* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Re: Competition

My Beko dishwasher packed in one day. Turned out the black tar had melted on the back and it had burned through the insulation on the wire.

Apparently you're not supposed to put their under-counter dishwashers under the counter and it was my fault.

( It was out of warranty, so I just bought a new one as we didn't want to do without ). Also we have a Beko oven/grill. Terrible, awful quality. It was cheap, but I didn't expect to have this many problems - I thought Beko made good stuff.

I'll never be buying Beko again.

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

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My skills were honed as a child and young adult, never wanting to use public bathrooms.

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Are most people unable to go a whole working day without taking a shit? Am I alone in being able to shit once per day, first thing in the morning?

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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If you believe that, set up your own energy company with half the margin of the existing companies. You'll be a billionaire.

But you won't, because you can't. Selling energy is a highly competitive low margin business with a low barrier to entry.

You'll find you pay a lot for energy ( thanks government intervention! ) and sell it for a tiny fraction more.

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Re: The consumer pays again

And the market redistributes those savings into lower bills.

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There are two shops on the same road. They both decrease their costs by having robots stack the shelves. One drops its prices in line with its lower costs in order to win more customers. The other doesn't. The one that doesn't loses sales and either lowers prices too or goes bust.

If neither do it, then somebody else sees the opportunity, sets up their own shop and puts the other two out of business.

If there were room for lower prices in the energy market, there would be a new player ( or existing one ) to come in and take everybody's custom. But there isn't, so there isn't.

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31 socialists and counting. What happened to this place?

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I'm not in favour of smart meters, but supplier cost savings and consumer cost savings are the same thing in the long run. Competition makes them consumer savings.

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: ending his elbow

One doesn't repeatedly bend the elbow. One maintains the elbow at a 90° angle and rotates the shoulder.

Think Playmobile.

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That would be the worst Christmas day ever. I bet he spent the whole day in a state of anxiety that his phone was going to ring and the drive would pack in again.

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Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

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It's an app that lets you send short videos to your friends.

How hard was that?

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NASA's Europa surprise

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Re: I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

Seek help.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Re: where does this spelling come from ?

As long as it's consistant, it doesn't matter. You could go ACBED, etc, if you wanted, as long as everybody else did. Convention is more important here than accuracy.

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Good of them not to choose a name which sounds very similar to another place ( Chechnya ).

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EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

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Re: Good

Not a U-turn, but going all the way around the roundabout because you missed your exit the first time.

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I assume the costs to the network of paying for roaming in the western countries will cripple them.

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Does this mean I can buy a 4g unlimited data simcard for €0.50/month from Estonia and use it at home? Where do I sign up?

More seriously, who's going to lose out here? Surely it's going to be eastern european consumers who's bills will have to go up to prevent their networks being used for cheap data at home by western european consumers?

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TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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America wouldn't take Mexico and Canada meddling in its affairs, why should Britain let the EU meddle in hers?

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Re: not yet

We got revenge for that on the 24th of August, 1814. So now we're even.

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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I would assume it would be automated. Find the car and sit on top of it ( a few dozen feet on top of it ).

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Here's how to see Tim Cook or SatNad strut their starkers stuff

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That's an impressively clever use of the technology. Creepy and all that, but still - colour me impressed by the inventiveness.

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We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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Re: Bun?

It's a barmcake, you shandy drinking southerner.

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

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I suppose it would be nice if you had an array of wall mounted candles and wanted to light / unlight them all without dicking about walking to each one.

It would be better if they sold a lightswitch thing you could stick on your wall, and it didn't cost so bloody much - plus you seemingly have to use their refills.

If this thing was £15/go, I could use my own refills and had a wall mounted button to control them, I might actually buy this.

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Hackers claim they breached Aussie point-of-sale tech firm, try to sell 'customer DB'

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Re: Woolworths pub chain?

nuts and scratchings?

You don't want sweets, it'll ruin your beer!

( I don't understand how people can eat cake while drinking at parties ).

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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minimum weight

Can't they put adjustable weights in the chair, like a handicapped horse? Or is it that a man who weighs less than 9 stone is going to be flimsy and prone to falling apart?

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

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Re: Ive got a solution...

2: Maybe not to you, but certainly to some people. Free transport to job interviews is fine - phone the job centre and ask them for a free ticket. I know they at least used to do this, I assume they still do. The more things you give to free to people on the dole, the more incentive there is to just stay there - especially if your career options aren't particularly rosy.

I agree with you on the mandatory work though, but I don't know if it would be worth it - it might cost more in paying people to make sure the long-term dole 'workers' are actually working. If they're on the dole because they're work shy, that is.

4: Please, lets. Put a penny on the price of a ticket to cover the upkeep of the lavs ( assuming 1 in 20 uses the facilities ).

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Re: Ive got a solution...

2: Which is another benefit to being unemployed, which will discourage people from getting a job ( if I get a job, I'll have to pay train fares ).

4: What If I'm desperate and only have a £20?

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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In my previous job, we had 1.5x overtime and when I got an on-call call in the middle of the night I could come in late. My boss didn't see the problem with refusing to pay overtime for the hours worked in the middle of the night if I opted to sleep in.

One of the many reasons I quit.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Tesco bank do that ( I have one of their credit cards ). I typed in the wrong username once and I got the wrong picture - I was quite confused at first.

It did occur to me though, a phishing site would just proxy this image to their site. It doesn't add any security at all.

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I assumed the first video was going to be Turning Japanese by The Vapours.

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

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Didn't the data protection act predate the GDPR?

There's no reason to assume we'll get rid of any laws to begin with. Any that get jettisoned will surely be made on a case by case basis.

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Azure is on fire, your DNS is terrified

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Re: The cloud strikes again

3: You reasonably assume that a large company who specialise in providing infrastructure will be better than you at providing infrastructure.

4: You want to scale up without a fortnights lag ( spec server, buy server, wait for delivery, arrange access to datacentre, drive to datacentre, install kit, drive home, find out you missed something, phone up, beg the guy to have a look, give up on that and drive back to datacentre, fix problem, drive home ).

5: You want hosting in multiple countries without having a physical presence in those countries.

6: Gmail is perfectly good and reliable. Why host something in house that's not quite as good?

There are some decent reasons. Most apply mainly to small and very small companies.

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Re: Blimey!

What? A football reference in El Reg?

I'm surprised too.

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Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

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Re: Must be an acronym

So what you're saying is that if you use this language, your data will get soggy?

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Why all the coughing

I've read that cigarettes suppress the cough somehow. That's probably why smokers cough comes sporadically rather than constantly - the bad shit builds up until it overwhelms the cough suppressant properties.

E-cigs don't do this. I remember initially coughing when I switched, which apparently is my lungs clearing themselves out - the same thing happens when people quit cold turkey.

As an asthmatic, I obviously never should have started smoking in the first place ( stupid 14 year old me ), but since the switch my asthma has improved enormously.

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Re: Thank heavens it's harmless ...

I mix my own, so I don't know about the end product stuff,but the flavours ( which are just nicotine free flavouring and propylene glycol ) started coming in child proof bottles recently.

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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Re: To do anything else would be dishonest

Assuming a conical pig....

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Pretty meaningless metric

So if these selfish greedy bastards leave, I assume you'll be happy to pay much, much more tax to cover the shortfall?

I assume from the giant chip on your shoulder that you pay less tax that it costs for the state to take care of you ( the NHS alone costs £3k/year per person ).

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Re: Fuck the poor then

That's an interesting interpretation, to say the least.

The summary I got from the article ( by reading the words ) is that non-doms pay a substantial amount of tax and maybe we shouldn't go on an ideological witch hunt or we'll probably end up losing more money than if we just left the system as is.

You know, because people can leave the country, especially rich people, and go to countries that don't punish people for doing well.

Although you leftie twats think that we should charge exorbitant amounts of tax and ignore the Laffer curve incase anybody has the gall to make more money than you.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: Buh?

Thanks for the translation.

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Re: Buh?

I understood more of the words in your post than I did in the article, however not in the order you put them in.

So, when it's still, it's moving? Does that mean movement without energy being input?

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Re: Buh?

I think the author has overestimated her audience.

My understanding of the article, based on the odd word I understood ( eg: "and" ) was perpetual motion. So that can't be right then. Anybody?

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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Re: Smart Meter Mis-selling

I assume when they're commonplace, there will appear mixed rate tariffs using them, similar to Economy-7, but more flexible, meaning knob head neighbours will save money by running their washing machine at 2am.

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Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

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Re: The same goes for Solar Panels (PV arrays)

With the aim of pricing people out of buying a new build, for no discernible benefit?

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That new builds should be legally required to be FTTP is beyond obvious. I can't believe it's not currently the case.

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A nice long pub crawl is good for your health, if you stay on your feet

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Re: Drink healthy and in moderation

I remember reading a study that showed something along the lines of thinking about exercise is as good as actually exercising, so you might be on to something.

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Re: RE: We study this every week

No grants, but we do do double blind studies - some of the fat lads think they've been running about but they haven't really.

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We study this every week. None of us are dead yet.

Our death rate is lower than that of wider society :)

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Re: Inducing paranoia pulls in the grant money!

Moderation is stopping at 8 cans on a school night, isn't it?

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UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Or just not bother.

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