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Israelis' invulnerable, 60-tonne robot bulldozer force to double

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@ Alistair

If Hamas stopped firing rockets out of said schools, hospitals, and refugee camps, things might be a little clearer. As it is, you're most likely getting your information (probably second hand via BBC news or some equally credulous organization) from Hamas themselves. Remember, Hamas? The guys who send women and teenagers into cafes to blow themselves to bits along with everyone else around?

Oh, sorry, those are just -freedom fighters-. Goodness knows they wouldn't purposely distort casualty figures in order to gain sympathy! That would be immoral!

Idiot.

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Facebook in Pirate Bay block Fail

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Censorship?!

The same kind of 'censorship' that Ms. Bee commits, maybe. But since Facebook is a private entity and not *the freaking government*, it's not quite the same, is it?

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Google hires goat army for lawn maintenance

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It's a good thing Cade Metz didn't write this article...

...else he'd have been complaining that the Chocolate Factory is trying to monopolize goats, lawns, and grass, and whining that they're REALLY only doing it because they want to make more money.

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Wacky Jacqui defends Michael Savage ban

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@AC 13:44

"Anyone with an israeli passport...

...turn them away at the door because we don't want it here."

Really? Since I'm Jewish and both support Israel and think it's an actual country, I guess that means you'd like me to stay out too. And a fair majority of the rest of us feel the same way. Why not just include 'Jews' on your list, then? Sounds reasonable. Right? Jews, terrorists, and preachers of hate.

As Windows XP would say, "One of your opinions may have a problem and needs to be checked for consistency."

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@David Webb

"Gandalf will be pretty pissed if he wants to return to Middle Earth via Gatwick!"

Yeah, but it'll be fine as long as he can convince airport security to not part an old man with his walking stick...

In all seriousness, Mr. Savage is one of the more utterly repugnant people I have had the pleasure of witnessing, but Jacqui's policy is, indeed, ludicrous.

Plus, as I mentioned in another post about this issue, anything making it more difficult to get Savage the hell out of the United States is a negative in my book.

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'D'oh!' tops fave kids' TV catchphrase poll

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@Big, tatooed Fred

I'd be impressed if you were 49, going on 62.

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Engineers are troublesome 'expert loners', says prof

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"students would procrastinate... leaving a task until the last possible minute..."

Thank goodness that applies only to Engineers, and not to students in general!

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Site news: Unique commenter handles coming

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@AC 14:37

I, for one, am terrified that the ex-Bush whitehouse will find my snarky reply to your post expressing the belief that The Man is forcing your IT news web site comments 'underground'.

Seriously, people - there are important, legitimate concerns vis a vis intrusive security measures and restriction of free speech, but pretending that the issue extends past the bounds of the ludicrous only cheapens the entire debate and makes everybody fighting the issue look like a crank.

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US team create carbon nanotube ultra-memory

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Excellent.

I look forward to the upcoming 100tb iPod Shuffle.

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Best Buy leaked memo spills Windows 7 upgrade details

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"Microsoft ponders what a 'qualifying machine' looks like..."

Well, I think we can rule out Lewis Hamilton's McLaren...

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Japanese games group to ban twisted 'sex torture' sims

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@Tony Smith

This is absolutely, incredibly chilling. And I'm talking about your rabid, kneejerk, ill-thought-out pro-censorship rant. Neutrality? Thoughtfulness? Evidence of any semiconscious consideration of policy and personal freedom? I wish any single one of those had been present in your screed, but all were absent.

That one single article has, for me, dramatically blackened the Reg's reputation. And the fact that nobody else from your organization stopped that drivel from being posted says very little for your entire staff and editorial policy.

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Transition flying car into 'beta test': Deliveries from 2011

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@perpetual cyclist

Peak oil? Next thing you'll be talking about linux on the desktop. I'm with Robert Moore - ODFO!

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Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor

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That's actually...

...quite a cool idea. You tend to aim toward the 'fat' part of the key - which is closest to deadspace anyway. With a big square key, you just push it somewhere in the center; the visual cues with this direct you away from 'difficult' areas.

Seems really obvious once you see it, but I don't recall anyone having come up with it before, so apparently it's not all that obvious after all... :)

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Egyptian cuts off todger to spite his face dad

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@Foxhill

"I'd walk a mile for a Camel... but I'd prefer a woman."

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Paris loses her BlackBerry in Cannes hotel

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@bws

"What's really sad is that her losing her phone is actually 'news'"

It's news enough that you read the article and commented on it...

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Boston dorm computer raid ruled illegal

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@Cullen Newsom

Well - it's well known that linux users will try to put linux on everything, including phones and cameras. And it's also obvious that linux is a hacker's tool. Therefore, the camera was used for hacking! QED!

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Chrome feels the need - the need for speed

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Paris Hilton

"“Now you can finally hide that embarrassing gossip blog..."

Gossip blog? Really? So people can hide *gossip blogs*? Yeah... uh huh.

Paris for obvious reasons.

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6.5m vehicles to be tracked by 2012

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@lIsRT

Nope. My first thought upon seeing the headline was, "Really? That doesn't seem very efficient..."

And @Michael... "Hairy" Potter? I don't think we're talking about the same films here...

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Microsoft rolls Netflix into Windows Media Center

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@l3bowsk1

How many event notifications do you GET, anyway? Seems like turning the stuff off is your first step to happiness. The damned things are obnoxious no matter WHEN they happen!

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Google turns analytical engine inwards

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Oompa loompas! Chocolate factory!

You are -ever- so -clever-!

Seriously - is there some anti-Pulitzer out there that you're gunning for that I don't know about? You really need to cut this shit out... it was old a long, long time ago.

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Philips SPC1330NC

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Specifications

So, the specs are 90fps but not, 8mp but not, and HD quality, but not.

Why the hell do they bother with the specs? Here, then - I'm going to sell a camera with 52 megapixels, 10,000 frames per second, and 256 bits per pixel color depth. Except not. What do I win?

Assholes.

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Excess of cola floors Oz ostrich farmer

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@Paul Naylor

Not to be pedantic, but diet soda isn't sugary. The worst thing about it is the aspartame, which in *insane* quantities might give you cancer - but hey, that'll only help you lose weight, so it's a win-win, really.

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Gut instinct no protection against net scams

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"Previous victims of a scam are more likely to show interest in responding again."

This explains the 419 emails I get saying that the UN is going to reimburse me ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS ONLY for being a Nigerian scam victim. Talk about cojones...

The other fun ones are the ones trying to pick of other scammers' marks by saying that the target is currently being defrauded, and if they ever want to see their contract payment they need to stop dealing with their existing guys and switch to the new guy instead!

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Sims 3 leaked two weeks before release

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On usenet too...

...a quick header search shows somebody posting a Reloaded release earlier today. I guess it'll be a perfect gift for all the pirates to give their girlfriends.... :)

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Canon LV-8300

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Oh my god! Make it stop!

You need to do some research.

"The contrast ratio is rated at 500:1."

Saying that a projector with a rated contrast ratio of 500:1 is targeted at home theater in any way, shape, or form is ludicrous, whatever the manufacturer spec sheet tells you to write. 500:1 was lousy seven years ago, and it's -abysmal- now. Tolerable for powerpoint but nothing beyond.

"One of the most attractive features in the LV-8300 is its WXGA (1280 x 800-pixel) native resolution. This is virtually meaningless if all you want it for is HD TV, but it makes a subtle but important difference when playing back 16:9 DVDs at full-screen: you get a bigger image."

You get a bigger image? How? 16:9 is 1280x720; 1280x800 is 16:10. DVDs are 16:9 - as you correctly point out - so having a 16:10 panel will either give you no advantage over a 16:9 panel, or distort the image whilst making it marginally bigger - which is an awful, pointless thing to do.

"Overall, image performance is good and we perceived no flicker when projecting movies and animations. This will be due to the progressive scanning."

What?! Of course it's progressive; there IS no 'scanning' with an LCD panel! A lack of flicker could mean that it deinterlaces a 480i input correctly, but I'm guessing you were using a DVD player on a laptop, or component / DVI output from a standalone player - which would always be progressive anyway. It has nothing to do with the projector!

"However, torture-testing the LV-8300's capabilities using the industry-standard DisplayMate utilities revealed that the projector can sometimes struggle with ultra-fine, pixel-width detail."

So, it's a 1280x800 projector which is incapable of displaying every pixel of the input? If you can't get the clocks to display pixel-for-pixel, a 1280-pixel-wide image could easily only be resolving 640 pixels worth of real data. It's probably somewhere in between - but if this is truly an insoluble problem, it means the projector doesn't even meet its own spec! That's hardly something to gloss over in a sentence - it would murder text legibility for presentation use and be awful for movie watching, even off regular DVDs.

In short... please, Reg readers, take this interview with a grain of salt. And to El Reg - find someone who understands the raw basics of display devices. Things will be less embarrassing for all of us that way.

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Franco had one ball: Official

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Wow. Those dictators...

...are really a bunch of nuts.

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New script outstrips all other drive-by download risks

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"2 Girls 1 Cup scat video viral website."

I guess they must have crappy security...

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Canon EOS 500D

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"To avoid falling into the camcorder tax band..."

What the -hell-?

Signed,

An American

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Next Ubuntu alpha reveals video change

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Huh...

...is the Joke Alert icon broken, or something?

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Wait a minute...

...linux isn't perfect already? I mean, from what I keep reading...

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Hubble packing shiny new camera

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"They'll also start work replacing Hubble's batteries."

Good thing Apple didn't build it, then... they'd have to send it back to a service center instead of replacing it themselves.

...mine's the one with the Sansa Clip in the pocket.

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Pirate-pursuing lawyers get DDo$ money transfer slap

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@YeRight

The point is to at the very least not look like a bunch of twats. Those sitting on the fence with this issue will likely be tipped toward the 'pro copyright' side by this kind of childish grandstanding - and the grandstanding itself will do no more to help them win their case against a biased judge than anything else.

Throwing a temper tantrum can only hurt their case, in the legal *and* PR sense.

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Gahh...

...with friends like these... I fear that what will happen here is a strengthening of copyright laws to the detriment of fair use, and a conviction and terrible legal precedent putting legitimate torrenting/file sharing (eg, OSS, user made game mods, etc) at risk.

And all because these guys couldn't just show up with the evidence and present it, but have to act like arrogant, self-aggrandizing twits. They're going to get themselves strung up just because they're being dickheads, and the rest of the world will have to pay for the precedent that sets.

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Gov 'smart meter' plans: Sky box in charge of your house

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@AC 10:05

"I wonder if the cut off fee will reduce as it will only cost them oohh approx tuppence ha'penny to cut them off (plus a letter perhaps)"

If they're anything like TIcketMaster, they'll impose a $15 (sorry, I'm american) 'electronic disconnect convenience fee'.

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Electric racer hits the track

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All well and good...

...but can it do more than two laps? Top speed (which you mention so many times) is nothing without cornering speed, and neither of those are worth anything if you can only manage them for five minutes.

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France says 'Oui!' to three strikes for music pirates

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Ahh...

...nothing like having an anonymous, unaccountable private organization - which will undoubtedly be heavily motivated to err on the side of its own backers - have veto power over your net connection.

Well, it's not like having an internet connection is a practical requirement these days, anyway.

And it's not like a rule like this will create a motivation for file sharers to find a way to use or spoof the use of other peoples' IP addresses, thus creating even more false hits...

What could possibly go wrong?

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Court upholds 'hacking' charge against smut-surfing worker

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Plant study

"If somebody else had been on an internet site studying horticulture, I don’t think he would have been prosecuted."

Yes, but obviously *whoreticulture* is a different story.

...I'm leaving, I'm leaving...

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Google blames cheeseburgers for destroying the planet

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@Ian Ferguson

Well-played on the 'carbon copy' bit, sir. I applaud you.

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Dell punts £199 10in netbook

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"replace the 1024 x 600 display with a 1024 x 576 model..."

Grammar error notwithstanding, how much money can you save by lopping 24 rows of pixels off a screen? That's kind of bizarre.

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Film industry turns up P2P heat on Carter

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Copyright *theft*?

As far as I can tell, copyright theft would involve stealing the intellectual property rights to a movie, so that you then controlled its copyright. Somehow I don't think that's what they're worried about...

I guess that FACI didn't sound as good.

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Greece grounds Google's Street View fleet

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@Citizen Kaned

"...bored now, all i did was mention something that someone told me today..."

...and then said that Streeview is "almost a burglary tool". And now that I think of it, then you said that *I'M* a tool. Is everything a tool to you today, or something? Yikes!

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@Cltizen Kaned

You, sir, are an idiot.

Also, we're talking about Greece, the same country that banned all computer games because they thought they were for gambling (including Tetris, Solitaire, Quake III, you name it) and were confiscating Game Boys at the airport. I wouldn't look to them for technology policy advice.

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Kettering to London: 18 hours by rail, bus and pack mule

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@spencer

"Apparently due to the line being built on a bank and it keeps on sliding down, they have to nudge it back up every 7 days."

I'm tired of the government propping up collapsing banks!

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Apple: No Jesus on the Jesus Phone

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"...the man who is the Nine Inch Nails..."

THE Nine Inch Nails!?

*sighs, turns around, and walks away with head down*

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ACS swallows BSG to boost SaaS offering

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"ACS swallows BSG to boost SaaS offering"

You've got to have a hell of a gullet to choke down a whole Battlestar. Do the Cylons know?

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Prism Firefox extension hits beta

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Holy marketing speak, batman!

"beta... fostering... ecosystem... compelling... bundles"

Like, gag me with a *spoon*!

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Playboy to take on World of Warcraft with Bunny-themed MMORG

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I'm not interested...

...but I bet my wife would love it. Hmm...

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Tram driver crashes while texting

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Don't you mean...

...that *tram* flies by while texting?

Mine's the one with the NYC Metrocard in the pocket.

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Sun: 'We may have violated bribery laws'

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'We may have violated bribery laws'

Well, you know - it could happen to anyone. You're checking your voice mail, or you think there's something in your coffee - you take your attention away for a split second, and things can happen. I know, personally, I've probably violated bribery laws a few times, even just on the way to work. You gotta cut them a little slack here.

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Hulu recognizes Blighty existence

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"Last of the Bloody Summer Sodding Wine"

If that was actually the title, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

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