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O2 leaks 3G users' mobile numbers to every website visited

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Lazy?

Lazy O2? I'd say the opposite - you have to go to some effort to create such a balls-up. I find it hard to believe it was an accident.

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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

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Trojan bidders, or illegal sellers??

As it turns out, not his effing house to sell!

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@Graham Dawson

In the case of the seller, it's the highest they can get away with. Chances are good they can get it higher if they're not being hampered by £100K worth of day-glo covered MDF in the living room.

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Reminds me

Of the joke about the man who walks in on his wife and his best friend:

"Mate, I have to sleep with her, but *you*??"

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Easy

It's presumably in her name and *not* paying the mortgage would cause the bank to repossess. Selling may not have been economically viable due to either negative equity or given the timescales involved, an endowment mortgage with a significant shortfall. He may also have been paying rent. Finally, selling a fixed asset in your name before a divorce isn't always the smartest move either as its harder to prove the money raised by the sale isn't both of theirs.

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Combination

You forgot the combination:

Candles in a vase = amazing (candles should still not be lit)

Or the Christmas alternative:

Twigs spraypainted gold or silver in a (inexplicable different) vase = Festive and good

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re: you grumpy asshat

"his hobby is no harm to anyone else"

Except his to-be-ex-wife, y'know, the owner of the property? It won't sell any time soon at its correct price. You're right, he's perfectly entitled to a hobby/obsession and good luck to him, but spunking close to (what's now) £100K on permanent fixtures/fittings to a property that's not in your name isn't the brightest idea, and from what I can tell they'd separated when he kicked off his project, so knew this must be on the cards at some point.

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Laser used to cool semiconductor

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@amanfromearth

In the same way you can do bold, italics etc...

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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

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Not bad

Given ouija boards are based on what the participants expect the outcome to be, then doesn't seem too wild an idea to me. Ouija's only give results that the people holding the marker believe it to be - if they thought he was guilty based on the evidence, then the ouija result would tend to show that too.

In the case you're describing though (mid-90's murder trial), IIRC it was only some of the jurors who did it, the defendant got a retrial, and was found guilty again.

I don't think you can say the jurors discussed the case with anyone else - to do so would be to concede ouija boards are contacting the dead and other such bollox.

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@MJI

It's "until". From the latin ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat

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@Martijn Bakker

"do you seriously expect these people to base their decisions solely on the information they are given?"

Yes, how is that even slightly difficult to comprehend? A judge rules on whether something is admissible in court, namely based on whether it is a legitimate piece of evidence. Someone being accused of something in the past is not a relevant piece of evidence and shouldn't be considered.

Lawyers from *both* sides put forward evidence. You're whinging as if only one side is put across and that jurors are being denied frivolous information. Juries are not "uninformed", they are informed of the pertinent pieces of information, not whatever they can find on Google or wikipedia. If past convictions or even accusations were even slightly relevant, we could save ourselves a whole lot of trouble and just wheel the same burglar into court for every breaking and entry charge.

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Potent proton pulse to BOMBARD EARTH Tuesday morn

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Delta-v

It's not that hard to find out instead of guessing... It's not acceleration, nor deceleration (which is the same thing).

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+is+delta-v

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@Raz

"I was betting on this. I actually got here from theregister.com :)"

And you do know that .com doesn't mean "America", or even "United States of"? GMT/UTC is the International standard for recording time, it's not some prissy Brit thing - in fact funnily enough, GMT/UTC runs all the way down the prime meridian and is the time zone of many countries. It's also a lot easier to calculate from one reference point instead of two.

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iPad 2, iPhone 4S finally jail-broken

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Physical

On top of Station Grey's points, unless the jailbreak is a physical one (bloody unlikely) then Apple would just need to do an iOS point release to address whatever gap they've used to get in. They don't need to punt out a new hardware revision.

Jailbreaking isn't keeping the older iPhones selling. I've yet to meet someone buying a 3GS or 4 just for its jailbreakability, they buy it because they want an iPhone but don't want to spend top whack for the 4S.

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Congress puts PIPA and SOPA on back burner

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@Yes Me

You keep using the word "undercut" in the case of Megadownload as if a) they were making money from selling digital copyrighted goods (they claim they weren't), and b) even if it were the prime income, they weren't selling it a product that it cost them to produce. I could "sell" digital versions of the entire Universal back catalogue for £0.01 more than the bandwidth it costs to transmit it and make a bloody fortune. Would you still consider me to be "undercutting" Universal?

I agree that digital downloads aren't anywhere near their true costs compared with buying it off the shelf (which I'd generally do, knowing I effectively "own" and am able to transcode it how I like), but I'm rather bored of the pretence that people are pirating to bring down evil profiteers or for altruistic reasons. Greed exists on both sides of the fence.

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Kodak's moment: Camera biz files for bankruptcy

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Inkjet

They entered the inkjet market waaaaay too late when it had been established and pretty much dominated already.

Funnily enough, I saw a Kodak inkjet advert tonight, bragging about the ridiculously cheap price of their ink. Couldn't tell if they were trying to do a loss-leading strategy to get the numbers up, which only really works if you force the competition out of the market which was never going to happen against the likes of HP.

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Netgear ReadyNas Duo v2 network storage

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X-Raid

"4x2TB drives in X-Raid ( Raid 5 for the sake of argument ) and get well over 6TB usable"

You get over 6TB of usable space? Where's the magic extra space coming from?

I'm generally suspicious of patented RAID solutions though, and prefer to have ones where I can swap the RAID controller and know it'll continue to work..

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@Luke McCarthy

How's the noise levels on the CFI A7879 case? I like the look of it but suspect it's not very quiet and reverbs with the hard disks?

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Fans goad Valve for Half-Life 3 gen

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@MJI

People do get it that it's a good game, they just don't know why you even had to criticize parts of the game that were irrelevant, especially at the time it was released. It's like saying Quake is a great game, shame there wasn't any anisotropic filtering.

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@Brangdon

D'oh, yes I meant to say that, I was trying to draw a parallel to a similarly teched game at the same time.

I'd argue Far Cry was technically better than HL2 in terms of its engine - more so when the HDR patch was released.

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Dated

I haven't downvoted you, but I imagine many people rightly will. Of course HL2 is "dated"! It's bloody 8 years old now. Feet were an absence from most FPS games until quite recently - Crysis being the first example I can think of. Far Cry (released after HL2) didn't have them either, where hands had only just progressed to being on guns (and were part of the gun model itself)

The "importance" of it that you quote isn't seminal in HL2 either. A silent protagonist with health pickups you say? Sounds very much like you can trace the all the way back to Wolvenstein. I'm not sure why you draw parallels to ID and say Gordon Freeman is representative of that - HL2 had bugger all to do with ID. Your equivalent of Sonic or Mario is either Bitterman, Doom Guy/Marine or B.J. Blazkowicz.

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@Barry Tabrah

That sounds very much like something Cave Johnstone would say...

"They're telling me I should stop making these pre-recorded messages. That gave me an idea, make more pre-recorded messages!"

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I wondered that

"Waiting patiently for over four years is a daunting task"

Suggests that there are people out there who can't get on with their lives until they know if a game sequel is even planned.

I would love for a HL sequel to come out, but it's not like I'm ignoring other game franchises until I know for sure...

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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

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@ravenviz

I get your point, but we missed being eaten by dinosaurs by about 65 million years. Have you been watching the Flintstones again?...

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Dizzy: the Ultimate Cartoon Adventure Part Deux

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Is this it?

No mention of Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, or Bubble Dizzy then? Or the truly abominable Dizzy Down The Rapids?

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Rumoured 'GarageBand for e-books' to bulldoze textbook biz

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Kinda

But bear in mind that digital publishing is massively controlled and curtailed by publishing companies that are yet to move with the times (digital copies roughly the same price as the existing hardback) and is very hard to tap into as an unpublished author. If Apple can remove the barriers to entry for "regular" people to publish, mainly removing the cost, then you'll flood the market with crap, sure, but with a lot of diamonds that would never see the light of day.

It really could change the market, but yes it would shift the power to Apple. A bugger, but no real alternative yet for people to get into the market in the same way that some developers have now managed to make a living from the App Store.

Positive, but with a large caveat attached!

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Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

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re: Slowing Down

Varying the length of a second doesn't really work, as it's not that it's currently wrong, but more that it's getting more and more wrong as the earth slows down - a variable second dependent on the Earth's rotation doesn't really work.

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Storage Forum

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Is it?

Is it a forum, or merely a topic?..

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Fanboi Wars

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The accidental fanboi...

There's the case to be considered where <b>I</b> can become an Apple fanboi purely by reacting to an Android fanboi/gurl. It's an easy trap to fall into, and simply by virtue of arguing against something, you become a fanboi for the other team.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't think of any examples where there is a single-entity fanboi status? (Apple vs MS, iOS vs Android, PS3 vs Xbox etc)

Can't seem to work out these darned tags though...

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Porno cyber-squatter landed in Branson pickle

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Looks like fun

I can't wait to see the system explode once the .<anything> kicks off.

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Apple offers cash for old kit

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Human CentiPad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdR7hCjQNwA

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Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations

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If only

Shame Woz can't post that summary in every flame war on the Internet around iOS vs Android, he's summed it up brilliantly: for those who like tinkering, get an Android; for those who just want a instant gratifying/usable (but inevitably restrictive as a result) experience, get an iPhone.

It's why I use an iPhone. I *could* put the effort into an Android (and did try for 2 months - one of the few people I talk to that has honestly lived with both devices) but ultimately don't have the time or inclination to do such a thing for my phone.

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Crossley cops two-year suspension

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Two years suspension??

I'm surprised it's not more of a punishment (ignoring his fines that he'll clearly never pay) - surely the charge of "he took unfair advantage of the people to whom he sent letters of claim" is tantamount to fraud? Can someone please just criminally prosecute him?

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Tiny frog claimed as smallest vertebrate ever

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Kissing

If we accept that kissing a frog turns it into a Prince, are we to assuming that kissing such a small frog would turn into pint-size-pop-star Prince?

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Dutch clog up The Pirate Bay (again)

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re: Err?

"Don't TPB also run the torrent trackers? In which case, they are providing the service."

Get with the times, TPB trackers have been offline for over 2 years now. Magnet links and distributed hash tables for the win...

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GAGA prepares to munch some organic rug

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Holmes

*cough*

And so much simpler than, say, an actual mirror....

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Or

Ensure it's radio controlled, and call it Radio GaGa. Y'know... where she stole, sorry, took inspiration for her name.
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Bond Blu-ray box set marks 50 years on film

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Guardian says "yes"

The equivalent Guardian article indicated they'd be re-mastered.
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X-Dream Rocker wireless gaming chair

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How else would it be powered?

Methane power plant in the seat to trump your way to power? Regardless, it's 12V, says right there in the review. It also mentions a "power adapter" which would be an awfully fancy way of saying "plug" - it's a mains transformer plugged into the wall, 12V trailing across the floor. Even if it were 240V running across the floor, it would still be plugging into a double insulated transformer and I'd be more than happy to sit on one of those.
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Hubble shows images from record-breaking 13.1 billion light-years

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"Um, below"

There is no "below" on the balloon surface for a 2-dimensional object.

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We are here, there and everywhere

The centre is both everywhere and nowhere. The cosmic microwave background radiation is the extremely redshifted "glow" from the initial big bang and can be seen roughly uniformly in every direction you look in space.

The easiest way to think about the expansion is like living on a surface of an inflating balloon where you can only perceive the 2-dimenstions, and trying to figure out where the expansion originates from.

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Not quite

It wouldn't have been as successful, but the HST results before the first service mission (remember, it operated "broken" for three years) were still considerably better than ground-based telescopes at the time. Things have changed, in that ground-based systems are pretty much able to rival Hubble by using adaptive optics.

If it weren't for the initial design of Hubble, it would have likely been replaced within 3-5 years anyway. There have been about 40+ space telescopes to date, Hubble is only well known due to its longevity and by operating in the visible spectrum, which also has its limits. That's also the reason there are no direct successors to Hubble - it's far more useful to look at the more red-shifted frequencies.

Without a space shuttle, they would simply have made them more frequently - the cost of the HST programme (including it's 5 services component costs) could have been split into multiple, especially if you remove the cost of the Shuttle programme.

Without the Shuttle programme, the space programme would certainly look different, but not necessarily any less advanced! :-)

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Smithsonian

A fair chunk of the "original" HST is already in the Smithsonian. COSTAR (Hubble's "glasses"), the Faint Object Spectrograph and Wide Field & Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC1 was used to create WFPC3!) are there at least, and the Faint Object Camera is somewhere in Germany last I heard - Dornier museum? Not sure where the Goddard Spectrograph ended up, but it came back to earth.

The telescope itself, as you say is likely to fall out of orbit in the next decade, but on the last servicing mission, NASA installed a glorified "hook" to help any robotic mission that might go get it. The original plan was to get it back with a Shuttle, but that plan's long gone out the window now :-(

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Nuclear Mars tank prepares for 8-thruster dance

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Key phrase

"increase by". They're piddly little directional thrusters really, designed to subtly alter the trajectory by a fraction of a degree, not speed it up significantly.

Bear in mind it's already hurtling towards Mars at ridiculous speeds.

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"Artist's concept"

Pretty awful artist if he doesn't understand shadows properly. Maybe I'm just overly critical but the first thing I thought when viewing that picture was "the Sun's in the wrong place"...

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Mars rover seeks perfect suntan spot to survive winter

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@Andus McCoatover

"Supposed to last about 3 months, and one of them is still up for the challenge almost 8 years later! Imagine if the Rovers' construction had been outsourced...."

You say that, but if NASA had built it to last *only* the spec'ed 3 months, it'd have been a heck of a lot cheaper...

Still, impressive that you managed to get a jibe in about outsourcing in this story!

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Free iPhone 4S deal tempts Chinese fanbois

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Adage

"Sure, we're losing money – but we'll make it up in volume."

Not quite, it's closer to "sure, we'll lose money on day 1, but we'll make it up over the life of the 3 year contract - and then some"

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Sir Howard's days as Sony prez said to be numbered

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"last year he shared a stage with Taylor Swift, who looked visibly uncomfortable when he suggested they go shopping together"

From what I've seen of that lass, she looks visibly uncomfortable pretty much 24x7.

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US 'space warplane' may be spying on Chinese spacelab

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@AC

"Read the first couple of paragraphs again"

Try reading everything. "would have" as in "they would have seen it without being told about it, so let's tell them about it first". No-one's saying they haven't found it.

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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@SP

I suspect you missed the heavy dose of sarcasm in the original post, try reading it again with that in mind :-) Unless there really has been legislation brought in recently that forces drivers to unquestioningly follow satnav directions that I've missed of late!

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