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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: I wish hackers and makers would...

"@JP I think the point is that in the making"

I make electronic things for a living. It started as a hobby and remains so. The hardest part is coming up with something useful to make for the hobby. It used to be much easier when there were far fewer electronic things you could buy and they were more expensive. I know people who made their own colour TV sets for less than they cost to buy (not counting their labour). I made my own audio equipment, I made digital clocks when they were a novelty, I made a Z80 based computer before the spectrum came out.

Today I could not bring myself to make something as pointless as a clock displaying time as QR codes and a hand held version of an ancient crappy computer isn't much better. I stand by my comment that I wish makers would put more effort into coming up with something useful to make.

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Re: I wish hackers and makers would...

"Are hackers not allowed to be creative and have fun just for the sake of having fun?"

I think that making something which has more use than showing it to other makers and saying "look what I made" would be rather more fun and satisfying.

Coming up with something useful that you can't already buy for less than it would cost you to make is where real creativity is required and lacking.

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I wish hackers and makers would...

put as much time and effort into thinking of something useful to hack/make as they do into making these pet rocks.

I think the dumbest thing I have ever seen is a digital clock which displays the time as a QR code on an LCD screen. To tell the time you have to take out your phone (which almost certainly has the time displayed as soon as you turn it on) and run an app to take a photo of the LCD so it can decode the QR code and tell you what time it is.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

"The people who claim speed limits are dangerous because"

If I could not drive safely without a speedometer I would give up driving.

Why don't you try covering up your speedometer and see if you worry more about life and limb or license and wallet.

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Re: Speedo?

"s/watch/speedometer/

Why do they never say that?"

Because they are full of shit. Anything which you allow to distract you from the task of driving sufficiently is dangerous which is why outlawing specific distractions and effectively legalising all others is stupid and counter productive.

I've said here before a dick head with a phone in his hand is still a dick head when you take the phone away. We need to concentrate on curing the cause of the problem (being a dick head) not on hiding some of the symptoms.

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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So much money being made from....

freetards.. how can that be?

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If they say yes...

"JP your 2nd para is brilliant! Mind if I quote it elsewhere?"

Well I would like to get royalties on it until I die and then my children to get royalties for another 70 years, but, screw that, this is the internet do what you like.

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Re: The real issue here

"because it will help in the continuing bust up of the traditional two party cartel running Westminster"

I would like that also. Labour would finally realise it is dead and clear the way for some other competition with the Tories (who are only brain dead). High price to pay for political change though isn't it.

Listen to the yes campaigners in Scotland about how it will be a land of milk and honey, motherhood and apple pie, fair, just, richer, and more successful in the world. The only thing holding back this miraculous transformation is? The rest of the UK gets a say in who governs all of us.

Yes the UK could be a better place if we got rid of half the useless wankers in Westminster, but only a bit and look at who the Scots chose to partially govern them so far. When it comes to useless wankers Hollyrood is easily a match for Westminster.

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Re: If they say yes...

"trying to bully the electorate"

How Alex Salmond like of you. Any negative aspect of a yes vote is to be described as bullying not only allowing it to be written off without argument but making it out as something that needs to be fought against. When it comes to dishonest slimeball politicians Salmond is a match for anything Westminster can offer.

As an Englishman I can't decide which way I would like the vote to go. Should I care if the Scots want to screw themselves over based on fantasies that Scotland would be so much better if it were governed completely by their own pack of wankers in Hollyrood instead of partially by the packs of wankers in Hollyrood and Westminster?

Huge disruption and expense to change which pack of wankers make some decisions, decisions that are so constrained by reality and the rest of the world that who makes them makes little difference.

The phrase "Don't vote it only encourages them" comes to mind.

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Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names

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unfair, hurtful, discriminatory and an invasion of privacy

Poor little mites. No one forces anyone to have a facebook account there is no god given right to a facebook account. If you don't like the policies don't use the service.

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

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"ie over 8 years of savings are required to pay for the device."

Except those savings are based on the ridiculous assumption that people will use so much less electricity if only they knew how much they were using.

Well done The Public Accounts Committee for stating the bleeding obvious, shame you are 3 or 4 years too late. Not that it would make any difference because as I stated here nearly 3 years ago the reason we are getting smart meters is...

The technically illiterate eco green willy waving tossers running the country find the idea of forcing us to pay for personal energy guilt meters irresistible.

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

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FAIL

Its vehicle-to-vehicle communication will send and receive basic safety info

Shame about the other 250 million or so vehicles out there that won't be talking or listening....

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Not so enthusiastic

I note the accompanying photograph also shows the wearer flaunting a huge pet rock wristwatch.

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Internet of Things: Major players agree on goals, but little else

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Elephant in the room

A. I want a standard for my 'thing' to communicate on the internet.

B. What does your thing do?

A. Dunno we hadn't really thought about that yet.

B. Come back when you have.

A. Aww stop hassling me, I need to get on and make money from my things.

The other day I got some marketing spam from a semiconductor manufacturer telling me there are going to be 50 billion internet connected things in 6 years time. What are these 50 billion things going to be and who is going to buy them? I have trouble thinking of one thing I want connected to the internet that isn't already.

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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"If you make phones less attractive to thieves then you've prevented crime."

And cutting someone's head off also cures their acne....

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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Re: I'd like to know

"don't pay tax"

As usual the threat of terrorism is used to justify control and invasion of privacy that would otherwise be considered unreasonable.

Like all of us my GF is a suspected terrorist supporter and money launderer. She doesn't have enough database entries or personal documents to prove to the satisfaction of HMRC (through their slaves the banks) that she isn't. That means she isn't even allowed to be a secondary holder of my credit cards.

Annoyingly she would have much less trouble obtaining financial services if she had spent half her life scrounging from the state.

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Internet of Stuff my Pockets: Investors plough 1 BEELLION dollars into IoT

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the one thing holding back the development of the IoT...

I would say that the main thing holding back development is that for the most part no one can think of anything useful a thing can do by being connected to the internet.

If humans had no reason to talk to each other we wouldn't have any languages either.

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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Re: Electric car batteries don't "swap"

http://www.teslamotors.com/batteryswap

Yes but it was only 'designed' to have battery swaps with a single staged demonstration hiding every detail. The reality is it isn't happening and likely never will.

The claim and staged demonstration let them screw more zero emission vehicle credits out of the California Air Resources Board - mission accomplished....

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

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CO2 regulation?

You burn X amount of fossil fuel you get Y amount of CO2. There is no changing that - simple chemistry.

There are fanciful schemes for trying to grab the resulting CO2 and bury it in a hole or something.

Couldn't be bothered to read all the crap but from what I did it isn't CO2 regulation it is generating plant efficiency regulation. All generators strive for greater efficiency within the limits of it being economical anyway. All the regulation can do is push those limits the wrong side of economical, especially for older plant. You will get more electricity from your fossil fuel and less electricity from your $.

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Obama tells us

"Ninety-seven per cent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, manmade and dangerous."

Not even close http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/global-warming-the-97-fallacy/15069

This is the kind of shit that leads anyone with a clue to be hugely sceptical about anything they hear on the subject.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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"As of now, if a new vulnerability is written"

WTF?

You mean a new exploit of a vulnerability Microsoft wrote.

I really don't know how Microsoft can get away with this (but then I never bother reading all the small print). They supplied defective product and should be liable for rectifying the defects forever, regardless of how long it took to discover them.

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British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

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"Are there more votes in this particular bandwagon?"

Those playing the politically correct game think so. Perhaps it is time for the spectators to tell them they are wrong.

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

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"Would it not be essentially the same to put the ultra capacitor on the PCB"

Yes. If there were significant advantages having a super capacitor in parallel with an Li battery it would already be done. A battery containing a super capacitor must also contain less battery.

There may be small $/volume/weight savings integrating a super capacitor in a battery but are those savings enough to make the difference between the advantage of a parallel super capacitor worthwhile or not? I doubt it.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: Windows 9?

"Microsoft are between rock and hard place, and they need to make some hard choices to retain their position on desktop and in the server farm"

Retain their position on desktop? They almost have a monopoly on the desktop. The desktop is a shrinking market.

Win 8 was not about retaining desktop position it was about how much they dare piss off desktop customers and risk loosing desktop position in order to gain in the fondleslab and phone market.

I don't see much indication that it is working or feel it is likely to work in the future but Microsoft having already done most of the damage will probably keep trying.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: Audiophiles...

"I often found that people using that mantra were in fact just jealous of others and fearful that they themselves might like it if they tried but it might prove too expensive. So they would talk it down to give themselves an ideological excuse for why they use a ghetto-blaster and not a decent system."

You often found? Do you inject people with truth serum or something to know what they think?

I suspect audiophools are much more fearful of discovering they can't really tell the difference between a ghetto-blaster and the 'decent system' they spent $thousands on which is why ABX seems to be a swear word for them.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Internet of things - mostly bollocks

Certainly not an industrial revolution.

Popular and hyped by those who see provision of cloud services to the things as an on going revenue stream and a source of large amounts of data which must be valuable somehow.

Government research funding will be mostly pissed away as usual - at least it is only 74 million.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: Physics, Chemistry, Biology

"You forgot economy... THE most important factor in climate change..."

No that would be politically correct twats using it as a windmill to tilt against.

Anyone else see PMQs the other day when Milliband attempts to discredit Cameron by trying to get him to acknowledge that there are some AWG sceptical Tory MPs? Of course he called them deniers.

PMQs generally makes me want to puke, but, boy, that one was scraping the bottom of the barrel. Of course Cameron being an almost equally slimey twat could only be evasive.

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China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

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Re: Maybe

"I suppose it depends if they have access to the source code as well"

I keep saying that patching with the owners consent a newly discovered vulnerability in Windows is lot easier than coming up with a scheme to exploit it without the owners consent. The people exploiting the vulnerability don't have source code either (except maybe the NSA :)).

Well done China's web giants for understanding and organizing a cheap solution to the problem.

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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"Lead pollution is the cause of quite a lot of crime, and we have the USA to thank for proving this."

You don't know that and it hasn't been proved.

Claiming correlation is causal with no evidence or pulling numbers out of your arse to make predictions like the subject of this article - don't know which is worse.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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$30 billion eh?

So smart phone theft is costing every man woman and child in America about $100 a year?

I smell made up bullshit

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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"produces between 120 and 140 microjoules"

So a 50p coin cell can provide as much energy as 18 million button presses. The button would likely fall to bits before you managed to press it 18 million times and likely costs more than 50p.

Unless battery changing is really difficult and so expensive these micro power harvesting schemes are pretty much pointless.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Re: How about

"I've only just got over the shock of my Star dot matrix printer not having any drivers released for Windows Me."

You don't quite seem to have grasped that there is a difference between adding new features to a product you bought and fixing defects.

A vulnerability in XP which leaves it open to attack is a defect which should be fixed free of charge regardless of how long it took to discover. That the NHS is even considering paying Microsoft $1200 per machine to do this for 3 years is ridiculous.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: But a big trusted partner like Microsoft....

"Expecting that products will be supported forever is stupid, especially in a fast moving sector like IT."

What is this support crap? If no one discovers a bug in x years the bug becomes the owners problem not the suppliers?

I expect suppliers to fix bugs forever and if they are not prepared to fix bugs in old products to offer free upgrades to products which have the bugs fixed.

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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A page from Google they can keep

So no more pesky code thing to sync other devices which I suppose means no more local encryption.

If I wanted to give some company all my bookmarks, browsing history/whatever I can just use chrome.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

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How many advert breaks will the meetings have

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p.s. The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

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Re: Where's the incentive

For campaigns like this you are not backing or investing anything you are just pre-ordering something which will only happen if enough others pre-order.

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Oi, Android devs! Facebook wants your apps to be more secure

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Re: Oi, Andrios devs, Facebook wants Google to get less personal information.

"Facebook, at this point, almost seems to totally redeem itself in my eyes and heart."

I can't see anything altruistic in this. The less personal data Google gets the more valuable the personal data Facebook gets.

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Oi, Andrios devs, Facebook wants Google to get less personal information.

You are almost supposed to back up your entire andriod device and sync anything that can be synced unencrypted to Google servers.

Offering encryption services on android would seem to be a good way to reduce the amount of information android users give to Google.

I am appalled that Google does not provide optional encryption for their android backup and sync services. How hard can it be and what possibly reason could there be for not providing it other than they want to read and analyse your backup and sync data?

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: Which is more secure? REALLY?

"why should they continue providing free support"

Because 'support' is fixing the bugs they sold you in the first place.

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

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I can't see this being very practical

For things like planes or ships which tend to travel in straight lines and normally pass each other with large separation collision prediction is practical.

Roads are not straight, the difference between normal passing and a collision is sometimes only a few feet. I can't see how it can give valid warnings sufficiently early without also giving lots of false warnings.

Also it can't be reliable till everything on the road is fitted with it and drivers relying on it before it is reliable will probably do more damage than is saves.

Looks like an expensive technological non-solution to the problem. The biggest benefit will be to those making money from it directly and from back handers.

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Cupertino copied processor pipelining claims Wisconsin U

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Re: History of Pipelining ..

My memory is hazy but I worked on IBM mainframes in the late 70's and they pre-fetched, decoded, and pre-fetched operands for three possible execution paths and guessed at the outcome of branches to select the most likely paths. There was crap load of hardware to detect if stores invalidated any of the pre-fetched information.

I can't help but think that by 1998 any wrinkle on pipe-lining and branch prediction should have been considered obvious to those skilled in the art.

Looks like another example of the patent system making the world a worse rather than better place.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: "I don't see the problem..."

"You can't discount the possibility of stupidity in some people."

Yes and equally you can't legislate stupidity out of people.

A fool holding a phone is still a fool when you take it away.

So yes I do see the problem. I don't see simple banning legislation as a good solution to that problem.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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"My sense is that"

He doesn't have any sense...

I know he would like to think that we think he and his minions are doing a really good job saving us from those awful terrorist.

The reality is the terrorist threat barely exists, if it were more significant he still wouldn't be able to save us from it and overall he is just pissing away vast amounts of our money, privacy, and liberty to support those lies.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Another lesson

Receiving spam email is annoying. Not receiving email which isn't spam can be expensive.

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US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

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Re: The big issue in a nut shell

"we had intelligence data on several of the perpetrators before hand"

It didn't require much intelligence to figure out 3 or 4 suicidal loons armed with small knives could hijack an airliner and crash it into a building - a handful of suicidal loons figured it out and it is not like aircraft hijacking hadn't happened before.

Oh how different the world could have been for the sake of a few cabin doors with locks.

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Re: The big issue in a nut shell

"caught between a rock and a hard place on this one"

A position they happily placed themselves in. By definition you can not effectively combat terrorism - that is why it is terrifying. Politicians lie telling you they can and the dumber section of the population believes it and thanks them for it. The enormous army fighting the war against terror with their snouts in a $ trillion trough are quite pleased about it as well.

Thankfully there are hardly any terrorists and almost no competent and equipped ones. They haven't foiled any terrorist plots worth worrying about because there were none. Basically it has been an enormous waste of money, privacy, and liberty the blame for which lies with dishonest scumbag politicians (and the dummies who believe them).

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Bollocks

"Roughly 80% of people say they would keep paying for the BBC if the cost was no different to the licence fee"

With only 80% paying they equivalent of the license fee they would have 80% of their income so the cost would have to be different or have to be less or lower quality output. Less than 80% would keep paying for a worse service and it just spirals down.

Also what people say they will do and what they will actually do are different especially when it comes to spending money.

I don't think there is a snowball in hell's chance the BBC would take more money as a subscription service.

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

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could be shrinking

Could eh? More speculation which gets press coverage because in a self flagellating way some people would like it to be true,

If being big is so great why did normal bees evolve to be the size they are?

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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"I'm just shocked that an anti-terrorist law was actually used against an actual terrorist."

"to use a remote-control toy car to plant a homemade bomb at the TA centre"

Actual terrorist or bumbling fool that got his ideas from watching movies and

"were arrested before any preparations for an attack were put together"

hadn't actually done anything?

I would say the chances of them implementing this cunning plan were slim, the chances of it working slim again, and the chances of it doing significant harm or damage if it worked at all also slim.

Forgive me for not feeling terrorised.

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

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Re: Why is this coming as a surprise to anyone?

"Google was funding Nest throughout its various rounds of raising venture capital"

So Google actually paid 3.5 billion to themselves? (or a proportion of it)? I smell tax avoidance.

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