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'We’re not SNEAKY, we're DADS from the MIDWEST'

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I especially liked the part of this article where, while it was talking about Eich's sexual discrimination of gays, The Register had an ad of a computer-generated woman in her underpants.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

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You're a Good Man

"Snow falls up, Charlie Brown. Snow. Falls. Up."

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Merger with Sprint is INEVITABLE, suggests T-Mobile chief bean counter

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This gives me sad feelings

I moved to T-Mobile from Sprint mostly because Sprint's network -- previously fine -- started to become spotty in my area.

I don't look forward to them buying T-Mobile and then continuing their practice of selling off towers and screwing up my connectivity again.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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Hah! Time Warner Cable does it, too.

When our company moved to its current location, we contacted Time Warner Cable for their business internet.

Apparently, they never ran cable to our side of the street. If we wanted them to do so, we were invited to underwrite the entire cost of upgrading their infrastructure to cross the street (an astonishingly large amount, as it turns out).

Later the next year, they sent a mass mailing to our street--including us. As it turn out, it's COMPLETELY LEGAL for them to promise service at a particular rate while meanwhile having no intention of actually fulfilling that promise--so long as it's a MASS mailing.

At least in the U.S., I guess.

Glad folks get comeuppance in the U.K. for such shenanigans. I'm jealous.

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Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract

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Re: RSA deserves what it gets...

That's exactly the problem, isn't it? They're either one, the other, or perhaps both.

They are, at the very very best, an inappropriate agency to trust with security.

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

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Re: El Reg, your link broke the Intertubes!

The device creator probably spent all his money on golf, and didn't have any left over for a hosting plan.

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Pac-Man GHOST nebula is literally the coolest thing in the universe – boffins

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Ghost-shaped IBS treatment

I thought the coldest thing in the universe was a witch's [something one exchanges for tat].

But the thing that really puzzles me is how the IBS treatment Molecure relates to nebulae.

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Hands up, who couldn't post to Facebook today? Oh, MILLIONS of you

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In other news...

I didn't even notice the Facebook thing.

On the other hand, Cheezburger was down most of Saturday.

Now THAT gave me a sad face.

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So: Just how do you stop mobile users becoming leaky lusers?

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Re: People and confidentiality

Just take a clue from the pirates.

The real ones.

Dead men tell no tales. Mua ha ha ha ha!

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Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

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That's just it

That's just it, isn't it? Photoshop doesn't REALLY have a competitor.

There are image-editing products that suffice if you don't need everything that Photoshop does, but even Corel is a very distant #2.

My guess is that Adobe has managed to hire all the mathematicians (both of them) who actually LIKE doing linear algebra all day.

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Big browser builders scramble to fix cross-platform zero-day flaw

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Thumb Up

Too true

To this day, it remains the only browser that offered a sane display for <optgroup>s.

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China denies hacking claims, says it doesn’t need US tech

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Paris Hilton

My server logs say different

China is overrepresented in the illicit connection attempts against the servers I administer.

We've got to explain this somehow:

1) Chinese folks are fundamentally more prone to criminal behavior than anybody else

2) Chinese folks are fundamentally less competent as system administrators (and thus are themselves hacked and the hacked computers are used in greater proportions to launch attacks against others than anywhere else).

3) Hacking is at best, less prosecuted by the Chinese government than anywhere else, which is at least TACIT State sponsorship, and at worst, ACTIVE state sponsorship.

Explanation number 3 is the only one I've come up with which doesn't rely on racist presumptions.

So, saying that China doesn't NEED US tech is a little like Paris Hilton saying she doesn't NEED to be bad. True enough, but....

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Chinese PLA soldiers 'mastermind cyber-espionage Cold War'

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Not sure I buy it, but...

"Scans" of my servers are overrepresented by ip addresses in .ru and .cn.

So what does one conclude?

1) Server admins in .ru and .cn are significantly more incompetent than the rest of the world?

2) People in .ru and .cn are more apt to be criminals than anywhere else?

3) The governments of .ru and .cn have bones to pick with the .us, and sponsor these attacks in covert post-cold-war shenanegans?

I'm not liking any of my choices.

But in the absence of any other kind of explanation, one tends to gravitate toward one of these or another, with #3 being the very most exciting of all of them.

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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

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Headmaster

Re: Crapware Payload

To be fair, if memory serves, the practice of bundling crap with the Java installer started with Sun.

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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

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Beast with ?2? backs?

I thought the primary benefit of dating twins was making the beast with *3* backs.

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Mostly just clueless

"How would you feel about “registering” with every bricks-and-mortar shop you buy something from?"

It used to be the case (okay, years ago), that whenever you purchased anything from Radio Shack, they'd write out a receipt by hand, asking for your mailing address so they could send you junk flyers in the mail. Sometimes the sales people would be particularly belligerent about demanding your information.

It isn't just merchants, either. I recently had an extended stay in the hospital, during which an organization made occasional visits with dogs. It was very nice. I wrote to thank them. Big mistake. Had to write an email filter against them in the end.

Ultimately, though, I'm still of the opinion that many organizations are simply clueless, rather than mean-spirited. Radio Shack stopped demanding personal information some time ago. The animal folks I still believe are more stricken with overzealousness than with any kind of evil mercenary attitude.

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Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm

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Am I a bad person...?

Am I the only one who thought of the Bob Hope movie, "Road to Hong Kong?"

The part I'm thinking of is here, about 8 minutes in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpDSCN1WCcw

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Antarctic discovery: ALIEN LIFE may be FOUND ON MOON of Jupiter

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Alien

Re: Nasties from beyond

It makes for an exciting movie, of course.

But consider it in reverse: What's the likelihood that we discover something on a moon of Jupiter that turns out to be SIMPLY DELICIOUS?

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Google, Apple, and Microsoft downed in Pakistan

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Black Helicopters

The rhyme

Is this equally bizarre in the original Turkish, or is this an automated-translation artifact?

If it's still nonsensical in the original language, I'm going to have to conclude that this is an attack from a self-aware AI that has yet to grasp the syntax of human language. There can be no other explanation.

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Federal advisors urge Congress to look into China's cyber attacks

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Wow! I'm more important than I thought

I've noticed for some time that IP addresses registered to China are...overrepresented in attacks on servers I manage. Even my home computer.

I had no idea that the Chinese government itself was interested in me. Wow.

But I guess that's probably the most respectful presumption I can come up with.

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Hong Kong web host jailed for DDoS stunt

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Childcatcher

We had a junior dickwad here who would argue at length that a clever hack attack should be a free ticket to a lucrative job in IT security.

Just goes to show, the criminal mentality is everywhere.

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Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

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Re: Question

What I'm hearing here seems similar to the DPI discussions we used to have with print designers when we wanted an image for the web.

Saying that you have 5000 fps (or some such) is a lot like saying that you have 5000 dpi, except the multiplier is a bit more abstract, and comes in terms of complexity of the image, rather than the more direct math of inches of image, like we have with DPI.

It's all good. Sometimes it IS a waste to have too many DPI, and sometimes it IS a waste to run at a high frame rate.

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Bucky 2
Alien

Probably not, though

In any enumeration, it's usually safe to assume items not listed are excluded.

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: Old hat

Well, here's a solution:

If the patent office grants a patent that the courts have to strike down, then the patent office pays all court costs.

Ta da!

Is it Friday yet? Feels like a Friday....

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Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

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Another "A Wrinkle in Time" reference

Hold me; I'm scared.

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Iffy image said to signify incoming 10in Google tablet

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Surprised

I'm surprised El Reg missed an opportunity for a headline like "Iffy image said to signify incoming Google 10-incher."

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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So Confused

The word "theft" didn't appear in the article. The word "apartment" did. It would be cuckoo-bananas to assume her own WiFi router wasn't INSIDE her apartment, so why was she moving her laptop FARTHER AWAY from it in order to get a better signal?

Maybe I'd understand better if I didn't drink so much.

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They've only gone and HACKED the WEATHER

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Re: Is anybody else reminded of Die Hard?

Actually, I'm reminded of a line from a sketch from a short-lived comedy show called Exit 57:

"I couldn't find the cat, so I dressed like a scarecrow." (The sketch is called "Down in the Basement" and you can find it on YouTube if you look).

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Chinese 'Thunder God' plant could crush cancer

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Re: Turmeric has few side effects

AND it's an acceptable substitute for saffron in dishes that call for the latter. And LOADS cheaper. And it's just deeeee-lish.

(I don't actually care about it medicinally--I'd hate to have it regulated as a drug when all I want is a nice curry and a good beer.)

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Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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Pint

Ooh ooh! I spot a regional spelling!

Somebody summon a policeman!

(Besides, everybody knows "Math" was a king of Gwynedd who needed to rest his feet in the lap of a virgin or else he would die, and "Maths" would refer to him, together with the famous wise-woman of the Andre Norton collection).

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13-inch 'Retina Display' MacBook Pro to uncloak next Tuesday?

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The original Mac

I think that was Epoch making, too.

I think...yes, I seem to remember...it, too sported a 13" display.

Wow. What goes around really does come around

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Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

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Coat

MacAfee, some years ago....

I remember some years ago already, I got a new laptop which had MacAfee pre-installed.

The first thing I did was create a limited account for daily use.

Surprise. MacAfee started throwing errors. It seemed that MacAfee wouldn't run unless you were running as a user with Administrative access.

So I uninstalled it and forgot about it.

I'm sure they've improved their product since then (though I guess they've failed to produced a passing grade in this most recent test), but I still remember my astonishment at the program's reaction to a garden-variety first-tier approach to securing one's computer.

Thought I'd share....

Right. I'll get my coat.

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Bloomberg's bomb: How SEC shredded Facebook's pre-IPO claims

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WTF?

VERY confused

Didn't some pundit note that in order to match pre-IPO earnings estimates, that Facebook would need a whole extra PLANET of new subscribers?

That's even taking the now-debunked items at face value.

I find high finance absolutely mystifying. This is why I will almost certainly die poor, I guess.

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Crazed Microsoft robot accuses BBC kids' channel of Win8 piracy

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Black Helicopters

Simple Test

Did the offending sites vanish from Bing? If not, I'd assume something else was at work besides a simple "software error."

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Climate change threatens to SHRINK FISH AND CHIP SUPPERS

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Mushroom

Appropriate consequences

Hmm. Perhaps this warning is the God's truth.

But if it's NOT, I want some ancient-Egyptian-esque consequences.

If a doomsayer is WRONG, I think he should be forced to live in the world he predicted (e.g.: if it was end-of-the-world stuff, he should be put to death. In this case, he would be required to pay outlandish prices for very tiny portions of fish).

This would be applicable both for the scientist who did the prediction as well as the journalist who repeated him.

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Coat

Just a TAD confused

I understand the FIRST explosion, but not the subsequent ones.

Also, where was Mr. Moose during all of this?

You know...? Mr. Moose...? Ping-pong balls...?

Crud.

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Google to axe IE 8 support, cuts off Windows XP lifeline

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SNI

One thing I don't see mentioned...

No version of IE on Windows XP supports SNI. So if you want an SSL website viewable on Windows, you EITHER have to require a newer Windows operating system, or else still use XP, but with a browser with its own SSL implementation built-in (like anything BUT IE on XP).

That's what I hear when Google says it's not "supporting" IE8. I hear somebody's finally rolling out SNI in a big way.

Yeah, IE8 has its own rendering problems, SOME of which are fixed in IE9, but I don't see that as a hairy deal.

Also, the issue that you can't use YouTube at some place of employment or other because of some restriction of Google's is a complete red herring. To such people I say GET BACK TO WORK.

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Winklevoss twins stuff $1m into social network for the FILTHY RICH

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Am I the only one....

The only press I want to see on the Winklevoss twins is that they've released a porno.

And not an ordinary one. I mean, one that's really TWISTED and makes you feel dirty inside just hearing ABOUT it.

Anything less (e.g.: their business ventures) are just wasted on me.

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Apache man disables Internet Explorer 10 privacy setting

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WTF?

Does nobody know how to administer a site anymore?

Oh geez: Bitch, moan, whine.

You program your site like this:

A visitor either has do-not-track ON, in which case he needs to buy a subscription for the content, OR he has do-not-track OFF, in which case he is selling his use patterns in exchange for the content.

Totally fair. Totally compliant with the standards. Totally doesn't matter which setting is on or off by default.

Either way, the content provider is getting paid a fair value for his content.

Why is this hard?

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'GNOME people are in total denial about what their problem is'

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Re: "Burglarized"

It's a ridiculous word because it seems more likely that it's not actual burglarization but embezzlement. That missing maple syrup probably never existed anywhere except on paper.

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Apple urged to defy China's one child policy

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Alert

Re: Poulation awareness

Yeah, these are all fun things to think about. Practicality rears its ugly head, though.

The side-effect of NOT giving assistance to poor people having too many kids is a permanent slave class (with associated crime rate and bizarre Mad Max-esque neighborhoods, like Detroit).

The state could snatch the extra kids away, but then again, you'd have to have a lot more trust in the government than I have in mine, and as far as I know, orphanages have not yet been scoured clean of available children that people are ALREADY given away without prompting.

You could just kill the mothers, and let the extra babies go down with the ship (okay, that's from Birdcage).

You could perform some kind of reversible sterilization on each and every child ever born, to be reversed only--and only so long as--they choose to have a governmentally-allowed child (based on their scientifically-determined Genetic Quotient, of course. I think that's from the Pliocene Exile tetrology). We'll have to wait on the technology for the safe sterilization and the ethically-pure telepathic Unity for the decision-making process, though.

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

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Pint

Already Disabled?

I disabled Java in Firefox long ago, since whenever I hit a page with a Java applet, my browser pauses for a good 30-45 seconds, and then typically just crashes entirely.

I remember trying to report it, and ending up with a lot of finger pointing (bad applet design, bad sandboxing, whatever), but no substantial remedies from my standpoint.

Luckily, it was never a Thing for me to have it off.

[Beer, because it helps me have it off]

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'United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks'

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Re: You learn something new every day

Google to the rescue.

Q:

define:splaff

A:

SPLAFF is your source for eco-conscious sandals, belts, bags, and accessories made of natural hemp, used bike inner tubes, and recycled race car tires.

"splaffed" would therefore be the past tense of splaff--that is, used hippie sandals.

QED.

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We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

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Pint

Getting YOUNGER

The only data I have on "normal" social behavior is what I see on TV. I figure TV's as scientific as it gets.

In 1936, the ages of the stars of "Romeo and Juliet"--that is, society's view of what the ages of star-crossed "young" lovers would be--were 34 and 43.

In 1996, this was reduced to 17 and 22.

Now, granted, Shakespeare's idea was that they were about 14 or so. But that's ANTIQUITY. I have hard proof--HARD PROOF--that "young" couples are obviously younger today than they were in the 1st half of the 20th century.

HARD proof, I say.

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Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special

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Trollface

Tom Baker?

Worst. Dr. Who. Ever.

Troll, troll, troll your boat / gently down the stream...

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Meet the company that wants to destroy Twitter. It's Twitter

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Pint

"whether Twitter itself has even an inkling of why it's popular"

Aw, give 'em a break.

I don't have an inkling why it's popular, either.

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Using Facebook causes less eco damage than farting, figures show

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But I thought...

I thought that using Facebook was something that CATALIZED farting, not INHIBITED farting.

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Amount of CO2 being sucked away by Earth 'has doubled in 50 years'

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Doesn't really matter

It doesn't really matter what the processes are, or what the data show.

As long as we admit to being TERRIFIED, it's all okay.

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Apple iPad fondlers are about to enter a THIRD DIMENSION

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Re: Fantastic!

"The patent is a 35 page/15,000 Word document"

Doesn't this subsume the patent under Microsoft's paradigm and make it a Microsoft patent?

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Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

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Pint

Re: Outraged!

Ooh! Ooh! And driving! You've got to add drunk driving, too!

We'll get Oksana Baiul back into the Olympics yet!

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