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Syrian secret police endorse male hair remover

A. Coatsworth
Black Helicopters

Thanks to this article and fellow commentards, I've visited, in rapid succession, pages about a drum of lube, a children's book, pepper spray and a male hair removal gel... all linked from an article that directly addresses torture...

Now, the FBI is watching me.... isn't it? ISN'T IT??

Black choppers... I'm certain they're circling me...

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<b>SPACE</b> the final frontier

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Alien

Satellite tracking

Hi all

I'm trying to look for a site that allows me to "see" what satellites or other orbiting objects were visible from a given point in the ground at a given date. I've checking heavens-above but, although it's a great site, don't provide this capability (or at least not during daylight hours)... Google only took me so far...

The reason for the question (as if it matters) is that I saw today a really faint dot in the sky, around 11:30 am, I watched it by sheer chance in the first place, as it was almost invisible. It wasn't Sirius, as it seemed to move slowly and in a seemingly straight line, but seemed too distant to be a plane. I thought it could be the ISS (it wasn't) or maybe an Iridium satellite, but cant find a way to be sure.

Little green men from Outer Space? I hope no...

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Biologists create synthetic DNA capable of EVOLUTION

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Alert

Tekeli-li... tekeli-li

Because morphing bio-blobs worked sooo well for the Elder Ones...

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Cosmic ray source riddle mystery now even more mysterious

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Re: James Bond

It reminded me of the Siberian missions in Goldeneye (the video game)... the only thing missing is a blocky Spetnaz dude making cartwheels

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Google faces WHOPPING FTC fine for Safari privacy gaffe

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Trollface

Re: What're people moaning about?

A for intentions

D for execution

Overall, subject must improve trolling skills before attempting the action again.

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Telefonica recruits EA to lure punters with games, deals

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Devil

Unholy...

Telefonica AND Electronic Arts? this couldn't be more evil if Google itself was part of the plan... who inked the contract, Beelzebub?

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Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

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Re: Surprised

I don't think it's that odd... If the things only work as advertised in the States (see Siri or the 4g Australian fiasco) it's no wonder they prefer to sell them were they can be actually used, and be less prone to lawsuits...

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LOHAN demonstrates impressive sucking skills

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Happy

Inches of mercury? Bar? NONSENSE!

as others have pointed out, we want future reports about the REHAB experiment expressed in the proper pressure unit: putrid goats

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Apple Oz offers refunds for confused 4G iPad owners

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Angel

Obligatory comment

Change your country. Not that big of a deal.

Steve.

Sent from my iHeaven

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Alexander is one of the saddest things I've ever (half) watched. What a pretentious, self important piece of crap it was. I just couldn't make it to the end.

I would have just mentioned "Transformers", but I'm certain it was already nominated many times... wait, I just mentioned it anyway, didn't I?

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Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

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Pint

@Steven Roper

Yes, I know atheism is not a belief system and doesn't have a doctrine or standard practices, and is only the lack of it... Using that word in my previous post maybe wasn't the best decision, in the context.

Sadly that doesn't refrains a certain amount people to push their point of view* into everyone's faces as annoyingly and constantly as some religious congregations.

I have met persons, both in the internet and IRL, that just can't resist the urgency to tell world+dog how better that everyone else they are because they're atheist at any possible opportunity (and if the opportunity doesn't present itself, they'll create gladly).

I know they are a minority but they are a very vocal and annoying minority and they really give atheist a bad name, just as religious nutters do to the vast percentage of the population that is perfectly normal and adjusted, and just happen to believe in this or that god.

And yes, the world would be a better place if people just respected everyone's beliefs (or lack thereof) and just worked in peace, instead of promoting their position as "superior", by reason or force... I'll drink to that

*for lacking of a better word. "Pushing their absence of belief" would be more to the point, but sounds just weird

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Facepalm

Re: Scott Broukell

A (ironically) holier-than-thou atheist pitches his unrequested beliefs to the public in the form of an atrocious "joke" and shortly afterwards asks people to keep their beliefs to themselves... should we lock him in the same bar with the religious persons? would that solve the problem?

Do atheism inhibits the sense of irony in people?

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Samsung backside-bitten by emoticon patent trollery

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Question (AKA WTF?!)

So Samsung got a patent. It infringes an older patent, but how could Samsung know?

I would have guessed it's the Patent Office's job doing a background this kind of situation, not the patent submitter... is it?

Or can the office just say "tough luck" and get with it?

I'm not defending Samsung (this whole patent war is beyond stupid) but I think it's unfair that they, or anyone else, lose a patent because of what looks like a gross ineptitude of the patent office

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Hands on with Kinect Star Wars

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Re: Mike Brown

Not sure about what the Move can do (I have never tried one) but I'd think it at least matches, and probably surpasses Wii's Motion Plus capabilities.

A game with something like Skyward Sword's gameplay, PS3's graphic power and a Star Wars theme would be a blast... It doesn't sound that hard to do, does it?

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Solar storm has a 'sting in its tail', warn space weathermen

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Joke

"what is the data in all that energy?"

"F*ck your puny electronic devices, earthlings"

At least, that's my guess

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LOHAN is heading towards REHAB

A. Coatsworth
Pint

Don't forget...

Beer, and lots of it!

Proper garden-shed science can't be done without the input of generous amounts of ethanol

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Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life

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Pint

Re: Buying beer from a disgruntled workforce

Would anyone note the difference?

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Giant stick insect saved from extinction

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Joke

I saw the pics...

And I'm sure that God, Odin, Buddha o whoever may be, INTENDED to disappear that damned things from Earth.

We humans should finish the work, not try to save them...

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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Mushroom

Re: So...

Yeah, we just need to attach a VASIMIR engine to the asteroid next time it gets close and let it work its magic. (I guess 2023 would be a very reasonable time to do it)

But of course, panicking is always the funniest alternative

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Scroogle unplugged for good this time

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Unhappy

Re: Dang

Ixquick (http://ixquick.com) is another decent option.

I find its results are a bit weaker than Duckduckgo's, but it's worth a shot.

I usually jump between these two when I'm looking for something, and so far they stand up to the job.

RIP, Scroogle...

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Google swings new mobile unlock patent punch at Apple

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Unhappy

@ Peter 48

That's exactly what I say... Right now MS is by far the least terrible option (which, in itself is a VERY surreal situation) Apple and Google are in my opinion equally disgusting, although for very different reasons...

I had such high hopes in WebOS when HP bought it... just to have them crushed a year later

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Mushroom

Any possibilities the final clash between Google and Apple ends with their mutual annihilation?

<--- One can only hope...

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PARIS soars to Guinness World Record

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Joke

Re: What's next?

As far as I know, this IS the whole British space program!

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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

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Mushroom

Talking about endings, how can StarCraft/Broodwar be missing from the list?

The three ending cinematics are just amazing. Particularly, the UEN Newsreel at the end of the Terran campaign is one of my favorite cutscenes in the history of videogames.

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Google pushes your buttons in its top strip bar - AGAIN

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Pint

With Scroogle having more and more problems (lately, half the searches I make there end up in the "We are so sorry, Google is treating us as spambots" page), it seems DuckDuckGo is the best option available (thanks to the many commenters who have recommended it in these formus) , and in the few weeks I've been using it, it has worked just fine.

But I didn't know about the "bangs" and other syntax DDG uses... Reading the Syntax page, a phrase almost brought tears of joy to my eyes: "Every search term should be used by default. That is, we try hard not to autocorrect your query, or in other words, we treat your terms as if you typed AND in between them."

Here's to the Duck!

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Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake

A. Coatsworth
Linux

Giant, blind, albino penguins is the first thing to be found there...

<-- Well, I guess having new penguin overlords is better than the alternative

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Google shares tank after disappointing financial report

A. Coatsworth
Mushroom

@CheesyTheClown

>Who really gives a flying rat's ass less about what the Wall Street gamblers think... that is if >they're even capable of it.

The problem is, in that circle jerk called wall street everybody cares about what everybody thinks... So when those rats start running away from a company because their magic 8-ball tells them the sky is falling, the stock fall and the company is killed, just because.

It makes my liver puke with hate every time I hear in the news that a company's stock fell or the price of oil went up "amidst fears of... " X or Y stupid conjecture. Someone cries "Wolf!" and those bastards spring into action with no reason or reasoning at all.

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit... It's the only way to be sure.

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Iranian coder faces execution 'for building smut websites'

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Mushroom

@ Never, ever visit

Someone once said: "a nation has the government it deserves" or something along those lines

It's hard to prove it as either true or false, but the empirical experience, all over the world, seems to back it up...

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Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

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Nah, you just save the super password inside an unrelated excel or txt document somewhere in your PC. That's what I do, and unless someone starts reading each and every file in my computer (and knowing what are they looking for) I think it's secure enough.

Now, if you manage to forget not only the super password but also the place where you saved it... you have bigger things to worry about, such as that Alzheimer...

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Spammers hit mobes with QR code junkmail jump pads

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Facepalm

Weird... I don't use QR codes very often, but whenever I scan one with my phone, it superimposes the actual URL over the image from the camera, and I have to actually click on "accept" to go to the site.

That way I can read the link before clicking on it... I thought this would be the standard behavior, but I'm probably wrong

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Hubble shows images from record-breaking 13.1 billion light-years

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Mushroom
Going by the balloon comparison: The dots painted on the surface also expand in the same proportion as the space between them... are we also expanding with the universe? are we getting "bigger" in some dimension my puny brain is unable to even start comprehend? ... my mind literally boggles. I'm feeling dizzy, and small, after reading all these comments
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Pluto's blushing complexion riddle solved by boffins

A. Coatsworth
Alien

By Aiur!

That's the face of Executor Artanis, right there

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

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Coffee/keyboard

I tried to read that out loud... now my monitor is covered with spit.

Thanks a lot, Mark

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Reg man the most-flamed recruiter in the UK?

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Trollface

Easy!

Maybe one or two of the comments of this article will be featured on the COTW next Friday... Just go to its comments section. That way you'll be able to comment on the article about the comments on the article on the comments of the article

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Lego movie greenlighted by Warner Bros

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Trollface

Can't tell if trolling or...

no, please... you've got to be trolling, right?

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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Thumb Down

Firefox, anyone?

I installed version 4 a few weeks ago, after being nagged endlessly to get out of version 3.6... But then, they they started pumping out a whole new version number every what, 2 days?

I don't really know what is the newest version anymore, 7, 10, 666?

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Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

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Thumb Up

Oe, oeoeoe! Ticos, Ticos!

So proud to see my Alma Mater competing in the Challenge!

The ITCR, better known as "Tec", is a well respected university in the country and the region, but yes it needs to create a name for itself internationally. This is a perfect opportunity... as far as I'm aware, the team is composed of students of at least 3 different careers, so it's an university-wide effort in that regard

Best of luck to the boys and girl in the team!

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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Thumb Down

search: do +not +evil

Did you mean "Do evil"?

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HP flip-flops on sale of Personal Systems Group

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Thumb Up

Not only PSG, but the company as a whole can, and should win some confidence with this announcement.

So far Withman is doing a decent job tranquilizing the people inside the company, which is the first step for HP to try and recover after this horrible year.

Many of us were scared sh*tless every time Leo was near a microphone...

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Apple's iPod: ten years old

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I'm not an fanboi, not by a long shot, but I have to admit the 3rd gen iPod is rock solid, and was a great investment for me, back in 2006. Mine still gets daily use as both portable drive and mp3 player.

I still think the Windows version of iTunes should be treated by the ICC as a crime against humanity, though.

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Flashback: The Quest for Identity

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Happy

What a great game!!

As many have already said in the comments: Thanks for the memories!

I played it on a Sega Genesis I bought with my brothers, in the mid 90's. We had to pool our savings and in the end got the console, 2 controllers and 5 o 6 games. Flashback was by far the best of them.

At that time, I was on high school, and was just starting to learn English, so my level was bad, to say the least (not that it is stellar now...). I remember the struggle to understand the dialogs and the plot, with a dictionary by my side. In the end I and my brothers played it so many times we knew it by heart... but it was a great way to learn English

Oh, and the phrase "you're too young to drink... beat it" the bartender says when you question him about the Replicants baffled us to no end. The expression "beat it" remained meaningless for us for years!

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Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

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Joke

So, that's the sound you'd get if you were able to brutally torture a 56k modem, possibly with instruments borrowed from the Spanish Inquisition...

Wait... I don't see any "no modems were harmed during the recording of this ringtone" disclaimer...

YOU MONSTERS!!

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Kapsalon v quesadillas

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Pint

I came to point that out, but you covered pretty much every thing.... It's no wonder this "quesadilla" lost the round

No salsa and no guacamole makes quesadilla a dull snack...

No salsa and no guacamole makes quesadilla a dull snack

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Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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Unhappy

@AC 22:18 GMT

Nope, that one doesn´t work... Personally I dislike Google just as much as Apple (and their respective fanbases), and I know I'm far from being the only person who thinks that way.

I've found that, in many ways, the most raging Fanbois and Fandroids (the extreme ones) can be compared to religious extremists and annoying, self-righteous atheists, respectively.

Without any other sane options (WebOS is dead and Win Phone is Win Phone) I'll have to keep my aging Nokia alive well over its expiration date...

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Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser

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Windows

Hanlon's razor

Yes, Microsoft is an evil company, but I'd bet this time (as with most of their actions) it was their stupidity and not their malice what got them into trouble.

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Facebook suggests sharing everything all the time

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Stop

F8?

So,the conference is called F8. What does it mean, anyway?

I'm not luent in "1337" speak, but I read it as either "Fate" or "Fake"... none of these names are very reassuring, in my opinion

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f8: Facebook Zucks in video and music for content king crown

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Happy

@you forgot about

I have no doubt "Google Smut" already exists and is being tested somewhere inside the Chocolate Factory

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Gears of War 3

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Thumb Down

The correct phrase es "mano a mano" (hand to hand)

In Spanish, "Mano y mano" (hand AND hand) just doesn't make any god damned sense

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US survey: 1 in 5 telecommuters work an hour or less a day

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I don't get it

That boils down to awful management... a coworker tried a similar "schedule". It worked fine for him for maybe two weeks. After that, management addressed the situation: he got a stern warning letter and the promise that next time he'll get the pink slip. Problem fixed.

Personally I didn't like the situation. Supposedly, we are all adults here and shouldn't be threatened to do what we are supposed to do, but I guess there's people that mentally never leaves primary school...

In any case, if a person can log in for just 1 hour a day and nobody notices, the company has far greater problems than just lazy workers...

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