* Posts by Chris G

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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Drone Rues the Roo it Flew Too

Plus one for the roo.

A friend of mine is a successful musician and he had some wally this summer trying to look into his garden with a camera laden drone, what the guy didn't expect was his drone being battered by an RC chopper about 30% bigger than the drone.

Neither survived but it was a handy draw and my mate could afford it!

Drones can be great fun but there are quite a lot of arsehole operators abusing them.

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Pond, rocks or quicksand in your 1km garden? Get a rugged DECT phone

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Re: Panasonic

I had a Panasonic in the '90s that worked over 200M from my house, I know because I accidentally dropped it in my work bag and it rang as I was driving away.

Child proof to a fair degree too.

I worked for a Garden Machinery company in London, we used to put right a lot of ride ons that had been screwed up by cowboys and rats (chewed through the drive belts) but not so many wolves.

The best one we did for a customer had a tiny beer cooler and a Pioneer stereo system that we added.

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

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Good video

This rates as one of the clearest explanations from 'an expert' on a technical subject that I have heard in years.

I can see Tesla putting money into such a thing.

Also I would like one, a friend has a mini airstrip about ten minutes from my house where he flies a Paratrike, I think I prefer the powered glider better control on a gusty landing.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: How much tracking of crims was being done before?

They should do what all good Hollywood detectives do; They know that Top crims always meet in giant abandoned quarries or on deserted docks so they just have to stake out or install surveillance equipment at all places like that.

And leave the rest of us the fuck alone!

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It's Plain to See

The budgets of GCHQ et al should be at least tripled and new stiff penalties brought in for those that report any action of the security agencies. Jail for the reporters and heavy fines for anyone that reads such rubbish.

We must do all we can to help the security agencies bring to justice all the criminals, terrorists and paedophiles, then we can live in a safe protected society.

I wonder why they didn't catch them all before Snowden though?

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Google it! Ruskie gov user data slurps jumped 25% last year

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Re: "mushroomed 19 per cent "

If your weight 'mushroomed' by 19% about the only parts of your wardrobe that you would be able to wear would be your socks and your hat.

Not exactly modest and you may no longer be able to see your bolics.

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Demographic

I have to confess that I have been looking at catalogues of women's underwear since I was about 11 years old. I think that is probably quite typically a male demographic.

A question; what was the Abenomics Bra? I don't get that.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Barges

If Google buys more barges instead of scrapping them, they can get enough to build their own island in the Caribbean then they can tell the States they have no jurisdiction over them as well. Clearly they already think they are above US law so they might as well be outside it as well.

It's probably too late but lobbying and litigating at the megacorp level needs to be much more tightly regulated world wide, they are now directly threatening the idea of democracy and certainly stifling the true process of democracy on an almost daily basis.

I dislike overbearing business as much as overbearing government and neither of them spell anything good for us peasants.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: Summary

"Old spanish men, like old Australian men, have no clue how the internet works."

Not quite correct "Spanish men and women, like old Australian men, have no clue how the internet works."

There that's closer to actuality,

if you care to look at almost any Spanish web site you will find a level of web design that can only be described as rubbish. There are a few sites that are well designed, usable and look good but literally only a few.

Amazingly, navigation is almost always appalling, Columbus only found America because he went down towards the Canaries first, once there the wind only blows towards America, providing you stick at it beyond the sight of land the Land of the Free is pretty hard to miss.

Spanish websites don't get navigation even if they have all the content finding what you want from most companies is a nightmare.

As mentioned a couple of times above what this is really about is greed in wanting a slice of Google's pie regardless of whether there is any entitlement and the fact that a brown envelope will get most politicians to pass a protectionist law for anyone who can put something interesting enough into said envelope.

For what it's worth I have lived here getting on for 12 years, if I buy online I usually get it from UK, US,China, Australia but rarely from Spain simply because it's hard to find here online.

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Re: How hot is that in olympic swimming pools or london buses?

"Except at night of course"

How do you know that?

Have you been to the dark side of the sun?

Hmmf! Some people!

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Temperature is as any fule kno measured in Hiltons; For example the average 6000C at the surface would be equivalent to 598H (Hiltons)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html#temp

The super high atmospheric temperature must be due to the presence of huge numbers of Hiltons, obvious innit?.

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

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Dead Tree

I spent a week and a fair bit of money on timber to build bookshelves for my own little library in my house, I shall continue to stock it with pieces of dead tree and take those to bed to read. I have a Tab3 and for no good reason that I can put my finger on, dislike it for reading books, however, I have no problem downloading and reading items from the Gutenberg Project on my Laptop or PC.

As an alternative, if you would like to protect your sleep patterns and your prostate, give up eBooks at bedtime get as many girlfriends as you can and interact with them before sleep as per the article published a while back by El Reg.

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Edu-apps may be STALKING YOUR KIDS, feds warn

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Where the buck stops

Parents are ultimately responsible for their children, unless you want to give them up at birth and have the State raise them.

'The Government should do something about it' is not parenting but you are right, much of the population has no clue, the majority of people I know, until I have mentioned it were unaware of the need to look at and question the permissions that apps ask for.

Perhaps ALL TV channels should be required to show public information ads about internet and App security.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: Voiced by...

I think Vincent Price would be apt.

It's a good thing this is only a test bed, the design looks as though Borgle has bought Enid Blyghton's Copyrights.

And no surprise that the UK is keen, that would be the Department of Nannyism and Ubercontrol putting it's oar in, with a little input from Elfin Safety your life will be much more comfortable, safer and not your own.

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

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Cyclist lying under a Ford:

Cop: What happened to make you swerve for apparently no reason?

Cyclist: I heard this warning 'Look out there's a Volvo' so I swerved to avoid it, I didn't realise it was around the next bend.

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NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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Re: I would hope ...

In view of the item earlier in El Reg regarding the Blast furnace in Germany, one would hope that airwalling would be obvious and De Rigeur for anything as sensitive as a Nuclear power station.

Well, one would hope!

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Cheap

A colleague produced a little external speaker for his phone and proceeded to blow me away with the sound quality and volume.

It was a cylinder about 55mm in diameter and the same in height, has a USB in put that will play from a pen drive, my phone or more or less anything else that is on the other end, also has a 3.5 input jack, a micro SD card reader and a charging input/output micro USB slot.

If you place it on a surface that will vibrate and act as a sounding board you even get the base that the speaker can't reproduce, Made of aluminium, it has a 5 hour battery life on full charge. I had to have one so I asked him where he bought it. From a local Chinese emporium for.... wait for it!... €15.00

Got one for me and one for the missus, if it only lasts 6 months it will be longer than most car radios last me. Oh yeah it plays really well in my 22 year old diesel Disco and sounds good and is actually louder than the engine.

Sound quality wise; it plays Ed Alleyn-Johnson with hardly a note or tone missed, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvv0lzjQQ8s here you get the best of rock and classical in one artist.

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Why the chemistry between Hollywood, physics and maths is so hot right now

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Re: Just don't think too hard about it

But interestingly a lot of Sci-fi is written by scientists and people with scientific/technical training.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Funny sizes?

7.65/.32ACP would be a round that may leave a target shaken but not stirred, the hole at the end of the barrel doesn't look too bad but the crappy little cartridge and it's small load of propellant makes it more dangerous at any appreciable distance if the pistol is thrown rather than fired,

I had a Mauser 1934 hammerless some years ago, reasonably accurate for what it was but what my Great Granddad would have called a dog gun for scaring away the dog packs in India.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

1/2 second delay excellent!

Now lose the big pic at the top of each article, scrolling past it is making my finger ache.Ta!

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So the consensus is...

NNNNNOOOOOOOOO!

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Not broke

So why fix it?

However, the only thing I actually dislike is that after having clicked on the Banner to return to the Headlines page; every time I cross the navbar a load of headings jump out at me,VERY irritating.

Social media buttons ? Nobody likes me so I don't care! Aside from that everything looks fine.

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Tor takes off the gloves after sustained staffer harassment

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Restrain yourself

From down voting the moron AC with the coffee machine remark, having such a tiny dick and an intellect to go with it has made him crave attention even if it's only down votes.

Perhaps he has no idea how to operate a coffee machine and too stupid to learn.

Some woman or women must have seriously affected his self esteem, he must have deserved it.

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Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

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How big is a Large Millimetre?

See title.

I find it amazing that at 90 light years it is possible to detect a gap in the dust cloud within a stellar system,it was not that long ago we didn't even know of one single star that definitely had a planet.

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

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Re: I agree...

I'm with you there!

Yesterday I had a look at the permissions that Whatsapp requires, the only thing missing is a blood sample (or signature), another point of access to a large portion of the younger population.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Is you is or is you ain't?

Just another example of the stupidity of the so called single market.

Either everyone is able to retain their sovereignty thus being allowed to have different laws regarding (in this case) copyright which fragments aspects of the single market, or, there is no sovereignty in terms of any laws/regulations that may relate to anything that will fall under the influence of the single market, in which case members of the EU will only have sovereignty when it is convenient to the market.

Also the Danish gov' is not supporting the spirit of the single market in caving in to local lobbying, if they can't compete don't play.

If every nation goes the same route the EU will fragment which may be a good thing.

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Re: What Exactly Are the Commercial Possibilities of Ovine Computation?

"There's nothing worse than a clever sheep."

Unless it's a clever sheep that has just taken your job.

Or won't kiss on a first date!

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Re: WTF

Doesn't sound as though Prof Blair has been out of his lab much, I wonder how the hell the gov' can give 170K to someone who views the countryside as 'That green place we drive through at the weekend'.

The river thing has already been done in a few places so nothing new there and the EC abolished set aside in 2008 so farmers are not paid to grow nothing.

When I lived in the UK and had a small involvement in agriculture I always used to love the families of walkers, they would come into a field 4 abreast through a field of barley or some other valuable crop, smart enough to read a map to find the footpath but too dumb to know the Right of Way through a crop is only 1 metre wide. Also too dumb and full of exercising their rights to have any respect for someone elses property. IoT footpath cameras, I say!

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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Re: No such thing

'Basic' human rights are the rights that (should) allow you to do your best to survive in whatever situation you are un/lucky enough to have been born into without somebody else affecting you in a detrimental manner.

i.e. water, food, shelter, family and being allowed to defend yourself against unjustified attack, beyond that there is not much that is basic, even education although it should be a right is not basic.

There are many other rights we should have but basic is basic is basic, learning to read and write will not necessarily keep you alive whereas water and food and the wherewithall to attain it will.

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DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

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Re: Surprisingly Late To The Party?

An easy mistake for the Usians as there are some 30.5 million citizens of Irish descent on the left and only 4.5 million on the right side (when looking north) so they probably think Ireland is an Irish state somewhere in North America where all the local Irish come from and given the inability of most Usian politicians to point out anything more than 50 miles from where they are standing on a map, it is no surprise.

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Re: Anthropodermic bibliopegy

Thank you!

I must save that to throw casually into a conversation sometime.

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US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover

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Sounds Like

A fair number of Congressmen think they will have control of domains and a lot to gain.

Or lobbyists controlling them.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Robot cabs? 5 minutes

That's how long one would last in Ibiza or Mallorca and I suspect many other places.

A taxi licence here is worth somewhere between 3 and 400.000€ occasionally they are sold or bought but mostly they are kept in the same families they were issued to from the beginning.

In Ibiza the cabbies wont even allow temporary licences for the summer when there are not enough cabs to go round.

The cabs run on mostly diesel and white powder in the summer, drive like maniacs to get rid of the current passenger and get to the next one. Many earn enough in the summer to enable them to holiday for several weeks in Thailand in the winter, two local cabs are Range Rover Evocs, so they do Okay.

They are also known for strongly resisting such anathema as free buses between the clubs ( they beat up the drivers of one operator and burnt at least one of his buses some years back when it was tried). So a robot cab is going to come to a sticky or at least crispy end here and I am sure in many other places where either the money is ridiculously good or where whole extended families depend on the income from one driver such as India and much of the Far East.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Re: Time for a spot of code review

Dr Dan I agree with you:

Bliar;s although not the only only government to pass a welter of often unecessary laws was certainly the worst in my memory.

This from the Telegraph in 2010; Every year, there are 20 or 30 major Acts of Parliament. That is up to 350 substantial pieces of legislation over the past 12 years, each spawning dozens of secondary regulations. Since 1997, the Home Office alone has introduced 60 Bills, launched more than 100 consultation papers, made at least 350 regulations and created an astonishing 271 new offences. In his 10 years as prime minister, Tony Blair presided over more than 3,000 new laws, more than 1,000 of which carried jail terms; Gordon Brown added hundreds more. Labour created new offences at twice the rate of the previous Tory administration, which had been bad enough in this regard.

Illustrates what he was about and it looks as though Dave is continuing capably in Bliar's footsteps with more freedom limiting rubbish, seemingly just to justify him and his cohorts remaining in the House.

Few laws seem to be passed for the genuine benefit of society as a whole so much as representing some individual's or party's personal axes they wish to grind. ID cards spring to mind.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Re: I would not watch sport if they paid me.

Cricket on the radio is positively dangerous for driving:

My memory goes back to the days of the first shirt pocket sized transistor radios in the early '60s my cricket fan mates listening to John Arlott being poetic about googlies being slipped to silly mid on (or something like that). On a lunch hour at school in the summer, the sound of a cricket commentary was the best way to get in forty winks before going back to sleep inducing lessons.

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

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Re: FUCK 'EM

Yup! deleted mine a year ago. Everything disappears into a farcebook bin where they keep it; you can't as far as I know reactivate and carry on where you left off but all your previous activity IS kept by the the zuck and co for posterity/stalking you/selling/giving to the NSA etc.

Fortunately my profile was about as accurate as my wife is at darts.

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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Merciless

So now the interthingy is going to be full of those merciless Christmas type ads that are targeted directly into the part of a childs brain that produces the impossible to ignore mmmuuuummmyyyy/ddddaaadddyyy I WANT THAT!! and it's going to be all year round and worse at Christmas and Easter.

It's an argument for getting a child minder at weekends and taking up golf.

Or turn off the bloody computer and interact on a personal level with the kids!

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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I for one

Can only admire the bold self assured scratches of the Selachii odontoid utensil that allude to the positive and negative waviform temporal metric between life and death.

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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The biggest difference between the Stasi in East Germany and the current situation in Britain,Us and others is that I don't THINK that neighbours are ratting on neighbours wholesale.

I could be wrong, does your neighbour wear a black three quarter length jacket even in the summer? Has has he always got a little note book and making notes while watching the locals?

Otherwise, not too much difference.

@Peter2; You don't think the security services could have been LYING do you?

They are after all, there to protect us from terrorists, aren't they?.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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Re: Getting stuffed ...

But at the House of Commons there would be no brains to exhibit.

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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

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Forbidden Fruit

You can have any flavour as long as it is apple!

Don't bite the rosy side!

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Re: Chile

So where is the moral justification for the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) initially putting 5 billion dollars into the Ukraine to fund the Maidan Square and it's consequent revolution which resulted in getting rid of one lot of corrupt oligarchs who were pro Russian and replacing them with another lot of corrupt oligarchs who are pro US?

Oh wait!

Before that WMDs

Killing an admittedly slightly crazy Gadaffi but who had turned a dump into one of the only islamic countries that supported women's rights and actively encourage them to study and achieve university degrees, had the best literacy rate in the Med and one of the longest life expectancies, a functioning health service. And then leaving the country in ruins.

Afghanistan? Well what can you say? Trained the people that became Al Qaeda and the Taliban and who have morphed into a number of other things including ISIS.

The US is no better than any other country that interferes with the politics abd sovereignty of another.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Re: Talking of plain English

Jony Ive.........Knob.......

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UK.gov quietly slips extra cash to AUTO ROBOTICA bods

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Unfortunate choice of word

" helping to deepen our understanding of the IMPACT on road users and wider society,"

My caps; I think impact may become a frequently used word regarding the use of autonomous cars in somewhere like Greenwich.

Unless it has changed radically for the better in the years since I moved out of Britain it is going in at the deep end for a new technology.

Traffic density, calming measures in every back street and on some of the more major roads plus the problems generated whenever the slightest incident closes the Blackwall tunnel.

Greenwich is a challenge for a human driver with reasonable experience never mind a computer with a less than human flexibility.

I wonder if the gov' will insist on legislation to give robocars right of way or add robo lanes to the already despised bus lanes.

South London used to have it's fair share of road rage I can just imagine the response to a driverless car imacting somebody's pride and joy after they have tried to zip in front of it.

Just for the record ' They can pry my steering wheel and gear stick from my cold dead hands.'

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Ah, excuse me I am a little out of date. I remember reading about anti- tax avoidance proposals that were apparently set to go through in I think 2010. It was going to make it illegal to give tax avoiding advice and even make it a crime not to report someone who was actively avoiding tax.

Fortunately I don't live there anymore so I don't keep up with HMRC's ravages on the British people.

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I have known a few individuals who over the years have come to the attention of the British tax man for one reason or another; they couldn't without an inspector checking it to see if was generated by something taxable and/or fineable. The slightest mistake or anything to indicate you are, as an individual trying to pay less tax, you're in trouble, particularly if you are self employed, if however you are a multinational who should be paying thousands of times as much money as the aforementioned individuals and you don't feel like paying it, you can cook the books in ten minutes and say 'fuck off taxman' and get away with it.

For British subjects tax evasion and tax avoidance are crimes extending to those who may withhold information about something they may allegedly know that you are doing, for multinationals the government just bleats.

It makes one wonder if they understand, that in theory they were elected to act in the best interests of the British People.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Hooray for our Morality Police...

UK Morality Police will be recruited from upwardly mobile members of the Parking Warden fraternity and Community Police, they will have to have a large shiny helmet and a well worn truncheon ( Having a Blakey style moustache will be a plus including for female members of the force. Powers will include warrantless entry to any premises or home suspected of harbouring anybody who could be in posession of an orgasm.

They will be on the lookout for; Oral sex (talking about) and pronography ( images of a lascivious nature).

In the interest of continuing the finest traditions of British policing, it will be left to the arresting officers use of common sense as to whether and what type of offence has been committed.

Annually for those members of the force with the highest arrest and conviction rates there will be an award of the Whitehouse Medal for Morality.

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Re: Let your betters decide

One of the euphemisms was pelvic massage, many Victorian and Edwardian doctors 'specialised' in it.

The forerunners of dodgy sex therapists.

Regarding this latest item of prudery by Dave and chums; they really don't get the interwobbly thing at all do they?

Oh! Latest News Just In! UK LOOKING FOR CONTRACTORS TO TENDER FOR NATIONAL FARADAY CAGE! HUGE ERECTION FOR BRITAIN'S COASTS!

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Re: Endowment

OOh! Think I touched a nerve with a couple of employees there.

There are several pro money for Wikipedia comments here that almost look as if they were dictated.

I find Wikipedia useful and probably look up something two or three times a week, however if they did not exist I would just search past where they would have been and most of the time still find the info' I am looking for.

My Little Pony included.

Wikipedia is so big it makes for lazy searching, not necessarily a bad thing but it does lay them open to the often made comment about biased writers and editors because many searchers don't go beyond the 'top of the search' wiki article and the bias becomes accepted as gospel.

That is why I would not donate to them, if the content was guaranteed bias free then I might be so inclined but not when they clearly have a large surplus and a penchant for spending that money on possibly spurios things without being accountable.

Downvote me as much as you like, it's your right as much as it's mine to have this opinion.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Nerd carriage?

All that's necessary is Wi-fi in every carriage, use full face crash helmets with a version of Gurgle Glass, a microphone in the chin piece for Voice to Text and VoIP, use the visor as a VR screen with a virtual keyboard option and incorporate an ocular command interface ( http://www.cs.tufts.edu/~jacob/papers/hartson.pdf ) for typing.

Then nerds can operate hands free while doing their thing in Cattle Class.

Ah! Two little antennae on top of the helmet would be a prerequisite.

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