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'World's largest' airship inflated in colossal Alabama cowshed

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I have the answer!

Power the balloon using hydrogen, and fill the balloon with hydrogen. As fuel (hydrogen) is used, Gas (hydrogen) is removed from the balloon. Win win!!

Hindenburg? What's that? Basic understanding of what now?

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Make Isle of Man drugs paradise, says Jagger

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Totally agree

See title

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iPad to become inflight fatcat fun-slab

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Coffee/keyboard

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You guys owe me a new keyboard!!

"showering the little blighter in glass might sound like a good idea, but the airlines will feel differently"

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Seagate brewing bizarre Flash/Platter chimera

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The point...

"the flash part could be accessed independently, like a separate device... but what's the point in that? we have usb for that"

Maybe that it is faster flash, on a faster interface?

IF that was how they did it, the flash benefits from the 300MB/s interface of SATA-II and the RAM Cache, and would work much better than using a USB stick for the data.

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Non-Flash video surges onto the web

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Beg to differ...

Have you ever tried to watch Video in Flash on Linux? It's bad enough on Windows, where it's almost acceptable in terms of load times & frame rates (I'll ignore stability) but their Linux offering is shocking.

So I'm then forced to use "illegal" tools to allow me to play the video in my own player just to get a decent frame rate. Lo and behold, even streaming (rather than dling to mpeg) I get flawless, smoothe video.

So I would modify your comment to "Flash is doing a fair job of making Windows video streaming and rich UI implementations accross browsers possible" (definitely not a good job, and certainly not practical).

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Cops back in on BT/Phorm case

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LOL

Good point well made

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Sony sued for dropping Linux from PS3

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lol

Love it! Sarcasm at it's finest (or at least I hope it is...)

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Microsoft's FUD goes mobile

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Bored now

I am simply bored of this now.

Note to Microsoft: put up or shut up. If you have valid patent claims, tell us what they are. If you don't, FOAD!

That is all.

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OCZ's low price Onyx SSD

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You miss the point

Your HDD will produce better peak streaming transfers, but I doubt it will come close to the access time on an SSD. For random IO, the SSD will likely be better, hence it is probably a good choice for a system drive (at a low enough price point 2 in RAID0 will be a possibility)

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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles part 2

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I'm not so sure

'A postcard with the words "Hi from KiwiFoo" crudely pasted from letters cut out of a magazine'

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Underground mole-satnavs to work off lightning strikes

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You forgot

Phase 3: Profit

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Young people are lazy, think world owes them a living - prof

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WTF?

Freaky!

Apart from the living at home bit (I couldn't wait to leave uni) you seem like my absolute double.

Lazy - Check

Do required work - check

Expect higher pay for Windows - check

Like the work if interesting - check...

I'm starting to wonder if I have some mental problem which has caused me to forget posting an ever-so-slightly inaccurate comment here... I recently told the DVLA I was 27, when I'm actually 28, due to forgetting how old I was.

Ah well, if I'm loosing my marbles, at least I'm enjoying it :)

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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!

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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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Happy

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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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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FAIL

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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