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Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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Counter Terrorism Command?

I appreciate that language and the meaning thereof can change over time. But surely trying to kill someone in a business quarrel isn't terrorism? Terrorism is about attempting to create terror for political purposes, frequently involving violence. But violence != terror. Or have they just bundled bombs 'n white powder 'n stuff in with the Terror-plods for pay-and-rations convenience?

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iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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Re: "when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe"

face it, there isn't a planet in the known universe where £1000 isn't too much for a smart phone, unless it has a solid gold case. And in that case it would just be bloody daft.

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ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Re: Will of the people my arse

@David Neil

However the death penalty was removed as an option for Treason under 1998 Human Rights act, the via acceding to Article 13 of teh ECHR

And rightly so. But that doesn't prevent them spending the rest of their lives breaking stones on Dartmoor on a diet of GM bread, hormone-laced water and chlorinated chicken, or clearing landmines in West Falkland. Or even sitting in their own waste at the bottom of a deep bottle-dungeon.

Vindictive? Moi? After the deaths and misery they are responsible for?

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Re: Will of the people my arse

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People should have asked "Why?"

The answer lies in some mediaeval legislation that is still in force, the 1351 Treason Act.

"be adherent to the King’s Enemies in his Realm, giving to them Aid and Comfort in the Realm, or elsewhere,"

Vlad has been responsible for killing the Queen's subjects in her realm. That sounds like it makes him an enemy. He will be happy if the UK leaves the UK as it will weaken the UK and the EU. Sounds like giving comfort.

So what does that make the people who supported Leave?

And if that doesn't deserve life in a deep dungeon in the Tower, I don't know what does?

[And on a historical note, when one William Joyce was convicted of high treason in 1945, he didn't get away with life]

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Re: £135,000

Electricity to send the e-mails: £4.63

Fine for sending the e-mails: £135,000

Getting the UK out of the EU by lies and fraud: Priceless.

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Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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Lancashire?

No puns, but it has to be Gracie Fields greatest hits.

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UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Re: We don't want YOU to vote.

Not that our trustworthy and honourable Tories would ever consider something like that.

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Re: Lack of a secret ballot is a greater problem

Whilst it would be possible for a nasty government to go through the ballot and work out exactly how people voted, it would be a hell of a lot of work. Easier to just use the canvassing returns to plan retribution. [although, having said that, I do hope the referendum ballots are still available so that we can work out who gets the one-way ticket to West Falkland]

Anyway, the normal use of the numbering is as follows:

1) If someone turns up to vote and they appear to have voted already (they are crossed off the list) then they are given a pink ballot paper which goes in a separate envelope.

2) When the votes are counted, if the result is very close, i.e. majority less than the number of pink papers, the original papers are identified and removed, and the pink ones counted in their place. It's a lot of work!

I've seen pink papers used. I was acting as Polling Clerk and a little old lady came in. She'd been crossed off. Oh shit! Have we made a mistake? Then went through the pile of polling cards and found her card. Someone had used it. Had she already voted? No, but she had last month. Previous election was over a year ago. Dementia? Anyway she got the pink paper.

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Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

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Prawn and malware

It's interesting that the user visited 9000 prawn sites and only got infected once. I remember an article a while back that suggested that said sea-food purveyors tended to be some of the safest and malware free, as they are really, really keen to encourage visitors to come frequently (I could probably express that better), and if they get an electronically transmitted disease every time they call they will visit a different emporium next time.

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Re: So not, Google

"'googleanalytics' - who needs that again?"

Google and their customers who want to sling ads at users.

True, but there are other more reasonable use cases. e.g. for someone who has built a website using AHRC funding, they really like to know how many people visit the website, from where etc. Same with local authorities justifying spend on websites - how many people actually visit them? Even businesses justifying costs to bean counters need numbers. It's not just ad-slinging.

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Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Yes, but, No, but...buying dot com for a new venture is open to competition from the new tlds. But renewing the existing dot com your business has used for 25 years is not open to competition. Are you going to switch all your email addresses to a new domain to save $2 a year, or $2000 a year? Short and curlies is the technical term.

The true spirit of US capitalism would allow multiple companies to sell and manage .com, with a simple single common database to ensure that two registrars don't sell the same domain. Let them set a price based on their management costs, and compete with each other.

But having said that, when I first registered my .co.uk in the late 90s, it cost something like £70 for two years. Should be back to that again pretty soon.

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Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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@Alister

It worries me that you might have both saliva and blood traces in your underpants - not to mention a kidney!

It might be someone else's saliva? And those Farmers can be a real pain in the whatsit.

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I hope it was a good lunch.

Looks like some politician or senior EU civil servant has been entertained to a very boozy lunch with a snake-oil salesman.

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: Carpenters have a saying

or... several olives short of a pizza

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Re: "Amethyst Realm", really?

Amethyst is actually not a terrible name for a girl

Ruby, Emerald, Pearl, Amber, Beryl, Coral, Jade, Chrysoprase, Topaz...and Cubic Zirconia of course.

Strange that Diamond doesn't seem to get used as a name.

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Re: Part of me is amused . . .

Yep.

And, on This Morning next Monday, we'll be talking to an Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who will be telling us of his plans to invade Russia. On Tuesday we'll be interviewing Mr Elwood P Dowd and his six-foot tall pet rabbit, Harvey. Then on Wednesday we will be speaking to the widow of an African dictator who has $62 million (SIXTY TWO MILLION US DOLARS) that she is trying to find a safe home for, and on Thursday our guest explains how he can cure cancer over the Internet on receipt of £1000.

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Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

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Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?

There were good reasons. But with hindsight, given the beast weighed over a ton, couldn't they have gone for an 8-gallon tank instead?

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Re: But why were the transmitters shut down?

I think the fuel may be needed to keep the transmitters aligned, so even if it kept transmitting it's only little green people on Mercury who'll hear it.

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Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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I've used Fasthosts (used to be UKReg) for years, no obvious problems, prices okay.

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BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Re: Rural streets?

Peterborough: 200,000 people living within 5 miles of city centre.

Where I live: 2000 people within 5 miles. There ain't 200,000 people within 50 miles!

But somehow we seem to have FTTP, and Openreach didn't even have to dig up the streets (overhead).

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BepiColombo launches, Russia ponders next lift-off, and 50 years since Apollo 7 got its feet wet

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Soyuz best-before date?

I understand that the Soyuz at the ISS now needs to come home before its components rot, but couldn't they send another one up empty to replace it? There are several docking ports if I remember rightly, so send an empty Soyuz up as 'launch one' pending re-certification for manned launches, and bin the one that's starting to look a bit furry.

Or are they short of Soyuz capsules?

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Milk in Bags?

Used to be quite common in the UK - decades ago. I seem to remember UHT coming in plastic bags. That was in the days when normal milk came in glass bottles, before they invented plastic. Last time I saw bags of milk was on Alderney about 30 years ago.

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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That would also require having people in the Civil Service capable of writing contracts that protect the interests of their employer.

I think a wider change is needed. So much incompetence and poor judgement in government is covered up because details cannot be published as they are "commercially confidential". These are contracts between the contractor and the public. All contracts, prices and terms for public sector work should be published. If they don't want light shone on their murky world, don't bid.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Names are just weird...

I've been told that the surname of "English" is most likely an Irishman, and the surname of "Irish" is most likely from England. Go figure.

Well, duh, obviously! How else would it work? Englishman moves to Ireland in the 17th century. Locals just call him John the Englishman. Centuries later his Irish descendants have contracted it to Sean English.

You get the same in Wales with people called Sais or Saes or Sayce. Ancestor was English. It would get very complicated if everyone in Hemel Hempstead was called English Dave or English Mary or English Jeff or even the occasional Bangladeshi Ranya.

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Re: Also

I am irritated by my friend who called her daughter Niamh, and pronounces is Nee-Mah

There is a strong case for calling in Social Services to rescue the child from further damage.

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Re: It's all the rage!

I think Round the Horne ones were better.

Daphne Whitethigh

Celia Molestrangler

Chou En Ginsburg M.A. (failed)

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Buffalo Sidney Goosecreature

and so many more... many, many more.

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Re: Starbucks and Foodbanks

The expression started when I used to add to the food bank basket in the supermarket every day at the end of my daily exercise walk. Now I do a weekly drop of agreed staples that benefit from buying in multiple packs.

We've gone a stage further - a group of people contribute cash, and our community shop then uses that to buy at wholesale prices in bulk from the cash-and-carry (who actually deliver). You can get a lot of Happy Shopper stuff in bulk for the price of big-name brands singly.

Of course, the fact that we have to even consider how best to give to food banks shows the evil of our present government.

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@AC

we've done this for years for Chrstmas cars

Wow, you're generous. Can I be your friend and put on your Christmas car list please? I quite fancy one of those new Hyundai Kona EVs if you can manage that.

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Re: A different name for every site?

Unless there was a daughter in there so you could get Glod Glodsondotterson.

I think the Icelanders actually spell it dóttir. But that wouldn't work because the name is made up from the father's or mother's first name + son / dóttir - so you could have Glod Glodsonsonson whose father was Glodsonson Glod, or you could have Glodetta Glodettadóttir but Glodetta Glodsondóttir tends to imply that Glodetta has had some very significant surgery.

I still think the President with the best name ever was Vigdís Finnbogadóttir in Iceland.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Boffins?

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These people give mad boffins a bad name. Why can't they just concentrate on the good old hold-the-world-to-ransom-with-nuclear-weapons-in-a-volcano approach and leave our privacy out of it?

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Confusion?

But it could be fun trying to confuse Alexa.

Many moons ago a friend got a BBC sound effects tape and had fun with the message on his ansaphone - sounds of police sirens, helicopters and shooting in the background, to a gentle voice-over of "I'm afraid I can't get to the phone just at the moment, please leave a message"

Would Alexa call the plods if it heard shooting?

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But on the bright side...

at least it's not from Microsoft. Could you imagine this combined with Clippy?

<fx>sounds of regular bouncing bedsprings</fx>

Ping! It looks like you're trying to make a baby. Would you like some help?

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Cabinet Office: Forget about Verify – look at our 3,000 designers (and 56 meetups)

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Any actual system architects?

...or security specialists? or systems designers (not just pretty UI)? or coders? or testers?

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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Just the Usual...

@Crimperman1996

I never did find out what he did to get that much water onto his desk.

Are you certain it was actually plain H2O?

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Re: Just the Usual...

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Reusing paper?

When I started my first IT job way back in the last century (1979) we had filed listings of all the operational programs printed on the good old continuous green-and-white lineflo paper.

I was somewhat baffled to discover that some of the pages had printing on the back as well. Seems the former assistant PHB had decided that to save paper the used listings should be fed back into the printer, after sellotaping the batches together to make a boxful.

A few years later I actually bumped into the guy at a Green Party conference. I just smiled.

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Re: Leaking barium enemas

<Madeline Kahn voice in Blazing Saddles> Oooh, it's twooo, it's twooooo!</fx>

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Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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Huawei v10 view

Been using one of these for a couple of months. Very similar spec, charges in 45 minus, very little in the way of unwanted system apps. £419. Probably cheaper by now. Samsung have a lot of work to do to compete at that price point.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Tea

However I think we should all form an alliance and destroy the poncy so-and-so's who drink hot water with nothing in it.

I have a friend who drinks boiling water with milk in it!

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Re: Maybe they could get the fucking basics right, first ?

Eggs in boxes of 12 I can cope with, although nature intended them to come in sixes.

But which satanic marketing firm decided that 15 was an acceptable number of eggs in a box?

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Re: Sprouts

Agree about the bacon - even vegan food is better with bacon sprinkles.

And the sprout is God's anointed vegetable, closely followed by savoy cabbage. I understand that some people don't really rate broccoli, and most would agree that kale and turnips are for cattle, not humans. (N.B. Neeps with haggis of course aren't what the English call turnips, but are actually Swedish Turneeps, or swedes, which are lovely)

Of course the potato is in a category of its own.

And celery is Satan's favourite vegetable.

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Re: Tea

I think we need a campaign for real tea.

Just as the meat-growers are campaigning to ban calling anything 'milk' which doesn't come from a mammal's udders (so no Soya, almond, oat, rice milk etc) we should insist that only the leaves of the Camellia sinensis can be used to make tea. Preferably black tea, not this poncey green stuff. If you want other strange flavours call it a herbal tisanne.

It can only be drunk with milk (sugar optional) or, if you're European, lemon.

For real ethnic diversity yak butter would also be acceptable.

And don't get me started on flavoured coffees - the world does not need christmas pudding flavour coffee. And if you want almond-flavoured coffee just add a slug of Amaretto.

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Re: Crimble Free Zone?

It's reasonable to have a small selection of Festive Greetings cards on sale in late Nov, so that people can catch the cheap post for Australia. Advent calendars can go on sale at the same time (and should not include chocolates, gin miniatures or other treats behind each door). Then it's nothing until a week before Christmas, that's plenty of time to buy presents. And a total ban on Christmas music except in association with Christian religious observances.

And no New Year sales to start until Jan 1st.

But otherwise, I'm fine with the whole season.

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SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space

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Re: Lack of Astonish!

I have no earthly idea why any (not-rich) person would buy a brand new car and pay the VAT and massive depreciation.

I think it depends on the car. Expensive flash things it doesn't make sense. My nearly-30-year-old Porsche 944 cost me £2500, and a few grand since then on maintenance.

But for the everyday car, it's often a good deal to buy a fairly basic thing (Skoda Fabia?) for new for maybe £10K (and the dealers offer some good cash deals!) and then drive it carefully for the next 10-15 years. Depreciation under £1K per year. Or buy a low-mileage one that's 4 years old for £6K, so again costing about £1K per year.

And buying from new you know who has sat in those seats!

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Re: Lack of Astonish!

Over 10 BEEELION miles from home, and still working. Now, if we can just build cars to have the same MTBF

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No more planets?

"frankly, there is little point in keeping cameras that were designed to look at planets activated when there are no more planets to look at."

But, but...there could be a Death Star lurking out there, just waiting for us to relax our vigilance!

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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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Re: TL;DR

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Slightly fucked, regular fucked, extra fucked or proper fucked

All of the above?

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Don't panic!

But now the work is under increased pressure to meet the tighter deadline and to handle a surge in declarations – this could rise from 55 million to as much as 255 million after Brexit.

No, it won't rise like that. That figure assumes there will still be solvent businesses in the former UK wanting to import or export. Bar the drug smugglers and small-arms dealers (have to protect my stash of baked beans and long-life hummous).

So no need to rush guys.

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Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England

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Re: Wow! Go Shrewsbury!

And if you like flowers, then in late July, at Wem (not too far away) they have their Sweet Pea show. A total sensory overload!

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Oh yes!

A few years ago I spend a couple of weeks in a cottage in Bishops Castle, in the courtyard of the Three Tuns Brewery, and about 20 yards from their pub. Ah, bliss! Several other excellent pubs in the town too, and the beer is absolutely marvellous.

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Wow!

I visit Shrewsbury from time to time, and will definitely try and visit.

When I moved into my cottage it had a couple of Coalbrookdale stoves - a Much Wenlock for hot water and radiators, and a Little Wenlock for heating the sitting room. Lovely. The fun bit was when I found an old invoice for when the mine offices next door were being built in the 1850s, and showed they bought a stove from Coalbrookdale as well. The invoice even notes how it was delivered - no Amazon prime! Railway to Rednal, then Canal to Newtown, then by cart to Machynlleth to be left at a slate quarry to be ollected for the last stage on another cart. (This was before the trains)

Shame they no longer exist!

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