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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Far far away a long time ago

I can understand why they had telecommunications based at the end of the world but why they had to park the weather station out in the cold was beyond me. A 6 hour trip though the door marked Exit just to get hold of data that might easily have been housed online was exasperating until the USA came to my rescue.

Something to do with secret services was it?

I can't believe it was just down to housing flower people.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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IN THIS CASE

> Every big leap of this form is the playground of the rich at first - because they can afford to buy into the early stages.

Missing the point, aren't you?

Why is it only obvious to some that space exploration should be either in the hands of politicians or of very poor people?

About "We will cooperate fully with all the authorities involved in the investigation" - is there an option to not fully cooperate with the authorities?"

Yes. NASA's management almost got away with the O ring business. (Think rednecks, politics and Utah.)

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Re: To eternity and beyond...

> "We choose to do these things not because they are easy ..."

...but because we wanted to get re-elected.

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Re: human endeavour

The USAnians are famous for having stupid dog in the manger rulers. As with the worst excesses in all bad governments, the sensible learn to do without. What is considered criminal these days will eventually be outgrown -the same way the the USSR has been consigned to history.

Fortunately of all the empires in history the USA is remarkably savvy in the way it deals out regicide. Yes I know they were remarkably slow with the last buffoon but at least he was so bloody stupid he was funny. And there is still time to do him. (One can but hope.)

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Oh no it is

> It isn't advancing human-whatsit anymore than millionaires having a flight in a jet fighter.

How did you work that out?

Every step (even the ones in the wrong directions) is a step in the right direction. You will be saying the deaths involved were pointless mortality next.

Yes of course the deaths are unnecessary, it's why experimental stuff is built with as much safety as it is possible to feature. Nobody wants anyone to die. But you can't live without being subject to that universal get out clause.

The point is that the more you give a taste of the exotic to, the more there are that want a taste.

If only very, very few ever got to ride a horse, we would not have jet travel widely available for all today. You start off with a bicycle and progress to a car. That's how it works.

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

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Well, I never...

This is what I do:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/sci.geo.earthquakes/ufOlD22r9DE

The thing is, one of the first things I noticed is that in some long lasting weather setups, the RF interference is breathtaking. And all the while in all my amateur research I never realised the Bomber Command exploits of WW2 were the blokes behind the boys in that particular back room.

Well done them. Lets have an outing can we?

The only bod I am aware of is the not then yet Professor Jones.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

You get what you pay for and then you check it out but even with careful assessment with every design, you end up relying on an explosive platform to draw out the explosion a reasonable time. There are so many things that can go wrong with a rocket engine, nearly all of them acoustics related any amount of error could creep in.

Not least of the likely failures may have concerned the cryogenic effects on the unique crystal structure that made the design so fantastic all those years ago. Wouldn't it be nice if they could prove the cost to the integrity of the motor was caused by the stupidity of the pleasure boaters causing the scrubbed launch?

If they can prove it, can they sue?

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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Re: Copyrongs

I was going to ask for directions.

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Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

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Oh? Really?

> As encryption and communication methods evolved, TOR was no longer required by the government.

> The Navy let go of the technology in late 2002 and its support was taken over by famed US military

> bonkers-boffinry bureau DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).

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> However, some have hooked onto this awesome technology and have taken to trying to torrent through

> TOR. It exposes the IP addresses of all of the members of the BitTorrent swarm – which destroys the

> security of users and jeopardises the people running the end node.

Tell me again why it was ditched. Something to do with intelligence?

Military intelligence?

> I will shortly be reviewing the TORplug, a plug-in device that will allow you to browse the internet using

> TOR without installing any software on your computer.

I want one of those. Something I can take with me to the local library/school or college. Will you be showing us how to make sure it isn't made in China?

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: Good hardware but why not a real operating system?

Are you imagining that the computers they are buying will be supplied with Linux Operating systems designed by the distributors?

I didn't even know Cray was a Linux distributor.

I had formed some woolly, sheltered, half formed idea that the Met Office itself would be writing the operating system. I can't imagine Base or any other tools written by dedicated (even the most dedicated) amateurs being of infinite use and compatibility with ground to cloud. Someone mentioned that "weather systems are chaotic" I was going to say that the phrase doesn't mean they are difficult to analyse. But I think I had better stop now.

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Also not true

> Asked about recent "extreme weather" he shrugged and said that it's always been like this but people were "getting soft" these days.

We are not getting soft we are getting lied to. Climategate was never a tool used in journalspeak until recently. People were never worried about a few hundred millionths parts of atmospheric gases. I really don't think they are now. Yes there are always going to be evangelical and suicidal monomaniacs but WTF cares about them?

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First?

> First unanswered question - how long does the approval cover?

> The amount is meaningless if you don't you understand the approved figure likely involves the whole costs for the life of the asset or for a significant period.

Actually what it costs is meaningless against what it does. If it saves lives on a regular basis it is priceless.

If it gives a reasonable approximation occasionally in forecasts about how foggy it is going to be...

Not so much.

How does it compare with this:

http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml?type=mslp-precip&tz=UTC&area=SH&model=G&chartSubmit=Refresh+View ?

If you knew how to set up your unbadged 486, you could run it on that (eventually.) The data is readily available online. OK, you would probably need something more like my 2GB RAM, 32 bit ex Vista, e-machine to get a decent reproduction but you could still be in time to forecast earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on it. More likely so as you can run the data out to any time frame.

The problem is the flower-pickers at Climatgate central are very unlikely to use it for anything so sensible. It must have been agony writing the press release telling us that we have finally lost the war. But on the bright side: Now they have told us where the ceiling is we no longer have to crash through it.

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

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Re: Phew

Got a link?

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Devil

How to tell a friend.

So how do you tell a slightly paranoid friend that his pet has got brown eyebrows and has been eating him in his sleep?

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Is it Cadbury's or haven'they cleaned the toilets?

I still can't get my head around how they allowed a small amount of fecal matter to ... ah never mind I already know and it would only upset you..

I just can't understand...

And you say the American stuff is crap?

Oh man... I...

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

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>I wonder what it feels like to go 800+ MPH without a vehicle?

Quite lonely until the postmortem -or the gathering, if there is one.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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This is news?

Try opening a Smithsonian archive in Linux. Anything the NSA doesn't want you to use will be weighted so you can't use it effectively.

Which brings us to the uses that the NSA might make of their information. Suppose I wanted to get information from the University of Southampton about the use of wind tunnels to test an idea about diffusion and laminar flow.

How long will a plodder like me be sending a scientific group information that could net them a million pounds?

(I am talking about the Millennium Prize. And yes, OK, it's only dollars -but would they want a punk like me getting it?)

Seriously though. We know that they have ways of hijacking things like the invention of the telephone and TV patents. What on earth would stop them doing something like that when they have so much better security?

Not that I would begrudge anyone getting priority if they just got the word out to help people with the stolen ideas. But look at what their top class health agencies can do compared to a tin pot midget economy like Cuba, in the Ebola crisis for instance:

http://aljazeera.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=38ffd892c93e55497901185c8&id=b2f16959c3&e=6b9e98c0f8

The bastards are fucking useless as well as being despicable.

(No offence to any yah'alldoodles but...)

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: If

I wonder if there is a chance of an IT magazine ever uncovering the reason that US firms that are overly expensive and not all that good should oust from top places nearly every foreign competitor.

I wonder if anyone at El Reg can get their heads out of other people's sex lives long enough to concentrate on stuff like that?

If only Nokia and Blackberry could find some angle to introduce naked women and tight little crotches on their wares.

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Re: William Donelson

Ah. I see in you window.

You mean his pole dancing assignee is none other than the bolt on the stable door reassigned to do dubious work as an undercover camera.

Are we right?

Or was the stipple at the end of the article you pointed us at completely wrong.

Beware of my carefully crafted code. I wrote in a manner devised to make the NSA and our dear GCHQ believe I don't know what I am talking about. (Just so you don't feel so alone.)

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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

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OTOH

If government snoopers of any country have evidence against anyone and they fail to press charges or alert relevant authorities doesn't it allow the crooks cartes blanches?

I can't wait for the rich and the powerful to be outed by perhaps not the NSA

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Ice probe peers at hidden BOTTOMS of oceans from SPAAACE

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Re: Ice

Correct me if I am wrong but we are only beginning to look at probable undersea volcanoes.

Doesn't that mean anything to you?

Or did you read an earlier version of the article than the one I read?

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Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff

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So say you are a mad Libyan Colonel or one of his sons or an Ugandan despot and pay the ultimate price for having a neck too far, is it true all their money ends up in Nigerian e-mails?

Or do the kindly Swiss keep looking after it?

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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams

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may well not

> Victims may well not know that the "buyer" of the kit is actually located in Nigeria...

Is that the same as:

Victims may not know that the "buyer" of the kit is actually located in Nigeria.. ?

Only I don't see the need to use bad grammar when there is no imperative.

It's not as though you are Nigerian. Or are you?

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Re: Separatists

> a bit like that actor who played James Bond who supports separation of Scotland and lives in some far away sunny place

What on earth is wrong with that?

I live in England and have no fear over a separation vote.

I'll still be happy to be part Scot and quite pleased to visit an ancestral country again.

It will still be Scotland.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Quality tat

What kind of quality is a matter of opinion. I still get threatening letters despite not having wasted my time watching shit in years.

So someone is getting a result.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Re: Not all collisions are high speed

"an object would hit the Earth after falling from rest relative to it with that velocity... if you neglect _air resistance_ and the angle of impact and a few other minor problems. Small, rocky, objects tend to either burn up or simply explode long before they hit anything solid."

With a symmetrical impact it should be easy to formulate the answers you pose.

There is only one angle of impact (out of 180 x 360) that will form an hemisphere. The air will have the same resistance of 30 inches of mercury or 35 inches of lead -maybe some 50 inches and more of armour steel.

However wobble wouldn't have taken place for quite some time in the 60 or so miles we consider the atmosphere in a perpendicular decent. Maybe the last 7 miles. And even then nothing for it to get excited about. I am assuming it was moving fast enough to cause slip-streaming.

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Symmetry?

Was the so called whatever it was called doing 107,200 in the opposite direction?

Or is there a reason all meteor scars are craters?

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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First we take away your rights, then....

“It is important that consumers have a right of review or appeal in the event their rights are affected under any new scheme. Consumers should have an available mechanism to challenge what are perceived to be unfair, or incorrect, ‘warnings’ issued by an ISP if a consumer is identified as having infringed copyright.”

This creep is astonishing.

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Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

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This didn't happen

Prior to the official patch, the bug was fixed only in a nightly Enigmail build while the vulnerable stable version remained open for download without prominent warning.

No way!

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Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

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Team B

What's to stop him hatching a second team and hiving it off to his home town?

Sounds like an excellent business idea rather like Windows 98 and NT. We all know what happened next.

(The management threw the rule books out the window, bought in new players and made them run all over the place senselessly so every time they played Linux they were tired and slow in the second half but fortunately all the fans were Microsoft and all the governing officials were in the same league with the team managers.)

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Gamma's not a goner! UK ISP sorts out major outage

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Re: Not Gamma

The must have hired the rent man that took out my electric meter the snow on the ground winter about 5 years ago. Put in one that didn't connect my storage heaters.

I wondered where he got to. Judging by the long line of refits that followed he might have taken his gang with him.

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In that case you can be King

But only if you force senior managers in all large companies to work alongside their minions in the trenches. No more damned donkeys leading from HQ; please!

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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

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Mafia

Let's face now that the Roman Catholic church is not such a powerful demigod the corrupt have to put their sons in another similar niche in expectation of a replacement of had anyone thought of US politicians as servants of the public?

I'm pretty sure very few British residents have considered British politicians respectable for a very long time..

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Re: So Many Straws On The Camel's Back...

> If the Federal Gov fails the people again then the people will no longer have any need for the Federal Gov.

But the federal government have armed the local governments to the teeth. Haven't you been watching the news lately?

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Bingo!

“We look forward to working with the mayors of New York and Los Angeles as the regulatory review process proceeds,"

That means:

Given a suitable breathing space, we will get the mayors of two influential cities on our side; especially as their reelection times approach. We are not going to offer them pots of silly money* of course.

*And that means their lobbyists will offer them and their opponents, pots of money in a process that is transparently democratic**.

**And that means that the said lobbyists will handle said pots effectively even even-handedly but in secret.

Just a thought in closing, is it lobbyist time in any large cities' local elections by any chance?

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Sounds like a winner NT

What's wrong with NT?

Just needs some inscrutable.... scrutiny.

How about DamnsmallNT?

I just looked up Dino Nuhagic. He sounds Asian if not exactly Chinese. If he could do IT....

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Canaima

I have never even tried it but I imagine it is a cut down version of Mint. If there was an English version I would try it. It was, IIRC, designed to go straight onto government sets that were designed for Microsoft and to use drivers from Windows but I have no idea how.

Sounds like El Reg should live up to its nickname and tell us more. It is time this rag cut the USA adrift. It reads more and more as though it is a US based magazine these days.

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Re: The key will be Linux

Canaima was developed by socialist countries in reply to the USA politically.

There are already immitaion Windows versions of Linux. So what is holding up the Chinese?

And why do they need funds?

Linux development has had very little and look at it now. I presume they want something written in Chinese codes? Is that even possible?

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Not a nut

I buy a large jar of Lidl's least finest and a packet of Morrison's (cheapest I can find locally) cocoa. Half fill a jar with a 3:1 mix. Mix three coffee to one cocoa and shake the jar up. Then I have a decent cuppa, serve it black with a very little salt and some Sweetex. Anything else is just bullshit. I'd buy the more expensive ready mades if they were not so... expensive but the cocoa works wonders on whatever I use.

Try it. And none of that nancie-boy milk in it too, neither!

If you want milk, get your woman pregnant.

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Zero tolerance

> The vehicle was pushed to its limits...

> And then a bit more, apparently.

Not quite. Limits is finite.

Once you get the thing in failure to proceed mode, that is the definition of its limit. After that you start introducing controlled, artificial limits, AKA Safety Limits.

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Quite right

And that is why there was no film show.

Wait.... wouldn't they have video on a destruction engineering run?

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Re: Gee thanks for nothing El Reg

Sounds like you should put the comments on the front page here and leave the journalism to whoever wants to know very little. Maybe a little black box at the bottom with the word Stories on it?

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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I'm sure I can't be the first to comment on this but I am going to say it anyway.

40 seconds prancing before he flatlines. 26 seconds yelling, hopping, skipping and jumping for the equivalent of some 30 paces and just under 14 seconds walking because he ran out of steam.

I've been to catalogue company scams with more action. And they all looked a lot fitter. You have to look the part to act the part. With his money though, you can afford to buy peope to exercise for you. I hope it is a better investment than Windows ME, Vista, 8 or that mobile OS for pdas I can't recall the name of.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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> a sense of gross injustice better than new flashy trainers.

Nothing pushes the right wing buttons than the appearance of new trainers on the block.

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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Removable connections

> Better to leave the phone at home (or wherever your alibi is.)

It took an Edward Snowden to help us realise that the combined Secret Services can be duped by old tech?

Nice one!

Meanwhile we can all rest assured that valuable data can be shared between terrrrsts by snail mail provided they can remember long tracts of text verbatim, sort of like good old fashioned book codes.

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Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam

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Re: Bhatt missed a trick.

A death threat?

Removing his eyes?

I'd have let him keep his eyes while he needed them to watch the operation to remove his lower jaw, break it and stuff them teeth first up his backside.

Then perhaps remove his eyes. Or maybe let other people see him watching the looks on his face as he complains to them?

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: Only one man caused the failure of the £100m digital media initiative?

> I'd say most of the key people knew it was doomed, but were scared of saying so

Actually it can't be that flat faced. A decent management committee would have been a shout fest years before the shit got anywhere near a fan. Thet's the whole point of management. Why do the BBC think onlookers can't see that?

There would have been lots of stories about chairs hitting walls and all sorts of acrimonious leaks to the press -even one or two stabbings, what else is failing badly?

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Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

"Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

No it isn't.

Neither do you need a license to own a TV.

You need a licesence to watch broadcast TV or to stream media 'as live' (ie as its being broadcast). Catch-up TV in its various forms is crap."

FTFY.

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Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services

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Free as in

America?

That's a joke, right?

I see what you did there.

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Re returns

> You also have 14 days (something like that) in which you can return it for a full refund...

Who pays for that and can you charge interest?

Scrub that.

What you do is buy one and take it back after 13 days use and demand five or ten quid for your trouble, plus interest. Then you buy another one and do the same. You will soon accrue enough money to buy...

Oh... wait...

No that's right. Then when Apple go broke you buy a Samsung...

...with the money you saved...

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