* Posts by Gordon861

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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Suits Adobe Just Fine

So now Adobe need to rework their current software so that it will not need Quicktime. But also anyone still running version 6 of their software, pre subscription model, won't get an update so will be at risk.

A nice way to pile the pressure on people who until now have been unwilling to pay for a subscription.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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The problem would be how would you switch them on? You couldn't use the switch on the wall because you wouldn't be opening/closing a circuit because it's open at the main source. The best you could do is have the lights stay on after power is cut, but then they would also stay on after you switched them off as they would see the switch as a power cut. Otherwise you would need a separate switching mechanism that didn't rely on the wall switch and the mains, wifi perhaps?

A better solution is to just buy a bunch of cheap LED torches from Ebay and leave them in various places around the house in case of a power cut. You can get aluminium AA Cree LED torches very cheap now.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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Re: Improve PC Specs

Yes, why do laptops have such crap display resolutions when a basic smartphone comes with a 1080P screen?

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Improve PC Specs

Perhaps if they want us to buy newer PCs then they should release new CPUs that are actually worth buying. A lot of the games available now are still playable on 5 year old CPUs, they need newer GPUs but so do the newer PCs so why bother upgrading.

Still running an i5-2500k at home and it does everything I need. Since this came out Intel have gone from 32nm to 14nm but the actual speed has gone up 200mhz, no increase in cores etc either.

Unless the PC goes BANG I can stay with what I have and be happy.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: Public meeting: Outside Port of Tyne

I would love to take part in these mobs if they were local. I'd even be happy to turn up later if I was at work and film for 20 minutes after everyone had gone home just to make a point.

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Re: Pressing charges

How about illegal detention?

The only argument they could use to detain him would be a citizens arrest, but you can only do this if you know an offence was taking place which the police have confirmed has not happened.

The other one I would go for is 'calling the police and running away/wasting police time', there is no way the copper should have let them just walk away without pointing out to them that they were potentially breaking the law with their actions.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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Re: Anticompetitive

Perhaps including Spyhunter as a special 'one time challenger' in the next AV-test might show how crap it is and end the case?

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Latest in Apple v FBI public squabble over iPhone crack demand

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I thought the FBI had already confirmed that they just wanted the data, the phone could stay with Apple for them to destroy or do whatever they wanted rather than any chance it being reversed engineered to do the same on other phones.

I wonder how big a fine Apple are willing to accept in order to not open the phone up, a million per week/day until the conform?

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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What are the chances that this will go quiet eventually, then Apple will quietly do what is asked behind closed doors (under threat of being taxed to oblivion). Then the FBI will put out a story that he coughed up the PIN or they found a piece of paper in the bottom of a box in his belongings and tried it.

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Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

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Nexus 7

Whilst I see the sense behind this idea, I am very concerned that based on Googles past updating experience this is going to make a lot of devices unusable.

The Nexus 7 is a good example of this, it worked fine up to Android 4.4.4 but when Android 5 was added to it the tablets became pretty much useless as they were so slow.

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Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date

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ANPR FOI

As the police is a public organisation and subject to FOI requests, along with the fact that you can FOI copies of video footage taken of you by the police.

Can a member of the public make an FOI request for the ANPR data held on their vehicle? I could understand the need to prove that you own the vehicle etc.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Windoze XP

I just upgraded my WinXP Toshiba NB100 to Windows 10 Pro and it works fairly well.

Bought the Win10 licence online from Kinguin for about £13.

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PDF redaction is hard, NSW Medical Council finds out - the hard way

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Re: Not a user error

But the editor doesn't give the facility of redacting text, it lets you highlight. It even calls the tool a highlighting tool, which expressly implies that the text will still be there after you draw over it.

Could Acrobat be better? Yes but this is an error of the user not the software.

It looks like the latest versions of Acrobat do also have a tool for doing the job properly.

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What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains

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Profit?

How can a company that appears to pay little or no tax in the countries it operates in be losing 0.5 billion a year?

Unless this is all one big con and the profits are being skimmed off by another company that sells 'services' to Uber.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: I no longer fly, so who cares!

Who cares ... ?

Anyone on the ground that may be under one of these things when it goes wrong and the crew do not have the skill to compensate for problems.

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Gamer ransomware grows up, now infecting UK, Euro businesses

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Agree ... you would have thought that this would be an obvious bit of additional information to include with the article.

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Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

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Sealed Plugs

I think the law only says that a unit must be supplied from the factory with sealed plugs, there are no rules stopping you from cutting them off and rewiring them. Especially useful when you don't want to drill 50mm holes in your furniture to get to a socket.

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Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?

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Hard Copy of Key

I would be happy to have a physical copy of my crypto key that is held by a solicitor in a sealed box that could only be opened with the authority of a court order. At least then you should know when it has been compromised rather than the Authorities being able to go on fishing trips electronically.

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Irish roll out obligatory drone register

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Re: What is a drone? What part is registered?

You have a lot of faith in the politicians to actually know what they are doing when writing the Bill, which I suppose might be true for a change.

But considering that there is very little detail on the website about what is going to be required when registering,instead there is just a note saying that the information is coming in December, to me implies that they don't yet know the detail. I suspect that they are waiting to hear what comes out of the FAA on 20 Nov.

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A flight controller with GPS is not much heavier than one without.

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What is a drone? What part is registered?

So if I build a Quadcopter that weighs less than 1KG I'm fine, I then take out the KK flight controller and place it into a new build Hexcopter that weighs a little more than 1KG.

I register the drone now and get a number.

If I now replace the KK board with a highend one supporting GPS and other bells and whistles, is that the same drone or should it be registered again?

Registering a home built drone isn't like registering a car, it's more like saying any Meccano model over 300mm tall or wide must be registered. Bits break off and/or are replaced regularly as people fiddle with them. Might have been better to try registering the owners instead. Otherwise I can see the system getting overwhelmed with people registering each modification in order to stay legal, especially with the police clamping down at the start.

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Get ready to register your drones in the US – or else

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They do a Hubsan X4 with camera, they even do an FPV one too, is that a drone or a toy.

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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

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Re: eff that

That assumes that the drone has a safe mode, on most basic drones if you break communication with them then they just plummet.

So much for no damage.

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

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Re: Sample rate

Except that the positional information used to calculate your average speed between ticks would be wrong.

The GPS loggers don't read the speed from their sensors, unlike old style loggers that would record the speed directly from the wheels etc, instead the GPS system should take your two positional readings and work out the speed based on the time over that distance giving you a fairly accurate reading every second.

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Transport for London’s new crash map immediately crashes

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I had a motorcycle accident in May 2010 that's missing too.

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Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant

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Surely the only thing that keeps women ashamed of being raped is the fact that the victims rarely 'stand up' to the fact and the attacker publicly.

If more victims went public about being a victim then there should be less shame in being a victim in the first place.

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DIGITAL DOPING might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

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Couldn't all these numbers be screwed up by how often the data is logged?

If you update the GPS position every 5 seconds or 5 times a second you will get differing results, and I'd assume less updates equals better battery life too.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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VivoPC VM40B

I bought myself an Asus VivoPC VM40B earlier this year with Win8.1 and a 500GB HD and so far been very impressed with it. Bought it as an import and it came out at about £185 inc taxes.

It just sits under the TV running XMBC with no problems.

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Pray for AMD

Gordon861

I always thought the AMD/ATI deal was going to be the death of them. I knew a lot of people that wouldn't touch an ATI GPU at the time and this damaged AMD too.

Prior to the merger/takeover AMD did a lot of work with Nvidia, but once AMD became a rival to Nvidia it just pushed Nvidia and Intel to work closer. I believe the first SLI board was done with AMD CPUs.

At the time AMD vs Intel was a fight, but AMD/ATI vs Intel/Nvidia was only going one way.

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Re: And at the other end of the scale

Yes TomsHardware went through a crazy phase of trying to see how far they could overclock stuff.

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Re: Tom Tom are s*#t

Hey TomTom Community Manager

Can I just point out that your system managed to totally fail to spot that the M4 heading out of London was closed at the junction with the M25 on Thursday night until I was right of top of it. After being up since 5:30am for the election the extra delay on finally getting home was not appreciated.

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Re: TomTom Go Mobile

After a couple of false starts I did get a proper email from TomTom that answered the questions I asked them, see below for my email and their response:

My Email: --------------------------------------------------------------------

I feel that six months notice of the removal of this service is not enough and feel that customers with a 'lifetime' App should instead be given 2-3 years notice, in the same way that Microsoft had to give decent notice that WindowsXP was going to be finally dropped in April.

I would also like clarification on what 'no longer supported' actually means:

1. Will the app be automatically removed from my device by TomTom?

2. Will the app still work until such time as I change to a newer incompatible version of Android?

3. Will I still be able to install this older app onto a new device, at my own risk?

4. If the app will no longer be able to be installed can you provide me an APK file so that I can install it manually?

I see that you have now released a replacement for this app (which some would argue is really an update to the existing one) that appears to now charge you per mile of route guidance/traffic. Perhaps you could also answer some questions on this too:

1. It states that you have 50 free miles of guidance/traffic per month, what is the charge after the 50 miles have been used?

2. Is the 50 mile limit on just the traffic or is it routing as well?

3. If it's routing as well as traffic how will this work on a unit with no mobile data allowance?

4. I see you have released a cheap upgrade offer for existing users but I cannot see any mention of what this full version is going to cost after the three years are up, what are these prices?

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I appreciate your feeling on the timeframes involved. I can only state that our announcement period coincides with the Google Play store requirements, and as this is a singular app, vs an operating system of computer systems and servers used by billions worldwide there are some scale differences, that I am sure were consdidered when determine how long the announcement period would be.

For clarifications on the concerns you've raised ( I'll enumerate the answers the same )

Q1: The app will not be removed from your device by TomTom ( we not have have this capacity at all ).

Q2: The app will continue to work as is on your current version of Android

Q3: You can continue to install the app from your Google Library provided that the phone is compatible.

Q4: We are not able / will not be furnishing APKs for manual installation

For the questions you've raised about the new app ( again I'll use the same numbers to try and keep everything together )

Q1: After the 50 free miles per month, the only option is to upgrade to the unlimted unlock or wait until the month rolls over. There is no monthly 'short term upgrade option' The upgrade option is available in 1 year or 3 year terms.

Q2: The 50 miles is on 'routing' Traffic & Camera information is included in routing natively. It is no longer a separate service.

Q3: If there is no data allowance at all with which to verify the licensee then the app will revert to the 'free' version and will show the remaining allowance of the 50/per month.

Q4: For UK Customers the full version is 14.99 / 1 year 34.99/3 year after the initial 3 year term for existing users, or for new buyers.

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Re: TomTom Go Mobile

Just emailed Google Support for a refund and they replied 15mins later.

Upon further investigation, existing users are supposed to get unlimited miles, but that isn't what the App told me. There is also a note that the Western Europe TomTom I bought the other year with lifetime maps will expire in October 2015. The wording implies not that there will be no more updates, instead it says that I can use it until then, and then I can't.

I could understand a stance of it's outside its lifetime and therefore not being updated, but how can they have the right to remove it from my hardware?

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TomTom Go Mobile

I bought the TomTom Western Europe lifetime with free lifetime updates on my Android phone a while back.

The other night an offer came through to 'upgrade' to the new Go Mobile App with free cameras/traffic for a very good price, so I took up the offer. What I didn't find out until the App had been installed is that you get 50 miles free navigation per month.

What the hell use is 50 miles a month and you can hardly call that an upgrade from what I already had, also if I only use my free 50 miles I'm hardly making proper use of the features anyways.

Applied for a refund 15mins after buying it, two working days, later no response.

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

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Surely with modern GPS systems the accuracy should have improved to the point where it can work out what garden it's in. Also couldn't you use a local wifi, with a known location, to work out the local corrections to improve the accuracy.

Add to this gyros to help the accuracy and a forward facing radar/sonar to stop it driving into things and you should be sweet.

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

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Outlander

Are we ever going to get a road test of the Outlander PHEV?

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Another vote for Guards Guards as the best newbie Discworld book to start with. It is a great introduction to the world and humour without really needing to know anything about the disc. I have lent copies to friends in order to get them hooked and it never fails.

As to the man himself, I met him once after queuing for hours in Kingston to get the new book signed, he will be greatly missed.

... the turtle moves ...

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: This is a trivial 'software requirements' problem

No reason why the software to set up an extra pin number shouldn't allow for as many pins/accounts as the phone has memory. The front end would just ask for a pin and then open the relevant hidden account.

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Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

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Porn Blogs

Does this mean all the porn blogs will now have questionnaires at the bottom of the page where you can answer questions about how the content made you feel.

Of course all this data is going to be recorded for the paper being written on the short term effects of internet porn. Is that scientific research?

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Undead nights: Zombie FPS Dying Light shines bright

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The way around the CPU issue seems to be to turn down the depth of field slider, which seems to lower the detail at a distance rather than cause zombies to pop into existence when you get close.

TotalBiscuit on YouTube did a early review/test that showed it in action.

I'm running an i5-2500K, 16gb RAM, and a 980gtx across 5760x1080 res and I'm not having any problems so far.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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I was thinking of one of these for general media use until I looked at the websites FAQ.

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http://www.linx-tablets.com/linx-faq.html

Can you add the tablets to a network?

No, they do not support domain joining so you wouldn't be able to add to a network

Can users drag and drop files onto the tablet from a PC/laptop?

No, it is not possible as the windows tablet cannot act as mass storage device like that. The windows tablets are essentially the same as a PC/laptop, just like if you connect two laptops via USB, they cannot read either or transfer files.

If the user wants to get files to their tablet, they should transfer to a USB key then use the OTG cable to connect to the tablet and copied them to the tablet or add them to a micro SD card and insert directly to the micro SD slot and copy to the tablet from there.

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This might make it a little difficult to get the files you want to play onto them, other than copying them one at a time. Although BitTorrentSync might solve this problem.

The FAQ also says that the Office365 sub is locked to the tablet only, so not installable elsewhere.

Perhaps after a while someone will produce a hack that will open these up more, or a Linux install that will allow more features people want?

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: You may want to sit down and pour yourself a stiff drink.....

He says posting on an internet forum.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Power

Could you not just rotate the unit 180 degrees to put the plug at the top?

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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£215 over 5 years to pay for them?

Why not just buy every household OWL meters which can be fitted in a few minutes. They retail for less than £100 and if you said you want a few million I would bet they would do a deal on the price.

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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What Steam/Valve should do is set up a system to allow you sell on any game in your library for a fixed $5 admin fee.

With the DRM allowing the game to be removed from your library and added to someone elses there should be few problems and they would make a fair bit of money on secondhand sales.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: who the fuck would want to watch it anyway?

I was shown one a while back. Some drunk on a night bus was showing videos on his phone (pre-smartphones) and pretty much just shoved it in my face. It's not something you can unwatch.

It was lowres pixely, but not something I would ever want to see again, or think about if possible.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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I think it used to be similar with the Emergency Planning in local authorities, but then they decided to get rid of the radios and aerials from the town halls and the radios.

I think they now plan to rely on mobile phones, which won't have a chance, and amateur radio which will also mostly be fried if a nuke hits.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: So sad

Oh God now we are getting invaded by Anonymous PutinBots too.

Anything said by the RT channel needs to be looked at as if it has been supplied by FOX News, if not even worse as it is totally controlled by Moscow. Good write up of RTs MH17 coverage here http://www.interpretermag.com/rt-covers-the-shooting-down-of-mh17/

The Ukrainians have already said that they do not have any BUKs in the combat zone, why would they the rebels aren't flying planes. However multiple video footage has been uploaded of a BUK launcher in the rebel areas, located using things like Streetview to match up the locations.

Finally on the subject of the Spanish air controller, Spain has confirmed that he doesn't exist, and all the controllers at the Ukraine ATC are Ukrainian. 'Carlos' (I think that's the name) is a fiction that turned up a couple of times to post fake stories via Twitter.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: "Whilst I hate censorship, and clit should obviously be allowed,"

"It's not "censorship". Last time I checked, Apple were not a country with a seat at the UN. Censorship is perfectly legal if you're a private entity. "

Er ... so it is censorship? This sentence makes no sense.

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Re: Feminists are angry...

... isn't that pretty much part of their job description?

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