* Posts by lglethal

1205 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study

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"bitchslap-of-fate"

Top marks for that man. Heres a pint on me!

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Football goal-line tracking tech delayed

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Actually they are doing this...

... if you've watched any recent European games (Europa league or Champions League) you will see that they have an extra linesman at each end behind the goals to help officiate in the final third.

Theyre pretty much useless. Ive only ever seen them make a call twice (one about whether a tackle was inside the box or not, and 1 about the last touch before the ball went out), both times theyve been wrong. The extra refs are a waste of money, pure and simple.

At least with technology its hard to argue that a subjective decision is made rather then an objective decision. It might still turn out to be the wrong decision but you cant accuse technology of being biased for/against your team...

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Interesting...

Interesting that FIFA can state that all 10 systems failed when they (according to hawkeye at least) dont specify enough details to make a call about what constitutes a success or a failure.

Sounds like it turned out to be just what i expected from FIFA when they announced the test. i.e. FIFA would make some noise about trialling the tech, but then would make the requirements so vague and able to be interpreted in so many ways that everyone would be doomed to fail from the start, so FIFA can hold up there hands and say everyone failed so we cant change anything... yadda yadda yadda...

Same old, from the same old corrupt bastards...

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Second US 'secret space warplane' now in orbit

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Standard el Reg units

So what would it be in Olympic Swimming Pools, milli-Wales or Pachaderms per second?

Where is the Vulture Standards desk when you need them?

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You wouldnt believe them anyway...

"...until we hear from an authoritative source that these are not happening."

Yeah but as if you'd believe them if they said that anyway... ;)

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NASA scientist spies extraterrestrial life

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Wrong...

I dont think anyone on El reg would be arguing that life probably does exist in other locations in the universe and most likely even within our own galaxy.

However, claiming to find extraterrestrial life based on a single look at a meteorite discovered on Earth, doesnt really have much credence.

The creation of life takes a vast array of complex chemicals which under one hypothesis it has been suggested were seeded to the earth in the early years of formation by meteoroid strikes. It then still took millions (billions) of years to get the perfect conditions to start those chemcials replicating and on the road to becoming true living creatures.

This guy however, is claiming to have discovered the remains of bacteria on a small meteorite that prior to its entry into the Earth's atmosphere was travelling around the Solar System in extremely cold temperatures, without any form of gaseous atmosphere and which contained no liquid water.

So you'll forgive me if i call bullsh*t on his conclusions. Surely a more likely conclusion would be that if the shapes he discovered could only have been created by this bacteria (and im not saying that is the only way), then contamination after hitting the Earth would seem to make a lot more sense.

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Oz bloggers get shield protection

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Nick Xenephon...

Whilst im not a fan of all of the policies he puts forward, he at least seems to put things forward that he believes are in the interest of the public in general, and to actually force things through, rather then the usual bollocks from the political parties. We need more independents in parliament and less party politicians!

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UK.gov closes door against foreign boners

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Actually based on my experiences...

When i first moved ot the UK (no work experience, fresh out of uni) after 6 months having fun and getting drunk nightly in London, i went for a job interview where i had to prove my skills on a particular CAD package, which i had not touched since leaving Australia 6 months before. I spent the first 5 minutes of the test trying to remember how to open the bloody sketcher function!

I was told afterwards that i was the most highly skilled person with the program even though i was competing with UK students who had finished there degrees only days before (and had been claiming to be using the program the previous day).

So from my own experience and from what ive been told in the interveneing years since by any number of older engineers, there is just no respect for UK engineering degrees and the quality of the graduates they produce. The fact that an engineering degree in the UK is only 3 years is also a massive downside. In 3 years you can learn the basics of being an engineer but you cant learn anything about the specific industry your studying for - at least not in any way thats of use to that industry.

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Cobalt-barrel machine guns could fire full auto Hollywood style

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Id guess...

IOd guess some form of Tool Steel - HSS most likely. Tungsten carbide might be an option but its brittleness would probably rule it out. Would be an interesting tooling job though...

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Eurofighter Typhoon: It's EVEN WORSE than we thought

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Lewis - quick question

Hey Lewis, quick question - How are the costs associated wih the Typhoons panning out for the other nations who bought in (Germany, Spain, etc.)? Because honestly i havent heard a thing here in Germany mentioning them in a bad way. And if they were being such a huge drain on every country, i would have expected at least Spain (with its huge debts, and economy close to collapse) to be squealing like a stuck pig about the Typhoons!

So if its only England that is in pain because of these things, what did the others do to avoid the huge costs, etc (apart from perhaps instigating good management and accountability! Something the MOD is sorely lacking!)?

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Yanks outweigh Canucks: Official

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Whats the defintition...

... of obese in this study? I know a lot of farmers in my hometown who would probably officially count as obese, but in truth are far more healthy then most of there non-officially-obese neighbours.

Oh and at what point does a beer gut suddenly punt you into obese territory?

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Facebook to share home addresses, phone numbers

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Unfortunately...

Unfortunately i think the most pertinent part of what you wrote was the very last word - Yet...

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Sheila's Fails? The statistics of biological risk

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Whilst your right Jane...

... that this should not lead to an increase in the overall risk associated with the population as a whole, you seem to forget that insurers are, like all corporations, greedy bastards. Therefore, this will be a lovely excuse for all insurers to raise there prices appropriately.

On a relatively off-topic side note, ive always wondered how companies like Sheila's Wheels and women only gyms are allowed to operate under anti-discrimination laws. Im not against these establishments but whats the legal basis? ideas?

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Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

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Billy boy got it for his humanatarian works...

... not for his technological work (that part about assistance to technology etc was only added on as an addendum).

When Jobs or Linus give a few billion dollars to attempts to wipe out Malaria and other diseases in the third world, ill consider them worthy of a knighthood...

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Gamers raise millions for charity

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& who said all gamers were freetards?

Good work there Humble! :)

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US trade rep bashes Baidu for 'deep linking' naughtiness

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Just Semantics

I was wondering, can you be called a "Market" when you dont actually sell (or attempt to sell) something?

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Londoners warned of card skimming risk

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13 crimes per million people...

In London??? Even taking into account this is only on the tube - it seems a phenomenally small figure for anywhere in London! Either the TFL security guards need a big pat on the back or someones seriously massaging the figures!

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ECJ gender ruling 'could throw insurance into turmoil'

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Anyone who thinks this will result in lower prices is a moron...

All that will happen is insurance for women in driving and men in health will be increased to match there more risk associated opposite gender.

Its a stupid idea anyway. Whilst im all for equality (and i do hate paying more for car insurance because im a male), i am well aware that the statistics clearly state that Men DO have more accidents then women, and so i can understand that the insurance companies factor this in. Same with women living longer, the stats are there.

I sincerely hope the ECJ throws this out, otherwise my health premium will rise and my other halfs car insurance will go through the roof!

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Anon Mail commenters to stay anon

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Cynic...

I wanted to vote you down for being a terrible old cynic.... but i know your right, so i didnt... ;)

Heres hoping she lost a large portion of the money she got from her original payout in taking this action to the high court...

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Asian soup peril menaces bionic shark

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Its juvenile i know but...

... i couldnt stop laughing at the guys name. Hammerschlag translates to Hammer Blow in German. So Dr Hammerblow studying Hammerheads. Sometimes reality is far funnier then fiction...

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German data regulators move to tighten IP address laws

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Didnt read the article clearly did you?

It says that "Informing web visitors that the information will be transmitted is not adequate.". Therefore sticking it in the T&C's is not good enough. You need to have people specifically state they are happy with the transfer before it can happen.

God i love living in germany now! The only western democracy who are increasing peoples privacy rather then doing all they can to take it away!

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Customs officers get X-ray machines for down under searches

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I gotta say

I dont think a 25% hit rate is actually that bad. OK its probably annoying for the person who is actually innocent, and a big waste of time, but SOMETHING has to make the customs folks think you've swallowed drugs (or shoved them where the sun dont shine).

I would be willing to bet that the majority of those other 75% had drugs or residue of drugs on them or in their bags, or something similar.

& only 200 X-rays done over a year? Out of how many people coming to Australia? An X-ray machines complete with a couple of radiographers seems excessive to save a bit of time on only 200 X-rays!

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Reactions to iiNet's copyright win

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Hey El reg...

Would have been interesting to hear AFACT and the movie industries response to the ruling. Might give us some idea whether the High Court will be forced to get involved.

Also if your going to include a statement from such a biased front as the Pirate Party, you really ought to include a statement from someone on the other side of the fence. Balance is what we come to El reg for, balance and the facts. If i wanted to read highly biased articles only stating one sides case (even if i happen to agree with that side as in this case), i can go to the Daily Fail, the Guardian or one of the other Murdoch gutter press... I expect a bit better from The Register.

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Space truck docks with ISS

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Youve all miss understood...

The statement says "that the ISS does indeed lose altitude due to skimming the Earth's outer atmosphere, rather than as a result of gravity."

If there was no atmosphere, there would be nothing to slow down the ISS and so it would NOT lose ALTITUDE. Gravity alone (without atmospheric intereference) would maintain the ISS in its orbit and therefore as stated would NOT cause the ISS to lose ALTITUDE.

The statement is correct as written.

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Moderate boozing good for your heart: Official

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But wait Doc...

... Think how much healthier those people who dont drink and who are physically active and eating a balanced and healthy diet can be when they take up drinking moderately! & considering how expensive a pint is getting these days, all that extra drinking will be helping the economy!

So come on all you selfish, non-optimally-healthy, not-helping-the-economy non-drinkers - do your part for the country and your health!!! See you down the pub!!! ;)

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Russia blames Google for Egyptian revolt

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Because unfortunately...

... pig-ignorant politicians (is there another sort?) have a lot of sway and power to affect the lives of people by the decisions they make in parliament.

Need i remind you of George Dubya? He wasnt a scientist, a web developer, a technologist or an engineer, but i think its fair to say he had a bit of an effect on the world... im sure the Iraqi people would agree with that...

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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@AC

A cornish pasty is defined as being a pasty filled with Beef, Onion, sliced (or diced) Potato and Swede (rutabaga). There are plenty of other pasty varieties available (steak and ale being my personal fav), just like you can get all sorts of different pies. But a Cornish Pasty is specifically the one filled with the ingredients listed above.

Beef, Onion, Potato and Swede Pasty doesnt quite have the same ring ot it that Cornish Pasty does, does it?

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Honestly...

Would someone please stop the world, I'd like to get off...

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Facebook pulls naked smutty filth from NY Academy of Art page

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I agree...

& i can remember reading somwhere that there are actually rules which meant that kids were not supposed to be allowed accounts on Facebook (not that that stops them naturally!). So what Facebook are doing is not "protecting the children" (as technically there shouldnt be any children on there! ). But imposing their f%&ked up moral code on the rest of us...

Facebook really needs to enter the real world...

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Windows 7 service pack 1 set to lift off today

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Hey El Reg...

Any word on what SP1 fixes? Are there any major flaws which are fixed, features which are added (apart from the Hyper V stuff for Server)?

Ill probably still wait another week to install and keep an eye out to see if we suddenly get a rash of "Program X has been crippled by SP1" type scenarios or some such. But so far i havent seen anyone too upset...

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Bahrain Grand Prix may be postponed

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Should definitely be delayed or abandoned...

Honestly, how Bernie or anyone in F1 could be thinking of going to Bahrain now is beyond me! F1 should be a showcase for fun and excitement, and it seems to me to be a complete insult to hold such an event when people have been murdered during peaceful protests.

I think Mark Webber was exactly spot on when he said the people have more important things to worry about.

And Bernie is washng his hands of the decision making - hes already said it will be completely the Crown Prince's decision. Hmmm, thats going to be a really unbiased decision - loss of face for having to cancel the event versus acting on the peoples legitimate complaints... i really wonder which way that decisions going to go... *rolleyes*

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Westboro Baptist Church taunts Anonymous over supposed attack plan

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Which Ones?

Anonymous or West Boro?

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US robot ornithopter spy-hummingbird in flight test triumph

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The wires are what it lands on...

See title...

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Storm brews over Chinese synchronised goldfish

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Yep

He did all that, but unfortunately they forgot it all 3 seconds later. So in the end he went with the magnets...

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UK Border Agency: Good at making cash, crap at making decisions

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You've got to be kidding!!!

"positive feedback from stakeholders ...". They obviously dont include customers in that comment. Ive had nothing but headache after headache anytime ive had to deal with the Home Office on immigration issues, not to mention blowing over £1000 on various visas (not all of them granted).

Its got to the point that i will never even bother trying to find work in the UK again, its just not worth the hassle. There are plenty of other countries in the world (especially on the european continent) where Engineering professionals are welcomed for their skills, and im happy to head to those countries now. So long england ill never grace your shores in a working capacity again...

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Dinky Florida machine 'could whup world No 1 computer's ass'

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More importantly...

... How well does it play Crysis?

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Luckless Lush hammered in hack

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Massive points off for security (or lack thereof)...

... But you have to give them credit for admitting the breach and actually telling customers it happened. If it had been in the UK, they wouldnt have admitted a thing until the press had somehow found out about it (and they would probably still have denied it for a few months first!)...

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Acer shows laptop lid look tablet

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I was thinking the same thing

A quick straw poll around the office (ok thats only 4 people) but no one can think of a really good reason for a camera on the back of something this big. I mean your hardly going to whip this out for some quick fire photography like you can with a phone camera, and with only 4MP with no optics, the quality is not going to be anything to write home about...

Ideas anyone? Is it just because the Ipad had one that everyones copying it even if its next to useless?

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Mysterious crypto-book dated to 15th century

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Just an idea..

I dont know about you but that looks like the sort of thing i used to doodle in the margins of my class books during Mr Pratt's abysmal English lessons. Is it just slightly possible that all this is in fact, is some school boys book where he was supposed to be practicing writing his letters but was in fact fantasising about Mrs Miggins, and her lovely daughters?

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Radiohead goes out on a limb with 'newspaper album'

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Umm you should read the press release better Kelly

If you had read the press release you would have seen that the box set comes with the online download so No, it is not asking fans to pay twice, the cost of the digital download is included in the box set. Which means that your actually only paying approx 24 pound for the vinyls, physical CD and a big book of Radiohead art. Personally thats a price im willing to pay...

Oh and im not quite sure how you can class 320k MP3's as crappy. If you can tell the difference between 320k mp3 and wav you either own a €100,000 audio setup or your talking bollocks...

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Flying dildo downs Oz stag party bloke

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Im sorry but...

... why on earth would you go to the press with this story? Are you that desperate for publicity that you really want to me known throughout the world and interwebs as the guy who got battered by a flying dildo?

Honestly i will never understand people...

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Latest boffinry: Feeding TNT to sheep

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Worms!

Am i the only one who immediately thought of the old game Worms with its Incredible Exploding Sheep?

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Videogame TRAINS TERRORISTS, yells pundit

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Yawn...

And Tom Clancy described using airliners to crash into the White house as part of a terrorist attack in one of his books prior to 9/11. So we should ban all books just to be safe! And im sure i saw a terrorist using a bomb in a movie at some point - so BAN ALL MOVIES too. And television is just like movies, it shows real terrorist attacks on the news - BAN TV...

yadda, yadda, need i go on.

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The Last Airbender up for nine Razzies

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Personal sentiment has to come into it...

As someone already mentioned cinema takings are really only a question of how good the marketing of a movie is. The perfect example of this is Shawshank Redemption, a movie that lists in almost everyone i knows top 10. However, it was a major flop in the cinemas and even didnt get a cinema release in some places, would that mean its a bad film? Of course not.

Also taking your suggestion of using cinema revenue over production cost as a measure of the greatness of a film - then The Blair Witch Project would be the greatest film of all time. Which i dont think any of us think would be true. (i hope not anyway!)

Everyone will have a different idea about what is a good movie and what isnt. I personally cant stand chick flicks, but that doesnt mean theyre necessarily bad movies. Just that i dont want to watch them. If theyre well shot, then theyre probably still good films, just not something i would watch. The Razzies try and find those films which quite frankly ARE bad, and which the Razzie folk believe no one could possibly like (at least without large quantities of hallucinogenic substances).

Good luck to em, i say! :)

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El Reg takes a spin round Team Lotus's F1 factory

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Please go away Troll

You have no idea about F1 quite obviously, so please leave.

Lotus are quite well funded and have the backing of 3 billionaires (firstly among them Air Asia X founder Tony Fernandes and Air Asia X is going from strength to strength so his money is not at risk).

The fight with Lotus is actually a fight with Proton who own Lotus Cars, however Team Lotus have the rights to the Formula 1 Team Lotus as bought from Mr Chapman grandson of the founder of Team Lotus F1. The legal wrangling is because whilst Team Lotus and Proton had a deal for them to race under the Lotus name, when the new chairman of Proton group came to power he cancelled the deal (illegally) and tried to sue Lotus for using the name. This is in the courts now and everyone involved in the case sees quite a big kicking in the ass for Proton. Expect 2 cars carrying the Lotus name for the next few years - 1 Team Lotus and 1 Lotus sponsored Renault.

As for there cars being uncompetitive, they didnt exist 4 months before the start of a season, of course they were going to be uncompetitive in that first season. However over the course of the season they made up over 10sec per lap in time difference between them and the fastest cars on the grid. With a full year to prepare this years car, and the experience of last year, i expect team Lotus to be firmly midfield fighting the Force India's, William's and Toro Rosso's.

So please dont comment about something you have absolutely no idea about, it just shows your ignorance!

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Oh grow up...

So El Reg praised Dell a bit - big deal! I certainly think Dell deserve a bit of praise for once - they did get an F1 team off a piece of paper and on to the track in 3 months! If that doesnt deserve a bit of praise then i dont know what does!

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Keira Knightley, Jessica Biel eye Batman

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I was thinking the same thing...

Although in my head, it was more a long the lines of "You have got to be f&*ing kidding me!"

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Archeologists toast world's oldest wine press

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Yep seeing the problem the Armenians had here...

4000 years ago i dont think they had supermarkets, sachets of baking yeast, or bottled water... And possibly not sugar (not being a tropical zone) or lemons.

No doubt though they had plenty of patience though... Still i dont think they quite followed your recipe...

And i bet there wine tasted much better then your swill above!

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Hackers mock North Korea heir-apparent birthday boy

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You kinda missed the obvious

Whats the point of having a twitter account and youtube feed for a nation whos populace cant view it?

So messing with those streams means that the only people who are going to see it in NK are the top brass, so in effect its kind of tweaking the nose of those brass for trying to send out bad propoganda.

Or as i suspect is more likely the case, the low level lackeys in charge of those accounts will not report that the accounts where ever compromised to their bosses in order to avoid being on the receiving end of a 10 gun salute to the head...

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Google battles Derby cops over access to Street View data

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The police dont have a leg to stand on...

What a waste of time from the cops. They would be guaranteed to get a court order within a day or two to get the license plate and then they would be on their way.

But to try and demand that Google breach privacy laws and hand over data, just to save the cops a day or two (which no doubt they have wasted anyway in trying to force Google's hand and going to the media with their whinging), is an utter disgrace.

For once, and i dont think ive ever said this before, but Go Google... The law is the law, its about time the police learned that it applies to them too!

Fail icon because thats what the police have done this time!

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