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SAVE THE EARTH: Give all your iThings back to us, pleads Apple

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Good for mushrooms

Sounds like BS to me.

"And we eagerly await the day when every product is made without the harmful toxins we have removed from ours."

So that they can sue them for violating some spurious patent claim and copying? at work?

I wonder if Green Apple has removed ALL toxins from their products and if they can guarantee that workers involved in the manufacture of Appoo products are never exposed to toxins.

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Waste heat

Currently nuclear power plants are about 30% efficient so for every unit of electricity generated there will be about two units of equivalent waste heat being dumped into the ocean. So for a modest 300MW plant it will be chucking out 600MW worth of waste heat into the sea.

I would be interested to know what kind of impact that would have in both local terms and if the plant is anywhere close to important currents what effects could be expected downstream?

I know 600MW is about the same as the power of equatorial midday sun hitting the surface over an area of 60 square kilometres but here we are talking about discharging 24 hours a day into the sea rather than irradiating the surface with sunshine, something that is more likely to experience cooling effects more directly from the atmosphere.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Re: Fuse Blown - I can fix that

I am so pleased to see the conscientious application of safe insulated handles on the fussors!

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Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

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Wow!

" shock and transport shock; gunfire vibration; and random vibration."

You can fire it from a gun? Now that's what I call hardware.

Although a little pricey at 1099 a shot there are a few targets/people that might be worth the expense, it would be poetic justice for them to be shot with a tablet.

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Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace

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Not quite right

I like knocking all of the big companies that seem to want to own us all but in fairness to Google this article refers to them having killer robots which they do not.

The Boston Dynamics 'Big Dog' is a research vessel to provide grunts with the same abilities they used to have with mules..... but hopefully a bit smarter.

Mules disappeared from the US Army in 1956.

With the increasing reliance on battery power and patrolling in relatively remote areas over the last few years, the need for a less than vehicle sized means of replenishing ammo and batteries became clear so one of DARPA's ideas was for a competition to produce and develop all terrain semi-autonomous robots that could do a similar job to the old mules without a wrangler, Big Dog was the effort produced by Boston Dynamics.

For all I know Google may turn it into a killer robot but when they took over the company the only way Big Dog would kill anyone was if it fell on them.

Drones if anything are a little more scary; they have the potential to be far more invasive on our lives, as well as carrying the interthingy to remote areas they could be used for spying and delivering direct advertising such charcoal or fire lighter ads while you are trying to get the barby going on a weekend. God knows what targeted ads you will get if one sees you in a hot tub with a bevy of girls? Maybe it will just film you!

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NASA to unsheath GIANT ASTEROID SPACE PROBE

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Re: OSIRIS-REx?

Possible collision by 2199? I don't think Bruce Willis is going to last that long. Unless they freeze him and thaw him out for the job.

Acronyms are not getting any better are they? maybe it's time to just give these things a simple name like Bob and then a description of it's basic function; e.g. Bob the asteroid spy! etc.

I am sure though that someone can come up with something better than that.

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Who wants a ROBO-BUTLER? Google and pals do – and they've just put $2m towards it

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Hospital services

Getting the UI right will be useful.

"Nurse bedpan! Nurse bedpan!"

"Sir, I am patient service attendant Dee Seven Zero, my name/designation is not bedpan. How can I help you sir?"

" Naah! forget it! It's too late!"

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Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

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So...

We will have augmented virtual reality or virtually augmented reality?

Either way as mentioned above it is beginning to look as though a good many patent filings by Apple and others is just a method of hedging bets and leaving the door open for potentially profitable litigation in the future.

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

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To be a little more meaningful they would need to produce several predictions based on hair, facial hair, potential weight gain or loss etc, and even then at best it is going to be an average. There are so many factors that can alter appearances including cosmetic surgery as mentioned.

Personally after a few years of karate competition when I was younger I don't think they would have any chance at all of predicting where my schnozz currently resides on my face.

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TripAdvisor for the disabled: Euan's Guide quietly launches

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I hope this really takes off

And makes some money for Euan and MND research.

A network like this is needed for so many people with things like MND, MS or even diabetics and others with special dietary or physical needs looking for somewhere to go.

My daughter has a metabolic disease that requires a totally lactose free diet (Galactocaemia) finding restaurants that actually have any idea of what is in some of the foods they prepare is surprisingly difficult.

A friend of mine has just discovered his daughter is type 1 diabetic so knowing anywhere that could cater to that would be invaluable to him.

I see so many places that supposedly have access for the disabled that in reality would be extremely difficult or even impossible for many to access. Perhaps they could have a star rating on Euan's Guide

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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Re: Moody Planes

That would technically be a case of : Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects.

I am wondering, given the minimal payload; what happens if the plane has to ditch in the sea, is there space and load capacity for a life raft or an airbed or is it down to inflating a packet of condoms in an emergency?

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'Monstrous' Apple kicked us off iAd, claimed we are its RIVAL – Brit music upstart

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Surprised

Apple hasn't sued them for stealing/copying a part of their business model.

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Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?

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Why not?

Put your entire online life in a place where you don't own it, with the added advantage that a back door key holder can get you in one slurp.

Dropbox's app permissions required on Android if given allows it to do more or less anything it wants.

Dropbox came bundled with Note anytime but I have disabled it in preference for doing my own airwalled backup that I have total control over.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Honey Bees

Are threatened world wide, by insecticides and I think in the States by a mystery virus and this guy is killing them off for dubious data?

I don't think he was in it for the science, probably has a gimp suit in his wardrobe!

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

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Re: A bit niche...

Perhaps the accelerometer could also be used with an app to indicate when to desist from excessive wrist movement leading to RSI or visual impairment.

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Google woos enterprise developers with 'Glass at Work' program

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Re: Great idea !

How many 'Thumbs Up' would that get?

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Disgusted!

It seems one can't go anywhere these days without being confronted by lowest most base of individuals, apparently there are even flashers on Mars.

I blame all this interporn stuff and freedom of speech, it's about time the government did something.

I can tell you one thing! I certainly won't be going to Mars any time soon unless they clear up this filth.

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US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA mass phone-slurp case

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'Nuff said

From Wikipaedia: "The Court consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Once appointed, justices have life tenure unless they resign, retire, take senior status, or are removed after impeachment (though none has ever been removed)"

The judges have discretionary powers that are wide ranging, not really beneficial to a 'Democracy' when the appointments are largely political.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Competition is healthy

Maybe that's where Google's AI research will come in to it's own, installed in your kitchen/house it can decide what to order, look for coupons on line, recommend stores to order from, including via Amazon an even compare pricing and value in multiple weight/volume systems.

It could charge a small commission to the chosen store and only cost you your demographics: eating, toiletry, cleaning habits etc. You would never have to go shopping again or leave the house with a remote work station.

What a wonderful world we could live in.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: INFANT?

Ian, you are absolutely right, plus in the states they can't drink alchohol before they are 21 but can be sent to a foreign land to kill or be killed (is dying sober a good thing?)

Not quite hacking but on the estate where I grew up all the kids knew that any internal key would open any door in our houses but non of the parents seemed to know that.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The real difference

Sorry to burst a small part of your bubble but Gorilla Glass is made by Cornings a large merkin firm, Pilkington specialise more in architectural applications for glass.

As for the graphene thing Sammy is much more likely to produce more user friendly ideas with it than Appoo 'cos that's what they do, rather than making fairly narrowly defined products and then suing any and everyone who makes anything even slightly similar.

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Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine

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El Reg toeing the line?

"Russia has since invaded Ukraine's Crimea region, ostensibly to "protect" it from the unrest."

Russia has NOT invaded the Crimea since peristroika it has paid the Ukrainian government about half a billion dollars a year to rent it's base near Sevastopol. The majority of people living there are Russian by descent and were worried about the increasingly anti- Russian sentiments expressed by the new Neo-nazi so called government, so they had a legal referendum that was observed by large numbers of international observers.

There was and 86% turnout of voters which is more than the percentage of russians living there, the vote was some 96% in favour of becoming an autonomous region under the protection of the Russian government.

Check out some of the more honest western news to see what is going on instead of just quoting the crap from all the usual rags that only print what they are told to.

Some reading:http://www.globalresearch.ca/crimeans-choose-russia/5373974

The Guardian and others will back up what this article says.

For what is is worth the day after the referendum I spoke via skype to a friend of my wifes who lives in Sevastopol she was so happy at the result of the referendun as previously she had been genuinely scared of much that was going on and being threatened by the Ukraine against Russian majority areas, interestingly she is Ukrainian by descent not Russian.

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Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

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Re: How soon..

Playing the 'National Security' Card trumps all other cards including the need to clarify exactly why a given target is in the sights.

Going by the number of people assassinated by remote drone and the numbers of unlamented collateral injuries and deaths in the name of that same National Security I assume the card exonerates the security organisations from needing morals or ethics.

AC? I'm not bothered, they should know that ordinary people think their actions are very wrong. Besides it's been a long time since I had a ride in a helicopter.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Confusion

The age of majority in the UK may be 18 but it is still possible to get married ( and presumably have children) at the age of 16 with parental consent.

The article goes on in a worried tone about the number of boys under 18 that they think are viewing porn. Do they want people old enough to marry and have children to enter marriage as complete novices with no understanding of how to interact sexually with each other? Because that is part of the problems that used to occur in the good old days when people had all kinds of hang ups with sex, guilt or thinking it's dirty but in spite of that their priest/vicar wants them to have children, maybe that is what is driving these do gooders, they had repressive sexual upbringings so they think every one else should.

The other confusing thing is, do they really discount the likelyhood of teenaged girls looking at porn or is it only boys who are filthy and disgusting.

Next they'll be asking to bring back the birch to give 'em all, a sound flogging!

With or without the rubber suit!

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Alternative

I use Kingsoft office on my Tab 3 and my mate uses the Mac version on his ipad, IMO a really good app.

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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

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Optic Fibre? Pah!

Who needs to wait for the latest optic fibre to come to our village? We've got direct laser comms from Farcebook dro..AAGH MY EYES! MY EYES!...

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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Re: He is just annoyed that they are texting ...

If I had a Farcebook page I could certainly update it with my phone whether driving or sitting on a bus/train. The action looks the same, the real problem is people using their devices to the point of distraction when driving, it doesn't matter if they are twits or farcebookers.

One of my friends uses the GPS on his phone a great deal to get around Madrid, the voice command function often doesn't work too well, so he is in heavy traffic, lost and typing a destination into his phone, something that almost every Madrid taxi driver does too.

All cabbies should do 'The Knowledge' for their locale just like London cabbies.

As for the rest of us we could try reading a map before we begin our drive.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Something annoying in a tree? give me my airgun!

Noun: A Tweet: A weak chirping sound as of a small bird

Verb: Tweet: Make a weak, chirping sound

Twitter: A series of chirps ( short form Twit! : Someone who is regarded as contemptible)

The above according to Word Web, basically noises of little impact or import, which pretty much describes the tweeting crowd.

What we are really talking about is a load of vacuous, fluff for brains morons with so little to do that they have to invent shit like this to give their lives some meaning.

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CHILLING STUDY: Rise of the data-slurping SNITCH GADGETS

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Re: How I'm driving, or where I'm driving?

Maybe it's time for an enterprising developer to come up with an Anonymising app, after all there is an app for just about everything else.

Dibbs on the first download for a fully anonymising app.

By the way, I have nothing to hide so I have everything to worry about as I don't trust governments, insurance companies, big business , small business, my cat ( keeps staring at me when I'm on the internet looking at other cats)...............

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Google pulls SCHAFT out of military honeypot, sprays gold at bot team

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Re: re. Hefty external power source

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/alphadog-outdoors/

There you go, a two stroke dog, you can see the hydraulic lines clearly on the the Darpa dog's leg joints. It's still a problem getting enough duration: load carrying: working time:size ratios, the competition is for a rescue bot so it needs to be compact enough to get into buildings presumably and maybe to go up or down stairs, through doorways but still have a useable duration while it is doing what ever it has to do to execute a rescue.

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Imagine

A post earthquake or hurricane scene with collapsed buildings, overturned cars and trapped people.

A guy is lying pinned under rubble so heavy he can hardly breathe, after days of lying there he is finally found by a Google/Schaft Rescue Rangerbot, the bot closes down a dangerous gas leak by pinching the pipe shut, then it lifts the entrapping rubble off of the grateful survivor, as the bot leans down to pick up the man to carry him off to a waiting ambulance a speaker in the bot's chest activates with a message:

" Sign up today to Acme accident insurance, we can't stop days like today happening to you but we could help you to pay for the rescue."

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Boggled

I was raised with Imperial but years of actually working with metric has largely converted me.

I still visualise anything less than about 18" as inches, over that and I tend to think in Metres unless it is a person's height, I am still unable to see 1m 78cm as 5ft 10" and similarly I have difficulty in judging the weight of some one in Kgs.

In 1999 I went to the States for a couple of years and worked as a carpenter, after years of acclimatising to metric to have a measurement of 1ft 9 19/32" shouted to me to cut was very difficult to get used to.

Much as I hate to say it the metric system is more useable even if it was a Frog idea, just so long as we can stick to mm, cm, metres and Kilometres, all the deci, deca and hectametres are just an unnecessary pain in the arse.

Even having learnt my weights and measures in the '50s we did not use poles, pecks and perches etc they were always regarded even then as archaic or old fashioned except for chains as an important part of Cricket, lets face it 20.1168metres just isn't cricket is it.

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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Dodgy

"The trust has erected a fence to stop visitors wandering between the two sites. It is run by Sir John Scarlett, author of the famous dodgy dossier which led to war in Iraq."

The perfect man to be a 'Trustee' of anything.

Was this job a little reward from Tony BLiar for services rendered?

How about disbanding the BPT and putting Bletchly under the wing of the TNMoC?

Let's have a vote!

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Saucer

The Inverted saucer sounds the best bet for not developlng lift, combined with ground anchors it should give a fair level of security. Thhe problem with big storms is the power of some very local vortex effects can exceed the general wind speeds around and produce some impressive damage.

During the Oct '89 storm in the UK , near High Elms golf course in Kent, there was an area about 50 metres across where mature trees were blown flat in the centre of dense woods, the trees around were unaffected.

If something like that hit the car adrenalin will be the last thing to think about.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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I agree with all of the above

See title

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

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Re: the inoffensive, tiny chickens of today

I used to keep horses, goats, a couple of cows and about 80 chickens, even hens can be quite pugnacious when broody but the biscuit taker was a Leghorn rooster that belonged to a breeder I used to buy chickens and chicks from.

He was about 80cm high had razor sharp spurs 2 1/2" long and would go for anything/body that entered his pen, a damn good thing he wasn't 15 feet long!

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Re: Iraqi wasn't a threat - wow!

And who works hand in hand with Saudi Arabia to control all of the destabilising terrorist forces in places like Syria, Chechnya, Iran etc?

Oh it's the world's policeman, the good ol' US!

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Traitor?

How can a man who feels strongly enough about the wrongs being done by his country to it's own people and be willing to lose the ability to live there in order to help expose the wrongs possibly be a traitor?

A beer since there is no other icon that will do as an award.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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Flexible batteries

Like these http://www.bluesparktechnologies.com/ and others, used in the strap could produce something with a reasonable battery life.

Still not too keen on talking to my wrist though.

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Surf's up near Saturn as boffins spot waves on Titan

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Re: Hang Five?

One legged surfer or has REALLY good balance and does it with one foot behind an ear.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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I have nothing to hide

Well, not anymore.....

Interesting though that they chose Utah, not too far from one of the other biggest stashes of information on the human race which is bunkered in a mountain owned by the Mormon church. Maybe the Mormons have done some successful door knocking in Fort Meade.

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New fear: Worm that ransacked US military PCs was blueprint for spies' super-malware

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Bluff, Double bluff, Counter Bluff

"This doesn't mean there's a direct link between Agent.btz's makers and the developers of subsequent cyber-espionage tools, however."

It also doesn't mean there isn't a direct link.....

'Hmm I'd like funding to start a Cyber Crime Division, now what could I do to stimulate interest in such a thing?'

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Privacy warriors lob sueball at Facebook buyout of WhatsApp

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Cuddly

Read this: http://www.androidpit.com/the-dark-side-of-whatsapp

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

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World Domination

In the competition for World Advertising Domination with Farcebook and the rest, Farcebook has already mentioned dominating the skies with balloons and droning people to death with ads from above. The Borgle Barges will travel the world assimilating cyborg modemnauts to take Borgle to new frontiers where no Borg has been before and to then assault the frontiers with targeted advertising.

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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Quick!

Break out the Slim Whitman albums!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=684UFG52JNY

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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

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Re: Just add Garlic ,Herbs & Wine

Frogs? Oh! we just ate the last one.

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Facebook: We want a solar sky cruiser comms net that DARPA couldn't build

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F/arsebook

See above

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Confirmed: New Microsoft strategy boss advised President Clinton, ex-UK PM Blair

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Ex Clinton and Blair advisor

So..... anytime MS finds their parts in a place they shouldn't be they will declare war on a country or invade one based on bigging up the flimsiest of evidence.

Sounds like a plan.

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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Re: Unfortunately, in cities around the world, going 'on the game' ...

Believe me the welfare budgets in Spain are nothing to write home about.

Unless you are complaining about how small they are. Spain is not big on splashing welfare money around, even Paro (the dole) is based on how much you have paid in over preceding years.

It is not possible for mothers with 3 or 4 children with different fathers to be housed and fed in Spain as they are in the UK.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: I Don't think that means what you think it means...

" The massive envelope maintains its shape by internal gas pressure, blimp-style, and is intended to generate extra dynamic lift over and above that from its helium filling as the ship flies along."

Without having read a dictionary definition of dirigible but having been taught (possibly before you were born) that a dirigible as opposed to a balloon or blimp has a framework to maintain it's envelope shape whereas a balloon or blimp or this airship uses the gas pressure to maintain it's envelope shape, a deliberate design feature to increase it's potential lifting ability.

Or maybe I read it wrong!

I don't bother down voting people who disagree with me, I can be petty, overbearing , arrogant or violent but I try hard not to be childish.

As parts of the basic structure have a permanent shape but the shape of envelope above is determined by gas pressure perhaps it is a semi-dirigible?

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