* Posts by DiViDeD

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Is this the new hide and seek Reg?

I would probably have got more from the article had not half the text been hidden by a popover ad (Galaxy Tab 2). Hitting the close button got me a 'What was wrong with this ad?' Questionnaire, but unfortunately 'It's in the fucking way!' wasn't one of the options. Still, at least the ad closed and left only an empty box floating over the same sodding area of the page.

Chaps, I'm all for monetisation, but could we get to see the ads AND the article?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: "A sense of responsibility is needed.”

"Why, the economy would COLLAPSE."

And you say that like it's a BAD thing?

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Is it a glass table?

The article says the hololenses map the environment so it could easily overlay a glass table, or anything you want. It could even be, oh I don't know, maybe a spindryer on fast cycle with her sitting on it and gently.........

Excuse me, I just have to lie down for a bit.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: Not convinced

"the sunset looked nothing like that to the naked eye..."

That seems to be a thing with photgraphers these days. I've seen a lot of work from young photographers in Sydney which, from a technical viewpoint are way oversaturated and contrastedbut which have still been quite beautiful to look at. It's always referred to as 'photography as art' in it's own right, and I think it has a place, along with HDR images and those bloody awful (IMHO) 'Look! I can make my $2,000 DSLR produce images that look like they were made by a plastic pinhole camera' fad of recent days.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Y2K

How about the FIIR(OPD) Problem. As in Fuck It - I'm Retired (Or Possibly Dead) problem?

Actually F2IR could sound pretty cool shouted down a phone.

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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About that Picture

That's never bacon. Looks like sliced belly pork to me.

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Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

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Re: Car Sharing

Car sharing is perfectly legal in Australia and we even have our version of 'car pool' lanes (T2, T3), not that drivers seem to take much notice of them. We are, after all, talking about a country of drivers who like to position for a junction well in advance - often up to 3 hours before they make the turn - so someone moving onto the A4 from the M2 will usually move into the 'car pool' lane as soon as it appears, some 5km back, just to make sure they don't miss their turnoff. Or at least that's the excuse that is normally successful when they're pulled over.

Problem is that car sharing was assumed to be along the lines of 'My car this week, yours next' with no money changing hands. The acceptance by the authorities of the fact that 'We always use Bill's car because he has free city parking, so we just chip in towards the petrol' is the loophole Uber used when setting up their service.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: What do UK and Iran have in common?

Also missed out Australia, where a single MP was able to push through his own pet lunacies in exchange for supporting the government in pushing through theirs

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Why are you reviewing cars?

I'm inclined to think he reviewed this car because Renault were willing to let him. Seriously, would you trust a Reg hack with anything they could do serious damage in?

;o)

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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@ Brend Re: What is Canberra like for .net developers.

There seems to be a lot of demand in Sydney for .net developers, particularly C#. On the subject of the immigrant 'experience' I can relate the following from Immigration at Sydney Airport (yes I know, not really the WHOLE of the immigrant experience):

On hearing me say I had nothing to declare: "I hope you're going to declare that bloody shirt"

On being told I had bought 2 bottles of whiskey for someone while my woman had bought none: "Let me explain it to you again. YOU bought ONE bottle, and SHE bought ONE bottle. Otherwise I have to do the import duty form. Got it now?"

And when I was travelling to Auckland to get my permanent visa sorted and it was discovered my tourist visa had expired 6 months previously: "Tell you what, we could deport you to New Zealand, and look - you already have a ticket. That saves us a lot of paperwork."

On the actual being in Oz thing, yes, there's probably more casual racism than you are used to, but remember that the White Australia Policy is within living memory for most people. I know people who didn't ever meet anyone who wasn't white and English until their 40s. Not to excuse it, just to try to see where it comes from.

The worst aspect is that Australians don't believe that a degree from, say, an Indian university can possibly be worth anything, with the result I have been in taxis driven by some highly talented mathematicians and physicist who can't work in their field until they get a TAFE certificate.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: truth in storage

"you cannot launch any apps from it (sd card), just like unhacked android phone"

Not sure where you get that from. I've used unhacked Android for some years, and have always moved those apps which can be moved (not all can, admittedly) to uSD with no problem. In fact, my old Note looked positively sparse with the card removed, as most apps were unavailable.

I always used App2sd as part of the 10+ toolbox app to do this, but the option to move individual apps to sd has always been there in the standard Google toolbox. Generally I look for apps which do what I want and CAN be moved. Heck, I even had seperate cards with different apps on them in my old Dell Streak days (yes I know, dumb, but it worked).

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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

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Re: Whose worst nightmare? Samsung's! Not Apple's.

" . . .actually inventive and innovative Apple"

How true that is!

Good old Apple. Inventors of ...erm... ohyes!

Pay by bonk (no)

Slide to unlock (hardly)

The smart watch (a few years late on that one)

Overpriced and underpowered devices based on other peoples' technology and sold to people with more money than discernment (Ah yes, that'll be it)

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Re: Free World?

"Churchill remains an hero." Might I respectfully suggest that you refrain from mentioning his heroic status in the Welsh Valleys, where he heroically ordered troops to turn their guns on striking miners, or indeed to the Kurds, who might be inclined to remind you that his proposal to drop gas bombs on them to wipe them out and thus solve the Kurdish Problem was only abandoned because the technology of the time wasn't up to it?

Only a suggestion mind.

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Re: Ironic, given the furore over The Interview.

"the US kept tabs on the dictators Assad and Putin." And Angela Merkel, David Cameron, in fact, leading political figures in pretty much every country friendly to the US, as well as the citizens and corporations of those countries. So I guess your definition of 'dictator' is everyone except you?

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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@ Tim Worstall Re: God bless us, every one!

The point I was trying to make, in my own inarticulate way, is tha $6,500 a year for someone living in a city, paying rent, buying food, paying bus or train fares, buying clothes and having a little to send home is not exactly a king's ransom when compared with a subsistence (plus a little surplus to sell) farmer who will generally get most of his food from the sweat of his hands, without having to purchase it, will generally not travel far from the farm, engages in barter for life's (very) little luxuries, and so on.

Plus I think my original point remains. How many assembly workers earning $6,500 a year can afford the products they are assembling? When I contracted (NEVER use the word 'worked' or they expect results) at BMW's factory back in the 80s, my Triumph Spitfire was the only non Beamer in the employee carpark (it was also the only car that needed regular bump starts from groups of sneering teutonic carworkers at knocking off time, but that's a whole other issue)

Oh, and $6,500 a year is still cheaper than building stuff in their target markets.

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b@John Brown re:sell you a ticket

Why do you think they call us 'customers' these days rather than the rather too promisory 'passengers'?

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France...no one works more than 35 hours

35 might be an exaggeration. I've worked in Paris offices where I've waited in vain for people to come back from lunch on a friday. But I have to say that the French workforce is one of the happiest (and productive!) I have worked with.

Just where does it say we should be subordinate to tbe time clock and bloody miserable to boot?

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Re: God bless us, every one!

@Mike Shepherd; That's the rub, isn't it? Apple, along with other 'premium' brands, have seen production costs plummet as they've sought cheaper and cheaper labour markets, and what they've generally done with those cost savings is increase profits and dividends.

I'm pretty sure Globalisation wasn't supposed to be like that. Globalisation was sold to us as an opportunity to level the plying field by creating a global market, yet all it seems to have achieved is a workforce who can never hope to own even one of the products they produce, while the West produces less and less, while continuing to consume more and more of this tat.

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Re: Apple should pop down to Ha Noi ...

Ah but the conditions in Vietnam, as in South Korea itself, are steeped in the filthy communist idea that a worker deserves a fair rate of pay for his labour and the even more insidious notion that, just because a person runs the factory or owns the company is no reason they should get100-200 times the shop floor rate.

Cue the downvotes from entrepeneurs and upper managers everywhere (but mostly, I suspect, in merka)

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Re: Just Apple?

That's the thing about corporate public statements. Generally they overuse words like 'endeavour to ensure' or 'make all reasonable attemps to . .' and so on. Anyone remember J.J. Harriman (I think!) in The Man Who Sold The Moon? He greatly admired the postal service's terms and conditions because the one thing they never promised to do was deliver a letter, any letter. Instead they promised to TRY to deliver a letter by whatever means they could (such as carrier pigeon or putting it in a bottle and floating it down the river), but that they were in no way liable if no letters ever got delivered.

On the subject of Apple though, I think the issue is not that they are no better than their competitors when it comes to worker welfare, but that they made such a bloody song and dance about how much they cared and how they had thwarted the will of the evil factory owners, and it turns out they give no bigger a shit than all the other tech companies about how their stuff gets made so cheaply.

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Australia's future tech news headlines ... for 2016!

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Grumpy Old Man Mode ON

Huh! El Reg Southern were lucky to even have beer glasses to peer into. After crowbarring my wallet open and donating the requisite (very) small consideration, I've yet to see the promised beer tankard. Unless of course some pimply youth from Aussie Customs is currently supping his alcopop from it.

Bad show I say.

I realise there are those who would say that involvement in the whole glorious LOHAN project and the gratitude of the shed boffins should be enough reward but, hey, I'm mercenary. What can I say?

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Shock! Nork-grating flick The Interview WILL be in cinemas – Sony

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Hurrah! Now my Christmas is complete!

I was sooo worried that on Christmas day I wouldn't be able to see this film because it wasn't available in the cinema.

Now I'll be able to spend Christmas day not watching it because it's a piece of Seth Rogan crap I wouldn't watch with a gun to my head.

Huzzah! There IS a doG after all.

Although I imagine there will be cinemas full of people sitting through two hours of excruciatingly dire comedy in order to show their 'solidarity'

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Oh a lot better tha cat pics.

Cat videos

In 3D

With multiple camera angles

and alternative endings

and ATMOS soundtrack

and director's commentary on track 2

Finally the intertubes have a worthy purpose

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Re: A word of warning

I have to say that, in 40 or so years of flying, especially the last 10 years (Arsetrailer is a BIG place and to get anywhere else involves crossing a lot of water) I have never been asked to remove my shoes. Mind you, you can always tell the merkins at security because they're the ones going through in their socks while the security people smirk at them.

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Re: OK

"If you feel airport security is too much hassle, take the bus"

Tried that once on a trip to Hobart. Bloody bus sank in the Tasman with all hands.

I only survived at all cos I made this story up.

Seriously there are a few trips for which a bus is less than practical. Drain the oceans and lay some serious tarmac I say.

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Boffins challenge Internet of Things' lust for power

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Re: I have the solution ...

"What's the likelihood the fridge can sort out the jumble of food that's stuffed in it?"

None at all. The IOT isn't meant to help you keep track of your stuff, but to SELL you shit.

"Hi. Your phone tells me you've just wallked past shop X. Wouldn't now be a perfect time to go in and take advantage of a great deal on our product? We checked with your fridge and it says you don't have any. In fact, it says you don't have any of our products at all! What are you, some kinda communist?"

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: calendar check....

"Blu tac/velcro/cable ties or any leading brand of two-part, industrial strength adhesive"

None of which ever worked, as I remember only too clearly!

Although the firmware that decreed that the RAM pack would only wobble just before your 10 minute save to tape had completed was pretty impressive for the time.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Still using the term "Fanbois"..... really?

The day el Reg starts writing grown up articles is the day I regretfully take my ball and look for another playground.

I tried grown up once. Didn't really take to it.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Re: Unplanned obsolescence

Maybe because it's Oz, and nobody seems to want to stream anything our way, but I've found the best way to get BBC content (radio only - piracy or 'near simultaneous' ABC rebroadcast is still the only way to get TV stuff) is through a cheap Android box hooked into the network and running multiple instances of TuneIn.

Works for me anyway, but we have a household of 2, so don't really put much of a strain on the system.

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Re: I'd quite like the Dual autochanger

@Nigel;

For truly ingenious mechanics my ADC Accutrac 6+ has the Garrard beat. Up to 6 vinyl albums on the stack, and not only can you play them in any order, but the look on peoples' faces when the centre of the deck rises up to meet the stack and then gently lowers it to the platter is priceless!

Simply selecting a FLAC file from a menu list doesn't come close.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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You can scoff all you like, but you can't fail to be impressed by the astonishing sales breakdown prediction:

"Apple are currently selling 3 6's for every 6+. I predict that Apple will sell more 6's than 6+'s."

Only a true predictive GENIUS could have worked that one out.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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Re: dan1980

Matt Bryant puts aside his bias? Somebody call Guiness.

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Re:He fled the country when he got the second summons.

Actually, he LEFT the country before the summons was issued, after his lawyer had obtained an assurance from the state prosecutor that he was not required for interview.

And he's not 'wanted' for anything. The Swedish prosecutor's office want to interview him regarding a complaint which has been made. You have to be charged with something before you can be 'wanted'

for it, surely?

Seriously, the original accounts are easy enough to find. What's with the communal memory loss?

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eh.? wot?

".what he is accused of is questionable enough that it represents a danger to members of Swedish society.."

if "I had sex with him that night, but when I woke up the next morning he was trying to have sex with me again" is the worst danger the Swedish people have to worry about the I think they have it pretty bloody easy.

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'Pirate block' proposal back on Oz agenda

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@Goat Jam 'Since we adopted Socialism'

Sorry to piss on your chips mate, but whichever pack of weasels we currently have lashed to the helm, Australia is fucking LIGHT YEARS from anything even remotely Socialist.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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And never forget

Thanks to the bounces, the ESA not only holds the cup for the first ever landing on a comet, but also the second and third. Triple Crowns all round say I

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Bloody Amazing Achievement

Even if we hear nothing more from Philae, we still have Rosetta circling round for who knows how long. Like I've said before, some days you can do without the flying cars and personal jetpacks while we can still achieve shit like this.

That is all, except, a beer to all concerned.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: Stick a bit of blu tack

My sister used to sellotape a 2p coin to the cartridge end of the arm of her Dansette 'to make the needle last longer'.

When I found out I started locking my record case and carrying the key around with me.

Unfortunately I reckoned without her skills with a hairpin.

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Remember that internet sales tax? Wasn't that a great idea? It's dead

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Re: complicated to tax @AC

I can only thank doG that other countries haven't adopted the impenetrable bloody maze that is american sales tax. There's federal tax, state tax, county tax, city tax, bit of the city tax, I wouldn't be surprised if there's an 'alternative tuesdays if you have a beard' bloody tax!

And none of it appears on the supermarket shelf price. You can try to keep a running tally in your head, but for most people, they don't know how much their shopping will cost them till they add all the taxes on at the checkout.

Just one of the quaint local customs that infuriated me while I was there.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Re: Hot Fudge Sundae

... which, of course, falls on a Tuesdae this year.

+1 for the Niven reference, sirrah!

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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Re: Not so sure TVs are on the way out @JDX

I'm not so sure they're not.

I (and an increasing number of acquaintances) use a number of devices for video viewing, and they all interface with the TV in the media room (remember when it was simply the living room?), bedroom, etc.

The tv is simply used as a video terminal, with audio piped to the nearest convenient sound system. The only reason the various tv u its haven't been replaced with flat panel monitors is that nobody seems to make 55, 65 or 80 inch monitors at anywhere near the price of a tv set.

I may be unusual, in that we haven't had an aerial or cable point for at least 10 years (ok, we DO have a Foxtel IQ HD box, but it's wired into the network like everything else, so if I wanted to watch Big Brother live on my android tablet, I could, but then I'd have to kill myself), but I do see a definite trend away from using the tv as anything except 'another display device'

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iMessage SPAM floods US mobile networks

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Will never work

I mean, be realistic. This is modern, hip iThing users we're talking about, and iThing users are discerning people. It's not like they'd be willing to pay over the odds for a shoddy piece of kit just because it has the right logo on it.

Oh, hang on .

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WikiLeaks reveals new draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Re: Unrepresentative - did I miss a staff meeting?

Sorry, you lost me at your opinion that, in some way, the governing of merka by a few corporations who have bought the politicians and are now engaged in trying to ensure the rest of the world acts exclusively in the interests of those same corporations is an expression of the purest Communist ideal?

Where did you do your extensive research into the ideals and aims of Communism? Same place George Dubya studied the meaning of terrorism, at a guess.

Mine's the one with the copy of the Communist Manifesto (sponsored by Halliburton - The Peoples' Reconstructors) in the pocket.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: To the skeptics...

"fusion power 10 years away isn't exactly an unusual claim."

True enough. It's been 10 years away for at least 50 years already.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Re: My wife really liked Clara's dress

My wife wishes *I* would fit in such a dress. But then she's always been a little outside the box

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Have I been pocketing it wrong?

I am ashamed to admit that, in getting on for 60 years in which I've had pocket calculators, little hand held 'pocket' games (think Game & Watch), PCMCIA cards, slot in notebook floppy drives (not forgetting the floppies themselves) and now various mobile phones, I have never, ever, sat on any one of them. I apologise for not taking part in what appears to be a very popular pastime.

In other words, who the FUCK buys an expensive and complex piece of hardware and thinks 'Oh goody - now I have something to sit on'?

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Only $74 million?

Replying to my own post. How self absorbed is that? I was just wondering if the down voter could step forward and explain why s/he beieves that the finest mathematicians, etc are NOT to be found in India. Maybe I missed something

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Re: Only $74 million?

Added to which India has the finest mathematicians, astronomers and computer scientists on the damn planet.

Well done to all involved

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Oh crap.

"The only winning move is to put everything important out of reach"

The initiative I found most useful was, believe it or not, to turn the door handles to certain rooms upside down. It meant, until they were 4 or 5, even if they had worked out what I'd done, they weren't tall enough to get the handle to the top of its swing.

Led to a few 'senior' moments on the part of their mother and I as we tried to work out what was wrong with the door, mind.

On a related door handly note, whose bloody stupid idea was it that locking doors (bathroom, toilet) should be easy to open from the OUTSIDE? The first time my daughter walked in on me in mid sh*t was a terrifying and traumatic experience (for me, that is - she seemed to regard it as a terribly clever trick)

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Re: Cor

Bandwagon firmly jumped on, with no recorded terrorist attack on Australian soil, that nice Mr Abbot has informed us that we'll just have to give up 'some' of our freedoms in order to shift the 'delicate balance' more towards security, for a time. What was it someone said about deserving neither?

Fuckers. But that's just an opinion, which will soon become a criminal offence in the name of protecting us from the terry wrists

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