* Posts by nick_rampart

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Something good about Brexit? Errr, more teeth for Ofcom! – report

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"looser state aid rules"

I'm calling a typo there. If they are talking about the UK post exit, they meant to say 'loser state'.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: How about...

'learn some of the basics of computing....'

This is what I find increasingly fascinating. They are falling behind in the understanding of how the world works these days. I think it'd be hard to be elected if you were unable to read or write (okay, so perhaps there are exceptions to that). Mainly because, it'd be hard to make decisions of government without access to the interfaces that connect you to others (ie. you'd not be able to communicate with colleagues / constituents etc.). But they are seemingly 100% comfy with being pig ignorant of any technology. How can they make the right decisions if they don't understand? And this stuff is no longer the reserve of geeky teens : this is how the world works, and they are ignorant of it.

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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"all of which fall below the lowest percentile"

Correct. Massively below I'm sorry to say.....

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: Journalists

"real solutions and substance"

Are things he's not worried about in the slightest. He's involved in the classic power struggle, he wants to rule us like the kings of old. Executive power to amend the stuff he's "taking back control" of without asking either us, or parliament. And like the Kings of old, he's scheming, plotting, lying and cheating to get the crown. I'd like a general election please, early next year, before they ruin anything else : it's time for a change.

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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The youth of today

This kind of stuff is a great reminder that people who were kids in the early 80's (that's me!) grew up with a constant fear of hideous death (be that being instantly seared, or a less enjoyable slow death from cold / hunger / disease). The world is massively safer now than it was then. Amazingly, as I discovered the other day, it's still with me today in my mid 40's. I'm very, very southern, but had to make a long trek north for yet another uni open day. Crossing the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1 (which was the fictional 'ground zero' for 'Threads'), melting milk bottles, burning cats and rats for dinner crossed my mind more than once. My youngest, who's dragging me around the country looking at Universities at the mo, has grown up around some shit : but nothing like being a cold war kid. And, I'm thankful for that, and for people like Mr. Petrov and Mr. Gorbachev who made it happen.

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Re: Time is an illusion

"swatch internet time would do"

Many thanks for the SIT reference, which I didn't realize was still a thing, not heard it mentioned for about 6901000 Beats.....

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: LDEW?

Yeah, that's okay, my original though was Laser Energy Weapon (Directed), or LEWD.

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Re: So, what is new?

Probs we are reaching the extent of what our brains can handle. Example : a Border Collie. Compared to most life on this rock, real clever, understands shouts and whistles, herds sheep on command. However, there is stuff (complex language, speech, writing, brewing beer, astrophysics) that 'Shep' just aint ever gonna get. If we are not there yet, it's coming (should we all survive). We are probably just running out of ideas and understanding. Not to say that the very clever should quit trying of course, I'm sure there's lots more to understand. But, just like a sheepdog, I think there are limits to what we can discover and invent.

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UK Home Office finds £20m to throw at Oracle cloudy ERP

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"Richard Hornby, director of finance and estate at the Home Office"

A quick scout around tells me that Richard has bounced about the public sector for just about his whole career, in sort of finance type roles. No particular evidence of technical knowledge, but I'm sure he can buzz word it up with the very best (cloud = good, that sort of thing). Very fine beard, so respect to him. His degree from the University of Kent is in Theology : this is useful, because only God himself would be able to deliver this on time and on budget, so theological expertise probs more valuable than technical in this instance.

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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Wow

This particular breech is the real deal. Massively sensitive info, on just about everyone. Equifax should get proper fucked for this.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Re: Logic?

'by assuming he's capable of jumping to a conclusion...'

Point of order Mr. Speaker : Lords cannot jump to conclusions. They by tradition they have to 'a-leap' to conclusions. And there have to be exactly 10 of them in order to do it.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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I dont get it....

I dont understand. I've read the article, and I know it's Monday, but I cant see Google's angle here. They seem to be taking something inherently simple and complicating it....I'm suspicious.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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"the smallest it could pick out on Pluto was 183 metres"

Ah, that explains it. I was wondering why it could have missed all the infrastructure (shops, football pitches, strip clubs).

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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Come with me if you want to live.

Fab pics in that story, like the original terminator looking for Sarah Connor.

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

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Missing the point

Please let's not lose sight of the important stuff here. Zuck made a few more dollars.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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Yuck

I actually quite enjoy spotify. It's one of the things I'm going to miss when the biodiversity of the internet is replaced by the ubiquitous 'rats and roaches' of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.

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Another day, another drone upstart skips the consumer market

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Has this hit the 'Mail' yet?

'Steath Latvian drones set to swarm across English Channel'

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

I have an Elder tree in my back garden. Many years ago, I tried making some wine out of the berries, not too bad actually, but not worth doing again, time consuming, messy faff, and of course you can get more drinkable stuff from Lidl for under a fiver. Anyway, if fruit flies like a banana, which I doubt not, I can confirm that they fucking love sugary, fermenting liquid, and will happily commit suicide in an airlock to try to get at it in their droves. Having said that, 'Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies fucking love sugary fermenting liquid' doesn't really demonstrate the same linguistic syntactic ambiguity.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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The X Files

At the end of the title sequence, they had a tag line, normally 'The truth is out there', but they occasionally mixed it up. The one that I recall that is relevant to this story is 'Trust no one'. If you've called me, and I'm not expecting your call, and I don't recognize your voice, then I don't believe a word you say. They are preying on people who are trusting, and that tends to be the more vulnerable in society. Which makes these people total shit in my book.

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Re: Implants

"Pay-by-bonk"

Indeed. There are occasions when I have to tap my card a few times, and I have a (somewhat unpleasant) mental image of the barriers at Piccadilly Circus if everyone had such an implant. Definite boon to sex workers as well, who would need card readers installed internally. It's the future.

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Implants

I'm seriously thinking about having a contactless device implanted. However, the body part I'm considering may get me arrested.

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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"I doubt the RN has the reliable operating capability...."

Aware that the RN has it's foibles and limitations (aircraft carriers without jets, destroyers that dont like hot weather etc). But if the RN is defending the falklands from argentina, then my mortgage is on the RN. From what I can see, the offensive capability of the Argentines has gone dramatically backwards since 1982. I know the RN is a lot smaller now, but it's not trying to struggle by with the same aging kit, like ARG are. I'm also fairly sure the Argentines aren't quite a gung-ho as the Junta was back then. Not gonna happen.

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China crackdown: VPN vendor gets prison

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"is in line with its policy of adhering to local laws."

How about local tax laws?

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Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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Re: Twitler lied?

"RED BUTTON"

Reminds me of the Father Ted episode when they let Fr Dougal onto the flight deck of an airliner, and there's a red button with the label 'DO NOT PRESS'. I wonder if anyone's ever given President Trump the 'These are small.....but those are far away' speech.

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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Is that all?

"£200m "full-fibre" investment pot announced in the Spring budget"

Tiny amount. We know, as an absolute fact that we'll soon have £350 million a week spare change, that's no longer going to support the 'gros chat' in Brussels and Strasbourg. Earmark a couple of weeks of that new bounty, and it'll go a long way to support fibre for the whole nation. Couple of month's worth to sort out the NHS, and let's have some new Nuclear Missiles and a slap up binge at Mrs Miggins Pie Shop as well.

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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Mmmmmm.....hash

All this talk of Hash and Salt : I'm picking up a tin of Corned Beef on the way home tonight.

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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What are the chances?

I think minds immeasurably superior to ours have been scrutinizing us, and slowly and surely, drawing their plans against us.

Stay off Horsell Common for a while......

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Retail serfs to vanish, all thanks to automation

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Spanner in the works?

If this stuff is true, what chances we'll see some neo-luddism? Warehouse robots being beaten up by meatbags? People hijacking amazon parcels from couriers? How about a campaign against self service tills? A crow bar as the unexpected item in the bagging area?

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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Oh boy.....

'He also made a point somehow related to encryption when he referenced the natural disaster unfolding in Texas.'

Wow. The man just make the biggest quantum leap since Sam Beckett. Where's Al and Ziggy? Do do do doodoo do do do doo..

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Robocall scumbags already target Hurricane Harvey victims

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Re: If I was in any way religious...

Yep, loosely connected to you being non-religious, one of the first interview shown of a victim last week over here, was a woman who was basically saying they spent their time waiting to be rescued praising God. My first thoughts were that this all powerful God, and I'm talking about all the 'Omni' you can shake a stick at, allowed this to happen to you. And now is quite happy to sit around while evil beings that he created in his own image, try to profit from the misery that he allowed to transpire. The hold religion has over people is truly awesome, when they can totally abandon all logic and reason in such a manner. I don't get it.

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How does Apple chief Tim Cook's package look now? Like $89m

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Re: The continuing myth of trickle down

I agree with quite a lot of that.

Tax is the answer. Some companies simply have no moral right to make as much money as they do, while contributing as little.

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For once, Uber takes it up the tailpipe: Robo-ride gets rear-ended

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"cold sweat from near misses"

Ok, I'll see your Israel and raise you....The Dominican Republic : Truly staggering stuff. Family of 4 on a FZ1E. People using scooters to carry animals / shopping / building materials. And all without helmets, and little or no regard to any road rules, and access to very cheap rum based beverages. Although helmets are the law, allegedly, not wearing one is a status symbol : it shows you can afford to pay the impound fee. A quick google images / video search, and you'll see what I mean.

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Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant

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Re: I managed this years ago...

"mixing oil and water..."

The same thing happened to the Mrs' rover shortly after I met her, although there was a human factor involved instead of a head gasket. I'd been out to the pub for a 'solids free' sunday lunch, and thought it'd be a good idea to check the levels on her car. Topped up the coolant with Castrol GTX. Shit was I popular. Fortunately, a couple of months later (yep, I was still hearing about it a couple of months later) she topped up the petrol with diesel. She also didn't have the cast iron excuse of being a bit pissed at the time.

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US focuses eyes in the sky as Hurricane Harvey starts to slam into Texas

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Good luck Texans!

That is all......

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James Webb Telescope will be infatuated with Europa and Enceladus

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Re: Microbial life?

"Although it's a big step from that to complex life."

Having been to several Wetherspoons on a friday night, I'm not sure that some of the 'complex life' I've seen in there is much of a step up from microbes.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Paris Hilton

Re: Nice

Calling each other nasty Nimes is a form of Arras-ment. And I've added a relevant french city based I-Caen to this post.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Convoy

C'mon....why is it a platoon? We all know we want ourselves a Convoy, good buddy.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: It's not complicated...

The best outcome here is for as little as possible to change. If we want to carry on trading with them, we'll have to do what they say. And have no influence over their decisions any more. So instead of 'Taking back control' we've basically pissed away any degree of control we had. What a total waste of time and effort. As for "having our cake and eating it"....pfff, Tory fantasy. The Europeans wont let us. We need them, they don't need us, and they know it.

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: Useless

Each to his own, live an let live. I need at least 2 monitors to work, and a PC to drive them. You clearly don't. Just cos you don't doesn't mean there's 'no point' in PCs. I couldn't do my job with a phone or tablet.

I was by the way, really please that you found your book that one time. I'm actually quite surprised you are still alive, let alone still doing overtime : you looked bloody ancient in the early 1980's.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: So he knew how to fix it anyway?

Are you suggesting there was some sexual tension between 'Dianne' and 'Craig'? There's currently on the TV a toothpaste ad where an attractive, 21 ish year old woman, who's free spirited enough to make stupid faces at a child playing with a glove puppet on a train, gets shunted up against a pretty boy with a quiff. They then exchange flirty, faux-embarrased looks, and the woman does the classic 'lady di' pretending to be shy and avoiding eye contact. Genius Ad Execs, trying to persuade overweight women from Rochdale that their life is crap, and that they too can have exciting encounters on a train if they use that particular brand of toothpaste. Needless to say, this ad is annoying the shit out of me.

Anyway, that's 'Craig' and 'Dianne', when looking at a paper jam.

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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"If it is an autonomous vehicle then I have zero control and should not be held responsible if there is an accident."

Yep, was reading about the new Audi A8. Audi chappy said....

"If you're offering Level 3 (autonomy), we are in charge of the driving part. That means, of course, if we have driven, then we are responsible."

So Audi bloke reckons it can be their fault if it crashes. Which I think is totally fair. If I'm still responsible when the 'puter is driving, then I'm going to be doing the driving thanks, not the computer.

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

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"technical and digitally skilled"

"It is estimated that the UK will need more than 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people by 2022."

What the hell does that mean? Programmers? People who can produce 3d Bar Charts in Excel? People who can wrangle contractors from the Sub Continent?

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: People aren't terrible drivers.

"polder blindness"

Yep, and in this country, some of the most dangerous roads are in the Holland facsimile that is Lincolnshire. Long, straight roads, with ditches either side. Not sure about the Netherlands, but the local gene pool doesn't help in cabbage county.....

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Re: Outrageous Sexism

Yeah, again loosely connected, some of the females in my house will doubtless be watching Shitly Come Dancing in the autumn. I hate it, so I've no idea of the line up of 'celebrities'. One thing can be guaranteed : some of the male contestants will be 20-30 years old, probably from Hollyoaks or the like, and they'll be spending a lot of their time topless, for the benefit of teenies or the menopausal. One year, I suggested that some of the female professional dancers should, in the interests of equality, perform topless as well. For reasons I'm struggling to remember (due to the mild concussion I received in the seconds after the suggestion), the females in my house thought that proposal unacceptable.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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Re: Way too harsh

Absolutely 100%. Jail the violent, and repeat offenders. Then worry about the rest.

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Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot

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"Two others complained about the first ad being shown in a cinema before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

Jesus, you sit through GOTG V2, having paid good money to do so, and the only thing you think of of complaining about is an advert? Holy shit. Perhaps they expunged all memory of the film, and only the ads stuck in the mind.

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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Re: yet another reason...

"yet another reason to NOT have a device with an "open mic" on all of the time in your house."

My mobile phone....does that count as an open mic? That's actually a genuine question....apologies if I'm being thick......

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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Re: Nestlé's legal department....

Bravo sir, for the Batty reference. *makes the Italian chef kiss of finger and thumb pinched together kind of thing*.

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Re: Nestlé's legal department....

Atari are Ark-annoyed and seeking revenge (of doh).

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Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

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Re: Flaunting a replica assault weapon in the US?

"not known for it's armed staff"

That wording looks very strange from this side of the big water, where everywhere is not known for it's armed staff.

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