* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1484 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Re: Criminal offence to impose a diet lacking in essential elements ?

I'd say that's not quite as bad. It's negligence rather than imposing poor health through ideology.

Actively trying to give your child an inadequate diet is more serious.

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: Wrong lesson, I am afraid

I disagree. The more capable a retaliatory strike would be, the less likely the retaliation would be made early.

Trident, for example, could carry on waiting for months after US/UK is sunk into the sea. There's no need to be trigger happy with it.

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Ofcom cans Virgin Media's Premier League live footy match probe

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Re: HD?

:)

My point was that it's definitely not 1080p

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Re: HD?

Sky Sports on Sky is 720p I believe ( or maybe 1080i ? )

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"As the only TV provider to offer all the available games"?

You can watch all the televised games on Sky or BT, if you buy the right packages ( Sky Sports + BT Sport ).

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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They don't want to do that because they see that as the first step on the road toward people only paying if they actually want the service, which wouldn't do.

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All this so they can avoid having people log in to iplayer using their tv license number, because they don't want to go subscription only.

Just privatise the bloody thing and be done with it.

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Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

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Re: Huh?

Come to think of it, an API to generate Excel spreadsheets onto Office 365 would make sense (eg: plum your sales figures straight into the accounting departments spreadsheets ) .

It wouldn't be remotely interesting or newsworthy, but it would at least be logical.

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Re: Huh?

THat's what I was thinking. The only thing I could think of would be to use an API to generate Excel graphs. A graphing API isn't such massive news, so what is it?

The ability to add numbers together? I'm fairly certain most programming languages can do that already...

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Assuming the small claims court in the US is similar to the UK claims court, there's no need to layer up.

I claimed ~£500 for a small job I did for a former friend and colleague. He tried to stiff me after I changed jobs and figured he'd get away with it.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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doozy?

What the frig is a doozy?

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Petty crime

You're right, I clearly haven't thought through this murder caper as thoroughly as others. ( Or maybe I'm covering my tracks )

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Re: Petty crime

Looking for his todo list?

Tuesday:

Buy milk

Shoot Brian

Pick up dry cleaning

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Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

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It could be worse. An acquaintance of mine has been taken in by an energy selling pyramid scheme.

The scam is if you sell for them, you get a percentage of the profits of anybody you sign up, and they sign up, etc.

Christ almighty, give me cold callers any day of the week.

So, what is it this company does?

"They make you money"

Not interested.

"But why wouldn't you want to make more money!"

Another one: "If I make X amount of money, they'll lend me a Porche for a week in 2019."

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Not enough competition in payment processing tech, thunders regulator

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Halifax in 2014

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I found out last year when trying to buy a car that FPS only works on transactions less than the value of the ( £4k ) car I was trying to buy. I had to split it into two ( and apparently the girl on the phone at my bank could have been told off for agreeing that I could do that ).

It makes no sense - do banks make that much out of CHAPS payments that it's worth hobbling FPS?

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UK govt to launch a tech creche for military-focused startups

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Our grant parents didn't fight the NAZI's to end up driving on the German side of the road, thank you very much.

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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Shame. I've liked my windows (8.1) phones, but the browser is now so old that it's becoming unusable and the apps situation is getting worse rather than better. I'll be buying android next time.

They should have made Windows phone 8.2 ( don't care what's underneath, just make it behave similarly to 8.1 ), put Edge on it and added that android compatibility.

Who cares what API's the apps are using? Extend the API slightly to support things like live tiles, so anybody who wants to tweak their android app for Windows Phone can.

But no. Must be WP native apps.

Bastards.

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Re: IT Angle?

It's on The Register, The Register is an IT related publication, therefore the article is IT related.

Personally I wish they'd bin off the storage company stuff and expand Bootnotes.

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UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

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Because empire building

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: @Mark 85 re: blast radius.

Surely the Russians would send up decoy bombers and fighter escorts? In that scenario, one in a hundred carrying a nuclear bomb.

I assume that a nuclear attack by bomber would be a Dresden style raid, ie: the full force of the Russian Airforce. I can't imagine they'd send one bomber per bomb and leave it at that.

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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Re: Awww.

Boris has nothing to do with negotiations. The suitably impressive David Davis is in charge of that.

Boris is a fun, charming and clever chap who's job entails being fun, charming and clever with foreign foreign secretaries.

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Lloyds personal banking hit with 'intermittent' outage

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Works for me

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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

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Re: Misdirection

I'm not saying it should be immediate, perhaps after one year. In most countries benefits don't go on forever. I think that is barbaric. But I do think that if you're on the dole long term, then restrictions should be placed on what you can spend it on.

It wouldn't be a whitelist, but it a blacklist. So only a limited amount of booze, no pay TV subscriptions. No cigarettes. I'm sure there are other things.

No cash withdrawals and a normal debit-card looking card for purchases.

It's not that they're incapable of handling their own affairs, it's that they are abusing a system which is supposed to be a temporary safety net.

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Re: Misdirection

This should re-open the question of whether we should allow people living on the benevolence of the state should be allowed to spend other people's money on booze.

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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Re: I'm too old for this.

Drive yourself to the pub, on the way back after 10 pints, you'll be perfectly relaxed.

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PhonepayPlus to rename

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I've not worked in a relevant industry for a few years, but back when I did, they were great to work with. Flexible but firm. Cracked down on crooks but left everybody else alone.

Most countries I dealt with were a nightmare because of overly strict regulators.

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Only go to the walk-in centre if you want to catch something.

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Blighty's EU science funding will remain unchanged until new PM triggers Article 50

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I'm not sure what free movement has anything to do with it. Future governments are certain to let in decent scientists.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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I'm not sure what type of sambuca is used, but they infused ghost chilli's into it.

You can't really taste the sambuca over the chilli's anyway. It's made plenty of people throw up and given almost everybody who's had it very bad hiccoughs.

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At my rugby club we have home-made chilli sambuca. You have to drink it for punishments. I wish it were illegal.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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The crazy French.

English is the only common language in many cases. Think Spanish and Greeks for example. How many pairs of Spanish and Greek people are likely to both speak any common language other than English?

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: And so it starts.

It's not true. The Mayor of Calais is at it again, asking for the border to be moved back.

He does this every 6 months, come rain, shine or Brexit.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: It was a very, very close decision...

Those who didn't vote were happy whatever outcome, so 65% of the population is happy with leaving.

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The SI system causes nothing but misery.

I have to ask for 113.3g of bonbons and order my timber by the 91.4cm. That's stupid.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: Goal line technology?

The whole of the ball must cross the whole of the line.

Having said that, it was a goal.

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Re: exporting bloody awful sausages

Nothing beats a Lincolnshire sausage. A cumberland sausage is a close second though.

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No foam, just a thick creamy head thanks.

Stop exporting your bloody awful sausages and we'll talk.

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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Re: “tea before milk”.

No need for milk in earl/lady grey. It tastes like soap if you put milk in.

Argument solved.

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It's pronounced "scown", you savages.

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NHS advertises for digital director at £131k

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Re: What IS digital ?

They want to move the phone system to DTMF.

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All this Brexit talk derailed UK tech spending, right? That's a big fat NOPE

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Oh god, the referendum has infected El Reg too. There's no escape.

Roll on Friday.

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Bad timing

Bad timing, considering the world is finally turning against that fat=bad nonsense.

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Major Tim Peake comes home to a gastronaut's Sunday roast

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Re: Misread this...

If he's from the north, I'm sure he'll be perfectly happy eating gravy through a straw.

Obviously a wide-bore straw, as proper gravy is practically a solid.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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Re: Programming or coding?

My bet is that the Great British Bake Off has had the most impact on convincing people that baking is fun and worthwhile. I'm a beneficiary of that as SWMBO has taken up baking to a delicious extent - she's gone from a bad cook to an excellent one.

I can't see The Great British Code Off being such great TV though.

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I wonder if this will accidentally have the opposite effect. Many of my age learned to program in our own time because it was fun and interesting.

Make it a 'subject' from an early age and suddenly everybody will be trying to get away from it and we'll end up with a generation of programmers who are solely university trained. Ie: know absolutely fuck all because they had no inclination to learn on their own.

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Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

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Why not be more subtle?

Post messages saying things like "I've done my bit for the cause, do do you think Allah would let me off if I felate a stranger in a pub toilet?"

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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Great, so a common library gets a security upgrade and we have to update every single package....

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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Re: And in other lessons from history...

It was "Let them eat Brioche", because bread was price controlled so there was a shortage.

It's funny how a quote about the perils of socialism has somehow morphed into something which the socialists like ( anti-upper-class ).

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Re: Rejoice! Really?

No it isn't.

Also a Zero Hours Contract is a synonym ( read: politicised name for ) casual labour, which has been going on since forever, before Labour created a bandwagon and leaped upon it.

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