* Posts by Chris G

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Your gran and her cronies are 'embracing online banking' – study

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Bunch of bankers

I am in my 60s, do some business online but not banking, I wouldn't trust my bank to tie a shoelace securely, never mind look after my meagre assets. The first couple of years I had the account, they kept sending statements to my email no matter how much I tried to get them to stop, finally, like so many things in Spain I made personal social contact with a senior bank official and mentioned my problems and it stopped.Still don't trust them though.

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Charles Townes, inventor of the laser and friend to both science and religion, dies

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Re: RIP sir.

I remember reading about his Nobel Prize in a copy of New Scientist in the school library, I also remember a statement that the laser was a solution to a question that hadn't been asked yet. Incredible how many things it has become a solution for, a fundamental part of everyday life.

I also liked ' went into semi retirement at 98'.

A great man!

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Coo!

He's not a scientist, he's not a boffin and he's not a psychohistorian as much as he may want to be one or all of them.

Generally I disagree when I read statements and comments about 'scientists' at the government trough but this one is definitely trying to get his undeserved snout in the trough.

The prof's bullshit might be a factor in producing greenhouse gasses though.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Two Devices

I already had a smart phone and bought a tablet, the tablet would have cost an extra €100+ to be 3G enabled and I would then need another sim which here in Spain means another contract to be ripped off with. Just using a hotspot is simple and doesn't seem to use much of my 3.5 Gb allowance on the phone contract, works for me. Plus I can take either the tablet or my laptop and be connected anywhere.

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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The Biggest Risk

Will be when some IT MegaCorp releases it's latest AI and forces it on the world only half developed, in need of twice daily software upgrades and infinitely hackable,,, and no respect for it's customers!

1st Super AI Law; An AI may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. An AI must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law providing they have paid their licence fee.

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Brits need chutzpah to copy Israeli cyberspies' tech creche – ex-spooks

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Re: The trouble is...

You beat me to the punch; in general once someone has been 'in' intelligence they are never really out.

Spooks have a tendency to stay spooky.

I had a mate who was a super trooper for a while, when he came out he got a job as a clerk in a nondescript HMG building in London.

As a clerk the range of 'company ' cars he used to drive was unusual to say the least, not to mention the traveling his clerical duties required.

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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SHIoTE

The whole deal is a marketing flog fest for new shinies with the latest added value, added to the fact that the smallest facets of your life will become monetisable and surveillable , there is nothing that will escape connection.

Your shoes will tell how far you walk and how often or how fast, so that your life/health insurance will tell you ' You are a lard arse your health problems are self inflicted so we won't pay out'

I haven't figured out what your underwear may say about you but it will in all probability say something.

Outerwear will probably contribute to powering the rest of your kit so if you are not wearing generative clothing you will be considered anti social by contributing more CO2 into the environment.

Hats will become fashionable because they will have inbuilt EECG monitors that will enable your brainwaves to be analysed along with physiometrics captured by public and workplace cameras to determine your social/anti-social/terrorist potential.

Aside from that the ability to apparently decide in microscopic detail what your buying preferences are will result in the perfect advertising campaign aimed at you personally.

And that's without even getting to what your house/car/workplace will do.

What a marvelous future the young can look forward to.

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Re: "with your permission and all of that"

"... and yet you get commentards on here that still insist that you can choose not to use Google."

Of course you can choose not to use Google!

It's called suicide.

Assuming there is no afterlife in a technically oriented heaven or hell.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Lucky

They weren't down there during the flush hour, the tide mark in one of the pics is about 5 feet up the wall.

Definitely a need for bigger wellies.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Thanks for that, Verity.

Now I don't need to go and watch the film in Spanish, which will be even worse.

@ Chris Miller, everybody knows that John Wayne didn't win the war all by himself, Audie Murphy helped him, being the most decorated US soldier and a genuine hero.

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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Re: Meh...

Wow! Much cooler than the bat but

it looks as though flying is a real battery drainer so it is better on the ground. A shame the guy is having problems with his manufacturer, the 'B' car looks well engineered and useful.

The Vampire bat may have an edge in terms of battery duration and mobility in a rubble filled building, kinda creepy looking but again nice out of the box engineering.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Content content content....

There is alot of content but it's content free.

All I really want is a few decent programs and the ability to just plug in the leccy and ONE signal source.

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

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Re: I was thinking...

Yeah, Paypal was a real crackpot idea and Tesla is encouraging more mainstream manufacturers to get in on the electric car market, which in the the States at minimum is going to make the crackpot Tesla battery factory a fair amount of crackpot money.

Additionally almost nobody makes car sized Li batteries in the the US and certainly not to the scale necessary if electric cars were to be in the majority.

Even SpaceX makes money from the contracts it has with NASA, although I think it gets spent pretty fast developing recoverable sections and better capsules.

As for the crazy Hyperloop, we had one in London in 1864 and it worked as well as beig the 2nd oldest underground railway in the world.

I'm sure some improvement could be made.

http://www.newstatesman.com/future-proof/2013/12/londons-victorian-hyperloop-forgotten-pneumatic-railway-beneath-capitals-street

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SO. Which IS more important to humanity: Facebook, or Portugal?

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Re: Ruffled Feathers

My brother has a house in Portugal, I have a number of Portugese friends, I drink Portugese wines (recommended) and think the country is beautiful.

Farcebook is a place where sad people go to be sad.

Easy vote.

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Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

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Selfies from Spaaaaace

That could be good for Google Earth to have spy...erm camerasat that could take a high res pic of you then beam ads according to your location and actions.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Sequels,Prequels,Resurrections and Remakes

That's Hollywood and the TV companies nowadays. I'm willing to bet there's an El Reg reader out there who could think of something original and probably write it better too.

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: Giving up smoking bacon?

It's easy... do you know how hard that stuff is to light?

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Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

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Re: It won't be long

I think El Reg definitely needs an Irony icon!

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It won't be long

Before these companies no longer have to collude to keep their employee overhead down.

These are the same companies who are investing billions in AI, one of the reasons is bound to be that a fair proportion of expensive, trouble making meatsacks will be let go and replaced with a chunk of the cloud. Even the HR colluders will no longer be so necessary when the bulk of the work force is electronic.

Arguably even Ms Koh could be out of a job, what could be more impartial and perfectly programmed than an AI?

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Dim Dave

Does this moron think he is still in his school debating society?

One would hope that even a low level politician would try to think things through even a little bit before spouting off in public, let alone traipsing off to bother the head of another country with it.

Dave is the leader of the country for christ's sake, hasn't he got sufficient cojones to do the job himself in his own country.

Obama has publicly stated that he would address privacy concerns and although he has done nothing meaningful in that respect, he is hardly likely to publicly support the head of a foreign state in bringing in totatlitarian surveillance measures.

It all smacks of ' My gang isn't very big, can your gang help us?

I aways despised Tony B liar and thought he was the worst PM the UK had ever had! And then Dim Dave!

All I can say is it's a shame some of the other sperm couldn't swim faster.

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

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It looks as though Borgle has either decided to bite the tax bullet when and if the UK Gov figures out how to make them pay or, they have discovered a long term cast iron tax dodge.

Of course they won't mind paying VAT since that is not their money anyway, they will only be collecting it from the client and passing it on, although a 20% hike in their prices may hit them a little hard.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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So

No sanctions or visa problems crossing over to the Russian section for shelter?

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

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Wow! I'm just so....

Is there one word to describe ' Not excited, couldn't give a shit other than hoping it all goes down in flames' ?

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Re: Ultimate Fanboy

"Is there an estimation of how much iThingies the average fanboy owns for "personal usage"? "

A friend of mine has 2 macbooks, an all in one desktop an iPad and three or four iPhones and he insists it's because its' the first tech shop you come to as you go into town.

To be fair on the phones he travels a lot and has local sims already in a couple of the phones.

He's a musician and one of the macbooks has a huge amount of music on it which connects up to everything on stage.

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Ultimate Fanboi

No!No! Really, they're all mine.I like iPhones.

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Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

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210.000 Quid

It will cost at least that much to manage.

Plus the likes of Diddlesney will want all rights of anything produced.

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Trolls

These guys are just making and publicising this beer for the notoriety. Nothing more

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: I'd settle...

The commonest examples being lose and loose!

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Inhuman

I notice a large percentage of comments unthinkingly anthropomorphize AI and unwittingly endow potential future AI with human qualities that are unlikely to be part of it's process without being deliberately included in the programming.

Why, in spite of the fact humans will initially program AIs should they function in a human manner?

They only need to function efficiently; which brings me to a horrible conclusion that may be worse than a runaway AI. There could well be useful work for Yale and Harvard Law graduates who excel in contract law in formulating the instructions for our hopefully NOT new overlords. So that they will only do what is required in a manner that will tie them up in computational knots if their actions tend towards anything that may be less than beneficial to us humans. the 'Three Laws' (or 4 if you include Zeroth) may not be enough.

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ROBOT-ON-DRAGON GRABHAND ACTION: SpaceX supply podule arrives at ISS

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Well, at least one barge owner is doing something useful with it!

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India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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Re: Enough cash of their own for a space programme and big science

Personally I see no reason why HMG should not continue to send aid. At least they will be spending money on hard scie tific research for a change and from the looks of the mars shot, they will get good value fofor money.

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CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

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You've got me brimming

Over with excitement...NOT.

Not a single thing of interest. I might have been tempted by say anIoT beer bottle that opens itself and tells me it's beer o clock but the rest you can inzert into a sun free zone.

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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Re: First rule

Braclay's Bonk only have humans in the branch to tell people how to use the machines, they never liked people anyway ( their money is OK though) so expect to see less and less humans in their branches other than customers

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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

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Eye don't know

Eye can't see what all the fuss is about.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: They arent a serious party..

I think massive immigration is really a bit of a British tradition,

On my mother's side of the family we are fairly purebred Normans with a few County Sherrifs and whatnot, on my father's side the family goes all the way back to the Jutes. The first lot were a bunch of viking types with a French accent and the second lot were...viking types, the rest of the British are Gaels, Celts, Beaker Folk ( not sure where they came from but not indigenous ) Angles, Saxons, AngloSaxons, Romans, Danes, etc, etc right up to West Indians, Indians, Cypriots, Czechs, Poles and the rest, all of them have contributed to Britain and Britishness in some way.

There are no true blue Brits only immigrants, just some have more generations of incumbency than others.

Now I'm an immigrant in Spain.

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Boffins spy I in your little eye

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"Reminds me of the "nude reflection in the teapot on E-bay" from several years ago..."

Where? What teapot? Show me!

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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The elephants are off skiing on their winter holidays.

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Kitchen of the gods

I am sure I remember reading somewhere that not only was the Lunatic fringe important but so is a little Seasoning in the recipe, not to mention a bag full of trace elements without which even quite fundamental cells don't work.

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SpaceX ROCKET HOVER-SHIP space station mission now on Friday

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Re: I haven't been following this closely,

"SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft WAS DUE TO LIFT off from the Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for their fifth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab."

Not 'lifted off' !

I guess they didn't have enough reindeer to get the 5.200 lbs off the ground.

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Kodak fires a Bullitt at oldsters with 3G mobe launch

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Baby Boomers

The generation that made electronics commonplace; along with space exploration, nuclear power etc.

The patronising arseholes won't get my fucking business.

Most of my friends who are my generation born in the '50 have all got smart phones and are reasonably tech savvy, one of them is at the forefront of CFD and another si the technical head of a large Casino company.

Who the hell made this stuff real after the 20th century pioneers that discovered or invented the foundations of the 21st century?

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A Cambridge boffin told me YOU'RE A BIG, FAT LIAR

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All in the numbers

It must be reasonable to assume guilt with a 75% reliability; if you can get a shit government or president with only 51%.

It just goes to show what a waste of time statistics are without applying common sense as well.

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Even China's Academy of Science thinks wearables are privacy problem

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Hmm, What?

None of the people I talk to who are not directly involved with IT ( and a few who are) have any clue of what I am talking about when I mention privacy issues with such technology as the IoT or anything else for that matter.

So it really doesn't matter ( according to them).

Nothing will be taken seriously by the supporters of the IoT until there is significant public awareness and concern, I think that may be a long time coming.

I read somewhere that the ignorant are blessed with blissful lives.

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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Re: And I thought prisons were somewhat secure...

I have always been under the impression that Prison Authorities do not go overboard in preventing access to drugs as it helps to keep the population in a more manageable mental condition.

I am also under the impression that if something is wanted badly enough it can be obtained in many prisons ( there are dishonest people in many prisons!) although exactly how one would smuggle a firearm in I can't imagine. Not many gun shaped body cavities that I can think of.

Regarding drugs, I seem to remeber reading a report some years ago about the high levels of prisoners who are prescribed 'psychiatric' drugs particularly if they are trouble makers.

I remember visiting a friend in the '70s who was being treated with Largactil; I got more response from the table between us, the inmates referred to it as 'The Liquid Cosh'.

Surprised the article made no mention of the Government citing paedo's or terrists as additional reasons for clamping down on mobes in the nick.

Personally I would have thought that an installation in every prison provided by the boys form GCHQ would have been better than banning mobes, it would give them something useful to do.

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This one shall pass! Not even a flesh wound from ‘Monty Python’ SPACE ROCK

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Re: 5.17 years?

"No, it's more to do with how many coconuts it's got on board."

Ridiculous! there are no coconuts in Spaaaaace, the swallows have carried them all off!

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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I think it's only right

That while considering the demographic representation of the population regarding race and sex, they should also include sexual orientation, age, religion and diet.

So at the moment in order to be fair to everyone they must have a proportional representation of the population from say 16 years old to at least 65, members of the gay, BDSM, hetero and celibate communities, Buddhist, Shinto, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Shinto ( my official religion as I had to put something when I was in the mob) etc, plus omnivores, veggies,vegans and vampires http://www.vampiretemple.com/ .

@ Nick Ryan I was considering becoming a sextagenerian pole dancer but there are no Poles to dance with here; they are all driving trucks in the UK.

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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In the late '60s and '70s TD were great but then as a friend of mine commented became TDM, very samey for much of their work.

Faust were very interesting particularly with their first two albums then they became too far 'out there' even for me.

I really liked Emerson Lake and Palmers take on electronics for rock some of their stuff, especially live was incredible and many tried to copy them, they were lads from Croydon so local to me, they had a great following in South London.

If you want really weird from Germany though, I would go for Klaus Nomi he was a Falsetto and I think a classically trained opera singer but he made a couple of albums using a lot of electronic music, strange stuff but it had a certain something, I can't remember the venue but I saw him perform in London, good stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmLk2vSXXtk

I think he may well have been the inspiration for Keith Flint's haircut in the Firestarter video.

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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

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Who?

"So human rights violation, torture, crimes against humanity = OK, no probs."

But hack a film studio? The US would never do that!

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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Re: But...

A definite upvote for beating me to the Colin Furze link, a completely crazy Garden Shedderist if ever there was one. His version is somewhat more potent than the one in the article but his will make you look like Quasimodo with a gas tank under your coat.

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

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Alcatough

I have had 2 or 3 Alcatel clamshells in the past and they were amongst the toughest phones I have had. I would consider buying a smartphone/PDA from them if it did a decent job.

I can see them using the name for a line of phones.

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

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Re: What a team!

I wonder how much Google has spent developing it's driverless Noddy car?

I think for me at least that the Space X effort is better value for money.

I wish them nothing but luck and success!

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