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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: Point of order.

You're assuming that it was made of the same stuff as the first one. Who knows it might have been hollow? Or made from something lighter...

(It probably wasnt, but you know, volume does not automatically correlate with mass...)

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Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you

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If researchers were to find a particular primsing strain of DNA (say a particular mutation gives extra protection against a disease), I can see there being a desire by the researcher to try and get a few more samples from that person or there immediate family.

This legislation is designed to stop them trying to find these people, and instead go back to the governing body, who can decide if they want to contact the people or not.

Someone donating blood/DNA/whatever to a research body, might be willing to do so again, but that doesnt mean they want to be approached by random scientists demanding their liver...

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Re: captured massive data flows “without the use of discriminants,”

I cant imagine in this day and age (especially after the first lot of NSA data breaches was revelaed) that he would have made such a definitiev statement if he knew it was bollocks. He would have used weasel words, and specially formulated statements that said something without ever denying the possibility of anything.

This sounds to me like he said what he thought was the truth, and which now turns out not to be. Mind you I could be wrong, and when he said those sorts of things what he meant was that they dont do it to USAians. Since Yanks dont usually consider the other inhabitants of the world to be people I wouldnt be surprised by that turn of events...

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Place your bets

Step up one and all, place your bets:

5/2 North Korea

3/1 Afghanistan

5/1 Somalia

6/1 Iran

10/1 Pakistan

20/1 Cuba

25/1 Russia

100/1 USA

250/1 Mexico

1000/1 All of the EU

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

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Burn!

"... the stock has outperformed both the S&P 500 and the stock of Icahn Enterprises."

And take that! ;)

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ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: Of course they are safe.

@ Vociferus

You have obviously never worked with any sort of space based plant research project so really you should keep your mouth shut as you dont know what your talking about.

The space environment causes dramatic changes in the way plants grow and react to various stimuli. Different chemicals are produced or are produced in greater quantities in space comapred to terrestrial plants and as such small variations in the concentrations of chemicals in the plants and their seeds/fruits can turn something which is perfectly harmless (and quite tasty) on Earth into something quite poisonous in space. There are also the effects of various bacteria which react very differently under space environments, which can render the output of plants dangerous even when the plants themselves are not.

So frankly your assertion that this is useless research could not be further off base. This is great work from the Russians and the ISS to produce strains of plants which can grow (and multiply, which is also a huge problem of the space environment) in zero gravity. Well done those plant boffins!

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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Honest Question

I cant think of a single reason, why a third party firm should be given a list of Yahoo's users email addreses, let alone giving them the users email addresses PLUS the passwords. Honestly, can anyone tell me even a single reason that would happen? Anyone?

(and lets not go into the fact it seems to have been done in plain text, which is frankly gobsmacking!)

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Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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Soooo....

So in order for our species to thrive on a distant planet somewhere else, we need to go there and make the beast with two backs with the locals?

Where's Captain Kirk when we need him?

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

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Wait, what movie?

There's a Lego movie???

How did I miss that???

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Re: The Pattern

So you didnt actually read the end of the article where it specifically states NASA are investigating the damn thing?

Go run with your wolf pack you twit!

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Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free

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Re: Prior art

I was just thinking that. How is this a patentable idea? It's just that an idea. There are no robo taxis able to do the job (nor will there be in the near future) and the patent doesnt seem to be covering the design and building of robo taxis. All this is seemingly patenting is a business idea, which I honestly didnt think was patentable?

Does the USPTO even look at the patents they're rubbing stamping these days?

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Re: Learning Curve

I've heard this reasoning a few times and its not really accurate. You have to remember that back at the times of the initial Moon landings by the US and the USSR, the nations were in a space race due to the cold war, and in a war situation, you have pretty much all the money you need to defeat the enemy, so sending up something that will "probably" work was considered acceptable if it meant you got there ahead of the commie buggers/capitalists pigs (delete as approppriate). Additionally, the concept of quality control really only got introduced towards the end of the space race (when you will have noticed success rates of missions climbing substantially).

These days, space agencies survive on minimal funding, so you cant just lob something into space in the hope it will work, you have to be sure it will work, so huge amounts of testing are done beforehand to try to account for every possible failure. Failures still happen (you cant catch everything!), but a lot less happen now than in the past.

I write this, not to belittle the chinese effort, but to point out that the success rate of all modern space agencies is astonishing considering the restrictions they are under and the science they are trying to achieve. I have every confidence that the Chinese will get some very nice data from the Jade Rabbit, not everything might work, but I guarantee that those things that do work will be used to perform great science.

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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1st contact

I cant talk about the first company shown but 1st Contact are a pretty well known brand, especially for ex-pats. They cover a lot of things, and do help a lot of ex-pats with their taxes in the UK (I know a few people who use them), so not really seeing a problem with them being on the google results list for tax return.

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If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom

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Actually if the advertisement say the price is 19,99 a month for 2 years and they up the price in that time, you can at least take them to ASA, and bugger them for false advertising... ;)

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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Have to agree with the board...

If I was in charge of a company that was seeing revenue and income rising by 16% and 9% respectively, then I think I would not really be changing too much.

I wonder if dear Mr Icahn's portfolio is growing by so much... I doubt it...

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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A third of the suns visits?

Yeah, but take out the visits to the Page 3 girl and you probably have triple their actual visits!

Well done El Reg. Have a pint! -->

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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Oh please, oh please

Microsoft I beg you! Please make one of the next Patch Tuesday files have some variant of sex in the name. When millions of Britons find they cant update their computers because of the filter, there will be outrage and condemnation. Hopefully it will be enough to create such a massive backlash that the filters will be relegated to the rubbish bin of history forthwith...

... oh wait I just realised that the chances of millions of Britons actually updating their windows machines on Patch Tuesday anyway are about as low as the chances of finding an honest man in politics. Oh well back to the drawing board...

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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

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Just give it a couple of years...

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High Court derails Google defence in Safari browser stalker cookie brouhaha

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Disconnect much?

Google: "A case almost identical to this one was dismissed in its entirety three months ago in the US."

Fact: An investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission in August of that year led to a measly $22.5m fine being dished out to Google for its privacy slip-up.

On 19 November last year, the Wisconsin Attorney General ordered Google to cough an additional $17m to be shared out among 37 states and the District of Columbia.

I wasnt aware that the Jobsian Distortion field had shifted to Google?

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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Damn straight! Try and get the builders to come outside the M25 and see how much trouble you have, getting them to come to another star system! No wonder there millions of years late!

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Re: So so far away

Why do people always assume research is mutually exclusive? Just because these people are investigating exoplanets in clusters, doesnt mean it stops other people investigating exoplanets on nearby star systems, And trust me there a lots of people looking at those.

So good work to the cluster researchers. More genuine science research is always good news....

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Top patent troll sues US regulators for interfering with its business

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Re: Go after them personally @ Velv

Actually I have to disagree with you. Companies are given equal or greater rights than individuals in many cases. If a person was sending out these emails demanding money illegally, that person would be held to account and would more then likely go to prison for Fraud. Just because its a company doing the fraudulent activity, they should get away with it, with just a slap on the wrist?

It's time to start holding the company CEO's/principals to account for the actions of the company. If the CEO was at risk of going to prison for the fraudulent actions of the company, then those activities would stop immediately.

This isnt actually a new idea. In the Aerospace industry, if you produce a defective part or repair for an aircraft, and it fails and people are killed, the person who did the work, and the people who approved the work/design/etc, do go to jail for Manslaughter (just ask the guys whose repair of the aircraft in front of the Concorde in Paris caused it to crash). So making Patent Trolling company employees liable for the fraudulent actions they perform for the company would be a just process in my opinion.

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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In my opinion, the solution to the problem comes down to one thing, the patent office should be doing the proper research to check that a patent IS relevant. At the moment, the problem seems to be that you can patent anything, wether or not there is prior art, obviousness or it being relevant.

If the Patent Office did its job properly, a lot of these problems would go away...

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

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Re: I'm surprised that in 2014...

You COULD send up a brand spanking new camera, but it would be unlikely to last even the trip to the Moon because of the lack of radiation hardening. A single stray Cosmic Ray or charged particle can completely lock up/permanently disable any piece of electronics that isnt suitably radiation hardened and shielded. It takes a lot of time and effort to develop a radiation hardened peice of electronics, which is why you will always find older camera tech on these missions. The quality might be lower, but you are at least guaranteed to get your pictures back.

Low quality visual data is better then none after all...

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Re: The purpose of Steam machines is to attract console players @ Valeyard

And thats the thing with the Steambox. There will not be a problem with backwards compatability. The games you buy today, will still play on your Steambox (upgraded or not) in 10 years. There's no need for you to pull an old machine out of the closet, in order to play your old games.

You also wont need to buy a whole new machine when the latest games come out. No more throwing away a perfectly good device, just because the console maker wants to sell you a new piece of equipment.

It's true you will probably have to upgrade parts of your steambox over time as games progress (just like on a PC), but adding some memory, and more hard drive space is a doddle in a PC. Additionally, the pace of PC upgrading to meet high spec games has slowed down massively since the 90's. My laptop is 4 years old, and I still havent seen a PC of software I cant run on it. The fact is that (provided I dont drop and break the thing), I expect my laptop to last me another 5-6 years and still run pretty much everything being released. A Steambox should have the same effect which is why they are being looked at so eagerly by many people...

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Re: The purpose of Steam machines is to attract console players @ Valeyard

Consoles dont need to be upgraded? So I take it your still using your old Playstation 1, and are quite happy with the selection of games you can play on it? I'm sure the new Call of Duty is available, right?

Of course Consoles need to be upgraded, they do every 5 years or so, and whilst you may not need to upgradeyour PS3 yet to a PS4, within 2 years you wont be able to get games for PS3 anymore, and PS4 games wont work on PS3's.

With the Steam boxes, you dont need to buy a new machine every 5 years, you might choose to upgrade certain parts (to get better graphics, more hard drive space, faster processing), but at least that can be done without requiring a whole new machine...

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Re: 65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

I can see a lot of PC users also getting one of these. Lets face it, how many people do you know who own a PC and a console? Or even more then 1 type of console? Replacing a console with a Steam Box would certainly not be out of the question for a lot of people.

Also keep in mind that if only 1% of the Steam user base also bought a Steam Box, thats 650,000 people, which is already 20% of the claimed Xbox One sales....

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Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

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Re: A question for the astronomers

Thanks everyone for the comments.

This is why I come to El Reg - for my daily dose of education! ;)

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A question for the astronomers

Out of curiosity, what stops all that new founded dust coalescing into another Star on the same spot? Stars are formed from large quantites of matter coalescing together under gravity until they get so large they can ignite fusion reactions in there core. If 2/3 of a Red Giant Star is sitting around as dust after the Supernova, I would have thought that would be a fair amount of matter to get the Star formation process going again, maybe it would only create a dwarf star, but still.

What am I missing here?

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Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges

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Re: "corrections and clarifications"

I've never understood how the current system was allowed to stand anyway. If a newspaper has spent all of Page 1, and a substantial part of page 3 (minus the Page 3 girl of course) defaming someone, they should always have had to spend the exact same amount of space (i.e. Page 1, plus a substantial part of page 3 (but naturally, not getting in the way of the Page 3 girl!)) apologising for that defamation.

It might just encourage some more honesty in reporting, or at the very least some additional fact checking!

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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Anyone got a map?

Anyone got a map where these 20 supervolcanoes are?

I swear I'm just looking for where I dont want to build my house, I am not looking for where I should build my evil lairs with which I can hold the entire world hostage. Honest...

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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Re: An interesting fact

@Dramoth, actually I am Australian (from Syd), although I'll admit that I dont live in Aus anymore.

If what you say about there being only 3 patrolled beaches in WA, then surely THAT is where the money being spent on helicopters, baiting, and shark killing should be being spent! Lifesavers are damn good at there job and not normally that expensive (considering how much a helicopter costs to run per hour, you get a damn site more lifesavers for the same cost!). And they'll save a hell of a lot more lives then killing a few sharks which may or may not be tempted by a swimmer...

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Re: An interesting fact

Oh come on. Basically every swimming beach in the country is shark netted anyway, so as a swimmer the figures of attacks is even lower then that said in the article. The attacks that happen tend to happen to surfers because they're outside of the shark nets or at beachs where the water is too rough/not suitable for swimmers and so arent netted.

Simpler and more humane solution, spend some f%&king money educating Aussies and tourists that the only safe place to swim is at patrolled beaches, and on those beaches to swim between the flags. Guess what, then there would be no frigging shark attacks and a whole bucket load less drownings and near drownings as well!

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Re: Most dangerous animal in Aus?

Shhh AC. If people knew the real figure about Drop Bears they'd be too frightened to come and the tourist industry would collapse.

We just write Drop Bear deaths off as "camping/hiking accidents"....

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Re: Compressed timescale

The US is always planning another major war...

Gotta have something to shoot those million dollar Patriot missiles at after all...

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

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Re: A number of years ago....

"It doesn't exist in any of my contacts lists or history."

How do you know it gets lots of spam then? You have to login and check it periodically, or you have it forwarded to your account. Either way, news of that account is on your computer, so if you end up comprised, it would be as well...

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Hypnotic wind map captures Earth's heavenly currents

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Re: now I see!

I thought it was just that everyone was happy to be getting away from the US without being declared a terrorist, such that they put on a little extra burst of speed. Well you learn something new everyday...

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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Re: Do I sense

If you read the report on the Beeb, they make it quite clear for the rabid Daily Mail crowd (which you appear to be a part of based on your comment) that the Doctors did this report as a laugh in their spare time. They did not do it in their work time, so quit your belly aching about them doing more productive things. They were off work, and managed to come up with a study that might just convince a few people to slow down on the booze over Xmas.

What have you done to try to make the world better in your spare time?

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Censorship is alive and well in Britian

Scope creep is already occuring and it's only just been turned on. It was only supposed to block p0rn, but now it also blocks links to proxies. What will be blocked next?

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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

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Re: Fair play to them.

Yes, bt they pay below the rates that are standard for Warehouse staff.

So it comes down to your definition are the Amazon workers logistics staff or wrehouse staff? Personally as someone with absolutely no connection to either industry I dont have a clue what the difference is, and I cant really imagine why there's a difference, but hell if I worked in a warehouse I would probably want the higher wages of being a warehouse worker as well!

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: “We turn it into a rock, basically.”

Yes, in ancient warfare catapults killed lots of people, but that tended to be because of the unit formations that were used. A 1000 men standing in a tight formation gives a pretty good target. The modern militaries use far more distibuted deployments. So a rock falling out of the sky might if it was super lucky hit 1 man (unlucky if your that man though), but it will not hit more then 1, unlike in the old days where 1 rock landing in a compressed group could kill a dozen...

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Re: The Americans must love asymmetric warfare

If an enemy is in position to see your laser system is in the "park" position. I would say you are in far more danger than from just a few random mortar rounds...

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Re: Nobody complained...

Is that a surprise? No one actually uses G+ after all...

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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People reading books can become equally engrossed. I used to get into a lot of trouble as a kid for tuning out when reading an enjoyable novel, to the point where my Dad would have to throw something at me after shouting at me for 2 minutes.

So dont think that only video games can engross someone, people have the ability to become absorbed in almost anything if they choose to...

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MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

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Re: private property doesn't exist up there in space.

Private Property is a natural right? I think you will find that in almost every country, the government/crown/party or whatever owns the land. They might lease it out on long term contracts, so long that you can buy and sell it on happily without worrying about the end of the lease, but if the government wants your land back, they are more then entitled to take it back off you. Here in the west, we believe that when that happens the people getting kicked off their land should get some fair and reasonable compensation. Other countries, you're lucky if you get to keep the shirt on your back.

Private Property a natural right? Not bleedin likely...

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Re: Consumers? You forgot the lawyers

Better yet, lets send up all the lawyers and let them fight it out ON the Asteroid. We can probably sell the TV rights which would pay for the cost of getting them up there in the first place. Not sure we need to worry about replacement oxygen tanks though.

What do you think?

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Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

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Ahhh... I'm just doing some research, boss. Honest...

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

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Agree with most comments here...

I agree with most comments here about the need for the politicians to close the loopholes rather then whinging about the situation, but I gotta admit £2,4 million tax paid on £4,3 billion in sales is taking the biscuit just a bit...

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Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

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And a patent that is bloody obvious is obviously not worthy of becoming a bloody patent - but that doesnt seem to stop the US patent office.

So whats your point?

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

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Have a thumbs up

How can anyone in a business environment, even a sweaty, basement living, alpha geek, believe that the user name Studbucket is an acceptable username to represent corporate interests?

My boss would give me a right kicking if I tried something like that. (And he'd be fully in the right to give the kicking to me in my opinion!)

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