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University rats on Sydney suburb

Sekundra
IT Angle

Cables

Does this rat also not chew through them or something? Nice scientist btw ;)

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GCHQ losing its 'internet whizzes' to Microsoft, Google

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FAIL

RE: Ethics is a killer

Your medication. Now please.

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WTF?

And another thing...

While I'm lunching:

1. I wonder to what degree my previous post applies to ALL Government departments, not just the Security & Intelligence Agencies?

2. For those who know how Government works, the responses in the original report to the question of a single Vetting department for all three Agencies are well worth a read for the "lulz" as I believe the kids put it... ;)

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Mushroom

Bingo

"recommended that the Cabinet Office should consider the introduction of bonuses for specialist skills"...

This is where things get tricky, as at this point HMG realises that such bonuses would have to compete with London-based Financial Services, Google, Apple, etc. and then goes mental at the sums involved.

Remember - in Government, your pay is based on the supposed level of management responsibility in the main: start deciding pay scales around professional competancies and the Trade Unions for one will get very restless, as will the SCS (Senior Civil Service) who won't like the idea of people far 'junior' to them earning considerably more money.

If one is a very highly vetted contractor however *ahem*, you can work in various Government departments because the attitude is "Oh, you're just temporary". The fact that some contractors spend years and years in a single place is something the ISC might like to examine...

Whether HMG really do open this can of worms however is therefore an entirely different question!

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Redaction FAIL: Dull nuke sub document revealed in full

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WTF?

RESTRICTED

Lewis

Thanks for this - I had yet to read elsewhere what classification these documents were originally, and am reminded IIRC of the Yes Prime Minister episode where RESTRICTED is described as: "the Russians already have it".

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iPads mooted for Qantas flight manuals

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WTF?

Attention Excuse

Xenobyte and A/C

What I don't understand is that if the crew really just want you to pay attention and the electronic interference is an excuse, why can people go on reading books and newspapers etc.?

Why aren't these banned too? Why not just tell the truth? "We insist you pay attention!"

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The Sun still not shining on Nintendo's 3DS

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FAIL

Will the next issue of Private Eye reveal...?

That the Editor of the Sun demanded a freebie and was directed towards the shops...?!

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Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

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Spot on

Lewis

A clear, sensible and detailed article with an entirely unecessary mea culpa. And no brick bats at the MoD even!

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Football goal-line tracking tech delayed

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Big Brother

Hawk Eye... Kinect competition?

Am I missing the point here, or is Sony after the tech / IP owned by HawkEye to bring more accurate movement sensors to their games console side of things? Imagine HawkEye in the living room watching your gestures as you play CoD etc....

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Hollywood eyes Blade Runner replicants

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Oh dear

Time to die...

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Florida lag packs prison survival kit up jacksie

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Paris Hilton

Refund?

Well he did keep the receipt...

Paris because she's done time ;)

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The internet ate our homework

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Welcome

Australian Readership

I for one welcome our new Australian [overlords] readership... One of which I intend to be after July this year:)

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US gov says it can't build an interstellar starship

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Alien

Job Applications?

I'd actually lower my very reasonable day rate to join this Project... 89 year timeline should cover the mortgage quite nicely :)

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Ofcom okays Derren Brown psychic-baiting

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Dead Vulture

But surely..

... He also knew that he would lose this case against Derren Brown? The better idea would have been for him to threaten to complain, but not actually do soon the grounds that he could see he would lose! (Yes, inevitable joke here)

Tombstone for obvious reasons.

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IWF chief steps down

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Welcome

So... He'll be the next Head of CEOP then?

That's a guess partly based on your last paragraph ;)

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The year's best... laptops

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Happy

13" laptop with SSD, Core I processor, graphics etc.

Steve 13 - have a look at the Sony Y series, configured to taste as you describe it's about £1300 inc VAT... I'm waiting for some Christmas cash and then...

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The Economist publishes iPad app

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Boffin

Subscriptions

Er in fairness the Annual Digital subscription (which includes access to back issues) is actually £99, or about £2 per week...

http://www.economist.com/products/subscribe

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Airport security boss calls time on tech

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Spot on

I for one welcome our clear thinking Dutch Airport Security overlords - balanced, accurate, proportionate!

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UK gov could not procure its way out of a paper bag

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Grenade

Shooting the Messenger

There seems to be a fair bit today.

Funny that when it's Gary McKinnon showing up the Pentagon's security thats all good, but when it threatens civil service empires...

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Microsoft to slot ActiveSync into Hotmail

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Gates Halo

Push Hotmail?

Sorry for the daft question but I'm very tired...

So this is Hotmail being 'pushed' to my iPhone then?

If so... (drum roll) Well done Microsoft?!

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Police force more suspects to give up crypto keys

Sekundra
Black Helicopters

NTAC's home...

Er - since April 2006...

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/vo061031/wmstext/61031m0001.htm#column_11WS

A T-shirt would be lovely thanks if one's going...

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Oracle unleashes robo-tapeswapping monster

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Joke

Storage Comparison

Blimey - it will remember almost as much as my wife!

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'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'

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Paris Hilton

Grass

So... Grass that never needs replanting eh? And these guys are looking for some people with funds... Paris because she knows about having enough seed ;)

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Middle-aged sex: The X-rated photo guide

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Coffee/keyboard

Thank Vulture it's Friday :)

NMTS (Nothing more to say)

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Redback spiders provoke BAE lock-down

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Paris Hilton

Pain

"Redbacks are considered one of the most dangerous spiders in Australia. The Redback spider has a neurotoxic venom which is toxic to humans with bites causing severe pain." Courtesy Wikipedia.

"Little bastards". Courtesy my Australian wife.

Paris, because I bet she's made big tough men tremble with fear ;)

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Giving poor kids computers, internet makes them stupider

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Flame

Parents

Is there a study which *doesn't* reveal the blunt truth that your parents and upbringing are always key?

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Laser-toting robots take over UK hospital

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Terminator

What could go wrong?

Serco, laser toting robots, people already near death...

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Public sector IT: Our own pig in lipstick?

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Grenade

Radical Change

Most people hate it - it's hard, risky to one's career, often has long term benefits that may not be reflected in your next annual appraisal and will probably involve upsetting staff and Trade Unions if some people are, bluntly, no longer needed.

And that's just in the Private Sector. Imagine trying to do it in the Civil Service. Imagine trying to do almost anything in the Civil Service...

But in the words of General John Shinseki (then Head of US Army), "If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance a whole lot less".

Grenade icon because it's all too often needed.

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Dell customers count cost of battery back-up

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Joke

Ryanair Pricing

Have they been taken over by Michael O'Leary?

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BT union negotiations sour

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WTF?

Individual Reviews

@AC

I'm curious - does this mean that BT staff can volunteer to be reviewed on merit, or decline and take their chances? Bizarre if I''ve understood correctly...

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Woman sues Google after highway knockdown

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Stop

Out of Court Settlement

Hmm... $100K or a long expensive legal case? Would Google like to settle? Pull the other one etc.

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Exposed: Voyeurism and surveillance

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Black Helicopters

Caught by surprise

I didn't expect to see a review of this, and still hope to go and see the exhibition - thanks Bob for writing about this :)

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Cops cuff coke-smuggling lingerie model

Sekundra
IT Angle

Mobile Phone

Sorry El Reg but you need to amend this article to mention what mobile she may conceivably have owned, thus providing a deeply tenuous IT link. Otherwise, "Nice!".

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TwitPic-nicking Mail nicked

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FAIL

Small Claims Court

Expert opinions please - can El Reg and this unlucky photographer use this route and even, crosses fingers, send the Bailiffs round when the DM, hopefully, inevitably ignore the summons?

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Oz government in filter paranoia meltdown

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Black Helicopters

Conspiracy or...

Dazed & Confused.

Alternatively this was a cock up by some engineers who even if they were vaguely or entirely aware, didn't appreciate the publicity angle.

Hmm... Probabilities anyone?

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Copernicus reburied with full Catholic honours

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Good Move

Finally a reason to give the Catholic Church a positive comment.

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X-51 ordinary-fuel scramjet to fly on Tuesday

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Grenade

Booking Ranges

"delays to the project had resulted from budgetary and scheduling problems - in particular the difficulty of getting a time slot on the Pacific range ".

I wonder what the Range Warden is like at that one? Probably still moaning about litter and target holes left unpatched for the next users...?!

(military joke alert) I wouldn't want to be the Butt Party either ;)

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US boffins synthesize self-replicating bacteria

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Black Helicopters

Lifespan

"their creations can be engineered with so called 'suicide genes'", giving them perhaps a four year lifespan to hijack a shuttle and head for Earth? (Tannhauser Gate icon please)

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US Navy's plane-hurling mass driver in tech hiccup

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Liam Fox & Tory Defence Policy

Thanks for the article Lewis - and any initial thoughts on the above?

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US airmen hornswoggled by Transformers email trick

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Fair Play

Imaginative, effective, and even when it got out of hand no real damage done.

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Lufthansa offers iPhone 4G loser free beer

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Pint

Full marks to Lufthansa

If only all work mistakes were punished in this way... :)

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'al-Qaeda suicide cat' sends US Iraq war robots out of control

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Welcome

Cat 7?

Well I for one welcome our electro-magnetic pulsing feline overlords...

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Israelis offer unmanned robo smart-missile 8-pack

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Welcome

Unit Cost

Lewis

What's the unit cost please, against MLRS type munitions etc.? In short, does it make financial sense (military sense only counts for so much against HM Treasury...)

Oh, and I for one welcome our Jumping Festival Toilet robo-overlords... (Did I get that bit right?!)

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'Get cameraphones out of nurseries' plea

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Unhappy

Hard Cases make Bad Law

A cliche, but as true here as anywhere.... My sympathy does not extend to agreement.

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iPhone crashing bug could lead to serious exploit

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Not a bug

Sir

I salute you - that's awesome.

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iPhone v Pre - the celebrity smartphone deathmatch

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Jobs Horns

AC - "WTF?!"

Yup. Pretty much word for word how I feel. You can only be bothered to let RIM, SE, Nokia etc. try for so long when you get fed up with waiting....

End of this month, contract renewal, that's it. Jobs 1 - SE (in my case) 0.

Icon because that's the point really.

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Brit firm stops anti-tank warheads with cloth

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Welcome

Empty Barrels

Anon - please read the article properly and think first before posting.

WEIGHT is the key benefit. As any current or "cough" former soldier can tell you, knowing that your vehicle is as protected as before but weighs less is a "Good Thing".

Even if you're just replacing the lighter armour, you'll 'feel' the benefit!

Oh, and I for one welcome our cloth armoured overlords...

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UK police bust lottery scam centre in Somerset

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Happy

Good news for a change

Weirdly this is actually really good. Think about it as an advertising campaign by SOCA / Police.

They are targeting 22,000 people (morons) who fall for this type of rubbish. We know that these people pay attention to unsolicited mail, and they are now going to get a very specific and effective lesson in why they shouldn't.

Most campaigns of this type, like commercial advertising, are targeted more around likely customers (likely morons).

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US warboffins update Where Eagles Dare gizmo-bombs

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Happy

A whole day?

"With a box of tricks like this and a few sticks of C4/PE4, no alpine castle full of Nazis would last a day" - "Next time Major, make it an all British affair" Priceless!

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UFO wind turbine prang site: Exclusive photos

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Alien

We are not worthy...

ROTFLMAO - I'm glad that I've yet to start eating! :)

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