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Turnbull to Big Content: Let your movies RUN FREE ... for a fair price

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eg Game of Thrones

My students come to class telling me about the latest edition of GoT that they have downloaded. If I ask them why they don't buy it the answer is almost invariably because they can't, and won't be able to get it on DVD for another year.

So it seems bleeding obvious to me that if it was available in OZ at the same time as other places, there are people who would purchase it rather than downloading it "for free". Of course there will always be the freeloaders, but at least the producers would get some rather than no return.

Any media.company that is too thick to realise that a small sale is better than no sale gets what they deserve.

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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

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Thanks Tony!

Another fuckup it seems?

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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Fuck you Rupert!

Rupert, you are a class dick. Here in oz - have you actually lived here recently? - your media influence is known as the "murdocracy".

You want all the laws and rules to favour you ..... well, they don't and I for one don't give a flying fuck about what laws you want that give you more influence over what I use/see/watch on the internet. I am responsible for that, not you or my ISP.

Thank God iinet had the balls to take you to the High Court who royally fucked you over.

Fuck you Rupert, and fuck you News Corp (and I apologise to those more sensitive El-Reg readers who don't like the f-word)

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

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I'll bite .....

Why exactly would you want the various words for genitalia, gender orientation, sexual activity etc. engraved on your phone. Sorry I just don't get it ..... a phone is a phone, or am I missing something here? Anyone who knows and cares about me already knows my orientation and which words I will and won't use.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: @Ross K

" Why does there always seem to be some half-wit atheist who grasps the flimsiest excuse for taking his half-wit out for an airing?"

Thanks Ross, I see you have taken your religious half wit out for an airing too. Did he enjoy his walk?

Can your half witted religious nutter come up with any evidence :

a) for the existence of God other than "something must have made it"

b) for the theory of evolution to be false. Come on, it won't take much ... just a verified human footprint - or fossil - with dinosaur fossils for example.

c) that the earth is the only place in the universe where life exists. Admittedly we don't have any evidence that other life does exist, but as many above have stated, that is not proof that we are alone.

d) that God did it in a week.

Thought not!

Atheist nuttery is not that much different to religious nuttery, but with some things at least atheists have the preponderance of scientific evidence to support them, rather than the belief in book that has been translated and mis-translated so many times that it is likely to be nothing like the original(s).

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PayPal says sorry: Fat fingers froze fundraiser for anti-spy ProtonMail

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still waiting ....

paypaly restricted my accout 6 months ago - i'm still waiting for a reply to three email requests for help. So much for customer service. paypal really sucks unless you have plenty of money or influence.

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Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

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I have no opinion on this project, but

If my memory serves me correctly there was a case of someone who lived under HT power lines who "harvested" the radiated field to power his house. A fairly simple technique of running wire around his property several times to create a transformer that gave him electricity at the right voltage. His argument was that it was "waste" energy, the energy company and the wigs decided that it wasn't, so he copped the consequences.

Mind you this would have been at least a couple of decades ago so my memory may indeed be faulty.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Oh my god why did you buy that?

The last comment from my good wife when I bought a binary watch. Why would I do that? Well I love my maths and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Smart watch? No don't think so! My watch is on my wrist primarily for me to see what time it is. No I don't need to know who has "liked" me or my post, and I have never had an email that I must respond to immediately or the known universe will disappear. So hell no, I am not and will not ever be in the market for any smartwatch.

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MPAA, meet the Streisand effect: Picture ass. slaps Reddit with takedown

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Re: For those who have never seen it...

Nice if you live in the UK. Sadly - actually happily for most things - some of us live in the anitpodes, so DVDS's are somewhat more useful than BBC4. Anyway enjoy the re-run!

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as is usually the case ...

Yes the original was a masterpiece. It is, or at least was 2 years ago, possible to get the series on DVD from the BBC shop. Now it seems a bit dated but still an enjoyable series for those of us that liked it the first time around. No I didn't watch the movie version. In my experience most movie versions of good series are a steaming pile of crap in comparison

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AV for Mac

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mac virus?

As far as I'm aware, and I'd be happy to be corrected, there has never been a virus that has affected macs. Trojans are quite another thing, and there have been a few of these.

Back on topic, I use Mackeeper. It has some nice features, and in my opinion is worth the money. I have read that one should beware of similar sounding names such as Mac Protector, Mac Security, Mac Guard, and Mac Shield.

To set the record straight I do not work for Zeobit or sell Mackeeper, and it has been rightly criticised for heavy handed marketing and "misleading advertising"

Here's a recent review (Jan 2014)which is quite positive

http://macnetized.com/no-fluff-mackeeper-review-is-it-worth-it/

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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I can just hear the GW deniers ....

The article does not mention GW. It talks about OTHER heating factors that are affecting the glacier. So before you GW deniers say anything, RTFA. And, read beyond what is posted here at El Reg. Yes it's a good place to start, but there are plenty of sites that actually look at the data in a calm scientific way. Can science be wrong? Of course, that is one of the strengths of the Scientific Method.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

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Sadly in Madagascar....

My experience suggests that there is not the infrastructure to combat threats like this. Firstly it requires education, ie what do they look like?, what's the problem?, how do I catch them?, what do I do when I catch one? Secondly I requires political will, and enormous resources.

These two are hard enough here in Oz, but having been to Madagascar I believe they have even less chance of solving the problem. When every day is a battle for survival - in some of the places we visited, one meal a day was the norm - then it's unlikely that a toad invasion will be high on your list of priorities.

Madagascar has another feature not seen in Oz, and that is the area covered by rice paddies - read water = good breeding grounds for toads.

@bsquared. Yes indeed, crows do turn the toads upside down and disembowel them. It is quite a sight to see!

If you really want to help Madagascar, go there and spend your money. It is a stunningly beautiful country, and the Malagasy people are very friendly - just don't take photos of police/army buildings or people.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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obligatory mony python quote

"I thought you said bacon"

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iiNet trial killed ISP-content talks, says Brandis

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Re: Wow

Yes, if you don't agree with the decision of the highest court in the land, that's just tough luck. It was indeed a sensible decision in my opinion.

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Telstra 'issue' hid ADSL availability from rival carriers

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Telstra - Smelstra

Frankly the only surprise is that they are still in business - mind you, they have "the name" so can do what they effing well like. I have not used Smelstra for over a decade, mainly because their customer service was crap, and am very happy.

I am happy to pay more for service as long as I get it. Westnet is streets ahead of Telstra, so that is who I stay with. For example my father who I eventually got off Telstra and onto Westnet, phoned Westnet because he had an issue with his internet connection. Once they had solved the problem, they phoned me, yes ME, to tell me about what they had done.

Now in anybody's language that is service! Yes I was the contact person, but that kind of care for their customers is a hallmark of Westnet, and non-existent in Telstra.

Up yours Telstra!!!

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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interesting fragmentation of the balloon

IIRC the fragmentation of the balloon seen in the video does not happen where we mere mortals and El-Reg stalkers live. Regardless, an amazing clip from the LOHAN team. Well done!

Perhaps someone with more experience than me (nil at this point in time) can tell me if those balloons disintegrate like that here on mother earth. My limited experience with party balloons suggests no, but I'll be be very happy to be proven wrong.

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Beijing to Washington: Ratted-out routers not welcome here

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bully boy

The US has been the economic bully boy of the world for a long time, and has forced unfair trade agreements on countries that cannot afford to say no. Now comes the time when another country has at least as much power as they have and are willing to exert it. Tough on you USA, but I'm not surprised nor particularly upset by it.

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Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

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If you can, do...

if you can't, sue

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550 reasons to buy this book for your beloved: COCKROACHES of Oz

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Paris Hilton

mistakes stubbies for females....

Hmmmm,

"stubbies" in some parts of OZ also means work shorts ie " I'll wear my stubbies today". I can't remember any of my stubbies - glass or cloth - looking like females, but after a couple of the beer-filled glass ones I certainly like looking AT females.

Paris cos I'll be she'd look good in (or with) a pair of stubbies.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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sounds fair to me

Without and real detail to go on, this could well be a "you reap what you sow" moment for the US.

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Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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@ daniel

Basically mate you are a wanker - where's your home made phone? .... Thought not - you may well have the capacity to make one but before you spout off about how useful/useless the project is, show us yours. Oh yes, you could have made one but were on more important stuff - again, you effing wanker!

This is the way technology progresses - someone takes bits from other people and makes something - not necessarily new - that other people can build on.

Why is it that the idiots of the world cannot just be happy that someone has done something? No, they have to big-note themselves because they "could" have done (and mostly didn't do) better.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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trouble is...

(and I have no comment on his guilt or innocence) that he is guilty by social media. Just like other high profile people who may not - or may - have done something wrong. The noise may well hide the truth.

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SAVE THE EARTH... give all your iThings back to us, begs Apple

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Aaaaaahhhh

That warm fuzzy feeling that I'll get if I ever buy an iphone ......Gee, I'm starting to feel all tingly right now, just thinking about how good for the environment my new toy will be.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Get your facts sorted!

If you are going to quote a reputable source, which you did, then please use it correctly!

You say this " Although average surface and atmospheric temperatures have stabilized in recent years after peaking in 1998 ...."

Sceptical Science says this "A look at the Earth's total heat content clearly shows global warming has continued past 1998."

Sounds a bit like a couple of bob both ways by El Reg.

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Airbnb might get $10bn price tag ... despite its legal woes

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nice business model though

AirBNB has a very nice business model. Charge the "tenant" to make and pay for the booking, and charge the owner to handle the booking - and then the keep the money until a day after the person moves in. Not that I'm complaining - the system works very well imho. So, I can see that the business is probably worth a lot, even if billions is way too much.

The added advantage of course is that you get to meet lots of very nice people, both as an owner and as a tenant.

I just hope that raising capital doesn't mean that the site will be plastered with ads.

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

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I've not voted Green ....

and probably never will - at least my primary vote anyway. The coalition NBN is an effing disaster. Yes the alternative was expensive (and as time went on more expensive in the short term) but at least it looked to the future, and not to some half-arsed present dealing with snot boxes and old copper. Welcome to the 20th Century broadband network Australia!

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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Just goes to show ...

that they may not be profitable just because they make hot shit products - it may be because they are tax cheats just like google et.al.

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Turnbull waters down broadband black spot fix promise

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anyone surprised?

Well you shouldn't be. The original NBN was forward thinking and yes, very expensive. The coalition NBN is a shadow of the original and not so expensive. The problem is that the easiest places for the NBN to get to already have reasonable DSL access (mostly). The black spots were and will continue to be expensive to service - that's why they are black spots. The coalition policy of reigning in the cost of NBN has not affected people like me who already have good access, it has affected those in black spots and "grey" spots.

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Fridge vendor pegged as likely source of Target breach

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Re: POS network

Sorry, didn't quite hear you ....

Did you say "Point of Sale" or "Piece of Shit" ?

I'm sure the latter is probably outside your normal vocab Target ......

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Microsoft to Australian government: our kit has no back doors

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yeah right ....

ms fail ......

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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

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Re: Why's it always KickStarter these days?

Many companies are not prepared to spend money on R&D for a product that my or may not be successful. The work that has gone into this project already would have cost a fortune in a development lab. And then there's the marketing distribution to consider. So, kickstarter is a good place to go because each backer pays a small amount to buy in a niche product.

I've purchased a few things from kickstarter, and as long as one realises that it is not a shop, and that delays are almost inevitable, it's a great way to help get projects like this off the ground, and to purchase some pretty nifty stuff.

By the way, in Oz, stubbies are also work shorts .... "I'll wear my stubbies in the garden today"

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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iTITS

i Toss It To Samsung

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US Department of Justice details Kim Dotcom evidence

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let me be the first to say ...

As I have done before,

.......Fuck You, NSA, US department of Justice, FBI, RIAA, MPAA.

Actually fuck you, USA while I'm at it.

Yes mod me down, I don't give a rats arse.

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Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?

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Re: I estimate

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

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I estimate

that the global demand for these will be approximately 4

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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S&M

You'd have to be an "S" to buy one for someone else and an "M" to buy one for yourself .....

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

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nobody at apple was available to comment

That sums Apple up very well!

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

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"why are you being so petty?"

Because they are apple and the best and fanbois like all the new shiny shit they make - so they have every right to be petty.

Dont they?

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

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Wang - reminds me of a limerick

A young fellow dining in Kew

found an elephants whang in his stew

said the waiter "don't shout"

"or wave it about"

"cos the others'll all want one too"

Ok Ok I have probably had a few too many but I couldn't resist........

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Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

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Re: ?

Sadly, you are correct. The more common reasons are probably:

- is it new?

- is it shiny?

- have my friends got one?

- am I being told I need one?

- can I show it off at the pub?

- if I don't pay my leccy bill, can I afford one?

- do the kids need to eat next weeK?

and others I'm sure, but eco-friendly? not on your nelly!

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Put up your ... err ... hand for free vasectomy streamed online

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Re: Sadly, a decade to late

mmmm I too am a couple of decades too late but had none of the effects you vividly describe. My sympathies old man!

Would I have it done for free while others watched? Probably not.

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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the sony case is interesting

I don't recall ever owning a Sony device, but the events mentioned came back to mind when I read the article. Yes, I probably have an anti-Sony bias as well, in all likelyhood driven by the backlash that I read on this and other similar sites/forums.

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I'm 'pretty comfy' with PRISM + 'It's Google. What else do you expect'

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FAIL

Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

Agreed,

I'll wager that the US had a heavy hand in this, and my response is "Fuck You, USA". And for whoever in the various involved countries allowed this to happen, I'd suggest that there may well be an offshore bank account with a few extra dollars in it.

I hope that Bolivia does offer asylum just to shove it up the holier-than-thou fuckers. This stunt may have works decades ago but now the whole world knows within hours (minutes even).

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El Reg casts a weather eye over Bureau of Met's new baby

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I too was underwhelmed ......

.... but hey if the site is ordinary now, it can only get better .... yes? The trouble is I think, that when a website changes we all expect it to be "all singing and all dancing" when in fact weather is just plain boring and something to complain about - largely because it is an inexact science often based on observations that may be several tens (or hundreds) of km from your home.

How exactly do you snazz up a weather site? Don't know, but there has been some debate here in Qld about BOM using data from "hobby" sites, some of which are very sophisticated and lack only doppler radar observations. These people are fanatics who have something useful to say about the weather at their location, and in my opinion should not be dismissed as loonies which BOM appears to do.

Hey, how about the official BOM site and an unofficial "Aussie Weather" site running side by side. I'll wager that just as much useful information comes from the several hundreds of amateurs as from the several dozen "official" data collection sites.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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climate an weather

Now we will hear from everyone who confuses climate with weather. " it was cold this winter so climate change is a scam" and other utter bullshit. Is what is happening in Greenland climate or weather? Not having the expertise I have no opinion, but the observations are interesting anyway.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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IT Angle

slightly off topic

I remember as a senior high school student when my school was given a PDP 8 when the donor - The HydroElectric Commission (Tasmania) if my memory serves me, upgraded to a PDP 11. Ahhhh the heady days of nerds with rolls of paper tape in their pockets so that they could list the first 100 primes, calculate pi to several hundred decimal places and calculate f-stop for other camera parameters. I jest of course but they really were heady days. Scientific calculators cost several fortnights pay, people still knew what a slide rule was and knew how to use one ...........

If the tool still works there is no need to upgrade - just hope there are some ageing programmers from my old school to help out when/if the reactor fails.

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Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

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Dear Doc

Dear Doc, please tell at med school

did you learn of a rash of podule?

Or did pustulant pods

affect many bods?

I'm sorry I must seem a fool.

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Court orders Feds to hand evidence over to Kim Dotcom

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good outcome

Whether Dotcom is guilty or innocent is quite irrelevant here. An illegal search was conducted, possessions were illegally taken in that search, and the agents of a foreign power were allowed to at least take part in that raid (or even to direct the raid/search if you believe some reports). In addition some reports have said that at least some of the aforementioned illegally taken possessions have already left NZ for "the land of the free".

It seems that the US government, FBI and other agencies see "land of the free" as meaning "land of the free to fuck over any other country or person in that country however and whenever we feel like it".

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