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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Not a lot wrong with making use of Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics. It makes more sense than using lyrics from The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, Silver Salmon or even Dragon Attack.

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Thanks!

Great - and thank you - I had no idea! I have just purchased 2 tickets.

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Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact

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4k

For photography work, current screen resolutions are pretty underwhelming. 20 - 24" 4K monitor should prove a big step forward.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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This reminds us how much credence we should give the the thoughts of religious leaders.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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IR is a great feature, I use it on my (previous model) One a lot. As for the camera, the One may have many fewer pixels than other phones, but still makes great photos. People subscribing to the 'more pixels is everything' idea are being short-sighted.

The new One sounds like a relatively mild evolution of the previous model, so won't be rushing to upgrade, but given how superb the existing model has been, this will get strong consideration.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Re: These bureaucrats have clearly all had their mandatory humourectomy

Luton South?

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Anybody in the UK with even a vague sense of what is going on around them would be aware that NICE are not a body that gives test results, and has *something* to do with whether a given treatment should be made available on the NHS.

Then again, I spoke to a customer today, old enough to be married and have a child, who was not even aware of the name Tony Benn, let alone who he was, or that he'd died.

The people running this scam are evidently scum, but it should not be a surprise that people oblivious to the world around them are more vulnerable.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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So, he's asking smartphone manufacturers to make a payment to musicians for music that is not on their devices, but might, potentially, by some users, be added later on.

What could possibly be flawed with that?

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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Absolutely loved Out Run, even owning an official Out Run t-shirt at some stage. I remember the first time I completed it, in an arcade in Oxford St, during a lunch break in my induction week at Midland Bank in on Tuesday 13th September 1988.

The music was great too - if Japanese jazz fusion is your kind of thing!

The home computer versions were, inevitably, poor by comparison, but I believe the Sega Saturn version is a very good version of the real thing. If I had the room and money for a top-spec cabinet version, and could get hold of one, it would be installed at the drop of a hat.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: Fascinating article

I recently retrieved my C64 from my parents' garage where it had sat for many years, along with many cassette tapes (and some discs for my "Enhancer 2000" disc drive from Evesham Micros. Why they felt the need to name it like a sexual aide I was never sure...)

I connected the Commodore up to my 42" TV (a little different to the 13-incher it was previously connected to), stuck in my Daley Thompson's Decathlon cassette, and am happy to report it loaded first time.

In this 'test' the cassette certainly showed good reliability over nearly 3 decades.

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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Then the south Koreans need to understand (and the majority may well do) that when a non South Korean does it, it is NOT considered rude.

Bill does far more good than harm with his position and wealth. I guess tall poppy syndrome is why some want to criticise him for a faux pas any westerner there could have made.

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Google's Schmidt: I squeezed Norks to lift web blockade

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Re: "He told reporters at Beijing airport in China"

I believe you're thinking of New-Beijing in Broxbourne. http://www.new-beijing.co.uk/

Still in Hertfordshire, so pretty close, although the runway is rather on the small side.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Re: Comprehension

Frankie's version of Born to Run is a fine version (not that I'm knocking Bruce's. Thanks for the reminder.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK

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Yay

Good news.

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'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

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Will it also include the kind of weak spot included in the original that, if you happen to hit with a laser, means the whole thing explodes? It did seem something of an odd feature.

If they do choose to include it, any idea if there's an American company which specialises in including huge vulnerabilities in its products that might be called upon?

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Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

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Joke

'...rather than traditional methods such as dictation.'

"Do you use a dictaphone".

"No, I use my finger like everybody else"

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Moon riven by colossal cracks

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Our merkin friends stress both words in a similar manner of course, so you read it pretty much as they would have pronounced it.

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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

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Facepalm

Pathetic

Insane decision.

How can this be banned while Halifax adverts are not?

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Astroboffins spot smiley face on Mercury

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Mercury

That's (Freddie) Mercury's face on Mercury - and it's not a smile, it's a moustache, conveniently in time for 'Movember'.

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EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive

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Re: Hang on....

Because they just got DNA confirmation.

2 years does seem absurd though.

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Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games

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Despite the link omission, the term 'pant-cacking' was worthy of a smile. Might try and slot it casually in to conversation this afternoon.

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Edge-of-space skydiver grounded by ANOTHER bout of bad wind

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Re: Not edge of space.

The edge of the edge, perhaps?

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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I, for one, am touched by His noodly appendage.

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

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Re: time flies ...

Peanut butter wasn't it?

Not sure whether it was smooth or crunchy though.

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Virgin ramps 4G to a whopping 90Mbps - and switches it off

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Re: No matter how much bandwidth you generate

Why do people feel the need apostophise acronyms? What is wrong with "LOLs"?

(The fact your post was largely drivel is a seperate issue.)

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

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Headmaster

",...build there own?"

*shudder*

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Ever considered putting a rocket up someone's backside?

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: It isn't as easy as it looks

"blown his arse off" - brilliant.

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Tablets, copycats and Weird Al Yankovic

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Since when did judges decide what is and what is not cool?

Traditionally (in the UK anyway, perhaps it's not as bad in the US) judges are hopelessly out of touch, e.g. "Who is Gazza" at the height of Paul Gasgoigne's fame.

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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Re: prescription glasses

Perhaps they will come in prescription versions, if the glass can be ground to different prescriptions, or, ultimately, can be calibrated to modify what any wearer sees to put it in focus (which might kill off the regular lens-making industry).

As a "speccy four eyes" myself I'm optimistic we'll be accounted for.

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Startup pitches £64 hackable Android console

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Quite

It was a strange line, given the price is both in the article and the title.

Oh well, to err is to be human, or vulture, or some such.

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RIM boss denies cratering Canucks are in 'a death spiral'

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Re: And...?

Just a reminder RIM (te-he) still exist before they disappear from the radar altogether.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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The day I start taking advice or guidance from the vatican on, er, anything, is the day my sorry life should be over.

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

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FAIL

Re: 55 websites?

Quite!

Even claims in dodgy ads for making eyelashes 'lusher', or some such manage a larger sample size than that.

Can almost imagine the scene at the KPMG 'research centre': "Shit, we've got 7 minutes before we have to hand in this report, been caning the gak for the last 8 hours and 23 minutes....right, let's see how many sites we can squeeze in".

And these twats audit how many of the FTSE 100?

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Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

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Oldest. One. In. The. Book.

The people who perpatrate this crime are utter wankers, and their victims are stupid, greedy idiots.

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Evil plot to control souls via Wi-Fi thwarted

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I won't hold my breath waiting for the various religions to apologise for making claims about their god(s) they can't back up.

TBH I just feel a bit sorry for people who do *actually* believe in god. I'm pretty sure a lot of various senior religious people know it's a bunch of bullshit, but when it makes good money, and gives political power, why let the truth get in the way?

Religion is shit.

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Amazon boss finds Apollo 11 engines on seabed

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Out of interest

I wonder how they're so sure these are from Apollo 11, rather than the other Apollo missions? They would all have had a similar trajectory I presume?

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Excellent news. The Apollo program was truly "awesome", and anything that puts it back into the public domain is fine with me. Hope they get the go ahead and succeed in this project.

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Republicans shoot down proposed ban on Facebook login boss-snoop

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Re: You don't need new laws

I'm inclined to concur, but in times when employment opportunities are relatively few, some people won't have the luxury of telling the prospective employer to Eff-right-off if they make such a request.

Whether a specific law is required or a current one fits the bill, my knowledge of US laws is far from good enough to know. I doubt one specific to Facebook is appropriate though.

Where does a request for personal information stop? "We need photographs of your wife naked in order to get this job".

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Actively cooled rocket primed for easy re-entry

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All German?

Part German, of course, but plenty of Merkins involved too, both in terms of design as well as build.

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Fujitsu has phone fraudsters in its sights

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Too good to be true

What Futjitsu are saying here sounds too good to be true, so presumably will itself turn out to be bullshit.

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Russia plans manned moon shot by 2030

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What were the Soyuz 7K-LOK and the N1 rocket designed to do?

It's true, the Russians didn't get very fair with their manned lunar programme, but would be incorrect to say they didn't have one at all. How viable it was is another matter.

That said, the US chose to go to the moon because Kennedy was (correctly as it turned out) sold the idea it was an achievement they could achieve before the Russians.

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Paper pictures failed hostage rescue with Call of Duty shot

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They should only be allowed to use images from the original Commando video game.

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Citrix drops Rush Limbaugh over 'slutgate' slurs

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WTF?

Er, so they only just worked out Rush Limbaugh is an utter twat? What took them so long?

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Pope's PR says Vatican in grip of WikiLeaks-style scandal

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Given the pope is apparently going to pop their clogs later this year that sounds like a great idea.

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Asus UX21E Zenbook 11.6in Ultrabook

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3G

Why have to pay for a second sim card when many smartphones will enable you to teather?

Well, HTCs will do it nicely, Apple will charge you a fortune for the privilege of course.

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'Mobiles bake men's balls' bog ad is cobblers - new ruling

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Well done ASA

I wonder if the ASA are prepared to do anything about the signs at the front of some churches that similarly make claims which 'lack [the] empirical evidence that most "experts" would require', to the effect that non-believers are doomed, or that attending their services give us access to something spritual?

Or is it one rule for product-bullshitters and another for sky-fairy-bullshitters?

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Ofcom maps out what 'psychics' are allowed to do on TV

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"Anyone claiming to be in touch with such a power (other than a recognised deity) must be very clear that they're doing so "for entertainment purposes only" and not just with a banner at the bottom of the screen either, it has to be stated by the presenters."

I'd like to see the same rule applied to recognised deities too, given there's as much evidence of being in touch with him is there is with dear departed auntie Norma.

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2011's Best... HD TVs

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Agree 100%

I made the mistake last year of buying a 42" LG (42LD490), primarily for use with my Xbox, but was not aware of the potential issue of 'input lag', and my research at the time didn't highlight it. Most reviews don't mention it and, it turns out, most people selling TVs for a living I've spoken to are unaware of it.

The effect of this lag on my gaming (mainly F1...each to their own!) was horrible, always "behind" the action.

I recently did some more research and based on that purchased the Panasonic Viera TX-P42ST30 you suggest. For games it's input lag time is considerably reduced compared with the LG. Sure, not as fast as a CRT, but small enough to be inperceptible.

Anybody thinking of buying a big telly for gaming really need to think about this. My focus is racing but I believe for first person shooters the issue is even more accute.

I would like to see El Reg's reviews of TVs compare their input lag times with CRT...I can't be the only El Reg reader who uses their TV mainly for gaming.

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