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1110 posts • joined 22 May 2007

BT boss urges fines for filesharing customers

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Couldn't have put it better myself

When the IWF block list was brought in, people shouted about possible function creep. The response was always "we will only use it to protect the children", and those complaining were looked down on by most non-techies for "not caring about the children".

Now "the technology is already in place", it can be used for other things, like "Prevention of Copyright Theft". When it's function has been extended once, it is easier to do so again, and again, and again, and before we know it, "All Your Internet Are Belong To Us".

To paraphrase:

First they came for the Child Porn Sites, and I did not speak out—because I was not interested in looking at Child Porn.

Then they came for the File Sharing Sites, and I did not speak out—because I was not interested in File Sharing.

Then they came for those interested in how explosives are made, and I did not speak out—because I was not interested in how explosives are made.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Or to put it another way... TOLD YOU SO!

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Florida woman prangs car while shaving her privates

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Lucky

"The occupants of the other vehicle were treated for minor injuries"

They were lucky. Sounds like a close shave...

I know, I know, I'm going...

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Anti-binge drinking ads add to binge drinking

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No Shit Sherlock!

"If you're talking to a student about cheating on an exam, and one of these ads comes up, you can bet they are headed straight to the bar."

Select a random student, at a random time, and I would place money on them being either in a bar, heading to it, or heading from it. They're students!

There's a time and a place for everything, and that place is college...

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The myth of Britain's manufacturing decline

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Interesting...

That's also where I live (although not for long, moving this month).

Who'd'a thunk it? It's a small world...

And personally I use it as a commuter base to Oldham. Half an hour away, but still on the Right Side Of The Pennines(tm).

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I must agree

Unless this is adjusted for inflation, it is meaningless.

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Samsung shows off 4G netbook

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I beg to differ...

"The crucial thing, of course, is that vendors are working on this technology now, ensuring it will be in place in time for the emergence of LTE networks."

For me, the crucial thing is that there will already be a second-hand market for LTE devices by the time it rolls out in this country. This will mean a wider-spread uptake at the start, helping to lower prices, and get the technology established quickly.

Only my opinion, but if this doesn't happen it'll be a few years after launch that most people will be ably to afford the tech... as with most things only the rich get the newest.

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Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

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Well done

I had almost forgotten about the EeePC girl...

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Buffy's heart gets wrong kind of flutter from Google Buzz

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Anyone know what...

...the US military response would be to seeing a woman being raped?

Obviously the answer is shoot them both, then blow up the Chinese embassy.

I'll get me coat

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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles

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It cannot be true!

Simon? Our BOFH? Dead?!?

This has got to be a windup!

....

On a side note nice episode.

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New cig peril: Third-hand smoke coats puffers in poison

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OK then...

If it's so dangerous, ban smoking.

In the same vane:

* Ban alcohol because of the amount of trouble it causes

* Ban cars because of the number of road deaths

* Ban TV and computer games because it causes obesity in kids

* Ban fatty foods because they cause all sorts of health problems

* Ban knives because they can cut

* Ban food which hasnt been reduced to a milkshake-like consistency because people could choke on it

* Ban movement because people can hurt themselves (twist ankles / fall over etc.)

I am a smoker. I don't like the ban on smoking in pubs, especially pubs like my local where the majority of people smoke, so the pub seems empty until you get to the smoking area at the back, but I live with it. I respect others right to choose, so I wouldn't even smoke in my own car with a non-smoker if they didn't want me to, or in my own house. Can other people PLEASE respect my right to choose and stop with this bullshit research which is never backed up by real evidence?!

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Adultery website boosted by Christian publicity campaign

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Nah...

Jesus can have all the tail he wants, married or not! Why would he accept the random chances of chucking his keys in when he can just choose the 4-5 ladies of his choice?

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shirley you mean...

[CTRL]-[A] [SHIFT]-[DEL]?

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Mozilla buries heels on un-YouTube open video

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But Everyone Is Doing It

OK, maybe "everyone" is going H.264, but that does not mean it should be part of a standard. In any (stupid, backwards, corporate-centric, capitalistic dog of a) country with software patents, this means that anyone who would wish to comply with the standard would have to fork out shed loads of money. This is not the way to go.

Yes, H.264 is a nice codec, with many advantages, but it is not right for a web standard. Nor is Flash. Ogg Theora may not be the right way either. But we need to find something, and restricting content production to those who can afford it (or are willing to break the licenseing terms) is unacceptable

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New music file aims to sink piracy using blogs and Twitter

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Very obvious...

"MusicDNA files will be backwards compatible with existing MP3 players though, so will offer no improvement in sound quality"

The music industry wouldnt want an improvement in sound quality. Most of their (newer) artists sound aweful, so bad quality (and audio processing) hide this.

If they want me to buy "digital" music:

a) Produce music I want to listen to, and

b) Sell them in FLAC

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PM: UK airports to get perv scanners next week

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Someone has to lower the tone...

For a start:

"Doubts have been raised over whether they would have detected Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab's device concealed in his underwear"

Why? Was it that small?

And point B: I tried to put that quote in the title, and was told it was too long.

Obviously a problem he didn't have.

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Euro astro biz: It's time for solar panels in Spaaace

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Something escapes me....

1) Put satellite in space

2) Convert light energy into electricity

3) Convert electricity into light

4) Send light to earth

5) Convert light energy into electricity

6) ....

7) Profit

Surely you could do better with mirrors and optics to skip steps 2 & 3? I know, there are probably advantages when it comes to wavelengths etc, but then again the photovoltaic cells really arent that great yet anyway. Focus sunlight into a concentrated beam and send it to earth, bypassing the middle man

What we really need is a giant 'leccy cable into space... Anyone got a spare extension cord?

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ASA bans tyrannical German boss ad

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits

You can let it rest AFTER hitting them with a 2x4...

Surely thats the second best cure for anger (the first of course being go home, bend the missus over... OK I'll stop now in case I offend ;) lol)

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Chavez decries evils of PlayStation

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Here's the rub...

"Kids especially become insensitive to violence"

I disagree with your logic. I have been playing such games since I was in my early teens and I personally would "think twice before dishing it our for real".

If kids are playing the games earlier than this (personally I would say that pre-teens should not, but thats just my opinion), then it is the parents who are at fault, not the game. There is nothing wrong with an adult taking out his frustration on a bunch of pixels in the comfort of his own home. In fact, I remember hearing of studies which showed that simulated or organised violent activity (whether computer games, paintballing, laser quest, martial arts etc...) REDUCED the likelihood of the person committing violent crime.

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Govt promises unemployed free laptops, net access, websites

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I hope...

that these free Laptops and Net Connections will be restricted to use only for jobsearch. I can just see all the unemployed who are not looking for a job jumping at this.

IMHO if the govt want to do this, all PC's should be locked down so no additional software can be installed, and 'net access run through a proxy restricting them to a whitelist of services. No games etc to be installed on the PC, no access to facebook, just jobsearch.

To keep costs down, a thin client would be best, and the broadband connection connected to a private network ONLY allowing them access to the terminal server (preferably Linux-based, again to keep costs down).

Alas, what I see instead is Jobcentre paying for a broadband connection and PC, then all the jobless scroungers spending all day on Facebook.

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BT could jack up line charges to fill pensions hole

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Hmmm

On the one hand, I can see why BT need to raise revenue.

BUT, it is them who should shoulder the costs, not everyone else. They could always raise their own broadband package prices.

I dont know, just smacks of "We need money, give us money" to me...

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Kiwis slap 'vacant' sign on Paris Hilton

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@ Piro

"When will people ever learn? By grumbling about this innocious billboard, they've instantly catapulted the image to worldwide fame, making the effect many times worse than it would have originally been"

Have you considered that, maybe, that is the desired consequence? There's no such thing as bad publicity. Maybe people are wising up to the Streisand effect and putting it to their own uses.

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Welsh yobs clobbered by cross-dressing cage fighters

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Twice in 2 pages

I always love to see twats get whats coming to them.

Here we get:

a) The story, in which 2 twats get beaten up by people they wanted to beat up, and

b) Carl 4, a twat who doesn't know what the bootnotes section is all about, getting a Bee in his bonnet (pardon the pun).

I take it you aren't having a great day, Ms Bee? All the shouting, not like you at all, but well done anyway :)

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BOFH: Weapon of choice

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Aaaaah

Friday isn't quite Friday without BOFH. I think I would reach for the hammer too if they'd delayed my pay!

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NO2ID backs drive to inject voter power into next Election

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In honour of a troll

"Naturally NO2ID would like reforms aimed at rolling back the database state"

What?! They're scared of a ****ing databse! The pansies.

(An homage to the irreplaceable Aaron Kempf)

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Nationwide Freeview tune-up takes place today

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@eJ2095

"No one can not be that stupid they are unable to retune there box?"

Are you suggesting that everyone is so stupid that they can't retune their box?

Or are you pointing out to the world that you are so stupid you cannot form a sentence or spell, and really mean "No one can be so stupid that they are unable to retune their box?"

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Opera lobby dubs IE ballot screen 'threatening and confusing'

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100% bored

of all the eejits with their "it's their OS, they can do what they want" rant.

I will summarise my thoughts quickly:

1) Like it or not, there are rules when you are a monopoly. MS have broken them.

2) I don't care about Opera, I don't like their browser, but at least they have made the effort to push the EU into protecting our consumer rights..

3) The issue with this ballot screen is that it still leaves IE as the easiest choice for consumers, and consumers are lazy. They need to present a level playing field, and preferably not have IE installed at all. A separate, simple app to grab a list of download locations & descriptions from a central server, and display a choice, would take no time at all to build. Then which ever browser you choose, it needs to download it and install it.

4) Those who complain about OSX & *nix bundling browsers: they are not in monopoly positions, and Linux based distros normally come with several open source browsers.

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Secret teen hacker army ridiculed

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reprehensibly criminal

"by suggesting it is both reprehensibly criminal and simultaneously a useful national security skillset"

Lets list some others...

* Breaking and entering

* Killing someone

* Creation of fake identities

* Secretly recording someone without their knowledge

* Destruction of property

* Driving at high speeds on public roads

* Detaining someone against their will

All "reprehensibly criminal" when performed by a normal citizen, all "useful national security [skills]" when known by officially-sanctioned personnel.

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Yahoo! to shed open source Exchange rival?

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@JMiles

Actually, I hadn't thought about that, but it makes sense.

The main limitation that I can see in Linux on the Enterprise Desktop has been a lack of a complete Office suite, a la MS Office. There have been the tools, but they have been fragmented. If Oracle was to get hold of Zimbra it could package these all up together as a complete, open-source alternative to MSO & Win Servers (Except for AD Domain stuff, till Samba4 &/ Franky get off the ground). And it could still be used on Windows desktops, as well as Linux & Mac. It could be the kick up the Rs businesses need to try out Linux on the Desktop, 'specially coming from a well known & respected co like Oracle...

Doubt it, but it sounds like a plan.

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Linus calls Linux 'bloated and huge'

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@Sam Liddicott

Yes and No.

Compiling your own kernel with only the features you require will always be quicker than running the 'catch-all' kernels supplied by the distros.

However, the problem comes when core parts are modified to support new features, and that code is not fully optimised. You need that chunk of the kernel in your own, hand-rolled kernel, but it is slower than the code in the previous release due to modifications, so your new kernel is more bloated and slower.

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New SOCA chief battles Yes, Minister jibes from MPs

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Mandarins?

"he left before the privatisation that created Qinetiq, and some very wealthy former Mandarins"

You're comparing apples with oranges!

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Italian Job sat nav driver cops £900 fine

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Idiot

'nuf said ^

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Japan gets to grips with train-grope websites

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Ahem...

women-only carriages is an outrageously sexist concept!

Now where does the 12.53 service to Bitchslap depart from? :P

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Met shops self to IPCC over terror toddlers

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@Wayland Sothcott 1

"He could have been a child kidnapping terrorists"

I hate to niggle... OK no I don't

I assume you mean "child-kidnapping terrorist", a terrorist who kidnaps children, not a "child kidnapping terrorists", a child who is kidnapping terrorists.

also: @John Ozimek RE: "Of course police can arrest in plain clothes...so long as they identify themselves."

The comment above by doody relates SPECIFICALLY to Section 44 stop & search powers.

Quoting from Section 44 "(2) An authorisation under this subsection authorises any constable in uniform to stop a pedestrian in an area or at a place specified in the authorisation and to search..."

You note it specifically specifies "any constable ***in uniform***", so if a plain-clothes officer stopped them, it was not covered by Section 44. This is a wise part of this stupid law, as otherwise people could easily be robbed by people pretending to be cops. It needs to be publicised.

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BBC newsreader kidnapped by Phillip Garrido

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LMAO!

'nuf said

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UK.biz lax on web app security

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XKCD 327 FTW

"Did you really name your son Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;--?"

"Oh yes, little Bobby Tables we call him"

"We've just lost this year's Student Records. I hope you're happy."

"And I hope you've learned to sanitize your database inputs."

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Linutop upgrades Linux micro-PC line

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How Much?!

Thats VERY pricey!

@Piro: 1) Add a USB 10/100 NIC and you have it, and

2) You would REALLY pay THAT MUCH for a machine to use as a router?!

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Japan's first lady visits Venus

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Just goes to show the sceptics...

just how fast Global Warming can destroy a planet!

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Boffins: Give up on CO2 cuts, only geoengineering can work

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Simple, cheap solution

If the powers that be need a simple, effective, cheap solution, then look no further.

What is done by "environmentalists" when a population in the animal kingdom reaches a point where it will start outstripping it's available resources (food etc.)? They cull them, i.e. they kill a load of them to the point where they can survive on their available resources. This has been very effective in the animal kingdom.

Humans are animals. There are now too many humans on the planet for the available resources (assuming we can't reduce the resources we use, which we all know is not going to happen significantly). So we need to kill a bunch of people to reduce the population to manageable levels, and limit population growth to manageable levels. Simples.

The funny thing is, I actually think this is the best solution available. I know it is not going to happen, but the population DOES need to decrease, and the sooner & quicker it happens, the better off the remaining population will be. I know it is not going to happen, but from a completely rational, unbiased viewpoint, and considering we do the same to animal populations, it should.

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Brit inventor wants prison for patent crims

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Personally...

I believe that patents are a good thing, IF they are used as they were intended.

The idea of a patent is to promote publication of the details of an invention, while allowing the "owner" of the patent to be protected from people stealing their idea. This way, human knowledge is advanced, but the inventor is able to dictate terms of use of his invention (whether this be for the popular monetary gain, or for ideological purposes, or whatever they wish). In the case where a single person invents something revolutionary, starts producing a product based on this, and then finds a large organisation has wilfully "stolen" his idea, the small-fry has very little chance of bringing a civil suit successfully. This sort of tactic is the fault of our "justice" system, and capitalism in general. Even IF the guy can afford to bring a suit, his business could easily be bankrupt before the issue is resolved, and this stifles the innovation which patents are intended to encourage.

However, I do believe that patents should be invalidated if the inventor (or owner of the patent) has no intention of putting it to use, as this goes against the fundamental reasons for patents existing in the first place. If this condition was in the patent (if challenged you must prove you are not just sitting on the patent) then trolls would be out of business, and technology would advance, just as patents were designed for.

Making patent infringement a criminal offence may help protect the small-fry mentioned above, but it would be more likely to stifle innovation further, and so is not an option. What we really need is a way for the small business or individual to be able to take on a big corp who has infringed his patent without incurring crippling legal fees, and enduring lengthy proceedings. Maybe a sepparate procedure which allows a very quick way to force a review of the alleged infringement, and force an injunction against the big corporation. After this is done, a civil suit could begin, possibly with some sort of legal aid or other government-supplied help (income-assessed, or course) to ensure the protection of the invention. IANAL, I am not sure what help is out there already, and I havent had time to think this through fully, but something needs to change to bring patent law back in line with it's original purpose.

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Japan gives the wheelchair a hi-tech overhaul

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I hope I'm the first,

But I know I won't be the only one to be claiming for a new keyboard after reading:

"riders mount Rodem from behind"

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Miami health centre starts RFID soap snooping

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To add...

... my 2p

I generally agree with a system like this, but Jason Bloomberg's comment is valid. A tiered warning would be much better, maybe 3-tier (discrete buzz from pager, beep from pager, announcement over tanoy). This helps counter errors in the system, and simple lapses in concentration by over worked hospital staff.

Also, Evil Auditor makes a good point. Cleaners in hospitals are just like cleaners everywhere, when cleanliness in a hospital needs to be taken much more seriously. They should be better trained, better equipped, and better paid. This would both encourage and allow cleaners in hospitals to take pride in their work, and punishments for not doing so would have to be fairly harsh too.

But will this sort of thing happen over here, in our NHS? We all know the answer...

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Dell's first phone spied on web

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however...

... the charger and USB cables will be coiled so tight they will only make intermittent connections :)

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Nuke-nobbler raygun 747 scores 'surrogate' test success

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Not so bad

"With electrically-powered solid state lasers going from strength to strength in recent years, the ABL's chem-ray tech is looking more and more like a dead end."

This is not a bad thing for the project.

They have developed it using the only tech available at the start of the project which would do the job. However, the chemical laser is not really the big news for this project, it is all the supporting systems, e.g. targeting. These should be able to be used with alternate technology, when it becomes available.

So even if the jumbo-laser never really takes off (pun intended) it is still an important development.

Oh, and why do people always see the downsides in new tech which fails to be continued beyond the prototype? These are the things which lead to human andvancement, and should be encouraged! There are too many people (mainly corporations and governments) holding back on the projects because they wont reap any benefits quickly enough. This drags back all of mankind! Take the example of patents help by oil companies on battery tech, which they have sat on for years (if not decades) so that we only see plausible electric cars starting to surface now. It makes me sick, and when the 'media' snubs a project like this one just because it won't be put to use immediately, they are just encouraging this sort of thinking.

Sorry, needed to blow off some steam, rant over now.

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Sex Offenders returns to iTunes

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Well Done!

"or perhaps just calm down, have a cup of tea and find something more sensible to worry about"

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Texting makes kids faster and dumber

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hmm...

4086825590247331****

Ooops, I meant to say "I totally agree!" :)

I don't know many kids who actually use predictive text messaging, purely because they cannot spell. I use it all the time myself, although I wish I could find a way to make it use "mum" as the first word for 686 insteat of "nun" (The number of times my texts have started with "Hi nun")

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GM Volt to deliver three-figure fuel economy

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@Paul Murphy 1

"Also when is the diesel version coming out? that would be more efficient that the petrol one I would have thought."

Not necessarily.

One of the main things that determines an EV's range is weight. A small petrol engine for extending the range weighs less than an equivalent diesel. Therefore with an equivalent-powered diesel engine, the car would weigh more, reducing the range before the engine had to kick in, and reducing the fuel economy.

It may produce better economy on longer journeys, but not necessarily on this 'urban' classification.

Obviously I haven't actually done any calculations, but this is just an overview of the balancing act.

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LHC rushed back into service at 50% max power

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M25

"It differs from London's M25, however, in that the opposing streams of traffic move"

Was there any need forthe rest? :P

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Government rubbishes ID card hack report

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@Simple solution...

I will add my support to this line of reasoning. It is the same with all security flaws found: Make the organisation aware of the problem, announce that there IS a problem, give organisation a reasonable time to acknowledge, then fix, the problem, then full disclosure.

If the govt are obviously going to do nothing, publish the details in full (and preferably with an 'idiots guide, or a GUI tool). If they ignore evidence of the problem, it is their own stupid fault, and full disclosure is the ONLY way they will listen (i.e. when cloned/faked cards start popping up all over the place and their ID card system is shown to be a total sham).

I personally would not object to them disclosing the details immediately even if the govt had not, as so many people have pointed out, used the 'La la la, I can't hear you' approach to security. While this would be morally questionable, so are the govts plans.

FAIL, for obvious reasons

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BT's giant new faster broadband boxes blocked

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Is it just me?

I know that there ould be some issues, but...

Why not bury it? Cab is 1.8m tall, dig a hole 1.8m down and big enough that a person can get in too, cover as per manholes, put a small cab on top to deal with cooling. Simples.

I know it's not as simple as that, but it's a good solution IMHO

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LG's watchphone priced

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It will probably be crap, but...

I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!

Luckily for me that's FAR too expensive for me, so I won't get drunk and 'accidentally' buy one.

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