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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: I have a theory...

That's not the way it works any more.

Why pay billions in parallel development when you can pay hackers a few tens of thousands for the data?

Hell: It's not like US aerospace companies haven't been robbed blind electronically before!

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Re: 10 years

"It pains me that we as a species spend more money on spectator sports every year than we do on something that can profoundly change human civilization for the better."

Keeping the plebs in bread and circuses is more important than solving mankind's energy needs.

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Re: To the skeptics...

"To the sceptics, consider where this is coming from. This is the **Lockheed Martin Skunk Works**. They don't DO hype."

No, but they do deception.

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If they're in business to make money and have not only solved the world's energy crisis, but done it in a transportable form, then why are they publicly asking for a handout?

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FinFisher spyware used to snoop on Bahraini activists, police told

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Re: Contempt for UK law

Fair. But, I'm not sure a £500 fine for not displaying company information is really fair punishment for complicity in torture, though.

Anyway: Moot point: One of Dave C's mates is probably on the board, so rather than being criminals, the company is a model of British enterprise. Or something.

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Re: Contempt for UK law

I don't think a company who sell malware used in illegal surveillance in the full knowledge that data gained by it will be used to apprehend and torture citizens of regimes give a flying f**k about there mere niceties of e-commerce regulations.

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Julian Assange discovers Google's given MONEY to EFF

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Google funding EFF, eh. That'd be nearly as bad as Wikileaks paying for Assange's legal fees.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: Regurgitation

"What are the advantages to me?"

A little less personal admin in your life, I suppose: Less shopping lists, no need to remember to fiddle with the thermostat because Nan is coming over tonight and you can do it via your phone instead. Minor useful advantages that you may or may not want to bother with.

'Gamifying' would be the next step to popularise uptake. Upload your tooth-brushing stats to the internet league tables to beat your friends and win gold stars. Honestly, gamifying stuff that's otherwise pretty useless tends to result in enormous popularity and people clearly enjoy it, based on the number of Candy Crush requests I receive and social media updates about how far people have run today.

Maybe some minor money saving: Turn the lights off from your phone. Some extra re-assurance: Did I really turn the oven off?

I suspect a lot of it will do for personal admin what the mobile did for social admin: Cut out on some of the pre-planning that we do in our lives. Just like there is now no need to pre-plan a trip to 'X' pub for 'X' time, because you can text people if the pub happens to be full of tossers and change plans, I can see myself deciding to turn the heating on and the oven because I'm going to chip out of work early, or whatever.

I'm still a bit 'meh' about it: I don't need to compete with people for toothbrushing scores, I don't like intrusion, but I would quite like to have the oven on for my pizza and a warm home when I get in from the pub. It's not a game-changer; mere convenience.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: The Lie

I don'ty need stats to tell me we are a fat nation. My Mk I eyeballs are just fine for the job.

We. Are. Fat. And Lazy.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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Re: Trolls....

"Aussie cricketers like to call it sledging."

All cricketers call it that.

Sledging is good-natured and funny. Trolling might have been one day, but tends to be pure spite.

Sledging also gets stopped and is widely condemned when it crosses a line into plain old direct insults.

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"but I think in a lot of cases it is because they feel that they've successfully pushed people's buttons and got their sadistic pleasure out of pissing them off."

Precisely: Malignant narcissism.

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Re: Trolls....

On-line game trolling used to be less verbal and more about KOR POR, KOR POR, KOR POR!

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" I also question narcissism."

I don't. It's an attention-seeking vanity.

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Re: Trolling for suckers

"And was obvious bollocks anyway, because..."

...It'd actually be Russian...

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Nice. Good to see the technology really appealing to performance motorists on a serious level, now.

I'd still love a Roadster, but that's because I view practicality as a downside! :)

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: Once again...

"believe as fervently as they like, just leave me out of it."

Many are happy to. However, it falls apart a little in the case where their doctrine tells them it's their job to actively convert/murder/dictate to unbelievers. ie: None of us would give a toss about what the Witnesses did if they didn't bang on our doors.

The one we can't blame religion for is where the faithful take it upon themselves to interfere with others, regardless of what their dogma says (say in the example of Christians protesting against gay marriage).

That's not the fault of religion.

That's the fault of ar$ehole humans.

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Re: Once again...

"Ah, but even if they were founded and run under religious doctrine/dogma, at least they were trying to expand knowledge in some way. "

- Which was kind of my point. Religion has done a truck-load historically, as regards creating and fostering centres for learning. Sometimes they don't like what pops out of them, but thems the breaks!

" all we get from the fundamentalists is 'No need to look for answers - we *know* where it all came from'. "

- Well, yeah. That's why they're fundamentalists, rather than moderates or progressives, so that's what they do. You might as well complain that the extra mature cheddar is always very mature. Not every religious person is a fundamentalist, just as not every cheese is cheddar. Check out this ordained pair:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Peacocke

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernan_McMullin

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Re: Once again...

"Once again...

...religion blocks progress."

A bit like all those old Universities, which started out as religious institutions. Damn that Occam guy.

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You can ring my #bellogate. EMAIL STORM hits 29,000 hapless UCL students

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" i hate students"

Damn that edumafication thing! It just cause trubbole!

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

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Re: All those selfless people sacrificing their life for the noble cause

"Wait a moment, sacrificing their life? That sounds a bit too fanatical to me. Here I thought that we enlightened westerners don't do that anymore."

He was lying for the sake of hyperbole?

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Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING

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Re: Simple solution

"American outlets seem to be able to publish information that has been banned in the UK with impunity"

Banned? What are you referring to, specifically?

If it's D-Notices and private information on royals, that's not 'banned' information, as I recall: It's a gentleman's agreement with the UK press, along the lines of 'Once in a while we ask you not to report something, and in return we give you press releases and play nice with you'.

International press has no such respect for such agreements and is not party to them.

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If the information is classified according to the federal government, how come it's accessible and was compiled by Twitter employees? By definition, it can't really be classified if it's a report compiled by non-government, non-cleared employees of Twitter. Surely the authorities would be obliged to seize the data and slap people on the wrist for possessing it.... unless they're just making stuff up, of course!

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Re: Arnaut tan Clueless Shocking statistics

That's right: It's a conspiracy, because there's no way that a slew of readers could all dislike your opinions independently.

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Re: Psyx Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)

"LOL, and right before you make the usual suggestions that watching Fox News or reading the Daily Mail makes you a fascist!"

Where Matt, where?

Oh wait: you made that up.

Sad, sad, sad.

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"I'm sorry, but if the turd suspect/victim was fleeing and evading, then he pretty much got what he deserved. I'm not defending the officers, but there was obviously a lot more that happened prior to the point where the camera man started filming. "

Maybe there was, maybe there wasn't. For all we know, the guy could have broke in the site specifically for the purpose of taking a dump and had been sat in there for five minutes. Given that's not on film, I'm going to have to sympathise with the non-violent trespasser. I guess their disciplinary hearing will decide, and have more evidence on hand. Shamefully though, the public have lost faith in such hearings due to the number of times clearly wrong-doing officers have historically skated off.

"Call me crazy, but most officers I know don't randomly go looking for porta-jon's to tip over, especially while occupied."

And I totally agree. Most officers would not have acted in that manner. Most officers aren't inclined to. However, some would/do, and those are the ones who need weeding out, because they are not the kind of people who should be doing the job. If we can weed out the minority who DO feel the need to perpetrate acts of malign violence and escalate minor situations, then the police force will be better, the public will have more faith in it, and it will make life for the decent police officers a lot better.

"I do kind of feel sorry for the officer who had to transport "

I don't, because it'll be someone on minimum wage with a State pension who has to actually clear it up: The officer just made the mess and had to smell it for 5 minutes.

Would you feel sorry for me if I gleefully stamped in a turd and then traipsed it into my own home? No: Because it was a mess caused by my own impulsive behavior and lack of forethought.

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Re: Psyx Possibly armed guy in an opaque box

"Wrong."

No, Matt.

Otherwise - as stated - Police would routinely drag people unprovoked from cars for speeding offences.

"your unreasoning hatred for the police"

Ooohhhkay.

"maybe you should talk to someone about that."

Oooohhhkaaay.

I think that's your map of the world, Matt.

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Re: Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)

"Having read several of his comments. my bet is that he will name, amongst others, the Signal Magazine."

I'm personally betting it's anything left of the Daily Mail and Fox News.

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Re: Psyx Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)

And again Matt: Throwing the insults around. If you can't involve yourself in a conversation without name-calling, then kindly don't bother. You add a deeply unpleasant tone to every discussion which you are a party to.

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Re: Psyx Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)

"But you seem able to forget that there are zero legal public handgun owners in the UK yet handgun crime increased in the UK post-ban. How convenient!"

Don't be preposterous, Matt. The fact that illegal handguns are used in UK crime in no way supports the myth that legal firearms owners in the US don't murder people.

"Prior to the event he was engaged in extremist Islamist social activity" - So, not a terrorist; merely an unpleasant extremist. He was not a terrorist until he committed a terror offence, yet the sentence "The beheading of a coworker in Oklahoma by a recently fired domestic Islamic terrorist" infers heavily that he was a 'recently fired terrorist' and hence a terrorist prior to the event.

I don't support extremist or terrorists, but I would not refer to someone as a terrorist for extremism.

Still: Semantics.

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Re: An hour or two of wasted police time is a better alternative to beating up an unarmed guy.

Whoever got sufficiently butt-hurt to downvote every one of my comments on the thread disagrees.

If it was the likes of Matt, then it's good to know that I must be doing something right.

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Re: Triggerfish Why

" the officer is clearly kicking down or stamping down on the suspect "

Well, that's ok then.

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Re: Why

"I'm tired of reading all these anti-gun rants"

So much so that you posted on a thread where nobody is making an anti-gun rant...

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Re: Possibly armed guy in an opaque box

"he could still batter someone attempting to open the door or throw shit or what ever."

In that case the police have to suck it up, because instigating violence on a trespassing call on the off-chance of having to go to the dry cleaners or getting a thin plastic door in the face is not acceptable behavior from the police. Neither is going to result in any serious injury.

"If he is armed he could shoot out at random at any time there is no protection in the area for police or civilians."

By the same measure, would it be ok for the police to smash your car window and drag you out through it if you get pulled over for speeding?

"What should they do if he doesn't want to come out? It's either a siege..."

Stop at that one: That doesn't need to be considered a worse solution than violence. It's a far better one. The police sit twenty yards away outside and the guy is locked in a hot sh!tbox until he comes out. An hour or two of wasted police time is a better alternative to beating up an unarmed guy.

If the guy *had* have been armed, then the police's action would have provoked violence, not mitigated it. the only way that it was a 'win' was because the guy was unarmed. If he had been, their actions would have been perhaps fatally inappropriate.

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Re: Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)

"ONLY THOSE WHOSE GUNS ARE ILLEGAL (Criminals) are the issue."

Ok, so we imagined all those legitimate firearm owners murdering people, then?

"The beheading of a coworker in Oklahoma by a recently fired domestic Islamic terrorist"

Citation required on him being a domestic terrorist prior to his act of violence.

"far left news outlets"

And what - to your mind - constitutes a far left news outlet. Let's have a few names to laugh at.

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Re: Why

" the bouncers sent a girl " - See; that's a clever and diplomatic solution gauged to decreased levels of hostility. Just the kind of thing that the police SHOULD be doing, instead of resorting to covering the suspect in turd and kicking him when he gives himself up.

"Now imagine that situation with a potentially armed suspect and you can understand why they may have acted in that fashion."

No. Not with you, I'm afraid. Kicking a disorientated suspect who did not incite violence isn't excusable based on the fact that there is a chance that he's armed. You can't escalate violence based on a narrow probability.

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Re: Why

Fear of danger is not justification for officers of the peace instigating out of proportion violence.

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Re: Why

"Why would they knock it over - there was no benefit to be had. They knew he was in one of them, so you start at one end and open the doors!"

Because they were massive dickheads?

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Re: Yuck!

You can bet they won't have been the ones who cleaned up afterwards.

Some poor bastard had to come along and clean the sh1t up for them.

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Music-mad Brits drive up hardware sales too – claims BPI

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Re: But...but...but......

"...I thought piracy was destroying music sale..."

The numbers are showing that, though: Italians like music, but nobody buys kosha music in Italy, and the figures bear witness to it.

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Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook's stalker tech

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Re: Not with a bang, but with a whimper

You don't need all of that to 'safely' surf. Don't confuse 'safely' with 'safely and without those annoying ways that websites make money being enabled'.

Adblock is something I do because I don't want to see annoying adverts and have my connection slowed by them. Do Not Track is something I use because I don't like being tracked. Those are simply our bloody-minded preferences and unwillingness to be easily monitised, rather than safety concerns.

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Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a vodka and censorship on the rocks

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Re: It looks that Putin is putting Russia clocks...

"but due to agitation by the CIA"

That probably had a fair bit to do with it as well. A lot of effort went into screwing over the Soviet Block and it's fall wasn't just due to internal failures.

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Re: It looks that Putin is putting Russia clocks...

"All this is about is annoying US companies "

Really? Because I thought it was about spying on the social media usage of their own population.

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Re: Do they even have Russian market share?

That won't be his responsibility, no more than someone selling you a car is responsible for you speeding in it.

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Google: Hey kids, dump all your files over here with us!

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It's a TRAP!

Great choice of icon there, El Reg. Tells us everything we need to know!

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Re: Norwich has an apple store?

I was under the impression that America was completely lacking in good cider...

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Re: WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mmm... Fat Cat marmalade.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: I for one

"Tory MPs all have a bad case of needing to wank more."

Arguments that they do nothing but aside, I fully support this.

They should all definitely wank more. While trussed up with oranges in their mouths. Hopefully we can thin out the numbers a bit, that way.

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Re: I for one

Precisely my point. It's not really in the public interest to know that a Tory MP gets horny when a model hits on him, and the entire operation was a drag-net "see who we can catch" affair, rather than targeting in response to allegations or whathaveyou.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: What about the guests' privacy?

Why are you being critical of the people hounded and hacked by the press, rather than the press itself?

I don't blame them for taking reasonable measures against an unreasonable press corps.

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Re: Excuse me, but...

"Burner phones though are purchased with no backtrace to the owner (cash)"

Except: Try buying a SIM card or phone from somewhere that doesn't have CCTV. Most burners can be traced worryingly easily.

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