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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

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Re: @ Irongut - Keith Vaz

Or as the Presidential Hopeful John McCain would sing "Bomb, bomb ... bomb, bomb, bomb .... "

What's that? Can't imitate singing politicians either?

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AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

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Re: AMD vs Intel

Cyrix pushed the envelope too hard and released chips that overheated and had flaws. That is what did them in.

Are you making shit up while your troll?

At Wakypedia, we read:

In August 1997 .... Cyrix merged with National Semiconductor (who also already held an Intel cross-license). This provided Cyrix with an extra marketing arm and access to National Semiconductor fabrication plants ... Cyrix eventually switched all their production over to National's plant. The merger improved Cyrix's financial base and gave them much better access to development facilities. ...

The last Cyrix-badged microprocessor was the Cyrix MII-433GP which ran at 300 MHz (100x3) and performed faster than an AMD K6/2-300 on FPU calculations (as benched with Dr. Hardware). However, this chip was regularly pitted against actual 433 MHz processors from other manufacturers. Arguably this made the comparison unfair, even though it was directly invited by Cyrix's own marketing.

National Semiconductor distanced itself from the CPU market, and without direction, the Cyrix engineers left one by one. By the time National Semiconductor sold Cyrix to VIA Technologies, the design team was no more and the market for the MII had disappeared. VIA used the Cyrix name on a chip designed by Centaur Technology, since VIA believed Cyrix had better name recognition than Centaur, or possibly even VIA.

Cyrix's failure is described by Glenn Henry CEO of Centaur Technology as "Cyrix had a good product, but they got bought by a 'big smokestack' company and they got bloated. When Via bought Cyrix, they had 400, and we had 60, and we were turning out more product."

National Semiconductor retained the MediaGX design for a few more years, renaming it the Geode and hoping to sell it as an integrated processor. They sold the Geode to AMD in 2003.

In June 2006, AMD unveiled the world's lowest-power x86-compatible processor that consumes only 0.9 watts of power. This processor is based on the Geode core, demonstrating that Cyrix's architectural ingenuity still survives.

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Re: can't resist

Why buy ARM when you can license?

Did they even have the money to get a controlling interest of overvalued stock in?

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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Re: It gets better/worse

Yep. Sounds like we have ourselves a little politician here.

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Matt in: "Hastings alive minutes before he died!"

Matt, you need to work on your logic.

> Hastings driving way too fast and out-of-control

Yes. That's more or a less the point, see? Stay with us here, this is not Sun's ZFS that fires up your hindbrain into a dissing fit.

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/

The only reasonable explanation is suicide. Possible if he was depressed. But in these times, one may be on a disposition matrix presto, so...

“I’ve seen military vehicles explode, but never quite like that. Look, here’s a reporter who brought down a general. He’s sending out emails saying he’s being watched. It’s four in the morning and his car explodes? Come on, you have to be naïve not to at least consider it wasn’t an accident.”

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Russian cargo ship drops off spacesuit puncture repair kit at the ISS

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Then the airlock opens with a hiss ...

"Helloo.... Snowden?!"

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'Fat Wallet Bob' leaves Apple tech chief spot for Special Projects Bureau

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Eyes of wonder

With that kind of money uptake, I sure hope the spits bugfree, gold-plated documentation after each sip of coffee.

Well, guess it's nice to hear engineering to get the firehose treatment for once as opposed to the guys who ride various consumer waves from the boardroom.

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'World's BIGGEST online fraud': Suspect's phone had 'location' switched on

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Cheeky Breeky y van damke!

Smilianets used a variety of online nicknames including "Dima Brave" and "Dima Bold"

GET OUT OF HERE STALKER! GO AWAY!

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Western spooks banned Lenovo PCs after finding back doors

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Re: Hrm

Not only that but the must have backdoored it rather quickly after the change of boardroom keys occurred.

It could well be just a bug in the implementation of the baseboard management controller (if there is such a thing) the finding of which is now being leaked for ...err... "commercial" reasons.

Yeah, who leaks it? Who are these "sources"? Why now?

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Bugs in beta weather model used to trash climate science

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Change we can believe in.

" Folks who aren't keen on climate change"

"FWANKOCC".

Excellent. Better than the hurtful "deniers".

Proposal for integration into official El Reg dictionary has hereby been submitted.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

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Re: Or

> and that the power reductions were artificially imposed by management to discredit the workforce

Reading too much satanic mills exploitation literature? If management did that, why should it reflect on the workforce? Why wouldn't the papers (and not only the red-colored ones) be full of very large headlines? Wouldn't management be fired in a jiffy?

As to campaigning for a living wage - everyone is campaigning for a living wage. But what happened to make the wage a non-living one? Why were people staying in that kind of industry in the first place? Did muscle need to be brought in to keep out scabs (basically, the proof of the pudding of a strike)? Context is important.

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Re: The prolétariat is revolting

...and thusly?

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Re: Useful explanation for non-Blighty readers

Don't sweat it. "Utility bundling" happens elsewhere in Europe too. Gas, Electrons under Pressure ... same company.

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Re: They aint investing millions for the good of their health.

It's not like "regulation" will throw a spanner into the works of that fiendish plan to cruelly exploit the unsuspecting prolétariat via satanic capitalistic digital device magic.

Additionally, if the price goes up and the demand decreases as a consequence, won't the total revenue stay approximately the same?

Tired_Pirate.jpg

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Re: Or

> Train travellers already know that putting some things into the private sector makes no sense at all.

I don't think that state-run train infrastructure is ANYTHING to be proud of, except in the sense of tremendous destruction of wealth.

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Pacemaker hack legend Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat revelations

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Re: Snowden connection...

Are you seriously implying that I imply?

Also, it's "anarchisms", as you don't wanna use a genitive.

>using this punctuation

AFAIK, it's called "greentexting".

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Your sanctimoniousness tires me.

"out of respect"

The last refuge of [redacted].

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Re: Snowden connection...

> who takes all main-stream media attention

It's not like he has said himself to please stop the "human interest" story faggotry and concentrate on what the fracking powerpoint slides are saying, MEDIA ASSHOLES.

> what was already widely known

The stupid, it burns.

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Re: Nothing surprises me anymore nor should it

Don't know why you want to put out the troll icon or the flag of irony if you know how the cookie crumbles?

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Re: Sounds suspicious to me, better check where the Alphabet Agencies have been

> That this guy died of natural causes because you know sometimes people do

Anyone up for a Bayesian analysis?

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Re: Sounds suspicious to me, better check where the Alphabet Agencies have been

> Remember, the Bourne movies were fiction and get a grip on yourself.

That's what they want you to think.

Pump reality onto the silver screen via Hollywood, and no-one will even believe it anymore.

Perfect strategy.

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Apple crushes all competition in US Brand of the Year survey

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Re: No accounting for taste....

Yeah, but at least they are correct about Intelligent Design.

And Surveillance as a prerequisite for freedom. Lots of freedom.

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Bill Gates' nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power

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Re: No deaths since Fukushima?

Yes.

Also, auto accidents, random cancers, plastics, seafood, crazy endtime cults, melanoma, alcohol, cigs etc. etc. etc.

And the whole seaside destroyed because of a Tsunami.

YOU REMEMBER THE TSUNAMI, RIGHT? OR WERE YOU JUST WATCHING ZOMG NUCLEO-SPLODE REPORTING BY BBC INCOMPETENTS? WERE YOU???

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Re: Forget fusion?

A common fallacy.

That's not "squirreled away". It's in factories, plant and investment schemes providing jobs and generating wealth.

Of course, quite a bit of it will be on the Wall Street Casino too, unfortunately.

But once the taxman gets hold of it, it will be destroyed forevermore...

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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Re: Two words-

But military faggotry retains the meaning.

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1/10/48 NEVAR FORGET!!

Gorman dogfight

The Gorman UFO dogfight was a widely-publicized UFO incident. It occurred on October 1, 1948 in the skies over Fargo, North Dakota, and involved George F. Gorman, a pilot with the North Dakota National Guard. In 1956, USAF Captain Edward J. Ruppelt wrote in his bestselling and influential The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects that the Gorman Dogfight was one of three "classic" UFO incidents in 1948 that "proved to [Air Force] intelligence specialists that UFO's were real."However, in 1949 the US Air Force labeled the Gorman Dogfight as being caused by a lighted weather balloon.

And also:

Mantell UFO incident

The Mantell UFO incident was among the most publicized early UFO reports. The incident resulted in the crash and death of 25-year-old Kentucky Air National Guard pilot, Captain Thomas F. Mantell, on 7 January 1948, while in pursuit of a UFO. Historian David Michael Jacobs argues the Mantell case marked a sharp shift in both public and governmental perceptions of UFOs. The Mantell Crash was quickly investigated by Project Sign, the Air Force's new research group which had been created to study UFO incidents. Though Project Sign's staff never came to a conclusion, other Air Force investigators ruled that Mantell had misidentified the planet Venus, and, wrongly believing that he could close in to get a better look, had passed out from the lack of oxygen at high altitude. However, this conclusion was later changed, because although Venus was roughly in the same position as the UFO, astronomers working for Project Sign ruled that Venus would have been nearly invisible to observers at that time of day. The cause of Mantell's crash remains officially listed as undetermined by the Air Force.

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Re: Wow...

No-one cares about currency devaluation, baby.

The inflationists are at the helm, and the will wreck the good ship.

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Re: @Anonymous

"THIS IS VENUS"

Next slide

"THIS IS SWAMP GAS"

Next slide

"THIS IS A WEATHER BALLOON"

Next slide

"THIS IS THE LIGHT OF VENUS REFLECTED OFF SWAMP GAS ILLUMINATING A WEATHER BALLOON."

"THERE IS NO NEED TO BE ALARMED!"

Any questions?

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Dumb and dumber with weapons hot level retarded.

But then again, these guys are fighting over a few km² of glacier, which IS retarded.

Maybe they called support in Bangalore.

"I see bright lights in the night sky, what do?"

"Did you try to fire at them?"

On the other hand:

"On October 5, 1960, the warning system at NORAD indicated that the United States was under massive attack by Soviet missiles whith a certainty of 99.9 percent. It ... had spotted the rising moon."

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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

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Re: Hostorically missing the point...

It's definitely "sharp practice" but not "monopoly abuse". There wasn't any monopoly and those were the times where "software patents" were still inexistent.

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Re: Godlike geniuses

No, they are physically different. At least that's what I hear what brains scans show. But then again, these may be unreliable.

Also, the Voght-Kampff test.

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Comet ISON seen eructating 300,000km-long methane and CO2 BELCH

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Re: how old?

> A hyperbolic orbit is interstellar.

Correct, but comets with "hyperbolic" orbits are announced from time to time and apparently no-one gives a rat's arse about what that would actually mean. Which I really don't get...

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Re: how old?

It might just be passing through very rarely, thus not outgas a lot before it returns to the 3K background radiation stove and freezes again.

It' easier to check the orbit. Which is probably hyperbolic...

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What happened to the possible MARS HULK SMASH that we were talking about back when Byalistok Window Breakage occurred?

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Re: Dirty Snowball

I salute you for that Pournellian ice cream reference.

I think it is "Hot Fudge Sundae" though.

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Keep calm and carry on spying on Americans, US politicos tell NSA

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The Golden Stormtrooper

In furtherance of the Peace Prize, Obama will also receive the Face-Stamping-Boot price. Pretty sure about that.

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Back up all you like - but can you resuscitate your data after a flood?

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This is the dog+flood picture you are actually looking for:

http://mubi.com/lists/my-favorite-films-of-all-time-always-under-construction

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Seagate dock hands: Tea, lads? Fewer hard disks than last year, eh...

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Re: not moore's law but...

Just ask your friendly state-run intelligence service.

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: Refusal to Print

"the software will not allow the user to view and print the model"

Not fit for purpose. It's not even a gun.

"Hello, Mr. Lawyer? Yes, I have a no-win-no-fee case for you. Interested? I'm sure you are..."

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Swisscom chief dead in apparent suicide

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Re: Always on culture

> Employees off-time should be sacrosanct

I wish. Try to do that in SMBs with 24 x 7 infrastructure.

> suicide ... a very selfish act.

Does not compute. It may be an erroneous act, but it definitely is not "selfish" as no personal advantage accrues at all.

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: To the lawyers!

> Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs touting Lenovo. Lawyers at the ready.

As long as you don't actually SAY this is supposed to be a re-imagining of Steve Jobs, things should be fine, right?

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Soon!

Oh come on. Most everyone actually believes FDR managed the Great Depression. It's not only the film industry wot does it. And don't get me started on Iraq.

It's easy to sell a faked-up reality if people WANT to believe.

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MYSTERY of 19th-century DEAD WALRUS found in London graveyard

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Re: Babbage shrugged

THIS IS ENTIRELY POSSIBRU!

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Babbage shrugged

Medical students - corpsoid fun and silliness even before universal healthcare and mobile-phone mediated pic sharing.

People don't change.

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Boffins DREAMING of a WHITE CHRISTMAS ... on MARS!

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Mars as a shithole

Stanislaw Lem writes in "More Tales of Pirx The Pilot: Ananke":

Pirx cleaned his shaver by the window and stowed it back in its case, then cast another glance, now with undisguised antipathy, at the fabled Agathodaemon — at the mysterious “canal,” which turned out to be a boring, flat terrain framed by a blurry, rubble-strewn horizon. Compared with Mars, the Moon was positively homey. To someone who’s never left Earth, that might sound preposterous, but it’s the gospel truth. For one thing, the sun looked from the Moon just as it did from Earth—which can be appreciated only by someone not so much surprised as shocked to see it in the shape of a congealed, shriveled-up, faded fireball. And the lunar view of Earth—majestic, blue, lamplike, symbol of safe refuge, sign of domesticity, lighting the nights. Whereas the combined radiance of Phobos and Deimos was less than the Moon’s in its first quarter. And that lunar silence, the hush of deep space—no wonder it was easier to televise the first human step of the Apollo project than to transmit a similar spectacle from the Himalayas. The effects of an unremitting wind can be appreciated only on Mars.

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He wasn’t in the mood for going out yet—the building was so very quiet. He was becoming more and more used to the solitude. A ship’s commander can always have his privacy on board; after a long flight (with Earth and Mars no longer in conjunction, the Mars trip took over three months), he practically had to force himself to mix with strangers. And except for the controller on duty, he knew no one here. Look in on him upstairs? That wouldn’t be too nice. Mustn’t hassle people on the job. He was judging by himself: he didn’t like intruders.

In his grip was a thermos with some leftover coffee, and a package of cookies. He ate, trying not to spill the crumbs, sipped his coffee, and stared out through the sand-scored port at the old, flat-bottomed, apathetic floor of Agathodaemon. That was the impression Mars made on him — that it didn’t care any more — which explained the haphazard accumulation of craters, so different from the Moon’s, looking more like washouts (“They look fake, doctored,” he once blurted out while browsing through some detailed blow-ups). The whimsicality of those wild formations that went by the name of “chaos” make them the pet sites of areologists: there was nothing like them on Earth. Mars seemed to have quit, not caring whether it kept its word, unconcerned with appearances. The closer one got to it, the more it lost its solid red exterior, the more it ceased to be the emblem of a war god, the more it revealed its drabness, spots, stains, its lack of any lunar or Earthlike contour: a gray-brown blight, rocked by eternal wind.

He felt a barely palpable vibration underfoot—a converter or a transformer. Otherwise, the same silence as before, penetrated, as if from another world, by the distant howl of a gale wind playing on the cosmodrome’s cables. That diabolical sand could eat through high-grade, five-centimeter steel cables. On the Moon you could leave anything, stow it in the rubble, and come back a hundred, a million years hence, secure in the knowledge that it would still be there. On Mars you couldn’t afford to drop anything, lest it sink forever. Mars had no manners.

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Bzzzztt..zzttt

Well, currently you just gonna have to crack up:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2005/10aug_crackling/

On the Moon and on Mars, conditions are ideal for triboelectric charging. The soil is drier than desert sand on Earth. That makes it an excellent electrical insulator. Moreover, the soil and most materials used in spacesuits and spacecraft (e.g., aluminized mylar, neoprene-coated nylon, Dacron, urethane-coated nylon, tricot, and stainless steel) are completely unlike each other. When astronauts walk or rovers roll across the ground, their boots or wheels gather electrons as they rub through the gravel and dust. Because the soil is insulating, providing no path to ground, a space suit or rover can build up tremendous triboelectric charge, whose magnitude is yet unknown. And when the astronaut or vehicle gets back to base and touches metal--ZAP! The lights in the base may go out, or worse.

Physicist Joseph Kolecki and colleagues at NASA Glenn first noticed this problem in the late 1990s before Mars Pathfinder was launched. "When we ran a prototype wheel of the Sojourner rover over simulated Martian dust in a simulated Martian atmosphere, we found it charged up to hundreds of volts," he recalls.

That discovery so concerned the scientists that they modified Pathfinder's rover design, adding needles half an inch long, made of ultrathin (0.0001-inch diameter) tungsten wire sharpened to a point, at the base of antennas. The needles would allow any electric charge that built up on the rover to bleed off into the thin Martian atmosphere, "like a miniature lightning rod operating in reverse," explains Carlos Calle, lead scientist at NASA's Electrostatics and Surface Physics Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Similar protective needles were also installed on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.

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I have often wondered if some weird-ass pseudo-sciency rife-with-totally-unwarranted-speculation-worthy-of-a-six-year-old site is linking to El Reg....

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> The surface of the planet is young

Written in all seriousness underneath an article with a surface picture showing more unerased pustules than the face of a teenager running on fast carbs.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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So what's with the drugs? Or is that the "war on drugs" whereby you get killed by SWAT team raiding your home in the woods at six in the morning for fun and giggles?

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