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This interactive wind map is a Big Data lava lamp

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worked for me this morning in FF 5.0

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Chinese to burn iPads in upcoming celebrations

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Re: It's symbolic (@Jedit 09:11)

>all those paper iPads become fully functional iPads in the afterlife

Interesting idea, of course. If we could modify that 'technology' maybe worthless euros in germany could become fully functional currency in Greece?

Instead of the other way around.

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fooling the gods

I used to work on cable laying ships, and whenever we dropped a splice in the water off China, the client rep would throw a handful of "luck money" into the water. If even one bit blew back onto the ship we had to grapple for the cable again, cut and re-splice it, and drop it again ditto.

This "luck money" is essentially worthless photocopies of currency, to give the Gods. Are Chinese gods so easily fooled? It would appear to be the opposite of Omnipotence to me.

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NSA's top spook blames China for RSA hack

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It is official

The Chinese are back to being bogey-men, it seems.

When I was a kid we had Dr. Fu-Manchu and his evil oriental henchmen, and then for a while the world was quite sensible and civilised about funny people from far away. We had discovered they were good chaps after all, and our new friends.

Now they seem to be the dark forces of evil again.

ho Hum.

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Acer set to unleash 15in fibreglass MONSTER

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daft

And no doubt with a 1400x760 screen

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Who killed ITV Digital? Rupert Murdoch - but not the way you think

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Re: Footy

What you say is undoubtedly correct.

I am, however, disturbed at the thought that my entertainment choices are being made for me by the sort of dribbling insouciants I see in pubs watching TV and leaning very slightly forwards while they do so.

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Re: Similar to BSB

And yet, and yet, people are now trying to sell us HD tellies to watch the same old carp on.

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Amazon names date for Kindle Touch touchdown

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Re: And a nice part of it is (@ThomH 23:37)

That is a long overdue development, isn't it.

I am quite tempted. People have said it is slow and unresponsive, but hey it's just over a hundred quid...

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Apple Oz offers refunds for confused 4G iPad owners

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ITWSBT

So Apple is part of some plain to foist US designs for celluar infrastructure on the rest of the world?

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Plastic that SELF-REPAIRS using light unleashed by prof

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Airfix

Imagine if the component parts of Airfix kits just merged with each other when held together? No more tricky gluing! No more spotty youths sniffing plastic cement.

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Only one thing to say

That is so cool.

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Actively cooled rocket primed for easy re-entry

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It does seem odd to be carrying more payload up just to pump out as a boundary layer for re-entry. Is it lighter than the ablative layer from the hull?

But sharp corners may be useful. Think of corona forming at points for electrically charged objects. With the right design a charged body could repel ionised gasses (maybe not very much?) I wonder if this could be combined with the electrospike ideas? We never heard any more about those.

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My Auntie's house was flattened by a V2 when she was out at work.

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TSA bars security guru from perv scanner testimony

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Re: The simple solution

Perhaps we should all be anaesthetised at the airport, put in vertical body bags with hooks above our heads, and slid in on rails like sides of meat? You can't kill anyone if you are asleep and hanging from a conveyor.

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FAIL

Quite innocuous, everyday items can be used.

A couple of years ago security at Schiphol confiscated my Kensington cable because the eye in the end meant I could loop it and make a garotte.

Then the next trip they confiscated my RS232 cables "because they could be used to strangle someone" but left me the power cord for the computer "because it is part of the computer, so it is legitimate".

(1) trying to pull a kensington cable tight would be a superhuman task

(2) and the RS232 cables were part of my alarm clock?

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Force Google to black out searches in new privacy law - MPs

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Oh hang on, footballists may be involved. They're too stupid to think first, act second

As someone said elswhere,. I'd pay a fiver to be able to upvote this a 1000 times.

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UK.gov gives nod to .scot

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Re: freedom (@/dev/null)

Nor much "united" if past history is any guide.

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argh!

Brainbleach please.

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it will be the Former United Kingdom

so .fuk then?

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Re: Yes but...

we are allowed any character set in urls now, so perhaps something in ogham?

http://www.mockfont.com/old/ for fonts

<- I wonder what fonts the Greys use?

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Pint

AIUI, the correct form would be .softsouthernlagerdrinkingjessies or .softsouthernlagerdrinkingpoofs

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Sitting down all day is killing you

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Paris Hilton

* Clients generally dont accept invitations in bedrooms.

You need better clients.

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Re: I'm pretty sure...

I just did a mandatory computer based "training module" suggesting that sort of thing. I got up and wandered off while the thing was still talking about it.

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Re: Does going to the pub for a quick pint count?

No, but it sounds like a good idea. It's a half hour walk so by the time I've found my boots and locked the dogs in the shed, this is the time to set out.

Thank you.

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OFT warns wallet-raiding debt collectors over web ads

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Blimey. A regulator doing some regulating.

Miracles will never cease.

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

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Re: Weasel Words

http://mee.bo/maxj4X

'Guess what doesn't mean "Goodness"'

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>The Powers That Be have allowed LTE to be called 4G even though it isn't

Some powers. In some places. Perhaps.

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

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I'm listening to Schubert on Radio 3 as I read this (In HD streaming, as it happens) and I agree that the thing that is missing these days is Music. We have a lot of Marketing, but no real music.

OK, I like

Adelle

Ali Farka Touré

John Adams

Where are the likes of:

The Albion Band

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Ian Drury

John Williams

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London fire brigade outsources 999 control centre to Capita

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Re: Meh...

Lincolnshire Police have already outsourced their control room to G4:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2012/02/lincolnshire-police-sign-200m-outsourcing-contract-g4s/

They are hoping to get some sort of kickback from G4 if other forces sign up, for the training and startup benefits G4 will learn from Nettleham. [1]

[1] is putting a kettle on so very difficult?

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Barclaycard pay-by-bonk fraud risk exposes Amazon's security

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I've already said I don't want contactless anything, so will maintain my previous stance.

I have not asked for it, I don't want it.

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Senators chime in on employers’ Facebook snooping

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Re: HRoFH

>Human resources official from hell??

Bit tautological, that.

I only know of one type.

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Warp-Speed Planets?

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Sounds like the advanced culture would be freezing to death quite quickly.

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Thai floods derail Hadron-colliding antimatter boffinry

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Linux

Euroappeal

If they are really desparate I can probably round up 5Tb of unused disks here, and I bet other hobbyists across europe could as well. LVM could turn them into one big bit bucket.

If a pan european call to donate hardware went out, I'd box some stuff up and post it to them.

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'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones

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So lets see if I've got this right

People will stop buying phones and iPuds because their car can talk to their Fridge, so they won't need a desktop to do word processing on?

Is that what he said?

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Computacenter rips up £43m council contract over razor-thin margin

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Time for Cumbria to go the Icelandic route?

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Moneybags Apple loses $1.2m Italian warranty fine scrap

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What about the rest of Europe?

AIUI the 2-year rule originates from the EU and applies throughout. What warranties are offered in France, the UK or Netherlands?

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Intel next-gen netbook chip to sport Ivy Bridge graphics

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What, with a 1024 x 600 screen and Windows Stater?

As you say, underwhelming and pointless.

(need big yawn icon)

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Lenovo recalls 160,000 all-in-one PCs after blaze warning

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I don't believe it

They sold 160,000 things that fugly?

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Toshiba outs monster 13in tablet spec

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Everything you need to know

..is given away by the thumb prints. it's too big, too heavy, to be used in one hand.

It's a turkey, that's what that is.

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Ex-Dell man Boyce to head up Computer 2000 sales patch

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Meh

in other words

Man we hadn't heard of gets job with company we hadn't heard of.

Hurrah!

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

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Brian

I reckon they should put old Jug 'andles on the back. It seems to be the only way he will get his face on British currency.

Mine's got an ermine collar, thank you.

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August DTV700B portable Freeview TV and DVR

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the all-too-common feature of not being very good.

See, that's what reviews should be like.

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Easy.

Have two facebook accounts.

* One with loads of stuff about Nietzsche, 17th century choral music, wallace and grommit, and oxfam.

* And one with pictures of your bum grafted onto cherie blair's neck.

Simples.

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Dr Who scores new companion from Emmerdale

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@AC 20:37

Whereas Billy Piper looked like the south end of a north-bound warthog? But is spoken of in hushed whispers to become Dame Lianne Piper?

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Osborne names UK cities to land £100m broadband bonanza

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@Liz 1

I've seen him from both sides...

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Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester

No real surprise there. All done on population numbers, I suppose.

It would have taken real intelligence to realise that there is more disposable income in Poole/Bournemouth, more chance of creating new employment in Plymouth, or more cultural need in North Wales or Norfolk.

Frankly, I'd have thought London, Manchester, and perhaps Edinburgh were rich pickings enough to have funded this with revenue, and not needed tax money.

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Windows 8 tablet freezes in Microsoft keynote demo

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good proof point that this is actually real stuff

yes, this is what their real stuff actually does.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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The worst I've paid to see is Starship Troopers, but I've had exposure to Battlefield earth and it is a stinker.

But I've twice had to sit through 'raise the Titanic' and it is in a league of awfulness that I hope is its own. Lower the Atlantic, it would be more believable.

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HP unveils hamper of Ivy Bridge notebooks

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@Caleb Cox

Hows about you pass the comments in this thread to whoever gave you the press release, and then tell us what they said.

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FAA mulls scrapping in-flight iPad, Kindle ban

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Re: Frustrating

And then there is Schiphol.

If you go from non-Schengen to Schengen space, you have to open the laptop to prove it has a keyboard and has not been hollowed out.

If you go the other way they don't want you to do that.

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