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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Re: Why bother with...

You're new here, aren't you?

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Re: WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION....

Considering how old Chewie's supposed to be, this might work out better than you think.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

You don't think The Register knows the definition of a slang term describing a deviant sexual act?

Are you new here?

I wouldn't be too surprised if The Register *invented* the act.

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Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE

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Re: Monopoly Power

True, but considering that U.S. Judges consider "precedent" set as far back as the late 1700s in their rulings (and sometimes precedent set during the Roman empire), I would say that it's both relatively *very* recent and quite relevant.

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US senator asks: Will Bitcoin replace Swiss bank accounts?

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The point?

I thought one of the points to bitcoin is that it's a non-national currency, so it will make it easier for *everyone* to conduct business across state/provincial/national lines, both the savory and unsavory characters. The ultimate question is whether we want to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater in this case. I would argue that we do not. Surely there must be other, less "Orwellian" methods of tracking down criminals than monitoring everyone's bank accounts and currency transfers.

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

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Re: So nobody told this judge that the word 'hacker' has several different meanings?

I think he means that in a Big-Brother, 1984-style manner. In other words, "liberal" = communist/socialist. Let's face it, many liberals are (whether you realize it or not).

Note that I said liberal, not Democrat or Republican. There are many Republicans that are quite liberal and several Democrats that are not.

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Re: Signed lengths

"It's also useful to have -1 available to represent 'no such number'; for example, the length of a file that doesn't exist. Use 0 would be wrong because it's a legitimate value. More generally, having invalid representations adds redundancy which can help error checking."

Wouldn't this be a good case to use the humble "null" value rather than resorting to signed integers?

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Village-swallowing MUDCANO was no accident, say boffins

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Re: Voting iregularities?

It's also odd how stories involving wells and fracking bring out so many mining and drilling "experts" eager to enlighten us with their "knowledge."

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IT Angle

I work with drillers every day in a Geotechnical engineering firm. You're right that there is no way for us to know what's underground prior to drilling, so drillers pretty much have to expect the unexpected all the time. In my opinion, they're culpable since their actions led to the disaster -- this is what insurance is for. Our drillers do things by the book, and we still sometimes (very infrequently) have borehole collapses that cause damage to houses, sidewalks, roads, etc. It goes with the business.

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

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Stop

Re: Are you telling me...

Hey, we sometimes let the Canadians come down and play with us :P

(Yeah, calling it the "World Series" is kinda dumb).

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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Stop

Re: I agree completely

From my point of view, here's what you essentially just said:

Sure, Mr. Obama is a jerk with no respect for individual liberty, just like all my other elected representatives, but at least he's a liar who breaks his promises, too!

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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Fuel is licked

At least the fuel thing is licked. Fracking in the U.S. has found enough energy reserves to last a very long time, and new nuclear designs can take over from there.

As for water: Desalination would work for people living near the coast (thanks to abundant energy supplies), but ultimately you're right. The people living inland will eventually need to start trucking in their water or find another solution, if one even exists. One solution is to use economics to balance water usage. Right now in the U.S., water is being sold at insanely cheap rates in locations that have dwindling water supplies. This leads to high consumption and no immediate incentive to conserve. You can use this to restrict consumption down to a level more closely approaching the replenishment rate of the aquifers.

As for food, scientists and researchers are working on it. They already know how to raise lots more food using much smaller plots of land than what is currently used. I don't know why they don't do it yet, but I'm sure there's a reason (expense, scalability, etc.).

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Humans becoming steadily STUPIDER, says brainiac boffin

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Pirate

Re: Well,

That only holds true if you believe YouTube commenters are a good representative sample of humanity. If they are, we're doomed.

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Stop

Me fail IQ test? That's un-possible!

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Foxconn: THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products

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Re: Long "working" hours, unhealthy conditions, disgusting dorms

Apple now employs far more workers in the US today than it did when manufacturing of its products was done in the US. The reason is because the labor cost savings were put to R&D, which led to the development of the top-selling iProducts. With that money, they were able to open the fabulous Apple stores, leading to them employ thousands more employees in the US alone. This was a case where outsourcing seems to have created jobs here.

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Motorola's Germany Xbox sales ban castrated by US judges

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Re: So the US are saying that.....

"Well I say sod off to them, how dare a district court in the US that can't enforce all its decisions inside the US due to different state laws think it has the right to dictate to another country."

The district courts are Federal courts, and Federal law trumps state law. The idea that federal court filings can't be enforced due to state laws is false.

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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Re: Jesus-H-Christ

The largest mass-murders in modern history killed innocents in the pursuit of atheistic social philosophies (Lenin/Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Ho-Chi-Minh, etc).

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Profs: Massive use of wind turbines WON'T destroy the environment

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FAIL

You rather missed the point. The authors were talking about meeting 1/2 of the energy demand *in 2030.* How are the wind turbines supposed to do that when:

a) They would only meet about half of today's requirements

and

b) World energy consumption is going up, not down?

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Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

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Re: Your Byline

Sorry, that should be subheading, not byline.

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Mushroom

Your Byline

I take extreme exception to your byline.

"Destroy the planet to save it…"

This is a clear slander of the scientists and engineers who are working toward an engineering solution to maintain an optimal climate for humanity and the natural systems that are important to us. Maybe their research will be fruitful and save thousands of lives, or maybe the whole idea is garbage, but how the hell will we know unless someone studies it? The last thing those scientists need is some know-nothing snarky reporter making snide comments clearly designed to poison readers' attitudes against the research. Watch it in the future, please. Your biases need to be kept to yourself and should *never* be reflected in your writing.

By the way, if I misunderstood you (which I sincerely hope is the case) I apologize.

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Hitchhiker shot while researching 'Kindness of America'

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His research

Just led to a very prominent data point.

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Climate scientists see 'tipping point' ahead

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Re: I like the sound of the homebrew...

"We live in a fine balance between ice age and global warming, either of which will have a devastating effect on our species. And we're definitely not in control of what happens in a geological time-scale sense, but maybe we have some ability to control it in the short term?"

Agreed. I like the idea of looking for ways to control it in the short term. Maybe it's time for the engineers of Earth to get the creative mental juices flowing about possible technological solutions to the potential problems. Maybe we can "have our cake and eat it, too" so to speak.

Before we can get the necessary conversations going to start this process on a global scale, we must build upon a foundation of respect for one another (as was previously suggested). This begins with understanding:

- The scientists are correct that we will hit an environmental tipping point at some time in the future (whether man-made, completely natural, or a bit of both) and the human species probably will be greatly impacted by it.

- On the other hand, the "skeptic" / "denier" (or whatever you want to label them) crowd has a good point that the solutions proposed thus far appear untenable and could very well cause more death, destruction, and general human misery than the environmental catastrophes they are intended to avert.

- The vast majority of both sides are honestly concerned and truly want what's best for themselves and for humanity in general.

- There are evil elements on both sides who are interested only in advancing an agenda that benefits themselves or something they care about at the expense of all others.

At the heart of this discussion will two essentially conflicting viewpoints: The anthropocentric philosophy and the Gaia philosophy. The anthropocentric philosophy holds that the advancement of humanity is the highest goal. To this philosophy all other things, including nature, are only important in so far as they help support and advance humanity. The Gaia philosophy holds that nature is the highest goal, and to most adherents it has a "holy" status that is defiled by human contact (hence the phrase "unspoiled nature"). To this philosophy humanity is only important in so far as it helps to support and protect nature.

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

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Stop

Re: Not likely.

Does the U.S. government require that:

- all our scales read in pounds?

- our food containers are measured in ounces and pounds?

- our drinks are usually measured in ounces, pints, quarts, and gallons?

- our meteorologists report the temperature in Fahrenheit?

- our sports teams measure their fields, courts, and arenas in feet?

- our construction industries primarily refer to feet and inches when specifying material sizes?

(side note: many government construction contracts use metric)

- our sportscasters talk about a linebacker's size in feet and pounds or a baseball pitcher's speed in mph?

AFAIK, the only thing our federal gov't can do is *recommend* that the states label their highways and roadways in kilometers and KPH.

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Japanese operator to test quake-proof floating phone-mast BLIMPS

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RE: Andrew Burt

I think the point of this is to have a reliable backup in case the existing buildings and cell sites that you speak of are no longer -- um -- existing.

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SpaceX sets new blastoff date for Dragon: 19 May

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Trollface

Re: You have got to admire these guys!

Would you rather a space doo-hickey designed by a government bureaucracy and built by the lowest bidder using only parts and technologies available in the 1970s and early 1980s?

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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

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I'd shed a tear but it'd be crocodile-flavoured (is that kinda chicken-y?).

I can't say about crocodile, but I've had alligator on several occasions. That is indeed rather chicken-y.

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Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

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Go

Processing power?

Apple's Siri (and several other imitators) work by shifting the voice processing off to the "cloud," meaning that your device just needs wifi/cellular to work. Of course, even with all the seemingly supernatural capabilities of the "cloud" (if the marketing folks are to be believed), my Android phone using Google's voice recognition services only gets it right about 25% of the time, often with comedic results.

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Arizona bill makes it illegal to 'annoy or offend' online

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Trollface

"Rough-and-ready westerners or dainty shrinking violets?"

As a former Arizonian, I would like to point out that this law was probably the brainchild of some pansy Californian immigrants, likely from San Francisco. You know the type. They usually have a common first name, but omit a redundant consonant -- typically the letter "c" from a "ck" combination.

;-P

P.S. Have I annoyed you enough? I'm glad I don't still live in Arizona, then.

P.P.S. It's a good thing I moved, because I'm sure at least half of what I post online would land me in jail under this new law, and I'm relatively nice compared to most :)

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Disappearing bees mystery: Boffins finger regicide pesticides

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Consequences

"...it seems reckless to do anything other than place a ban on the use of the these agents in farms and gardens while their affects are more closely studied."

So they can switch to the more toxic alternatives?

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Angry Birds in spaaaaace beamed to fandroids by NASA

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Re: "Us" winphone owners?

Wow, both win phone users read el reg!

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Google tramples over Euro data protection law – French watchdog

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WTF?

What?!

Do you mean that Google will make use of the information that I willingly give them while I voluntarily use the typically very good (but admittedly crappy, on occasion) services that they provide to me for absolutely no charge?! How dare they! Government bureaucrats worldwide *must* unite to quell this evil and vile threat to my anonymized privacy!

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Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

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Re: another topic for hateradio

"Science is now determined not by truth or experiment, but by politics"

Funny, that's what the right has been saying for at least the past two decades...

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Texan TSA crew accused of nude scanner ogling scheme

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Big Brother

Re: Re: Re: On the upside

"I avoid travelling through the USA now, preferring to do UK to Aus/NZ through Asia. Nicer people, nicer food, and they don't force my luggage open."

A wise decision. I live in the U.S. and have had things stolen from my luggage, too, including, of all things, the guest book from my wedding (we got married about 1,800 miles from home so my wife's grandmother could attend the wedding). On top of this, several other expensive, fragile gifts were broken because of them. They were originally wrapped and placed in the center of the suitcase, surrounded by padding, but after the TSA thieves rummaged about in my bag, they tossed the fragile stuff on top -- practically guaranteeing that they'd be broken.

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Apple's Chinese labourers get 1.6 per cent of iPad loot - report

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Stop

Re: Really?

Maybe Apple should just go ahead and rename the iPad 3 something else. Then, The Chinese government will have no legal reason to block sales or exports of the iPad 3, or whatever Apple chooses to call it. Maybe it's time to rethink the whole "i" thing now?

Let's not forget that El Reg has already claimed "Fondlestab" (or is that a general British thing? -- it's tough to tell on this side of the pond, sometimes).

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An NT-powered Windows Phone? Not so fast...

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Pint

I'm not sure why you got down-voted twice. What you posted is 100% accurate, and (if my memory serves me correctly) was one of the selling points of the original iPhone to the geek/developer crowd.

Also, fwiw, I remember when the common usage of IOS was in reference to Cisco gear.

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MasterCard joins Visa in pushing PINs into America

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FAIL

The merchants actually win in this case. Right now, they are the ones who pay the most in cases of fraud.

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Scott 1
Coat

The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it! </Grandpa Simpson>

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America abandoning DSL in favour of faster cable

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Black Helicopters

"Unfortunately telephone companies are afraid they might have to rent those out to competitors, so they install the dead-end of passive splitter networks."

From what I understand, this fear drives a lot of what they do. Yet another reason the government regulation B.S. needs to go away now.

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"Cable may be better technology, but the support and service I've experienced over-all is shit-tier. I'm quite happy downloading at 1MB/s when I don't have to worry about whether the service will be down or up when I need it and not having to dread calling some support drone.

Paris, tends to go down frequently for varying periods of time."

My experience, both personally and professionally, has been overwhelmingly the opposite (although Comcast, specifically, was a PITA). I used to support guest internet service at over 2,000 hotels, and by far the biggest troublemaker hotels were on DSL service. We finally had to tell the desk clerks at several of the hotels to just reboot the DSL modem every few hours. I've also done tech support for a couple of engineering firms and various friends from church. The cable internet customers (primarily Cox) rarely, if ever, had trouble, whereas the DSL customers (primarily Qwest -- now Century Link) were going down seemingly more times per hour than Paris has over her lifetime.

This was my own personal experience, too. Twice, Qwest DSL was my only choice and I was miserable both times. Their ADSL service (the first time) was always going up and down, and I was lucky if it stayed up for more than an hour at a time. The second time was with their VDSL service, which was rock solid stable (the remote CO was 30 yds away with Cat 5e cabling between the demarc and the wall jacks). However, the service would go down every night for an hour on Qwest's end (the only ISP I could use with the service), it was at an inconvenient time, and they did this *on purpose*. Their phone support was okay, but sometimes clueless. The majority of the time, they would just tell me the problem was interference from flourescent lights (that were on the other side of the apartment from where the phone wiring was).

I've been on two cable internet services now, Cox and Brighthouse. Brighthouse was problematic at first, but that turned out to be a faulty coax cable between the house and the junction box. This problem aside, both have always been relatively very stable. The few times I had to call for support they were okay (not always great, but good enough at the very least), and their field service techs have been good each time.

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Boffins make graphene micro-distillery

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Unhappy

Don't count on it. The government isn't likely to do that because they get a *lot* of tax revenues from the sale of spirits.

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Apple: Yes there are horrendous accidents, but we CARE

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Apple is an American company, while the Foxconn plant in question is in China. That contract wouldn't be worth the paper it was written on in a Chinese court.

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1,000 Chinese workers strike at Apple and IBM supplier

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Most businesses...

Most businesses hate free market capitalism (which by its very definition is diametrically opposed to totalitarian governments)

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US doctors demand right to advise on gun ownership

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Now that you went there

The Constitution also grants the freedom of speech. Therefore this Florida law violates the rights of the doctors.

I'm also a gun owner, btw. I just don't see the problem with doctors advising people to keep them safely stored.

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Crowd-pleasing study in capitalism conspiracy controversy

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@metaspective

No, but please make sure you're actually criticizing capitalism and not the quasi-socialist mess that is the current U.S. (and majority of the world's) economic system.

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Dyson spouts hot air

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Meh

Comparable price?

On this side of the pond, the Dyson vacs are 2 to 3 times more expensive than their competition.

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Obama drops Twitter bombs on debt-ceiling foes

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Bipartisan

Bipartisan = "Do everything my way.". Note: if you hot in on the Republican plan, it would be a bipartisan effort.

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1kW of sexy GPU love

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Cooling solution

I wonder how many window unit air conditioners you'd need to dissipate that much heat. Super Wal-Mart always seems to have them on sale for about $100 each. That's Probably not the most energy efficient solution (nor is it likely practical)

On a more serious note, have you looked into geothermal? The ground up here has to be relatively cool year-round. As I understand it, geothermal is quite a bit more efficient than any hvac system.

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Canada prostitution laws pulverised: politicians apoplectic

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No, we will not judge, just mourn.

"The morally righteous are welcome to continue to abstain from these goods and services and judge those who partake."

No, we won't judge those who partake. We will just mourn how something that can thoroughly ruin a person's life and mindset (not to mention darken his/her soul) has somehow become more socially and legally acceptable. Those who would be judgmental represent a very small minority of the Christian population and are not acting in accordance with the teachings of the new testament of the Bible.

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Scareware tries to trick marks into dropping defences

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Gates Halo

O RLY

/me smiles smugly as he surfs the internet on his Windows machine using Firefox with the noscript extension.

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US law to neuter libel tourism

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Go

I was going to comment

But legal counsel recommended against it due to libel suit concerns.

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