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Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline

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Why didn't I get any fun letters like this...

... to reply to when I was a civil servant?

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Lenovo, EA, Intel unite to DESTROY our childhood memories

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£50 are grey

... in my 2001 set.

Oh, and I'm banned from being the banker after one too many 'unathorised loans' by my family, my wife and her family as well.

Cheating, stealing and underhand deals are why its fun!

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Hey, Apple and Google: Stop trying to wolf the whole mobile pie

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I'd go further...

.....and, as a user of both iOS and Android, argue that Jelly Bean is a better* tablet operating system than iOS.

*By better I mean that in my qualitative judgement (which is far superior to yours, fellow commentard :) ) I prefer Android as it allows more flexible use of the increased screen space with widgets etc, rather than sticking to the grid of icons and stil-not-great notifications system of iOS.

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Hm, nice idea that. But somebody's already doing it less well

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Growth...

There does seem to be a serious lack of understanding within the general public (of course I'm not counting us commentards amongst the the hoi polloi) on some of the basic concepts of economics, with growth a particular issue.

I would take issues with a couple of things in the article though. One of the paras seems the paras seems to suggest that a lack of regulation is allowing developing economies to better make use of new inventions which has caused their fantastic rates of growth when in most cases it is the cost of established tech, like mobile phones, reducing significantly due to the maturity in developed economies - that and remarkably better education in places like Brazil and China over the last 20 or so years. Its pretty easy to get the rates of growth they have been having when you turn tens of millions of uneducated subsistence farmers in to skilled and semi skilled workers.

Also, as others have said, I'm not sure that I recognise your description of micro vs macro . it seems to be a bit confused compared to my economics modules at uni. I see what you're saying about individual structures typically classed as micro economics causing long term structural harm, but micro isn't just those things, as well as macro not just being medium and short term.

Oh, and quoting Keynes? Don't they expel you from the Adam Smith institute for that?

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BT's 4G bid WON'T lead to mobile network launch

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Re: "ofcom was touting how its pricing methods would ensure spectrum is well utilised"

The Ofcom mantra is based on the belief that whomever offers the most money will make the most economically efficient use of it, as they will want to maximise their profit. Spectrum owners are generally free to licence and resell their holdings, so the idea is that the highest bidder has the greatest incentive to make the spectrum holding work for it.

Unfortunately, the theory doesn't always hold true, for example in the case of large companies using their holdings to create a monopoly and raise barriers for new entrants.

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Re: inside information ??

Must be the first time anyone has ever welcomed dealing with BT....anyway...

You don't need inside info to make the assertions Bill Ray has - the scenario he sets out sounds likely to me given the publicly available information . I'd be surprised if BT want to get back into the mobile game through the spectrum auction, given the large capital programme of fixed line broadband upgrades they have set out for themselves for the next few years.

I could imagine them buying a cheaper chunk to use on fixed wireless as a fixed line alternative though (in the 2.6 rather than 800 range).

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Re: Yet Still!

Interestingly they are a bit of both (a) and (b), the very epitome of the 'squeezed middle'.

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

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Re: But good code...

So right

My first role was coding C and C++ on a legacy mainframe and I remember the joy of looking at the flow and symmetry of a carefully crafted and well commented code module.

Other people's of course. Mine were more like a toddler's scribble than a renaissance masterpiece!

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BT wins another HUGE gov-funded rural broadband deal

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From what I remember...

... Herefordshire is very sparsely populated in some areas, and has a higher than usual proportion of directly connected lines (i.e. no cabinet). One of the more challenging areas of England.

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Sorry, Apple - China's just not that into your iPhone 5

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Grey imports...

How do the figures stack up if all of the grey imports sold over the last few months are included?

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Sleepy North Yorkshire village is first to get gov-subsidised BT fibre

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Re: Evans Business Park, York

The OP mentioned that it was only a couple of miles from York town centre, so was assuming the £20k would be mostly the ECC (excess constuction charge) that Openreach might apply to extend the cabling that is bound to be around there if it is only a couple of miles from the town centre (don't know York, was going on what the OP said)

Of course on top of that you'd have service charges etc, but my post was about getting service to the site, not then connecting all the businesses up and paying their service charges (they would be responsible for them).

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Re: Evans Business Park, York

Surely the owners of the business park should have sorted that themselves ages ago? I think the York exchange is a WBC one, and it can't cost more than £20k to get a nice fibre cable and associated kit to provide a decent service to their customers (i.e. the businesses paying them rent in the business park).

If not, then why do businesses choose to site themselves in the business park at all?

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Re: At least thats a valid target

I'd be very surprised if BT was getting public money to compete on a door to doo basis. The EU (whose permission BDUK has recently got) have a concept of Black, Grey and White areas, with (let me get this right) Black areas disallowed as there are already services (such as virgin). BDUK and the EU would not have approved a plan that included Black (or even Grey) areas within the subsidy plan. I suspect they are only subsidising areas that can't get Virgin , although these may be very close to areas that can.

If nothing else its a huge waste of money by the council, as in the bidding process they would have defined the areas for the bidders to upgrade and should have exluced premises that can get Virgin. In cases where some premises connected to a cabinet can get Virgin and some cannot, there may be some overlap or those premises would be excluded - assume it would be on case by case basis (e.g. percentage that could / could not get Virgin).

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Re: Is it just a Monday thing...

"And that's the crux, because technically and scientifically you do. not. need. "lots of people" to do genetic typing of Disease X."

Not sure that is correct.

My understanding (to be fair, limited, as I'm not a geneticist) is that you do need a large group of people due to the difficulty of isolating genetic from epigenetic from environmental factors. it's not enough to get a group of, say 10 pancreatic cancer patients with varying responses to a particular treatment, sequence their genes and be able to say "AHA - I see the pattern".

A large group is needed to be able to spot subtle patterns - remember that there are very few cases where a single gene is responsible for a disease. Even with something like breast cancer, where there is a single trait that significantly enhances the risk. Having that trait doesn't mean that you definitely will get breast cancer - so what are the other factors? Maybe there is a subtle interplay of environmental factors that influence the expression of a large group of genes (epigenetics) that could be highlighted. You'll only find that with a large group of patients that do have the disease (and very very crucially) DON'T have the disease but do have some or all of the genes and environmental conditions.

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Re: Is it just a Monday thing...

Three things that have not a jot to do with an NHS held database of a 100,000 volunteer samples.

The NHS already hold significant information about you that is computerised, and anonymised & sold to medical researchers. Adding DNA isn't that much extra to me.

Oh, and my wife would probably characterise my emotional range as closer to a ladle, or maybe a large spatula.

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Is it just a Monday thing...

... or are there more paranoid privacy commentards around today?

Genetic factor led treatment is probably going to bring about the next really big advance in medicine, which means if you want to benefit (for example, get a personalised cocktail of prostate cancer drugs proscribed) you're going to have to have your DNA sequenced and stored.

And to develop the technology, lots and lots and lots of people will need their DNA sequenced and put into a database for researchers to work on.

You have to trust someone, sometime.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Storage too small for us cheapskates...

... with limited bandwidth in our bundles. Cloud services (such as spotify) are fine, but my paltry 500Mb a month gets eaten pretty quickly (it is however a very cheap bundle)

With a decent amount of music, apps, a couple of Peppa Pig videos for the kids and a bunch of photos I'm already over 16Gb.

Shame really - I was hoping to replace my iPhone with one of these at some point :(

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Revealed: The gift that keeps on giving to Oracle ... is dying

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No one ever got fired for choosing to stick with Oracle...

...but they have been fired for screwing up a move between vendors.

If it were me, it'd have to be *a lot* cheaper to risk my career over!

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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Best ever?

Well on Windows it'd be difficult to be much worse. I've used iTunes for a while in windows and its a hateful piece of crap - buggy, inconsistent and continually freezing and crashing. Apple have never seemed to properly fix the freezes on the windows version; here's hoping version 11 is the one.

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Broadband minister admits rural rollout by 2015 is 'challenging target'

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Re: 2015?

Assume end of, although I seem to remember 2015 being mentioned originally as it was the end of the parliament...

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Scoop! The inside story of the news website that saved the BBC

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Well done chaps..

... fascinating article.

More of this type of thing please

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SPEARS fired up for explosive climax

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Get on with it!

While I very much enjoy the detailed articles, will you get on and launch the bloody thing!

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

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Typing this in front of my laptop...

... I can see how that might be useful in meetings, presentations etc. A quick swipe to the screen may be more convenient than a mouse pad (or my favourite, the Lenovo style nipple - track pads are evil) or mouse button click when it is perched on your lap

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Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

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WTF?

How do Nokia make any money out of releasing this for iOS

In the past, their map app has been one of the reasons they touted to buy their phones.

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Bong Broadcasting Corporation. Let ME replace Entwistle

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The only problem with Bong now...

... is that is has strayed a little too far into the obviously satirical.

I miss the commentards who didn't understand this is a piss-take column...

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review

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You forgot to mention...

... the continual releasing of over priced map packs.

I like playing COD online with a group of mates, but it is getting a little tired and this version doesn't seem to address that

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

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Bizarre article written in a bubble

I'm usually a fan of Matt's articles, but this one seems to have been written in a weird bubble where facebook and twitter matter to people's work.

In the real world, the only people who need this info are in the press office / media team. The other 95% of the work force have NO need for facebook/twitter/other social media stuff for their work.

Honestly, what weird bubble was this written in?

There are Knowledge Management issues within even medium sized organisations on how employees generate, share and find information, but I'm pretty sure that it has nothing to do with social media (though I accept that technical solutions and approaches for one may be applicable to the other).

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Fujitsu: We're not blacklisted by gov, but we want private work

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The first rule of the black list...

.... YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE BLACK LIST

Blood amateurs.

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What happened to comics for kids? Hell, what happened to COMICS?

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I obsessively read Battle..

... and had every comic except the one with the last episode of Charley's war in. Never did find out how that finished...

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Sort the troll icon

... it's rubbish. Needs to be far more troll-like (take inspiration from The Hobbit)

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Even £9.8m on consultants can't get UK.gov network push underway

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Average is meaningless...

... as they have been on a variety of full time, part time and fixed term contracts. And at different levels of seniority.

As for using consultants, you don't expect the ministry of fun to have a ready pool of commercial & technical experts to work on a project like this do you?

Remember Mike Kiley (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/oct/03/whistleblower-sacked-bt-broadband) was one of the consultants... El Reg commentards had nice things to say about him.

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SECRET 28 'scientific experts' who Greened the BBC - Revealed!

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Not interested in the climate change topic...

... but very interested in the abuse of the FOI legislation. Does the tribunal and Information Commissioner have some kind of BBC blind spot? There's usually pretty good at holding other areas of the public sector to task over a strict interpretation of the Act.

Very disappointed that the BBC Trust also hasn't weighed in on this - of course the managers at the beeb will be tempted to try not to disclose things that may be awkward for them (had to deal with the odd awkward FOI request when working in central government myself), but that is the point of the IC and Tribunal - to stop them taking the piss.

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Nvidia launches not one but two Kepler2 GPU coprocessors

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Yes, yes, yes,

.... but what FPS will I get on Battlefield 3?

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iPhones now 'safe' for Restricted UK.gov info, but not Secret

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You've not met anyone from CESG have you...

... they've been genetically altered to be incapable of saying 'Yes' to anything.

The best you'll ever get is "well, I won't set the dogs on you just yet if you choose to store or transmit your sensitive electronic information in that way."

To get this grudging statement on iOS6 means that they've repeatedly put it through the penetration test wringer and were mightily disappointed that it didn't fail for the level of impact (i.e. degree of difficulty of penetration) they've specified.

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Ten gaming headsets

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PX5

They have a button that switches between PS3 and Xbox mode. When you switch them on they handily tell you which mode they're in as well.

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Underdone iTunes put back in oven for another month

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Just how bad must iTunes 11 be...

... given they've been perfectly happy with the truly hateful Windows implementation for so many previous versions?

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Philips eyes trendy homemakers for app-controlled e-lights

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Is it just me...

... or did others have to check I hadn't fallen asleep and woke up at the beginning of April when I read this article.

£50 for a networked lightbulb - really??

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

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Maybe I'm a sad geek...

... but I'm looking forward to fondling the iPad mini in PC World (or something similar) to compare it to my Nexus 7. I've been impressed with the Nexus, so the iPad mini will have to be pretty good to make me want one

(I really like the iPad 3 BTW, but it's too bloody expensive to perform the 'toy' function I'd use it for)

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

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Do you expect me to talk?

No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!

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Bloomberg's bomb: How SEC shredded Facebook's pre-IPO claims

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Re: Hang on.

". And I'm more worried that the people buying Facebook stock might have been pension and investment funds, so that poor retail investors are actually the ones taking a huge bath on this Facebook Fuck-Up."

Exactly. We've all paid for this in one way or another, as the suckers will have included pension funds and insurance companies.

Grrrrr

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Analyst warns BlackBerry 10 won't be out until March

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Blackberry fanboi here too...

... as I've always had them for work (alongside my personal phone, currently a 4s).

However, I must say I'm not sure whether I'll bother getting another BB for work if I have the choice (which I should do in Jan). I like the keyboard, but iOS & Android (haven't used WinPhone) are at the point that I'd happily use them as a work phone, despite not having a proper keyboard.

RIP RIM

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Formlabs preps first home stereolithic 3D printer

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@Jai...

...you took the words right out of my mouth.

Must control gadget magpie impulse, WANT SHINY NEW GADGET

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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You're right...

... there is some value in preserving professional journalists.

But not via a hypothicated tax. The Guardian is a business - make money or die, it's that simple. You (i.e. the Guardian) deserve nothing you haven't earned.

Oh, and I'm a Guardian subscriber via the iOS app and have read (and paid for it) most days for the last 10 years. CHARGE ME MORE MONEY YOU IDIOTS

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

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If MS did this with Windows...

.... there would be outrage.

I'm not a regular Linux user, but I wouldn't expect this kind of crap from the platform. Giving me Amazon search results when I'm searching for files on my local system - really? Really????

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Bah humbug to all the killjoys...

... one of the benefits for being a professor has to be making things go bang occasionally, just for the hell of it.

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New benefits website at risk of hackers, no Plan B - ministers

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Re: Security Added Now?

I wouldn't take the few soundbites that a minister has in their brief for the committee to be an accurate description of when they started thinking about security:

Minister: "Crap, I'm in front of the WaPC tomorrow. What will they ask?"

Official: "They'll mention security for sure"

Minister: "I don't know anything about that - what do I say?"

Official: "Don't worry, nor do they. Just mention some vague things about bank security systems and Amazon. And throw in a Google reference if necessary. On second thoughts, forget the Google reference"

That's not to say I know the security is fine on the system (though some guys I used to work with I know are working on its development) - just that ministerial pronouncements on this stuff are for the general public, not knowledgeable commentards on El Reg.

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Mobile phones still failing to kill people – Nordic scientists

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Re: But scientists haven't proved its safe....

Exactly. Anything that gives off radiation has to be dangerous, I don't care what so called 'scientists' have to say.

I also never eat anything with chemicals in. Chemicals are dangerous.

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Re: But scientists haven't proved its safe....

Yes - one can't be too careful. But I haven't stopped smoking as I'm sure those cancer scare stories were all made up by NuLabour.

Thank god I've still got my healing crystals to keep me safe

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But scientists haven't proved its safe....

...and without cast iron proof that it IS safe, I'm not going to believe it is. After all, the UN health agency said that its a possible cause of cancer.

Oh, and won't someone think of the children. Or something.

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Opportunity finds new patch of 'berries' on Mars

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We come in peace...

...shoot to kill, shoot to kill!

I think I still have the vinyl single somewhere...

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