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Site news: Unique commenter handles coming

Tom

Hmm

Sounds a bit like the whole ID card database to me...

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School worker's Facebook post prompts suspension

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Wow

If you think 8g2 and 8g1 are bad you should see 8g3. Now they're a bunch of right little cunts.

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Anti-Eurofighter Downing Street e-petition started

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Men only

22 signatures so far, all male! I don't know what that tells you but it tells you something!

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Microsoft takes hard line on Win 7 hardware

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If they're doing this in Europe...

...I can see another anti-trust coming on.

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How will sir pay? Facebook credits, that'll do nicely

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What the hell?

This has been running for around 2 years, non?

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BT static IP customers get nothing but static

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Bah

9.51AM? Fuck off!

I got in late today at 9.25AM and they'd been ongoing for quite a while.

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Excess of cola floors Oz ostrich farmer

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@Paul Naylor

I might be wrong but surely Diet Coke doesn't have much Glucose or Fructose in it so it wouldn't really apply?

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Irish Wikifiddler hoaxes worldwide journos

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Go

Well...

I'd trust Wikipedia over most of the mainstream media any day.

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Browncasting: Why can't Downing Street do digital?

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Hmm

Surely there's a difference between moderation of content and moderation of comments?

Anyway, I don't see why they can't allow YouTube to moderate the comments. Surely they do that already?

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Private ID scans leave fetish club-goers feeling exposed

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Errr...

"all persons entering the premises".

I imagine it says "all patrons" or something similar. There will be exemptions in it.

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Darling's £0.5bn offshore windfarm 'leccy-bill stealth levy

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Doesn't sound bad to me

If we can product 0.3% of our electricity for £500m that doesn't sound too bad to me. Although we can realistically scale it up, it is the equiviliant of £160bn to switch our entire economy to renewables. That is only a price of £2660 per head, which whilst a lot, it is 1. a lot less than we're spending bailing out the economy, 2. if we spend it in Britain a lot will go into the economy and into taxes, 3. it isn't all at once, if done over the next 10 years (to meet our 2020 targets) it would only be £260 per head. That means only £130 per head by 2020 to meet 50% of energy.

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Who snapped first?

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How

How did a piece about police officers putting down violent protest turn into commentry on being able to film children?!

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Battlestar Galactica eyes 'technology run amok'

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Hmm...

I tried very hard to watch the new BSG but it lost me somewhere near the end of series 3 when it had 12 episodes about nothing and it turned out that EVERYONE were Cylons!

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Minister admits thought crime is on the agenda

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Not really the case...

Surely it's the drawing of it that is breaking the law not the imagining itself?

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IT admin stole students' nude Facebook pics, cops say

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Eh?

I'm not too sure how you would go about getting naked pictures onto Facebook. I mean unless you actually put them in your photo albums then how would you get them on there?

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Teen sacked for 'boring' job Facebook comment

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hmm

Sounds like an excuse to let her go without having to make her redundant!

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NASA CO2 scan satellite launch fails

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A bit convieniant?

Although I know a lot of space launches do go wrong, it all seems a little convieniant that the launch of a satellite, the results from which would most likely see a lot of prominent and powerful Americans end up with egg on their faces, has gone wrong!

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Laptop facial recognition defeated by Photoshop

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Dead Vulture

Demolition Man

The Demolition Man style hack would never work anyway. An eye's retina scan changes as soon as it is detached from a body or even if the body is dead.

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Pro-Heathrow demo challenges Carbon Cult killjoys

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Coat

Actually...

Flying is 3% of world carbon emissions but 6% of ours.

The point still stands though...

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AA sniffs out Blighty's best bacon sarnie

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Best toilet

I feel proud that Maidstone has produced the best toilet...

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Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other

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What are the odds...

Still, what are the odds of two submarines coincidentally colliding in a body of water that big. After all Britain and France both only have one submarine at sea at any one time. The only way they could have hit would be if they were patrolling the exact same route, which is pretty likely since the British and French submarines share patrol routes?

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CERN Proton-smashers: We are economically valuable

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Flame

Silly argument

I don't think the government will cut funding to the LHC, they have no reason to, not after championing the idea for the past 11 years that they've been in power. Just because "particle physics" wasn't directly mentioned doesn't mean it's not in consideration... I doubt they could name everything they plan to fund.

The LHC is perhaps one of the most important scientific projects of recent times and if Europe can crack Fusion power then it will be a very valuable resource for European economies. It's just a shame that the French (Eon) are so very far ahead of us on current Fission technology.

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Mozilla asks developers to take Bespin for a spin

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Not really home

It's not really Lando's home, just where his Cloud City mining enterprise is based...

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Brits and Yanks struck with embarasment embarrassment

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IT Angle

This is silly

While I get the vast majority of the English language right, you have to admit that there are some words that the vast, vast majority of us would misspell. This isn't due to a lack of education, this is purely due to the English language consistantly breaking its own rules. I have a very good education and yet I had to look twice at "consistantly" as I wasn't sure if it was spelt "consistently".

People who learn English as a foreign language will of course be able to spell better. This is due to them learning a lot of the words at a much later age than we native English speakers did. We know most of these words very early on in our lives and it is easy for mistakes to set in then and continue to be replicated throughout our lives. Yes, we could make a conscious effort to correct spellings of individual words but to what purpose?

If a word is still understandable then I do not see what the issue is.

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Google on trial over Italian 'defamation' vid

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@Zap

Yes, Panorama these days is an incredibily reliable source for information. Well, it is... if you don't mind the information being greatly exaggerated and often untrue!

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Hybrid fusion-fission reactors to run on nuclear 'sludge'

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@Adam Foxton

Labour have basically given the green light to new nuclear plants. All of the the other parties are opposed (I believe... the Tories can never make their minds up these days!)

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O2 and Be customers suffer network congestion

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Hmm

However much I love Be (and I do) I think they are doing some sort of throttling. My pings go from 40ms during the day to around about 100ms from 6PM until 1AM. This only started dramatically last Monday Evening (you would see a slight effect before but nothing so drastic). It seems a bit suspect that people from all over the country have seen their latency increase, all around the same time (early last week). Unless Be have taken on a load of new customers overnight then they're upto something.

Still though... better than Tiscali or Virgin Media, who I have used before. I've been nothing but ecstatic about my Be connection up until now...

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'Interfering' BT Vision attracts campaigner glares

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Hmm

I hope they don't pull these as the HomePlugs I've bought are probably the most reliable networking means I've found in a good while. Wireless is crap.

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Deception of 'up to' broadband speeds exposed

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Not too bad...

I don't think it's too bad really, I'm sure the BBC version of this article stated that on average people receive 85% of what their line is capable of which isn't really that terrible. Network congestion is the issue that needs to be sorted out.

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Be Broadband doubles down on ADSL to catch cable

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Whey!

I've had nothing but good experiences with Be although I only seem to get 12Mbps (can't complain really!).

Good to see a high quality company with good customer support, etc, taking on the shitty Virgin Media.

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Sats blunder firm sacked

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Stop

Re: Maybe this time...

Errm... surely when the contract was outsourced (I'd imagine well over a year ago), the country wasn't in a massive economic slump. So your arugement falls flat there...

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Brits can't distinguish history from the TV listings

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Hmm

UKTV History... is that the one that only airs until about 6PM now and primarily shows Tenko?

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Polish teen derails tram after hacking train network

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Paris Hilton

Hmm

Did he actually hack anything?

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Government rejects elephants for pets e-petition

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Yes!

Miniature elephants is the way forward. Personally, I want one that will fit in my palm and can compete with my tortoise in sporting events.

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Head banker leaves job over Muslim gaffe

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Hehe

The joke got a chuckle from me...

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Secret Crush widget spreads adware on Facebook

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Dead Vulture

Hmm

It's simple... as people become annoyed by apps they'll delete them. That's why I hardly get any invites these days and people have less apps!

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Schools minister touts 'one interweb per child' pork barrel

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Hmm

The internet itself doesn't improve reading but regular typing on a keyboard certainly helps writing skills.

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Kent council approves 'cleaner' coal-fired plant

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Paris Hilton

Greenpeace are rubbish

Is this the same Greenpeace that made out that the Wii polluted more than the 360 and PS3 despite it using around 1/10th of the power when in operation? And why did they do it? Because Nintendo didn't bother to fill out a load of Greenpeace paperwork.

It's the sort of mistake PH would make!

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Fire stations too much like fire stations, says Govt

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Errm

There's always open days and stuff going on at our local fire station (Maidstone, Kent). I think everyone is blowing this far out of proportion... it's just a thing saying they should build better looking fire stations!

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Greenpeace slams next-gen consoles

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Hmm

Are Nintendo bottom again because they didn't return the form again? I'm sure a console such as the Wii which consumes a tenth of the power of the 360/PS3 must been seen as more friendly?

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Kylie wraps herself round Dalek

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Ah

As a quick geek reference... the new series daleks are bigger than the old series ones.

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Virgin Media eases off bandwidth throttling

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Hmm

I'm on 8Mbps VM ADSL and generally pull 5.5Mbps. Sometimes it goes slow and can hit 1.5/2Mbps. Once or twice those it has ground down to like 100kbps

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Nintendo kills Wii ads due to console shortage

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Bah

Nintendo aren't strumming up demand and making shortages... they're redistributing shipments meant for Europe, it just happens Wiis aren't selling on the continent. There is stock coming into the UK daily, it's just in very high demand. Amazon UK puts on like 1000 per day so they're defo coming in.

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Tasers can be instrument of torture, says UN

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The important thing...

The important thing is to work out if these recent deaths have also been drink/drugs related. Until recently I remember it being stated that you could only die from a Taser if you were on a cocktail of drugs! Is that no longer seen as true?

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Met Police to pilot Tasers

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For God's sake...

It's a trial people. And it's a trial that the Met obviously didn't want. Our police are proud to be the ones that diffuse situations without weapons. The only reason the Met is part of the trial is that if they're not then they can't slag Tazers off after the trial.

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What's Auntie for, exactly?

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Wow

A "Professor of Forecasting and Innovation", eh? Wow.

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Tories call for mobile phone ban in schools

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Bah

Living over a mile away from school? That makes you within the closest 20% then? I lived about 3 miles from school and still walked. But I know people that lived 10/12/15 miles from school (and this is a town school, not countryside).

It's simple. Kids can take mobiles/iPods/whatever to school, but if they go off then they get them taken away!

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Gene Simmons blames college kids for ruining music biz

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Gene Simmons...

...what a cock face.

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Clinton calls for Kyoto successor

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Yes...

...trees are renewable but only if we plant as many as we cut down! Currently we're not and seem to have no intentions of doing so.

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Camelot pulls scratchcard amid numerical anarchy

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A couple of thoughts...

Maybe she didn't see the minus sign at first and then having been shamed decided to be a complete 'tard and try and dispute it? I wouldn't put it past Camelot to put a really tiny miniscule minus sign to try and confuse people.

Negative numbers still are taught in primary school. It just happens that some people are thickos!

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