* Posts by Ben Cross

35 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Dec 2007

T-Mobile getting out of blighty?

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@Shame, 3:24pm GMT

I disagree, i'm on a skanky tariff! But anyway that's probably half my fault.

The company that they recommend for insurance purposes though is a big pile of doodoo! I'd be glad if they moved out, hopefully they'd cancel my contract and i'd improve it elsewhere! :)

Unauthorised Wolverine claws his way onto interwebs

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@ L - Wouldn't Steal a Car


best laugh all day, pretty melodramatic though.

Yahoo! engineer in murder-suicide riddle

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Just one of those things....reading the original article i wonder why he changed his name when he moved to the US.

May his family RIP - not him.

Microsoft U-turns on overpaid redundo packages

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At long last....

Finally some sense! Doubt it'll last that long though.....

MP wants Welsh text on ID cards

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@ Magani

Lol!!! Nice translation there ;)

I think Araf means slow or stop or something like that but yeah you're right it's all over the place!

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"...using Welsh on identity cards would send a clear message that the language has equal validity with English. "

Rather funny that..surely that's not the case!? What a waste of extra ink! I suppose we should stick Gaelic as well, as well as all of the other UK national languages (if there are any others, that is) ?


Danish SWAT team surrounds PlayStation shoot-'em-up

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Evil Sarah

true story.

Experts trumpet '25 most dangerous' programming errors

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@ User Error

Perhaps clicking on the right link (http://www.sans.org/top25errors/) would be more beneficial ;)

Happy hunting!

Welsh Tories ask taxpayers to pick up iPod tab

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@ Richard (Huh)


I concur 100%! indeed, i'd rather claim for an ipod personally, but i mean c'mon!

2 TV's for Monmouth Conservative AM Nick Ramsay....and insurance as well, surely he should've got that first time..what a joke!

McAfee update classifies Vista component as a Trojan

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Well you know....

This isn't exactly untypical from McAfee! They're a bunch of idiots so not really that big a surprise!

Gotta be annoying though if you:

a) bought McAfee

b) bought Vista

or even!! c) bought both and it deleted some vital files.

I just gotta laugh!!! hahahahhahaha

Site guesses your sex via age-old web flaw

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Not too bad...damn the AA !

Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 23%

Likelihood of you being MALE is 77%

The BBC website helped me out though, having a ratio of 1.44 male2female ratio! However the www.aa.com let me down..Stupid Car safety company type thingy!

Hooray! and Just for the Record, i am male ;)

Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad

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@ Mike R.

£800million, not £800 pounds!

Else that'd be classic.

Virtualisation titles for virtually nothing

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I agree completely, that's what i thought it meant too!

*cries* !!! - False Advertising! :(

O2: We didn't know we were capping 3G data speeds

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@ Raymondo B


You copied my earlier comment! lol...but yeah i agree completely...

@ Alistair M.

- so in order to save costs, they outsource, meaning we get left with a bunch of munchkins who know nothing (And it's not their fault to a large extent), but some are a bit clueless and we end up with all the stress.

It's all about CRM & CS, maybe o2 could read up on CRM a bit - i think of it as a philosophy. Treating customers decent enough so they don't moan all the time, seems the more complaints a company has, the happier they are! (if that's not the case then why do they give us so much stuff to complain about?)

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I hate O2

The amount of hassle o2 has given me in the past due to themselves being anal, i can't say i'm too surprised.

Unfortunately a hell of alot of companies act the same way, are there are any decent companies around these days!? (not a rhetorical question so if u know of any, let me know!)

Spam filtering services throttle Gmail to fight spammers

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@ My love is in league with the freeway


problem would be then that "educated" people who do not spam at all would end up getting the question wrong, thus screwing themselves over in the process.

So basically your suggestion (maybe a too hard question i dunno) would probably end up ensuring that not many people get to send emails....

What about if i decide to send an email through outlook? - how would you stop that..? ;-)

How BA handles lost luggage complaints: Shock picture

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That is one quality picture, seems rather ironic too....so real, especially with the 3 policemen and the dog watching over them, as if they were criminals.

Law & Order in the uk has issues it would seem. Don't think that's the only problem we got either..................

Want to get into 10 Downing Street? Get a Lithuanian ID card

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@ Spleen! :)

Attempted burglary?

Or entering unauthorised (well sortof and sortof was authorised) buildings with intent..

how did the Sec. Guard let him in...what sort of security is there nowadays if a lithuanian ID pass lets him through!!!! =O

HSBC forgets to renew its digital certificate

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Domino's (pizza) - www.dominos.co.uk either definetly HAD or does have issues (although can't find the issue anymore)

so let's be fair, loads of sites fail to use their brains.

Malaysian woman jailed for worshipping teapot

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@ Chris Purdye


Reckon i found another link Chris! :)



UK bank blames fraudsters for World of Warcraft ban

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@ Ian Ferguson, RE:Verified by Visa / Mastercard Securecard

Regarding when you pay for the account/few new months or whatever using a Visa/Mastercard i can assure you that there is not verifed by visa popup meaning you need to input another password.

For Domino's Pizza though, there is..but then for something like Amazon, there isn't. Depends on the site really, some do, some don't.

Low-tech hack was behind $7.2bn SocGen fraud

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@ Risky


I do hope that SocGen do take some action against his colleagues who basically helped him do it. And perhaps stuck their own names in the "i wanna be sacked, plxplx" pot.

And regarding the systems, how could they not check...well if they did, then the checks are clearly not good enough. So whoever made them should be wary of losing their position too.

Sackings all around!

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Paris Hilton

Access Code issues.

Quoted from the Article.

"Jerome Kerviel used his colleagues' access codes and sent fraudulent email in order to create fictitious accounts"


I would love to know how he got the access codes..I'm pretty sure that there would have been a policy against telling everyone what codes people have. Seems the policies didn't work very well.

Paris..- seems like his colleagues have her amount of brain cells. (harsh i know)

Three Little Pigs book deemed offensive to Muslims

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@ Ash


IT tackles benefit cheats

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@ Hedley Phillips

It's alright Hedley..

I mean 2 years ago i had to wait around 3 months to find a suitable job. I was only on "the dole" (hate that expression) for 3-4 weeks..but im still waiting to be paid.

Oh wait, it'll never happen. I suppose if i wasn't english and/or in a life threatening condition due to no income and moaned on a daily basis i might just get 1p.

Or not. The benefits office suck, they give out money to cheaters, and to honest people, well you get sweet..ummm nothing.

Spirit discovers life on Mars

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Little Green Men!!!

Hey! i know martians are meant to be "green"...but where is the green colouring on that thing?

looks more brown to me! - like its been a martian who hasn't washed for many a year.

Brazil bans the evil sold in EverQuest and Counter-Strike

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@ AC - 10:09 GMT *Unreal*

To be honest, the points behind their dispute surely are leading us to believe that they have nothing better to do than think about "Brazil's" public image via a computer game - which is ultimately made up and doesn't stand for a lot, except lots of money going into the producers pockets.

In WoW (I've played it for approx 2 years~) there isn't really "good" nor "evil"..both factions can be percieved which ever way you prefer.

do you like fantastical type characters or more human looking versions.


green orcs or humans

brown cows (tauren) or night elves

blood elves or draenei

trolls or dwarves

undead or gnomes

Ok well that went minorly off the subject, but the point is that banning a game such as Counterstrike for the reasons given is completely stupid. I mean if CS were to have a map based in London, UK or something, would all of the politicians start jumping up and down hoping it got banned.


(Probably yeah) What a sad Indictment of the world we live in today where no-one's free to do anything without the accusation of having alterior motives.

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@ Luke Wells

Yes, it certainly causes hatred against the "Nazi's".

Disgusting, They are a group that should be respected for their beliefs, not killed in a pixelated video game where the game is based on a load of red/black squares in a particular order.

Oh and games like Monkey Island should be banned too...or just old games where the graphics can never be high enough, shocking.

eBay in sensational Back to the Future coupon deal

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@ DaveK

Epochalypse Countdown: 30 years 2 months 1 weeks 3 days 23:25:19:979

Fluorescent sow drops glow-in-the-dark piglets

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@ mitch..

classic :)

Still glow in the dark piggies sound useful....esp for late night BBQ's as written above.

School-dodging Mexican lad glues self to bed

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RE: They left the telivision on?

@ Joel Osborn - a parent who obviously doesn't think it's that big of an issue.

Evesham Technology goes into liquidation

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Evesham <3

To be fair on their site - http://www.evesham.com/

the latest news is approximately 4 weeks old..so dunno who new it is..and it certainly doesnt mention anything about liquidation..

i bought a PC from evesham (customised though) and it's been quite decent..of course needing upgrades as usual etc..was never spammed though - just got the evesham monthly mag which was actually quite decent

good company, certainly beats buying direct from a Dell for eg.

Secret Crush widget spreads adware on Facebook

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i get sooo much crap that ive disabled loads..

SuperWall/Funwall = worst spamming apps of all time..and as such i just took it off - after redirecting all facebook emails to my spam folder

i dont need a stupid notification..i can just log on the site if i wanna find out stuff! :)

Facebook is merely a way of spamming everyone with useless bilge as well as getting people to download adaware (through widgets) and let everyone in the world know about where they live, their home addresses etc..

great fun

Facebook accuses MP of impersonating MP

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Parliament's security staff lose parliament security data

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Paris Hilton

what a bunch of idiots..

What buffoons!!! have they not learnt to keep things yet....!! it seems every day the Government (or branches of) lose something new..