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501 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009


Brit bank Barclays probed amid claims bosses used high-tech to spy on staff, measure productivity

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Re: Bloody wage slaves

"They wouldn't be called 'human resources' if they weren't meant to be strip-mined"...

We've reached the endgame: Bezos 'in talks' to turn shuttered department stores into Amazon warehouses

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Re: Coming soon

HP have a huge stock of big cardboard boxes. Why waste time and effort remanufacturing big boxes into smaller boxes when you can use the big boxes just as easily? It may look silly, but if the cost of shipping a large, practically empty box is less expensive - and more importantly, far less harmful to the environment - than recycling all those big boxes into smaller ones, then surely it makes sense to use the box as it is and let the consumer recycle it when it has been used?

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo

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Re: Bully

Downvoted for the comment "I think Apple was justified in going after them..."

No. No way. If Apricot had tried to say "Buy us, we're as good as Apple but cheaper" then Apple should take them to court for false advertising (unless they really were as good but cheaper...), but just because they have a similar name is NOT justification for screwing somebody else over just because you can. Oh sorry, "because they are a threat to your business".

You don't see airlines trying to sue each other over "stealing" words like 'Airways' or 'Airlines' because that would be absolutely stupid. So why should Apple be allowed to challenge anyone for having a fruit-based name?

That's how you get McDonalds the American junkfood producer suing McDonalds the bookshop over fears that customers might mistake thin sticks of potato and a small piece of meat with a limp lettuce leaf, a piece of tomato and a fragment of dill pickle in a badly-sliced bun for the collected works of Charles Dickens or Enid Blyton...

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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Re: They call them Home Speakers

"Is it bad that I'd like to use Zen as the wake word."

I would have thought that would give you an illusion of freedom, what with 'Liberator' and all. I think Scorpio's "autopilot" would have been a much better - or at least more apt - choice ;-)

EY to outsource compute function, sending 800 staff into the loving arms of... IBM

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Re: "...and more relevant and specialized opportunities to support their future career growth"

"Only at IBM would being made redundant be considered as future career growth. Oh how the mighty have fallen."

Ha! If only you were correct. Can anyone tell us of an Outsourcing deal where all the original staff were retained longer than the absolute minimum time the winning company could get away with?

China slams 'dirty' America's 'clean network' plan, reminds world of PRISM snoop-fest exposed by Ed Snowden

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Re: To be fair

"...against *a* private company..." not "against *only one* private company.

BIG difference. He didn't say this was the only one.

Q: What’s big, red and pulses UV light into the cosmos three times a night? A: Mars

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Re: The Chances Of Anything Coming From Mars Are A Million To One He Said

"p.s. Sadly, "The chance that extraterrestrial bacteria would be deadly to humans is zero. Not just very, very small. Zero."


So they have completely discounted the theory life on Earth arose as a result of comet dust then?

First alligators, then dogs, now Basil Fawlty is trying to standardise social distancing measures

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My preferred measuring device

Apparently the average human arm holding a "standard" D&D shortsword works out to be about 2m - so if I can stab you, you are too damn close. Now, does anyone know where I can get a shortsword while my Dwarven armourer is in Lockdown?

Trump administration labels WeChat, TikTok ‘threats’ to national security, bans transactions with both

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Re: Doesn't really matter how it plays out...

"...and the rest of the world laughing saying "What did he say?"..."

I used to wonder which previous US President inspired that LP lyric - now I wonder if they were seeing the future!

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Re: Or facilitate a cheap sale to a US company

"And don't forget the back-hander."

Or the Patriot Act-mandated back door opening straight into the offices at Langley.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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Re: Moderately aggravating

"buying the lifetime subscription" is all very good, but who's lifetime are we talking here? A mayfly? A decent show on the FOX network? DisneyCorp's idea of how long Copyright (theirs, not anyone else's) should last?

Time, as Zaphod Beeblebrox pointed out, is an illusion...

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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Re: My heart bleeds

"It is a buyer's market for retail space at the moment and landlords will be very aware of that."

If Apple want all the prime slots/only prime slots then their choices are more limited. But who will really lose out if they were to close every single store anyway (other than the poor souls who work there)? Those who think the company can do no wrong will continue buying the latest iShiny as it comes along. Those who don't like the company still won't buy anything from Apple.

A longer term commitment from Apple is possibly an enticing prospect, but I can't help thinking that if the landlords give in once, Apple will take advantage and threaten to pull out every time rents go up - which means all the other clients will end up making up the shortfall because Apple would ever agree an increase if they can get out of it (to be fair, neither would anyone else. But few people/organisations have the power - and financial safety net - that Apple have. So they would have to eat the increase while Apple continue making money hand over fist).

IT giant CSC coughs up $2m after helping New York City bill Medicaid for child therapy rather than insurance cos

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I am somewhat confused by this statement

{Quote} "We are proud to have partnered with the City of New York on this very worthwhile early intervention program from 2008 to 2014," a DXC spokesperson said of the settlement. "There were no allegations that CSC improperly received any amounts from Medicaid or that any services or payments to providers were inappropriate. {/Quote}

If there were "...no allegations […] any services or payments to providers were inappropriate" then what were CSC in trouble for exactly?

If you think you've got problems, pal, spare a thought for these boffins baffled by 'oddball' meteorites

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Weird objects showing signs of being both Melty and Non-melty origin?

Hmm, what a shame they couldn't just be from a plain non-molten-cored planetesimal and got a bit melty on their way through the atmosphere...

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Re: It looks like the next leg...

"It's enough to make me think that my ancestors' decision to live in the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."

That wasn't the problem. The problem was your true ancestors got out-evolved by telephone sanitizers, tired TV producers and hairdressers...

Mine's the dressing gown with a towel in the pocket.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless

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You couldn't make it up! Oh wait, you just did.

What I got from your post was that you think America is an evil, horrible place and one you could easily do without, you don't need anything that comes out of America. You're wasting my time.

"Google it."

Oh no, you can't can you - Google's American and you don't need anything from America, do you?

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"Brexit just keeps on giving. So how is it going to be better again? Blue (well - dark blue/black passports and... )"

I fail to see what Brexit has to do with accusations that the EPO was delaying small business or individuals' Patent applications while leaking details of those applications to their cronies in big business, thus allowing the bigger company to "publish first" and claim the Patent.

Black hole destroys corona

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"Hello traffic control, that damn gate is malfunctioning again..."

"Don't worry Captain Kirk, we'll just switch it off and back on again." (*)

(*) For reasons lost in antiquity, all captains are called Kirk, all Doctors are called McCoy and all miracle-workers are called Scotty...

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Re: Reverse the Polarity cures all

"Yeah, I shouldn't have used Dr. Who as an example - He/She'd have used the Sonic Screwdriver to get away"

Not necessarily - it's only the recent stories that can't be bothered to come up with a decent solution. William Hartnell would have explained it all in a way a child (of space and time) could understand. Patrick Troughton would have played his flute at it. John Pertwee would have taken Bessie for a spin across it. Tom Baker would have offered it a jelly baby. Peter Davidson would have bowled it out (or got Adric to solve the equations while Tegan bored the poor thing to tears). Colin Baker would have made it go crazy. Sylvester McCoy would have asked Ace to feed it some Nitro Nine. Paul McGann would have married it. Christopher Ecclestone would have told it not to get typecast. David Tennant would have raised his eyebrow at it. Matt Smith would have gone all timey-wimey on it's ass. Peter Capaldi would have given it a mean stare and played his guitar at it.

They might have used their sonic screwdriver to figure out what was going on (moreso for Mr Ecclestone onwards) but they all had better ways of sorting it than relying on that blue hedgehog...

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Re: In Real Time?

"Einstein just called: he says you're a twit."

No, he's going to do that next week.

Pretend your holiday wasn't cancelled from next month: Microsoft Flight Simulator cleared for take-off

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Re: Console?

It depends if they follow the "Microsoft Flight Simulator" or Microsoft Flight" model - the former allowed all sorts of user- or 3rd party-created addons but Flight... well, let's not look too deeply at that. It was a reasonable flight simulation game with very limited scope (unless you paid a lot of money for add-in aircraft & 'scenery' - you were limited to Hawaii in the base version!), but it was NOT a Flight Simulator...

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon

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Pot, meet Kettle.

(Although I should probably stop using that phrase... oh well.) I've lost count of the number of times I have been discussing something - anything - with family or friends and a short time later I start getting adverts for something related to the subject under discussion - or what Amazon *thinks* is related to the subject. Which, when discussing things like epic space battles, Things Man Was Never Meant To Know with their unholy cults, the possibility of ever going overseas on holiday again and whether Jar-Jar Binks' middle name really is "Fu**ing", can result in some entertaining ads popping up!

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Re: NEVER put your home address in your GPS!

Iron, that's my point. I *do* know where I live, and I know how to get to my house from my chosen "home" location on my satnav. But if someone steals my satnav and tries to use it to rob me because I'm obviously not at home, they'll be out of luck because my satnav home postcode is about 5 minutes away from where I live. And since I live in an urban area, that's a lot of houses for them to check to find the right one to break into - and really not worth their bother.

I often use it on my journey to and from work because it provides a useful comparison on things like journey times or different routes on different days, and it's always useful when there's an accident and I don't want to wait for the road to be cleared (and I will be one less car in the queue of rubberneckers, and about 4 metres less of roadblock for the Police to clear...)

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NEVER put your home address in your GPS!

Choose something like a supermarket or tourist attraction that is near where you live (and preferably near your route home) as your "destination", then you never have to worry about someone getting your address from your GPS. Once you get close enough, you ignore the GPS and just drive home.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: Lost Opportunities

"BA (and Air France) had the advantage that they didn't have to pay the fast majority of the R&D costs, they were all paid by the British and French taxpayers"

That's because BA and Air France are airlines not aircraft manufacturers... although it's also worth pointing out they *did* pay for the research - why do you think Concorde cost more than, say a Boeing 747?

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Typical Branson

If the 1960s technology of Concorde was really that bad, and the new carbon-fibre, fly-by-wire, superwhizzojet is so advanced, how come it's got less range?

Concorde was killed off because the French gave Boeing the excuse they needed to pressure the US Government into banning it by being too cheap to fit the tank spall liners that would have saved the lives lost in the one and only major accident involving a Concorde - with the major route closed, the service became unviable.

If people could have half the travel time for the same ticket price, how many people would choose to waste the extra time stuck in a pressurised tube miles above the Earth?

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Re: Lost Opportunities

Why don't we follow through?

Because politicians or short-sighted bean-counters and managers sell the new developments off for a quick buck - or even worse, the politicians often give it away (and almost always to the Yanks).

Manchester, UK seeks IT-slinger: £235m for number-plate-and-fines system to clean up vehicle emissions

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"Well, ten years ago I used to feel sorry: since you've managed to take over great chunks of the world and deny us all a future I feel less sorry. You still must have horrible lives but you've doomed the rest of us – the people not driven by fear and the inability to think – to horrible lives as well. So thanks for that."

What? Taken over what "great chunks of the world"? Denied you (and who exactly is "us all"?) a future how? If you're not driven by fear, why are you so scared about another bogeyman YOU cannot measure yourself but have to rely on those with a vested interest in PROVING it is increasing proving it is increasing?

"people who are so frightened of cyclists "

I am a driver, a cyclist and a pedestrian - and some of the worst PAVEMENT (or the footpath/sidewalk/pavement/whatever you want to call it) users I have the misfortune to encounter are the lycra-clad Cyclists who seem to think they have right-of-way everywhere and nobody else should ever get in their way. I'm guessing you are one of them. Sensible cyclists - those who obey the law and ride in a safe, considerate, manner are no problem. The obliviots who ride like they are the only road or pavement users who should be there are a danger to themselves and everyone around them.

University ordered to stop running women-only job ads

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Re: Ha

"Then its obviously a university that is in decline or will be soon. How can it perform well if its criteria is to put sjw discrimination ahead of ability?"

You obviously haven't been following what is happening at many UK colleges and universities then :-(

For places of education, that should be encouraging debate so you can take a stupid argument and show exactly *why* it is stupid, they are doing a wonderful job of shutting down any suggestion that there could be an alternative (no matter how good or completely batshit crazy and useless) by refusing to allow any dissenting voices to be heard - ostensibly to "protect" the students from "hate speech" or any of the other "bad things" the Politically Correct brigade dream up, but really making it so there can be only ONE viewpoint expressed regardless of what might actually happen in the Real World (I fear for the students of the future - what happens when they leave Further Indoctrination and discover the rest of the planet doesn't give a rat's ass what they think is fair?).

Those who don't learn from the mistakes of the past will just keep repeating them. Those that seek to destroy the past are going to keep repeating the old mistakes, and make a whole lot of new ones too.

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What utter rubbish!

If the only way to ensure women get employed is to cheat, then they are saying women are not good enough to get the position any other way. Which is also saying "it doesn't matter if you can't really do the job, we will employ you anyway". This is not fair on the women who do get their positions on merit, since it calls into doubt the selection processes used by every organisation and not just the ones dumb enough to advertise the fact they are fixing the results.

And what are they going to do if I decide that I want to "identify as a woman"? Where will that leave them, and how many pieces of "equality" legislation is that going to fall foul of??

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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Re: So what happened?

"That's the fault of the merger with McDonnell Douglas, who pushed out the engineering meritocracy based management at Boeing [...]"

That would be the beancounter mentatilty that took the Naval air superiority fighter proposal and turned it into the world-beating Phantom 2, the Air Force's air superiority fighter and turned it into the world-beating F15-E Strike Eagle, developed the MD-500 series helicopters, etc etc etc?

And exactly how many world-beating designs have come out of Boeing since the 1950s? Ones not relying on technology acquired from other companies, that is.

Psst: Want to know who else has their snout in the Copernicus trough? (spoiler: it's not the UK)

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Would this be the same company that asset-stripped... sorry, "acquired" Racal at the turn of the century?

Funny how our stuff is good enough for them to want to buy all the IP but not good enough to fly...

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up

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Re: Helmet

"I assume the intention is a cycling helmet as opposed to an ACU approved motorcycle lid."

It's your head - you decide.

Given the standard of some of the riders of these things that are already rumbling around despite their being illegal, I would recommend spiky body armour all over - for when one of them (or an inconsiderate cyclist) decides they have more right to that bit of land you' re standing/sitting/walking on than you do...

Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'

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Regarding Farcical Recognition Systems

As these seem to struggle with false positives on white women and all non-white people, surely the easiest thing to do ignore any and all (alleged) matches on these groups, and only process those potential matches involving white males - at least until the technology is reliable enough that misidentification becomes the exception, not the rule. This would have the double benefit of reducing the number of people unjustly targeted and making the various law enforcement agencies employ "beat cops" instead of remotely-viewed cameras...

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

That's the problem with kids today - too busy berating us crotchety old farts for destroying "their" planet to learn interesting and useful words!

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Please ask Uncle Bill to bring some of his wonderful scince fiction stories...

I love it when lawmakers try to re-write the laws of physics and maths - it's hilarious.

I love it when career politicians start trying to pretend they understand anything in the real world - until they decide to impose their stupidity on the rest of us.

Ransomware crims to sell off 'scandalous' files swiped from Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Puff Daddy's legal eagles

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Who are these people, anyway? Now, if they had proof of what USG have got hidden under wraps at Area 51 - or better yet, Area 52 - it might be worth seeing...

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Tastes differ...

Especially between sea level and 25,000ft.

Didn't one of the airlines hire Heston Blumenthal to come up with a new menu that would taste reasonable but not cost a fortune to produce? IIRC, the biggest problem he had was that how food tastes when you're in the development kitchen (or at home) and how it tastes under the reduced air pressure at altitude is significantly different...

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: So basically ...

"can I suggest you look into the oft-repeated claim that, back in the 70s, scientists were telling us that we were only decades away from a new Ice Age"

I was there, thank you very much. Programmes like Blue Peter, Newsround, Tomorrow's World - all had stories about it. Reading what someone else says *based on what they want you to hear* is less valid than what I saw and heard personally, first-hand - sorry. Better luck next time.

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Re: So basically ...

"Citation required. Seriously,

Post a single link to a published peer reviewed scientific paper that agrees with any part of what you posted. If you can't, never mention this again, as it's obviously something you just made up."

You gotta be shitting me. You mean I dreamed that some professor at Cambridge University faked a load of Atlantic buoy weather and sea-state records, destroyed the originals and then lied about it all? All the stories on the TV and radio and in the newspapers where we were repeatedly warned that, unless we stopped using the infernal combustion engine and all other fossil fuels, we would cause the polar ice caps to melt? The hole in the ozone layer over the ice caps caused by CFCs and HFCs? I imagined *all that*? Damn, I should be making a fortune as a science-fiction writer!

In the early 70s we were going to disappear under the glaciers of a new Ice Age. The hot summers of '76 and '77 saw the end of that threat to humanity and the appearance of "The Ice Caps Are Melting! The Ice Caps Are Melting!" and the impending flooding of all the low-lying land on the planet - the Nile Delta, much of the Southern United States of America, the majority of the Pacific islands, Holland and anywhere else within a few dozen feet of sea level would be gone by the turn of the century. Sorry, by 2020. Er, we meant 2050, if we don't stop using fossil fuels RIGHT NOW.

Or did I imagine Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion too?

If you want citations, go and read what the global warming "scientists" have been saying for the last 60-odd years. Compare what they predicted with the world around you. I think you might be unpleasantly surprised.

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Re: So basically ...

(quote)Holocaust deniers, antivaxxers, creationists, moon landing hoaxers, 9/11 truthers are all birds of a feather in that regard. They start with they conclusion they want to be true and systematically disregard or ignore evidence that leads to another conclusion.(end-quote)

Genuine question, not seeking to start any flamewars, I really want to understand this; climate change "scientists" have repeatedly set deadlines for when we would all drown under melting icecaps if we didn't change our behaviour - by the turn of the century in the late 80s/early 90s and by 2020 in the late 90s/early 2000s. As you can see, we are all still here. I have never said we don't need to change our behaviour but every time I call 'foul' on the "scientists" and their failed projections, I get all sorts of abuse - often in El Reg's forums, so it's not simply a case of "stupid people".

So my question is, why are so many people so quick to ridicule those who support ideas like "5G causes Covid-19" but are so happy to go along with the "if we don't stop using fossil fuels we will all drown by 2000", or whatever the current threat is?

US starts sniffing around UK spaceports – though none capable of vertical launches actually exist right now

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A mouse fell in love with an elephant...

The Mouse That Roared!

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Re: "We don't know who to sue"

This sort of thing is why alien life would never willingly contact humans - not content with polluting our own planet, we are now trying to export some of the worst excrement in existence...

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Ah, the good old days

Before someone came up with this IP telephony trickery, when all you had was direct-dial phone lines, you could safely send a fax from your desk to someone else's desk and be pretty sure it wouldn't go anywhere other than where you wanted it to go.

The same cannot be said of email. Given the choice between slow but secure and quick but shared with the alphabet soup brigade (and other, even less scrupulous actors), I know which I prefer...

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: Police cars rest easier

Who pays for those police cars?

You, sir, are an idiot.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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1440Kl in one ton of LHyd fuel.

Mine's the one with the Suleiman and Beowulf patches on...

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Re: Spelling

Which is why the idiots wanting to ban English words for being "racist" or "discriminatory" is so funny - every word in the English Language has been (mis)appropriated from somewhere else!

Gulp! Irish Water outsources contact centres to Capita for up to €27m over 7 years

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Re: "new software and digital capabilities"

<quote> what exactly the difference between a country and a state is here is anyway moot <end_quote>

Coming down the UK from the North, if I come from Scotland I can proudly fly the Scottish flag and call myself a Scotsman. If I come from Ireland, I can proudly fly the Irish flag and call myself an Irishman. If I come from Wales, I can proudly fly the Welsh flag and call myself a Welshman.

If I come from England, I cannot fly the English flag or call myself an Englishman because that would be racist.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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It's all a double-blind - and we fell for it!

Everyone assumes the CIA are a bunch of incompetent numpties with no idea of security because of Wikileaks letting all their whizzy toys out of the cupboards, but what if it's all not-quite-fake news and just their old out-of-date stuff that's nowhere near as good as the stuff they still have hidden, but we're not looking for because we [i]know[/i] they're numpties?

Wait, who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard drive?

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Re: There's a dangerous assumption here.


Sorry to stir the pot a bit here, but the ability to BREAK things does not automatically imply an ability to make things better as well - the skillsets are not identical.


Mrs Known can definitely attest to this. In my case, the 'D' in 'DIY' is for 'Destroy'...



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