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1042 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Man charged in nude celebrity hacking case

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WTF?

What laws?

What laws did this guy actually break? He used publicly available information to reset someone's password. How is that hacking?

As mentioned above, if people are so unbelieveably stupid that they;

A) use their mothers maiden name as the answer to "What is your mother's maiden name"

B) Take nude pictures of themselves

C) Keep said pictures on a web-mail account

Then they just deserve a little pain to remind them not to be so stupid. It isn't as if any actual harm has been done. Nobody got hurt. No property was stolen.

If I left my front door wide open and someone walked in and took photocopies of my documents the police would shrug and tell me I was lucky they didn't do worse and hand me a leaflet telling me how to secure my home properly.

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CyanogenMod 7.1 brings 24 Android phones into fold

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instructions

I may be wrong but I'd suggest the reason there are no instructions is that there is almost nothing to do. Once the ROM Manager app is installed, tap the first item on the menu to "Flash ClockworkMod Recovery". After that is done, go to "Download ROM". You get a list of ROMs with CyanogenMod nightly first on the list. Tap it and it offers to download and install.

The only "gotcha" is that, if you are using the free version, after it has installed (and it takes about five minutes once the download is complete) you have to go back into the ROM manager, download ROM and choose Google Apps. Otherwise you have no Android Market. If you use the paid for version it asks you if you want to install the Google Apps when you download the ROM and looks after all that for you.

But, basically, once the first step above is sorted and, assuming you have paid the £1.50 for the app, updates take two taps and less than five minutes.

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Re: PaulR79

I absolutely agree with everything PaulR79 said above. I would also add that, for budget devices like my San Francisco, you get much more free storage (230-odd MB free comapred to about half that for the stock ROM) and battery life has also improved despite the massive increase in performance. An iPhone toting colleague (an old 3G with a dieing battery) admitted my £99 SanFran significantly outperforms his iPhone on many apps and tasks with CyanogenMod.

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HTC brings Beats to bigger blower

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"If more people boycotted evil shits of companies the world would be a better place."

I'd be hugely interested to know what you believe constitutes an "evil shit" of a company and in what way MS qualifies? After all, MS, through Gates, has geneted 10s of Billions for charity whilst one of Steve Jobs' first acts as returning CEO at Apple was to cancel any and all philanthropic activity the company was involved in.

On a sliding scale of evil shittedness MS seems quite a way back in the queue.

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Premier League loses footie decoder case

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Re: Single market?

"How come I can't buy as much wine & beer from France as I want then?"

Er, you can. People have been doing Booze cruises for years now. The illegal bit is if you then sell the beer and wine once you get back to the UK. For personal use there have been no limits since, I think, the very early 90s.

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SanDisk Memory Zone

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How big?

5.7MB seems stupidly large for a very simple app that does very little. I am frequently amazed at the size differences between functionally similar apps - and that has become one of the things I look out for when choosing an app. If one programmer takes just 600k to acheive what another required 6MB to do then I tend to go with the 600k on the grounds there is a good chance that programmer had more of an idea of what they were doing - or at least they didn't just download a bunch of bloated libraries and components and stitch them together.

As for the app it would need SugarSync support to be of any use to me.

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The plane story of galactic clusters

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Re: Tony Paulazzo

It is good to see that there are still people who prefer to get their science "education" from Stephen Fry rather than, say, books. Keep up the good work!

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Boffins prove Queen ballad 'world's most catchy song'

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There is currently a debate where I live as to whether students studying university courses without any obvious benefit to the community should receive funding. The general consensus has been that it would be impossible to judge which courses might lead to future jobs. After all - as one "expert" pointed out - who would have thought, just ten years ago, that computer and e-gaming would become viable careers?

I think "PhD in Singability" might well swing the argument

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iLuv shows desktop-style iPad dock

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The Secret of Monkey Island

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Re: Annihilator

I'm with you Annihilator. My friends and I all tried to get into these games as all the games magazine reviewers kept telling us they were the best thing since sliced bread - but I just found them dull. And this is from a person that would spend hours at a time playing computer Risk so my dull-tolerance levels were pretty high.

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On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate

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Excellent

I switched to LibreOffice straight away as it was clear OpenOffice was going nowhere. There are still a couple of issues (in-app templates still link to a site that doesn't exist) but it is well on the way. I was a bit surprised last week to find, when I opened a relatively simple Excel spreadsheet in LO that some of the formulae had errors in them. The fact that I was surprised is a good sign that they are nearly there but companies are not going to switch to a product if they cannot rely on fairly basic format conversions.

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Renault Wind Gordini roadster

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Re: Tamer Shafik

"What is it with people wanting to drink coffee in their cars? How has this ridiculous activity managed to become mainstream and acceptable?"

Why would it be rediculous for my lift-sharing passengers to want to drink a cup of coffee in the morning whilst I drive them in to work? Or is it just that you assumed everyone drives around by themselves, like you perhaps?

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Facebook's complexity will be its doom

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FAIL

Surprised

I'm surprised to learn that a bunch of so-called geeks use facebook through the facebook website. I genuinely thought everyone with any technical nouse had stopped using that POS a long time ago. I have a close network of about 50 friends and family on there and I just read the news through Freindcaster. I know there are loads and loads of other options out there but I'm not a big user so I stick to what I know. Plenty of friends have much better alternatives but I'm not interesred enough to try them. Hardly anyone actually uses Facebook though.

Facebook is just a bunch of APIs that allow you to access the data you want how you want. I find it incredible a bunch of so-called geeks don't get that.

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Sonos Play:3 network music player

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Re: Tim Walker

Any of the cheap Chinese-made Android tablets can do what you want - they are on the likes of Amazon for around £70, last I looked. Plug it in, connect the headphone to the line-in on your HiFi and download something like 2Player (there are a few apps that do the same thing but I found 2Player to be zero setup). Select your source (any DLNA/uPnP source - 2Player shows both my NAS and my PC), set the destination as "SELF" and you are off. A 7" touchscreen controlled Wireless media player with album art etc that will play any music, in any format from any (DLNA) device in the house and can be moved around and plugged in to anything with a line-in.

Works for me!

Oh, and they actually make half-decent tablets/ebook readers as long as you are patient and don't mind using a stylus.

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HeyTell voice messenger

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Re: AC @ 13:54

"So what exactly is the benefit over MMS?"

You pay for an MMS. This either goes over WiFi or comes from your data allowance. Besides, I'm not aware of anyone I know even having MMS set up.

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Missing info

This sounds good but how do you receive the voice message? Is it played automatically or do you get an alert and then have to open the app and play it back? Endomondo offers something similar when I am out training so the wife can send me messages (like "stop at the shop on the way home and grab the milk"). The advantage is that it plays the message without me having to do anything so the phone can remain in my pocket. but if I don't hear it properly I can "play it again".

This sounds like it could be really handy but I'd want to know how it plays back messages.

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Memo to open source moralists: Put a sock in it

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Re: What the hell have you been smoking?

Did you actually bother to read the article or was a single, vaguely critical, reference to Stallman enough to light the blue touch paper and you just went off on one? The entire point of the article was that there is nothing about propriatory software that makes it evil. Indeed, as the article makes clear, Bill Gates has done far more for the poor and needy than Stallman ever will BECAUSE he made shit loads of money from selling Windows.

We really need a RTFA icon.

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Orange Barcelona Android Qwerty phone

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Re: AC

Don't know about SuperOneClick but all phones can be unlocked - for a cost. The easiest is just to search eBay for the phone name. Unlock codes are usually about £8-10 and the process is simple. Stick your new SIM in. Start it up. When it asks for the unlock code, enter it and press OK.

There are more complicated, cheaper and riskier methods but the unlock code is the one I usually stick to.

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Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP

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Battery life

There is no mention of how long the battery lasts. If the sole justification for buying this over, say, an Orange San Francisco (which would be cheaper, more capable, better screen etc) is to save the battery of your smartphone then would it not be useful to tell us how much music/video you can squeeze out of it?

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Apple MacBook Air 11in Core i5 notebook

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Re: What service costs?

I "assume" he was referring to the battery - but it would be useful to include statements in a review rather than veiled inferences.

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Anti-gay bus baron rages at being stuffed in Google closet

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Re: Nigel Whitfield.

Sensible, reasoned arguments? You're in the wrong place, sir. We'll have none of that sort of flith around here!

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Skifta

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Quick question

I may have missed it but I didn't see any mention in the review of the ability to pull media from network sources to the device? It seems to be all about pulling from one device and then pushing out to another. Can I use this to, for example, access music on my NAS from my Android tablet and play it ON the tablet.

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Windows 7 tablet

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We have a couple of desktops running the old Atom at home, albeit with NVidia ION, and they perform perfectly well. I don't run photoshop on them but video editing is fine, it multi-tasks well enough (as it presents four cores to the OS) and the 2GB of RAM seems okay. I would have thought the SSD would make these seem quite spritely. Does the Intel graphics really make this considerably slower than my desktops or am I considerably more patient/realistic than the reviewer?

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UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'

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Thank goodness

Whilst it might still be a way off I look forward to the day we can stop arguing about AGW and get back to a good old fashioned scrap about whose god could kick who else's god's arse.

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Orange Monte Carlo budget Android smartphone

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Re: Please tell me

"borked yet another ohone by making their crapware non-removeable"

Depends what you mean by removable. All of the crapware can be removed in such a way that you will never come across it. Just install a new launcher and uninstall the games etc. from the App manager. However, as it is all installed in the ROM, removing it will not free up the available storage. To do that, you need a new ROM - which will not be far off. If it takes past the end of September I'd be amazed.

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Sounds like

Sounds like the SanFran then. A decent phone for the normal user. An absolute bargain for those willing to root it and put on a decent ROM thereby getting around "most" of its foibles (the orange crap, lack of video/games performance and lack of RAM).

Picked up a Galaxy Europa at the weekend for the wife. £50(+£10 credit) from 3 and £8 to unlock. It is already a nippy, decent device - albeit with a 2007-era screen. With a fresh ROM it should be a cracker and, for the price, you just can't even be bothered to worry about the poor camera or lack of multitouch.

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Christ appears in phone advert, secular authorities act

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Problem

"mocking and belittling core Christian beliefs"

Don't science, logic and common sense also belittle core Christian beliefs? Then again, we are talking about the advertising industry so we're probably never going to cross that particular bridge.

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Hands on with Acer's Aspire S3 Ultrabook

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Re: only 2 USB ports...

I believe the thinking with this (as indicated by them being at the back) is that you have a USB hub at home with everything plugged into the hub. Then, just plug the hub into one of the USB ports at the back leaving the other spare for anything requiring a decent pull of power. Certainly that is how I've done things in the past and it works rather well.

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Acer claims first Core-i7 Ultrabook

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Re: Eww

"Ports on the back are never nice, especially USB..."

I would normally agree but not in this form factor. These ultra-slim laptops have few ports so it is common to have either a docking station or even just a USB hub back at base - in which case having the USB port at the back, to slide into the docking station, makes perfect sense.

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Pogoplug maker intros nano Nas for smartphones

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SOunds useful

Except that SugarSync already provides all of this and it is free for upto 5GB. My photos etc are automatically uploaded from my phone and I can both access files and stream media from it. I suppose this has the advantage of not handing over your files to a third party - but that is only really an advantage to the law-breakers and/or paranoid.

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Outbound space probe looks back at tiny Earth and Moon

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Re: Despite the pic being of only 2 dots

Here here! Stunning pic.

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Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

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I've never understood the debate

I've never understood the debate over the ribbon. It is there for people who don't know the app. If you know the app you use keyboard shortcuts. If there are functions for which there isn't a keyboard shortcut, create one or place that command on the home ribbon. I can understand the argument that it takes up too much space (though I'd argue that is as much a problem with stupid monitor manufacturers making everything wide screen and so reducing verticle resolution - but that is another debate) but advanced users will never use the ribbon as is. They will bypass it for the 90% of things they do using shortcuts and they will customise it for the rest.

It isn't there for us. It is there for the new users so they don't have to wade through 5 or 6 sub-menus to find a command - or, more likely, use a program for five years without ever discovering 95% of what it can do BECAUSE it is hidden in so many sub-menus.

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IDLENESS sees Brits haemorrhage cash to mobe firms

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Switcheroo

"with 26 per cent switching for that reason, 16 per cent for a better handset and 14 per cent for better coverage and reception."

That adds up to 56%. What were the other 44% switching for?

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CERN: 'Climate models will need to be substantially revised'

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Biomass

Interesting comments in PhysicsWorld about Biomass being a major source of aerosols. If the rest of the theory proves sound then it looks quite bad for a lot of "carbon-neutral" energy schemes.

Although it doesn't really need another study and more pointless arguing from both sides of the APGW debate. Whatever your beliefs, pumping crap into the atmosphere isn't a good thing.

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Seven Dwarfs password gag declared Fringe's best

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Re: I don't get i

Me neither. Thought the Tim Vine one was funny though I preferred his;

I was at my boss's house having dinner when his wife asked me how many potatoes I would like. "Just the one, thanks". "You don't need to be polite" she replied. "Okay, just the one thanks you ugly cow".

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ASA bitchslaps Motorola on 'most powerful' Atrix boast

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Re: Err

Okay, so which is the most powerful? The big tractor thingy that tows (towed) the shuttle to the launch pad or a Bugatti Veyron? The Veyron is the fastest but it isn't the most powerful by a long shot. I'm just pointing out there is more to power than simply being the fastest.

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Not sure

I'm not sure Motorola were actually in the wrong here. Why does "most powerful" have to mean "fastest"? Why can't "Most Powerful" mean "capable of more" which, given the various docking options and desktop browser, you could argue DOES apply to the Matrix?

Not that I give a shit either way and, as always with the ASA, the punishment is simply "don't run that advert you stopped running ages ago".

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Room-temperature brown dwarf spied just 9 light-years off

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Huh?

"With WISE, we may even find a brown dwarf closer to us than our closest known star"

What, closer than the Sun?

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 hits UK

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It's a Blackberry

“beauty, approachability and style at its heart”

Weird. It looks like a Blackberry to me. Nothing wrong with that. Just not something I would ever describe as beautiful or stylish.

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Amateur balloonists hit record 40,575m above East Anglia

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Pint

Re: Coopers

You can actually get it over here in Home-brew-kit form from an importer in Norfolk (good link!). Don't have the details to hand but got my Dad the kit 18 months ago for his birthday and he has produced some excellent stuff from it. Still not sure I'd rate it above a decent pint of Bushy's but a good save none the less.

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Osun MushRoom Green Zero USB charger

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Power Output?

What is the power output of the USB port?

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iLuv iPad 2 case and Bluetooth keyboard

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How much

Jesus wept. I got a tablet AND a keyboard/case for £80 off Amazon.

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The curse of Google?: Android licensees fail to cash in

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Re: No Brand Loyalty

"Not such a problem for your average el reg reader, who could apply a ROM from the net, a problem however for the average mobile phone user who expects their phone to work, with no AV running, and with updates"

I'm not sure I agree with this. I know half a dozen people who have bought Android phones in the last couple of weeks and none of them would "expect" updates. They wouldn't even know what an update is. Consider how many Windows users get pissed off when they turn their PC on and it takes five minutes to boot up because windows is installing "yet more updates". Yeah, I know, those are "patches" but users don't understand the difference. They buy the phone that is in front of them in the shop. They don't give a damn if it contains v2.3.3 or v2.3.4.

Only we care about shit like that and we're freaks.

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Music biz now runs on Viagra®, not cocaine

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Re: Quite Logical

There is also a question of what works. I've been to see new bands/artists and, frankly, I tend to feel disappointed. They only have one or two albums with a couple of hits - the rest is filler or covers. The artists themselves haven't got the background or experience to carry off a live gig. You can easily pay £35-50 to watch a new band going through the motions and they might only be on stage for an hour.

On the other hand, £50-70 can get you good tickets to a major star with 10+ albums, 20+ well known hits, decades of experience, real music talent and a fantastic band playing for 3 hours or more. Much as I like supporting new music I usually come away from such gigs feeling like I've been had. I've never failed to be impressed by the major names - even if I'm not a fan of their music. There is just something about the guys (and gals) who have been making a living playing live for 30-40 years that impresses the hell out of me.

Just as an example, I am NO fan of Elton John but I can assure you seeing him play for 3 hours, just him at a piano, with no band, is an amazing experience. Same goes for seeing Clapton, The Who and others. In straightened times, when money is tight, people want to spend their hard earned on someone they know will deliver.

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Pure Sirocco 550 music combo

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Re: Double meh

> Is it just me?

>

> It's just me, isn't it?

Yep. Just you.

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Murdoch's PIE BOY jailed for six weeks

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Horrible

An aquaintance of mine got 4 weeks for drink driving - a second offence! Although, when he came out, he admitted it put the shits right up him, he sorted himself out and, six years later, is still on the straight and narrow. But still, 4 weeks for operating a potential killing machine whilst pissed. 6 weeks for a paper plate with foam. Rediculous.

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Button brushes off 'car accident' website defacement to claim GP win

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Not quite true

"once again showed...the tactical nous of his McLaren pit crew"

Erm, didn't Jenson state in the post-race interview that his team actually called him into the Pits to Queue behind Lewis and get intermediate tyres when it started raining? It was Jenson's "tactical nous" that made him decide to discretely ignore the team instructions, sail past the pits, into the lead and win the race.

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SpaceX set to send supply ship to ISS in November

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Air Miles

Are they signing up for the Air Miles scheme? You could get quite a few on a return trip to the ISS.

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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Dissappointed

Like many others I have been a huge F1 fan for many years (since the very early eighties). It is one of the highlights of every-other weekend and my kids are both great fans now too. One of my big concerns with this move is the damage it will do to the UKs leadership in F1. Bar Ferrari, all the teams are based in the UK. All the drivers have homes here (albeit domiciled in Monaco for Tax purposes!) and the Universities around Silverstone and Brands Hatch dominate motorsport research across the world.

By removing F1 from the public conciousness there will be few younger people wishing to get into the sport and we will lose another or the increasingly few things we are good at.

As for my interests in F1. That is now at an end. Perhaps, if a significant number of people refuse to watch, they will get the idea but I doubt it. Bernie is only interested in selling the rights for the maximum he can get and UK based sponsorship of teams is virtually zero so I doubt it will bother them as they chase the asian and middle eastern viewers.

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UK Cops 'duped' into arresting wrong LulzSec suspect

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Missing something

Everyone seems to be missing a rather pertinent point here;

The guy stole the identity of ANOTHER member of Lulzsec. So, even if they don't have "the official spokesman" of the group, they still have another member of the group - albeit a junior one.

Obviously this (as with all comments above) works on the basis the story actually has any truth to it.

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