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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

Triggerfish

Allen's firm alleged it had not received the panzer.

That must have been some conversation with the post office.

"Did you check and see the neighbours haven't got it? Maybe he tucked it behind the bins..."

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Stricter shark and manta ray trade rules enforced from today

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Re: Alas...

It must be hard working out populations of species because the distances some creatures travel.

For example they thought there was more bluefin tuna about, then found out the Japanese stock and the American stock they were counting were of the same school they just moved round more than expected.

Great whites etc have been shown to travel literally thousands of miles to mate, and we still don't know where they and a lot of other animals go to once they leave the nearness of our coastlines.

I don't think scientists are making up stock estimates to get grant money though.

There is a lot of evidence of over fishing or habitat loss for marine life, after all.

The Thais sell a lot of stingray skin, the rays are also used for foodstuff (we do as well we call it skate), and also leather (which is really tough I have a shagreen leather wallet that's in its twentieth year and the leather just doesnt wear down), but more recently the pressures of this industry are starting to have a negative impact. The other problem especially with sharks that I have seen in places like Thailand is they often catch little ones for eating along with the big ones (takes about 7 years for a shark to mature enough to mate, you see a little three foot shark on a stand somewhere its like catching and keeping undersized catch), and they don't discriminate on what type it is let alone worry about its CITES standard, (not that CITES means much anyway I could take you to markets where you can pick up all manner of endangered species in a lot of SEA cities).

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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At least

the authors haven't started a religion yet.

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

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I haven't read any of his books, but Tom Clancy put his name behind the Netforce books, if that's what he thinks good writing is he accords as much respect as Dan Brown.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: Something forgotten

I have to say after having a nose inside even a cheaper quality timepiece (TAG) I was quite impressed with how well it was put together.

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Re: Well said

I'd disagree with that my friend has a couple of Breitlings, a Rolex and one from IWC, he paid for them all by himself.

I don't know if that makes it a status symbol to only those who know about watches, but the IWC is also very simple looking you probably at first glance wouldn't think its a pricey timepiece.

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NATO nations 'will respond to a Cyber attack on one as though it were on all'

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Re: Cyber attack?

I guess it would be off putting to get up one morning look out your window and find the collected armed forces of several countries parked on your front lawn.

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eBay, Facebook, Tumblr ALL go TITSUP in me-too MULTI-FAIL

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Re: Can someone please explain to a non techy bod like me

they change the people peddling on the dynamos.

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Even all those years ago there was probably some poor sod was being told why its so important that all the clay pots match in style and shade of ochre.

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As good as our current artists.

I think even Gorillas could give some of our artists a run for their money, I recommend you check Apple Chase on that link.

http://www.koko.org/gorilla-art-0

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Claimed Home Depot credit card hack could be biggest retail breach yet

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Re: The U.S. should move to chip-and-PIN anyway...

I have been given the impression that there is some more fundamental security problems than that at the meat end. Someone who has just emigrated over there has told me he has been asked in many stores and restaurants if he is actually a legal immigrant.

However they have been quite happily accepting his wife's card without checking, at one place even going so far as to call an ex 6'3'' rugby player Mrs XXXX during the transaction.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Daily Mash

I know its from last time a celeb was hacked but the daily mash article on the Scarlett Johansson pics was worth a giggle.

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/johansson-photos-change-everything-says-dawkins-201109164314

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Depending on the source its said that between a quarter to a third of our MP's are private landlords who have bought through buy to let schemes.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: Why?

Because someone at military industrial complex marketing convinced them that ICBM was just so passe, and that hypervelocity kill weapon was what all the cool kids are saying/ playing with now.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Yep see a similar sort of thing in parts of SEA with WiFi. Just a card with log in details, most ever had to do was ask.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Western morality

Actually Hitler was not elected by popular vote, he lost the election but a lot of politicking and then another dodgy election consolidated his power.

Follow that with some nice propaganda and a populace that was cowed into not saying to much against the Nazis and you really had a dictatorship.

Frankly the situation is screwed because you have to many hawks in power on both sides, there's some over there that seem to hate so much that there is never going to be peace unless they lose power on both sides.

Problem is it would have to be simultaneous, if its not then one sides hawks are going to end up causing the political weakening of the other sides doves who would be seen as weak when facing the other countries aggressive pursuit of their agendas.

They're both feeding off each other.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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@Ivan 4

I would argue that the right wingers who think we should go over and bomb the wogs till they behave probably haven't helped the situation either.

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Satire

I'll leave this bit of Chris Morris here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU_FXnSjBLY

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: What are your plans to respond to an asteroid impact?

1. Please take up the position of "on all fours".

2. Find a loved one or if they are not available a colleague to do the same.

3. Make them take up the same position but to the side of you and facing in the opposite direction.

4. You can now kiss each others arse goodbye.

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Once whilst temping for the council I had a customer tell me we could save a fortune on fuel by moving all bin depots to the top of hills (we were in Yorkshire) and just letting the bin lorries run down the hills and use the momentum to crest the next hill, and wanted to know why we hadn't thought f implementing this practice.

Nah dragon attack probably isn't the most stupid request.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: No real surprise, really

It's always swordfish, works with every secret society as well.

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SynoLocker Trojan crime gang: We QUIT this gig

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Re: Scam?

You sometimes need to be honest to be a criminal.

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

Triggerfish

I think one of the best things we could do would be to reintroduce some sort of home economics back into school, teach people some cooking, some budgeting, how credit works etc.

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Re: there is a legitimate use for these...

Furthermore if you're living hand to mouth such that you can't handle a small unexpected outgoing the last thing you need is a payday loan.

That's unfortunately the problem the most vulnerable are getting screwed.

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Re: If you need a payday loan then you shouldn't get one.

I'd say quite a lot do use cash converters actually. To me a quick indicator of how well a towns economy seems to be doing at the moment is to check the amount of pound shops and pawn shops.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Re: On the matter of the public's right to know. (They don't!)

FACT: "Signing" as in 'throwing a gang sign means you are in a gang. There are pictures of the kid throwing gang signs all over the media.

No being a gang member means you are in a gang.

Plenty of kids do stuff like through gang signs because its cool or whatever it does not mean they are in a gang.

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Re: "puts his life on the line every day"

Its quite clear you have also convicted the person shot. How about we wait for the trial.

Oh and I quite like being Eurotrash if it means I can walk around a city without fear of some gun toting idiot whatever side of the law they may be on.

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Re: On the matter of the public's right to know. (They don't!)

"It's pretty obvious to me that one look at that picture tells me he's hooked up with gangs. It is a "right of passage" of gangs to kill a cop or some bystander."

The media have been criticised on their choice of pictures causing a negative bias, I didn't think anyone was that daft..... but well done you for proving me wrong.

"Therefore the cop shouldn't even think once before unloading a whole magazine into the scumbag."

I was going to say "Admit it what you really want to say is I should shoot him coz he's black", but then I realised you may not be racist and think anyone white and not dressing correctly should receive such fascist treatment as well. Rather remarkable considering you are complaining about prejudice in the same post

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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Re: An alternative viewpoint is...

Seriously there's lots of normal people doing jobs in London who are underpaid and living in shitty areas and getting screwed by the politicians and bankers as any Northern town you want to balance a chip on your shoulder in.

You need to sort out your prejudices.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: Wikipedia Rules

Teas still an army requirement now.

https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-british-perfected-the-art-of-brewing-tea-inside-an-armored-vehicle-1cc012f3ee54

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Re: Carbs are the killers

I don't think it should be an extreme of anything, the best diet is one that's balanced. You may not slim down as fast but you have additional health effects from it.

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Re: Wikipedia Rules

A full English probably was thought of as healthy in those days, know old dockers from Tilsbury they would eat that and have a few pints in the morning just for the calories to get through to lunch time.

Also shame on you saying that about a fry up, I almost clicked the report abuse button.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

Triggerfish

You guys have my sympathies, I have only had back pain from pulling muscles etc but I would say,

while you fight for a good chair, can I also add fight for a good mattress. I've worked for people who have owned bedding factories and got a chance to try out different mattresses. After years of being a student and sleeping on any old bed and then a cheap bed after graduating it was bit of a revelation sleeping on a new mattress that suited me, all the little aches and pains that you stopped noticing just disappeared.

It makes sense you spend a fair bit of time each day in bed and its when your body truly wants to let all the muscles relax.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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Re: So it's OK to copy a series of photographs...

Actually just burn it to a DVD, and write on it something like "worth a watch", that'll do wont it?

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Triggerfish

Close to the truth for an average game.

Worth a read,

http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Connect it up

Its got to be connected up, you could have an internet hunting type set up with high powered water pistols.

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Re: Surprised no-one has posted this Aussie Gem.

That's the youtube vid I was trying to remember when I saw this.

actually it was part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goZ2DqMnaGc&feature=youtu.be

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

Triggerfish

Surely global population and pollution levels were a bit different as well.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Pay it

and at the same time close some of MS's tax loopholes.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Excellent choice on the first two images

actually the third one wasn't to bad either

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: 10 things to get stolen during the festival season

Unfortunately I have to agree with that never leave anything in your tent you would care about if it was stolen.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Global Warming?

I have to say Climate Change for me is about climate change. You seem to be describing Anthropomorphic Climate Change. Its establishing this that seems to be what the major hoo hah is always about.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: FFS El Reg

There's a difference between a modest inkling and full knowledge. I'm quite willing to admit I don't have full knowledge of some of the subject the register covers, that's where the Reg can be quite good because it can be quite varied, it opens me to things I quite inclined to find interesting. I'd love to say I was a polymath but more likely for a lot of the subjects I'm a dilettante.

Likewise I do look elsewhere, the Rio Xingu dam project is quite a good example of some of the problems hydroelectric can cause for example habitat loss that causes species extinction. The Mekong Hydroelectric dam project as well, and as environmental as my leanings might be against loss of fisheries and biodiversity I have been to areas like Laos and Issan and can see why at the same time for people there they could be quite life changing.

But these things are a massive subject they can cover so many varied things ranging from societal impact, water rights, international politics, etc etc.

Its actually I think quite hard to find that balance point which can give a best result, this is a problem you can see a lot of the time, for example diving (which I enjoy) can damage reefs maybe its best we don't, but then again what happens if we don't do the locals who would really like to feed their families have to go back to using cyanide and dynamite again to catch fish. That's maybe a simplified example. A Hydroelectric dam well that is really complicated, I think it would be good to see a balanced piece.

As you say this is a tech and science site and most of the readers do have the brains and sense of logical thought to assess facts, that's my point of my comments the Reg is doing a disservice by not being a tech and science based site with articles like this (playmobil, bootnotes, Bulgarian airbags etc not included).

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Triggerfish

Re: FFS El Reg

There's just short of a billion websites online, and you want this one to conform to how you think it should be?

*No I don't even care if I don't agree with all the articles. In fact that's a good thing, maybe even they will show me I am wrong.

Problem for me is when its cherry picking research to push a opinion I tend to lose respect for the writer.

Theres good and bad things about Hydroelectric, it would be nice to see a balanced piece or a reasoned arguement for the writers opnion though.

Would it not be a more sensible approach to either go and "join" one that does fit your view of what a good tech web site should be (could be a dull, dull place if you're in full agreement with the articles and editorials - a bit like the Guardian). OR you could found your own web site? If it's good, doesn't parrot government's received wisdom on all matters, and is suitably sparky I'll come and read it.

*well I do read other websites and the Reg does do some good articles and I like the general air of flippancy, this however is the comments section so I feel free to comment how I like.

I have to admit I usually just avoid articles written by Lewis now since they don't tend to be very good, its like reading jeremy kyle.

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FFS El Reg

You know what I'd be far more impressed if you could write an article that actually looks at both sides.

El Reg purports itself as a site that follows science and technology, you jump on trick cyclists and other scientific studies that completly fail to use decent methedology, and use bad science to promote an agenda, and then you write stupid bits of demagoguery like this.

There should be articles in this very site, with headlines like

"Journalist distorts truth and presents half facts to further agenda"

Then the article will start "Just like the tabloids you despise, Lewis Page a author with online site the register is a perfect example of the failure to report science properly in an effort to obscure facts to further opinion etc etc"

Admiteddly it will probably go meta.

I don't mind you giving your opinion but back it up properly, show me why the cons of building a dam still are better than the cons of not building one.

Convince me with facts. Most readers on here probably like them, most probably spent years doing STEM type subjects and tend to like that sort of thing.

YOu are getting to the point where I start to assume now that whatever you right is bullshit and I should aim for the reciprocal heading of your opinion for something thats more correct that may not alway be correct btw, but thats the point you are getting to now finding your right is sometimes like that feeling you get when you read the daily mail and finding yourself agreeing with something, you assume it can't be so because of the source.

Its not to hard is it El Reg can we have some proper scientists and techy types or just decent writers writing who can produce a reasoned debate rather than complete opinionated bollocks?

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Re: Hmmm

Well according to glassdoor a couple of his employees think he is.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

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Re: Did you forget the <irony> tag?

THe Snakes are struggling, but apparently the Spiders are fighting back.

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2012/08/spiders-keep-cane-toad-numbers-in-check/

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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They will sell though

They will sell a lot of people want that bass from their headphones. I'm not saying its right its just the way it is. I can compare the Bose earphones a work colleague has and likes enough he went and bought another pair to replace the old ones with my soundmagic E10s (yes they are cheap but not bad) which delivers a bit more range. I prefer the sound from the E10s my colleague wants it to have boom.

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Police at the door? Hit the PANIC button to erase your RAM

Triggerfish

Re: RE: Semtex

Can't remember which one, but I seem to remember they had that on a William Gibson novel, it was part of the acceptable risks of being on a cracking industrial espionage team.

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