* Posts by Vaughan

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Scots and pilots brace against ID cards

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Have I missed something?

"These successes demonstrate the effectiveness of biometric checks in tackling immigration abuses and reducing illegal working."

Somehow they managed this despite what we've been told recently that there are no card readers.

So who's telling the truth?

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UFO wind turbine prang site sealed

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Uri Geller

That is all.

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Online crime maps go live

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@AC Posted Tuesday 6th January 2009 15:15 GMT

I haven't seen the Met map but if everywhere is (mean) average then nothing can be below it. If any areas are above average then I'd agree it looks a bit fishy.

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Private firm may run UK spy über-database

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Remember remember

Remember remember

to vote out the members

who thought up this treasonous plot

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UK.gov to push Obama for tougher rules online

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Burnham knows this will not work

When this has been shown to be the case he will instigate compulsory filtering by ISPs 'for your protection'.

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Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users

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Freetards Tossed By Virgin

Now that's a headline!

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MPs declare their ignorance on the web

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League Tables

"There should be faster take-down, with easier access on the part of the public to an ISP’s take-down process: a league table of take-down times, backed by "name and shame" for those ISP’s who are slowest to respond."

Great! Those ISP's will gain so many new subscribers they might even become profitable.

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Webcast quango: One-third of UK teachers are creationists

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@Mark

I completely agree with you. God seems to stand simply for everything not understood. If humans are around long enough to understand everything then perhaps religious types might admit defeat. However the prospect seems unlikely as the sun and, by extension, the earth has a limited shelf life. And so to bed.

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@Mark

Marc, did you mean to use question marks???

No, I wasn't calling Adam a monkey. I was calling him an ape, though that's splitting hairs as much as you did. I well understand how evolution/natural selection/adaptive radiation works. My point was simply how the story could be interpreted in support of these scientific ideas just as much as against them. The assertion that Adam and Eve had no knowledge of good and evil (concepts readily understood by humans) suggests they were something other than human prior to eating the fruit. The act of eating stands as a metaphor for whatever mutations made the difference between humanity and its immediate predecessor. As a hardworking atheist I find this sort of observation pretty useful.

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Adam & Eve...

...were forbidden to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

But they did anyway and took the evolutionary step from Ape to Man.

Metaphorically hoist by their own metaphorical petard methinks.

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Scientists prep robo-Freud for depressed astronauts

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Does it run on Windows?

Planet Earth is blue and my screen of death is too...chungka chungka chung kachung chung

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Top prosecutor warns against growing state power

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Communists?? Fascists??

The only difference is the rhetoric.

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Govt ponders proof-of-ID law for future phone purchases

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Labour are keeping their promise

It's just that we misinterpreted it. The causes of crime are individual privacy, freedom of association, etc. I didn't vote for them but I still feel pretty stupid now I've realised this.

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'U-turn' West: MI5 watching 'great' terror plot right now

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@JonB

>>Are these Eurasian or Eastasian?

>What does their race matter?

I suggest you read a rather excellent novel called Nineteen Eighty-Four. It's by a chap called Eric Blair but he used the pen name of George Orwell.

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Black widows: Coming soon to a kitchen sink near you

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Black Widows

...are apparently already established in Sweden so there's no doubt at all as to whether or not they could survive a British winter. I see this as an opportunity rather than a problem. Once the nuclear power station building programme gets under way super powers are but a bite away.

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Judge Dredd smartshell shotguns to hit Iraq in '09

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Excellent

And just as with cars, the technology will eventually become cheap enough to be afforded by every Tom, Dick and Harry with a robbery or insurgency to carry out.

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UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content

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I see a future...

in which those critical of UK.gov are only able to have their content hosted in Russia or China.

I'm not sure which is more ironic - this suggestion or my choice of icon :-(

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Yoof forum eats schoolkids, spits out ID card robodroids

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Hoist by their own petard?

"...right down to erasing their identities and giving them numbers instead."

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Bus-spotting paedo terror bust: Shock CCTV image

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Are you sure...

...that's not Omnibus Prime in the background?

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UK game-development degrees not up to snuff, claims industry

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Paris Hilton

Well they've changed their tune

Back in the first half of the 1990s I went to an interview at a games company with my shiny new maths & comp sci degree. Not interested they said. We only want bedroom hackers who've already had a game published.

Paris because she knows how to handle a joystick.

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Ex-Sun chief to fight Davis in '42 days' by-election

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...Davis was actually swimming against the national tide on the issue...

As a woman said on the BBC programme, Question Time, last night..."I'm sick of being told what I think by opinion polls." Admittedly she was talking in response to a discussion on the Lisbon Treaty but the point stands.

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MPs urge action as spooky caller ID-faking services hit UK

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They won't strangle Phorm...

...so I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for this to be outlawed. I'm sure both are going to be making money for some MP or other.

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A quarter of UK adults to go on child protection database

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Seems like...

a way of accelerating the population of the NIR while simultaneously offsetting some of the cost.

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The economy: A big Arab did it and ran away, claims PM

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High oil prices are in Gordon's interests

Evidence of this will become apparent in the great pre-election giveaway in 2010.

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Tories show they're ready for government...

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@What Free Speech?

As there is no written constitution or bill of rights and English law develops by act of parliament and legal precedent, I think it reasonable to assume that, since freedom of speech has not been specifically outlawed by either, we do have it for now. However, I concede that the current inhabitants of London Reptile House do seem intent on abolishing it.

Tux because freedom is about more than source code.

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Freesat launches in UK

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Yes, Freesat is an EPG...

...and almost the only thing we MythTV users have been lacking in the UK up to now. Currently we're stuck with XMLTV which is fine when it works, but frequently breaks. Hopefully the Myth developers will be willing and able to use the EPG soon. We are also now able to get Channel 4 FTA so all in all...see icon.

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Mr. and Mrs. Boring sue Google over Street View pics

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The solution is...

Leylandii

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Do we need computer competence tests?

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Vehicle Class

Driving licenses require different tests for different vehicle classes. Do you propose a similar system based on some aspect of the equipment being used for net access? Would that be hardware? Operating system? Browser? Email client? Something else?

What if I build my own system or write my own software? Would the knowledge required to do this exempt me from any such testing or would everything I built and wrote have to go through some sort of 'networthiness' test? This all sounds like a bureaucrat's wet dream but I don't think the public or the ISPs would wear it.

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FBI to get UK biometric database hookup?

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Server in the sky?

Never been a sinner, I've never sinned

I've got a friend in Jesus

But you know that when before I die

He's gonna fit me up with the server in the sky

With apologies to Norman Greenbaum

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Government rejects elephants for pets e-petition

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@David Davies

We working class English types have always had back yards.

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Parents to get classroom spynet in 2010

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Another pilot...

...another surveillance measure to be rolled out across UK. Presumable so police and/or politicians can watch us at work.

Hmmm, two posts in one day and both unusually paranoid. Must be something in the air.

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Reaper airborne war-droids to patrol 2012 Olympics

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And if this *cough* pilot scheme is successful...

...it will be rolled out to the rest of the UK on a permanent basis.

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Clarkson's 'steal my ID' stunt backfires

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He's done us all a favour

Maybe the "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" brigade might wake up to a few realities now.

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US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear

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In-flight entertainment

Fight sim game?

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In-flight entertainment

Flight sim game? (typo correction)

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Laptop power cranks up a gear

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Could you actually concentrate?

No, me neither. There's no reason the pedals have to be near the laptop though. Electricity generated by other means is currently distributed across entire countries. The power stations of the future could also be the gyms...or the correctional institutions.

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US woman fingered for Porky Pig drugs outrage

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@Karim Bourouba

Once they realize how over budget they are....

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Save the BBC - by setting it free

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@Paul

"Only BBC and C4 do good, cutting edge, intelegent programing, not done for ratings or price, but for artistic and editorial content"

And even C4 bulks out the schedule with the antithesis of such content. Big Brother & Wife Swap, I'm looking at you among others.

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Yes! It's the USB retro-style vacuum cleaner

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I'd go with laird cummings' french maid idea, but...

...my mate wants a tiny, gyrating, usb powered Freddie Mercury in drag. Takes all sorts I suppose.

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Darling admits Revenue loss of 25 million personal records

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Yes, complacency...

"the information on its own does not provide enough information to access bank accounts as it does not contain passwords and so on."

Plenty for opening fraudulent credit card accounts etc though.

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Gene Simmons blames college kids for ruining music biz

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All about the music

Er. I think I heard somewhere that KISS trademarked the dollar symbol ($).

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'I'll be back' is most-quoted movie line

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A quote for any occasion

"That Melon Farmer can go flip himself"

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Mandriva bigwig (nearly) accuses Ballmer of b-word

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Heroin...

...is usually free at first. The users only start paying once they've become dependent.

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US airforce checked out for synthi-fuel by 2011

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Re: American also has lots of oil

The plan is to use up everyone else's then hold the world to ransom, allegedly.

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Be kind to your stomach: eat chilies

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Yonsei University Severance Hospital?

Specializing in amputations?

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Newest Ubuntu dubbed 'Hardy Heron'

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Y

Yakkety Yak?

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Dolly Parton's theme park shells out for more silicon

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Dollywood?

...surely it's called Thoracic Park.

I'll get me coat.

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Solar-powered ion drive asteroid probe set for launch

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patent contention?

I refer the court to the case of noodles vs spaghetti.

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EC wants to suppress internet bomb-making guides

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Frattini or Fratelli?

Am I missing some sort of biting satire or are we simply being treated to a glimpse of the author's cd collection?

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So what's in a URL? The Reg URL?

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Vive L'Academie Anglaise

Communications received from the USA are often responded to with a witty appraisal of the linguistic deficiences of our former colonial subjects. The loss of the UK top level domain might be seen to excuse them, thus rendering the replies of your writers, seeming a little hypocritical, rather less potent. I would certainly regret the loss of such amusing paragraphs.

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