesnt sound likely.

Wireless charging standards wars?

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Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

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Hitler's superlative sin was murdering so many white, western Europeans

I think it may be as much to do with being on the losing side of WW2 and therefore becoming the natural repository for blame, just like that contractor who left last week ends up being entirely responsible for the state of the project

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Re: Carr Crash

I'd recheck your attribution. i find it hard to believe Jimmy Carr's ever said anything that funny.

He's given HMRC staff a bit of a giggle in his time

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"

But he'd still have to get from couch A to couch B, meaning he could be nabbed en route.

Perhaps the offer was more literal. His current couch must be pretty worn out and stinky by now so maybe the Ecuadorian embassy is crowdfunding a replacement having spunked their own housekeeping budget on tissues and air fresheners.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: almost

The other one I had in mind, after not spending very long thinking about it, was Le Quattro Volte. I was also interested to hear of anyone else's examples or counter-examples

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the CGI was almost perfect, but it's the almost that takes me out of the story

Me too. I find the visual artefacts of modern CGI just as distracting as puppet strings and latex animatronics. If the plot or characters are strong enough to motivate me to suspend disbelief then the FX quality isn't that important. Good FX won't rescue a bad film but a good film can carry weak FX.

I can;t think of a film carried mostly or wholly by cinematography that wasn't live action or visually stylised enough not to be trying to create a live action simulacrum

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Re: Put a lot of effort into something that'll never see the light of day ?

surely a realistic scenario where the requirements are changed out of all recognition sometime during the exam period would have meant that the compromised specs simply wouldn't matter?

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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Re: But how do they spread fires?

Mini flamethrowers for a lark

Sounds weirdly specific. What do they use for other species?

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: early cancellation - selection bias

Yes - on a usenet group I inhabit*, we made that observation a long time ago - and whenever something good appeared, we'd therefore anticipate early cancellation.

They say only the good die young but perhaps what they really mean is if you don't die young you risk growing up into, say, Bono or somesuch horror

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Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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Re: Mozilla also issued a patch

can you imagine how much (more) ram chrome will eat if google do the same thing?

None more on my system. It has gobbled it all already

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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

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Re: Whataboutery

You understand the difference between what you and I are talking about here and now and what goes on in the rest of the world the rest of the time right?

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Re: Whataboutery

Why are we so fixated in tech jobs?

my guess would be because this is a tech news site with a high it-worker audience

What about...

And I definitely want to see more woman roofers and lumberjacks.

If you're going to say we need more women in the tech sector without worrying about women in other sectors then you are a sexist.

Well you don't seem to be so fixated on tech jobs after all. I am pretty sure that nobody is stopping you from campaigning on your own employment equality issues

You can't pick and choose. Either we want true equality or we don't.

Yes, you can pick and choose and so can I and neither affects your false dichotomy

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Skynet it ain't: Deep learning will not evolve into true AI, says boffin

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Re: I got as far as

Part of the intelligence problem is that we're not ourselves fully aware of how we think

The secret of intelligence? Post facto rationalisation of what transpired

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: How to be English in Three Easy Steps

Nae king, nae quin, nae suugarr, we willnae be fuled agin!

Nothing that won't be fixed by some Special Sheep Liniment

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Re: Lateral Thinking

Can't the 'traditionalists' just add a teaspoon of sugar to it when they open it? I suspect that 'Irn-Bru Classic' will be on sale in the summer.

As an eight-year-old I tried this with a bottle of diet cola fresh from the soda stream at a friend's house after school (the regular Cola syrup had run out and the diet stuff tasted even worse in the days before Aspartame (which is bad enough). His mum was not happy with the results. Nucleation was not my friend that day

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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>>We reached out to the Internet Advertising Bureau for clarification

Please don't do that.

Ask them for comment

...But "reaching out" is one of those phrases that I'm hearing more frequently these days from less technically-minded people.

It's management-speak, and I expect better of El Reg

I dunno, someone in the bed next to you and fucking you up the arse seems like one of the scenarios when saying you reached out to get a comment seems literally ok

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How Google's black box Knowledge Graph can kill you

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Re: People unfortunately aren't diligent fact checkers

Pfft, amateur.

Nuclear radiation powered metabolism is where it's at!

Isn't that what photosynthesis is?

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Wouldn't have happened in Dobly. A bit too rock'n'roll for them

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Re: Aren't those fighters going to get a bit dated?

I'm sure the some of the propeller heads around here can rattle off a few more

I see what you did there

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Yes but nobody told me I couldn't take a car as on-board luggage in an aeroplane so therefore it must be safe.

Save yourself some embarrassment, they will rarely fit through the measuring frame. You are better off trying to jam it into one of your pockets-->

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

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turning it up to 11

So could you not use double pass encryption using algorithms from two (or more) different geo-political blocs (obvs not two that both mandate ROT13...)?

Semi-serious question.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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My favourite comment so far has to be "Do you really expect us to believe that Sir Peach would lie to the RUSI?"

Please tell me that descended into a sub-thread flame war about correctly styling a knight of the realm.

I don't suppose you could have another Speak Your Branes these days

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Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

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Re: Intent not proven, just "reasonably" assumed

obviously a criminal act

Whilst common sense makes it pretty easy to identify this as a tort, criminal acts are what the relevant law says they are, no more, no less. It was potentially worth a roll of the dice* for him to test if a judge would agree with his interpretation. The intent of a legislator matters little versus what they actually wrote down. Happily, judicial interpretation was in line with common sense.

*would make sense to me under the circumstances although it is clear that his frame of reference differs somewhat from most of the commentards

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Re: If it had been the 9th circus court...

>I think bringing this up here probably explains everything we've ever wondered about Bob.

I still want to know if Bob is the short kid or one of the thugs.

Maybe he was the counsellor and this event was what set the course of his Picklesish political arc

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Re: @dan1980

You do REALIZE that writing LIKE this, just makes READING more annoying, RIGHT?

I find it a pretty helpful visual filter when scrolling through the comments. Bob's rate of irregular capitalisation seems to correlate reasonably well with the relative coherence of his posts.

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Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

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Re: I don't know...

assuming that they [police] did everything correctly

I don't think that is an assumption that is in any way safe to make

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Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

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To the conspiracy theorists who read this article 53 times today then searched for butt plugs and blow up dolls...

...Party round mine!

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UK.gov law resources now untrustworthy, according to browsers

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Re: Blame Brexit...

Hmmn, I'm never sure if I should still be blaming stuff on the EU until March 2019 so I think I will fall back on blaming 'the parents' or Thatcher

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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

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Re: Copyright / Data protection

Would this open any of the business to potential prosecution?

So long as the directors declare themselves Freenmen on the land and Goog didn;t write the contract under Admiralty law they should be golden.

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Re: More importantly...

I'm not the only one who quickly went to check their Drive account then? (no luck :)

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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You're going to brag that you've been conned out of $4300?

No, silly, he wishes to brag that he is so efficient that he completes his allocated work by 0930 each day and spends the rest of the day on el reg comments

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

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Re: And the other way

RTFM

Steam offered a refund.

I read the article as saying that Steam offer a refund as an alternative to paying a higher price (and another transaction fee) in the case that bitcoin falls between quote and completion and saying nothing so I would share the PP's suspicions for now and would seek further evidence were I considering a transaction.

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: i3 ?

That's why Intel skipped the i8 and went straight for the i9

They missed a trick in not going up to 11 if you ask me

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: "may not be fatal"

Hahaha. Oh dear, oh dear.

Oh please, you're Oxford comma's are killing me.

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Re: How is this different than birdstrike?

As an aside; can a 3Kg chicken, frozen or otherwise actually acheive sufficient altitude to be any kind of threat to airliners? Including when they are taxiing.

I know they aren't noted for great flying and have short legs, but taxis? My mate keeps chickens and I would want a cleaning deposit up front before letting one of them into my cab.

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Re: "may not be fatal"

And I should've taken the trouble to accent.

...should *of*...

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

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Re: Really?

The numbers are meaningless without more detailed explanation.

I don't share your optimism

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Re: I fought them and I lost

smaller ones feel limited again. I can't even put my finger on why.

I see what you did there

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Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers £1bn

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Re: Good value

The quality readership of El Reg will recognise Betjemen

Even with the disguised speeling.

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Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

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Re: "Those seem to be working just fine"

Well, if you want them to go up and then land in the sea, then yes. I don't think that was the plan here.

There's the problem. Simply redefine the plan as being 'to go up and then land in the sea' and the mission was a roaring success. This used to be SOP for TASS back in the day

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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Re: Tom Baker will always be the Doctor

I am afraid that I am of an age that the doctor is always William Hartnell in my (childhood) eyes.

Speaking of childhood memories, like one of those baby chicks who ends up imprinting the wrong object in place of it's mother, my one true James Bond is Roger Moore FFS. Took me ages to realise he was actually rather rubbish

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Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition

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Re: Obvious problem there

>>Nice one. Will there be an app for this?

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it's a random distortion of the key features so each in-painted face is different and you can generate an arbitrary number of them.

I used to drink in a pub where several regulars offered a similar IRL service

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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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Re: Signal/noise ...

@Anonymous Coward There used to be a time when Google would return your old comments from various online fora when searching on your unique user name. Nowadays it usually fails to find any.

I have a theory about why this might be happening to you...

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