* Posts by lglethal

1248 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

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Israel Qualifying! God i would love to see that!

I would love to see Israel qualifying! It would be amazing to see if they would be allowed to enter the country at all! (considering theyre not allowed to at the moment! Hell your not even supposed to transit through Qatar if you have an Israeli entry stamp in your passport...

Will FIFA get the chance to show that its more powerful then the UN by forcing Qatar to let Israelis in (at least for the duration of the world cup!) - i hope we get to see... If for nothing else but the fireworks! :P

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Crazed buy-a-satellite-for-the-poor scheme raises $16k

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A new take perhaps?

A new take on the old 419er? Only instead of targeting an individuals greed, theyre targeting a persons extreme stupidity.

Seems like its already off to a successful start...

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Inventor only entitled to share of employer's actual patent earnings

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True but...

Its true what you say, when there are provisions within a company to allow some sort of bonus for making the company significant profits on new inventions. But many companies dont have these provisions and so inventors rights are the only way to guarantee some reward for bringing brilliant ideas to the table.

I see the inventors rights laws as often the only way a person can get something back from the company that they put into, because inventions are almost never part of a persons work. The majority of peoples work revolves around using the same tools to do the same thing or perhaps instigating an evolutionary step in the development of something to improve efficiency or the like. These sorts of things dont deserve a reward (and indeed would never be patentable). there our bread and butter, so to speak. But when a person does come up with an idea that is revolutionary (and patentable), that will save time, money, resources, etc. they deserve to be rewarded for it.

Or maybe ive just personally been screwed by too many companies to not want my share back when i bring something massive to the table...

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Filthy PCs: The X-rated circus of horrors

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Right thats it....

... im off to clean my computer, stat!

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Facebook royal rant bishop suspended

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I do love the irony...

A republican priest in a church whose supreme leader is also the head of a monarchy... Am i the only one that finds the irony delicious?

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Get out the bar, your plane's leaving

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For passengers useless, for baggage very convenient

As was mentioned in the passing in the article, this would be incredibly efficient for baggage handling, and would seriously speed up that side of the flight equation (so maybe we wouldnt have to check in at least 45mins beforehand to ensure your luggage makes it to your flight!). And as baggage has to be submitted at a check in desk. this is clearly doable.

But as has been mentioned above, many airlines are going to print from home tickets, so the addition of RFIDs to those definitely negates the purpose of the scheme - getting people through check in before they even get to the airport. Also as mentioned above, if an RFID is used to track what someone is doing in the airport - this will have zero affect on stopping someone planning to do something illegal. They'll just leave there ticket (or remove the RFID surreptitiously) and leave it in another area of the airport.

So in conclusion, for passengers this is next to useless. For baggage, this could be a massive improvement!

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Has CERN made the VATICAN ANTIMATTER BOMB for real?*

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And...

And would anyone notice?

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Elon Musk vs NASA and the US rocket industry - ding ding!

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The problem with LH2/LOx second stages

Is that they have a habit of not firing in low pressure environments. Its extremely difficult to get them to ignite every time in the vacuum of space or even at the very top of the atmosphere as you need from a 2nd or 3rd stage.

Thats why the Ariane 5 went with a LH2/LOx mainstage, although as it was described to me by one of the Ariane 5's designers - their LH2/LOx stage is really theyre second stage - they just light it on the ground!

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Actually...

Actually, there are big improvements that can be made on the launch capability of the US rockets. The best proof of this is that Arianespace (the launch company who officially launch the European Ariane 5 series rockets) dominates the commercial sector of Space. 90% of commercial geostaionary satellites are launched by Ariane 5 rockets, and the percentage for smaller LEO satellites is well over 50% as well.

They have done this by upgrading there tech consistently. Ariane 1,2, and 3 were actually based on the old tech that most american launches are still based on, Ariane 4 was a redevelopment of Ariane 3 which is the level of the current american launch capability. Ariane 5 however, was a redesign from the base up and has proven to be the most complete launcher out there.

Theres a lot that can be done, but requiring political will to initiate a change is always going to lead to failure...

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Sacked IT director banged up for revenge hack attack

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I suspect...

I suspect you meant Keyser Söze... Its a Hungarian name you know, nothing to do with King Sochai...

Sorry just being pedantic...

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UK border police seize £500k from Nigerians' hand luggage

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@AC 1

European banks are much better for transfers, its only UK banks i have a problem with. This last trip, it was HUGELY cheaper to withdraw a large number of pounds from my deutsche bank account in cash (commision fee and with a minimal exchange rate fee(~1%)), bring that to the UK and deposit in my UK bank account then for me to either send it electronically (min £12 fee plus 3% exchange rate fee - all but £1.50 of which was the UK bank fee) or to bring euros and deposit that in my uk account (min £4 fee plus 3% exchange rate fee). Transfer between euro accounts on the continent is almost always fee free.

This country really needs to brings its banks into line, its a completely unjustified rip-off the fees that the banks charge...

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Actually...

Actually i dont see too many problems with the prove the money is not the proceeds of crime thing (except im not a big fan of the guilty unless proven innocent vibe).

If your trying to bring €500k into the country and you can show you own a large business with profits in that range it probably wouldnt be a big problem (although knowing the UK gov, they'd probably find some way to tax you 40% for bringing the cash into the country). If you work at McDonalds and are caught with the €500k i would have a very hard time believing that the money was yours. Same if you worked in a job earning €50k a year i would be quite suspicious if your carrying around 10 times your yearly salary, however if it was Richard Branson was carrying around €500k i would simply consider him a pretentious beardy git, but certainly not suspicious!

And of course you can prove that the £10 in your wallet is yours. You have a job, and payslips, etc. What do you think the tax office are asking you to prove at tax return time?

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This is interesting...

Because customs law states that you dont have to declare cash your bringing into the country from within the EU. If your coming from outside the EU you have to declare anything over £5000 i think it is. Since they were coming from within the EU they would not have needed to declare it.

True carrying £500k in cash is going to make you very suspicious to any competent border guard, but under customs law they did not need to declare it. So im particularly interested to now know about this law allowing the police to "detain" your money. I suppose it will make me that little bit more cautious about carrying money between the UK and the continent (which i do occasionally in order to avoid the ludicrous exchange fees British banks charge!).

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Botnet-harbouring survey fails to accounts for sinkholes

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OK now what?

The authors of this study seem to be implying they know where a large number of C&C servers are, and they're in countries with relatively effective police forces, etc. So they need to take these details to them, get court orders to close down the identified servers for 30 days, take these to the host companies (very publicly), have the sites shut down. If no one steps forward complaining about there site being taken down (lets assume there will be at least one or two misidentified sites), then the site is taken down permanently.

Additionally, any of these sites who's owner details (which will be fake no doubt) is used on another site automatically get taken down for 30 days, pending the real person stepping forward, and then deleted permanently.

True this will not stop the criminals, who will just open more sites with more fake credentials, but the more difficult you make it, the better is for all of us...

Thoughts?

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Street View spies a €2.4m fine

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Couldnt disagree more...

I know numerous spanish books which are absolutely fantastic. In fact my favourite book is El Club Dumas by Arturo Perez Reverte (obviously in the english translation because i dont speak spanish!).

So your generalisation is completely inane and i shall ignore everything you say from now on because one post of yours is enough for me to generalise and say that you are a moron... Fair call?

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NASA's WISE loses its chill

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You seem to have missed a bit...

You seem to have missed the bit where they said it had finished its primary mission (photographing the entire sky in 4 wavelengths), and was now about to start its secondary mission of searching for asteroids, comets and near earth objects in 2 wavelengths...

So it hasnt finished after 10 months at all... Its only just begun...

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School caretaker jailed for fitting up colleague

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Im dreaming i know but...

... I would love to see it made law that if a newspaper/tv program/any media outlet outs someone BEFORE a trial and it turns out that they were innocent, then the medai outlet should have to donate the EXACT amount of column inches on the exact same page (or screen time at the same time in the show) as the orignal outing took up, in order to declare the person innocent and apologise for the defamation against them...

That would go some way to correcting the situation... It'll never happen though...

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On the ball? Your kidding right?

It took them 8 MONTHS to stop prosecuting him. I'd hardly call that "on the ball"...

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Steve Jobs carried 'ninja throwing stars' in hand luggage

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No wonder...

Have you noticed the intelligence level of most airport security guards? The fact they know which way to hold the metal detector correctly is a constant source of amazement to me and gives me hope that one day we will have our monkey butlers...

They would never understand the difference betwen mass and volume...

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Its still a public airport champ...

What is to stop someone (read: Would be terrorist), hiring a private jet, walking through carrying weapons, and claiming "Its my jet why cant i take them on?". If they're allowed through what is to stop those weapons being quietly handed over to "colleagues" who are boarding regular flights and thus allowing a terrorist incident.

If he was flying from a private airfield, then it would be a different story but then as they as a general rule do not have security checkpoints and rely on tip offs to catch people smuggling contraband. As this story specifically says he was at a security checkpoint which implies that he was flying from a public airport and so would be mingling with mere mortals in the airport (it takes time to walk to the VIP lounge after all!) before boarding his aircraft...

So good job to Japanese border police - Job well done!

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Coalition pledges free appeals for filesharers

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Hmm i doubt it...

I would expect that a media company operating a torrent of their own stuff in order to trap people would be tantamount to entrapment and so would be illegal. Additionally, it would put at risk the very thing (copyright) that they're trying to protect, as the very first thing a judge would say was "You made it available for free to anyone on an unlimited basis? Thats your loss then."

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Playboy centrefold freaks out at 10,000 feet

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I think...

... the main reason people get charged with offences when they try this (even though like you've said it is impossible to open the doors), is the panic that it can cause on a flight.

It is not common knowledge that Airline doors cannot be opened in flight and even for a large number of people who suspect it might be the case, they're still not 100% sure (just check the comments on this article from supposedly technical people).

So for those people who dont know about the impossibility, what do they see? Someone who they think is trying to cause the aircraft to crash. Whats the likely outcome? Panic and pandemonium on the aircraft, as some of the more action driven people rush to tackle this person and lets face it they're unlikely to be polite about it to either the person trying to open the door or to anyone in their way to getting to that person. This will lead to a great deal of injuries, shouting and screaming in the cabin, people running around and basic chaos. This could quite quickly lead to distractions in the cockpit as the pilots think something is happening in the cabin (terrorist attack maybe?) and you are then walking a very quick path to disaster.

This is the thinking of the authorities when they look at an event like this, so i have no problem with the person being charged. In this case, she's gotten off because of the Panic attack and whilst i can understand that to some degree, the fact is that she boarded the flight without taking her meds knowing that a Panic attack was a likely event. Really that sort of negligence on her part should see her get some sort of punishment - community service would seem a fitting punishment ot me...

Anyway just my 2p...

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US Special Ops robot whispercopter crashes in Belize

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This raises the philosophical question...

... If a US Special Ops stealthy whirlybird crashes in the forest, and there's nobody left alive to hear it, does it make sound?

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Rackspace claims credit for shushing Koran-burning 'pastor'

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OK im sick of hearing this...

Lets a get a few things straight:

Stalin - trained as an orthodox priest before leaving to join the revolution.

Manson - started his own "church". Kinda like this moron.

Hitler - happily bought off the church with a large amount of money in the form of the kirchesteuben (Church tax). And singled out other religions (judaism in particular, but others as well) as being for the gas chamber.

Just because they didnt do their death and destruction in the name of a religion, doesnt mean they didnt follow a religion.

Why you thought your comment was a relevant reply to AC's comment, which was stating that fundamentalists of all religions cause problems for the rest of us, i will never know!

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Death by iPod: beware the zombie trance

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Sorry dont agree

Sorry Jason, but your arguments dont stand.

1) Deaf people realise they have lost one sense so they make up for it by being extraordinarily attentive to the other ones. For one, they are very unlikely to cross a major intersection without waiting for the little green man and they will use their eyes to make sure the path is clear before ever putting one foot on to the road.

2) No-one is saying you will be punished for "f*cking up" as you so fabulously put it. You will get a A$100 fine if you walk out on to the road without looking, against the red man, and whilst wearing headphones/earplugs. This is already a law (whether your wearing headphones/earplugs or not). This sounds to me like the police are just putting everyone on notice that they are going to start enforcing this law. And the prosecutions for causing an accident, seem reasonable to me. Whether your wearing headphones or not, if you cause an accident by being stupid or inattentive then you deserve to feel the brunt of the law.

3) I'm just going to ignore your third paragprah as useless hyperbole.

4) Pedestrians still get the right of way in most cases but it is a give and take situation. When you are driving and you approach a set of traffic lights which are green you have a reasonable expectation that this means people are not going to step out in front of you. Just as for a pedestrian, when the little green man is lit up you have an expectation that a car is not going to run a red light and knock you down whilst your crossing. Its all about consideration. And when a car driver does hit a person who has stepped directly into the path of their car with no chance to brake in time, its more then one life thats ruined. Not only does it affect the family of the victim, but the driver of the car is usually shattered as well - no-one likes to be responsible for the death or incapacitation of someone else...

So you can call this an attack on people's liberty and their right to make mistakes, but I cannot see it that way. If this campagin stops one person from being bulldozed to death because they werent paying attention, then thats a dozen people connected to that person who avoid having their lives torn apart as well, and for me thats a damn good thing...

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Samsung specs up 7in Android tablet

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Actually i video call regularly...

Sorry to blow your bubble LPF but i video call regularly over skype. As do a number of my friends. True we're all expats living a long way from home, and for that reason, video calls are a great way to stay in touch with family and friends half the world away. And true ive never had a video call with someone in the same country and certainly never over a mobile phone (at the prices they charge! Hell No!). But i do video call internationally all the time.

So im really not sure why your on your hobby hourse about this. A front facing camera doesnt take up much space on the device, it doesnt add more then a few grams in weight and nor does it blow out the cost of the device. So whats your point? Its a nice feature - even if you dont use it! Kinda like the window washer on your car - Ive never used mine (because i clean the windows when im at a service station) but i realise that other people do use it, i can see maybe one day it might come in handy (on a particularly dusty road, perhaps?). So im happy its there, it doesnt cost me anything, doesnt slow my car down. Why should i demand its removal?

Oh and why is everyone bringing them out? Well the iPad has sold a McTruckload, so why shouldnt other companies attempt to cash in? Just because you dont see the point in the iPad, doesnt mean others dont...

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Crowds greet A380 at Manchester Airport

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So let me get this straight...

So if i understand the press release correctly, an airport servicing Greater Manchester (population ~2,250,000) is called a "Regional airport" now.

Interesting context for the use of the word regional, but i guess anything for a good headline, eh?

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The Large Hadron Collider's mega-pic churn

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Finally...

"unless there’s some late-breaking scandal involving salacious text messages and nude starlets. In that case, we’ll cover the universe thing a few days later."

Finally, some honesty in reporting!

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IT engineer fights spider with improvised flamethrower

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Hmmm

You werent partaking of a few "fumes" before you went to bed last night were you by any chance?

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Little black dress with SIM card slot offered for 2011

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Cutecircuit? really?

And according to the pic, it also allows you to fly! Amazing!

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Underweight passport pic left traveller stuck in Amsterdam

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Dont know what your on about AC!

I've never been asked for ID here in Germany except when trying to get on a plane or when checking into a hotel, which is standard procedure even in the UK.

Whilst i think technically, I'm supposed to carry ID everywhere over here, in over a year I've never been asked by anyone for it and neither has anyone i know. The only time I've heard of someone being asked for their ID was when they were being questioned by the police about a traffic incident, and thats the same case as it would be in the UK.

So please stop spouting anti-Schengan rubbish, which is blatantly false...

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Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

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Actually im not after 1600x1200 display...

... but in a 17" machine i still do not understand why you wouldnt have at least a 1080p resolution. Especially with a machine with a Bluray player. It really does not make since to me!

HP have done this with there new DV7 line as well. The only 1080p compliant model at 17" will be the Envy 17 (in the UK at least).

If your going to include a Bluray player it should be a minium requirement to have a screen which can show the film at full resolution. Sorry Samsung until you bring out a 1080p screen - your off my selection list!

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Your genes determine whether you will respond to surveys

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Opinion Polls - bleh!

Ive always found opinion polls to be amazing. Amazing in the fact that politicians take these as being fact and representative of the whole population, rather then the reality that they reflect only the opinions of those people who are a) too stupid not to hang up after the first five seconds of a telemarketers call; b) have so much time on their hand that they dont mind answering a telemarketers call (im guessing this is the very old and the very lonely); and c) those who are taking the piss and giving the stupidest answers imaginable.

That so many of our political decisions are based on the repsonses of these 3 groups of people really makes my head spin at times...

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Once-prolific Pushdo botnet crippled

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Name and Shame...

The Whitehats need to publically name and shame all of the hosts which refuse to co-operate when shown the data and participate in the takedown.

Additionally, all of the upstream providers of these hosts should be informed and shown the data, as they are really the only ones with leverage over the lower tiers. Removable of your ability to provide internet to your customers is a pretty good lever to get an ISP into line.

It would also then be pertinent to handover the data to local police authorities. In western countries im sure you could get a response against these ISP's for hosting spam/malware/virus servers/etc. In the rest of the world probably not so much action will be taken, but at least we can hope that in the more corrupt countries the local poli's will start demanding a cut for turning their back and so make it slightly less profitable to host these bastards...

Just an idea...

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Is Gordon the future of HPC?

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*Boom tish*

Because its made with all of those solid state drives, should it perhaps be known as Flash Gordon?

Yes i know, i'll get my coat...

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Drunken employee pops cap in server

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@ TimeMaster T

In the UK we have a thing called Democracy. Thats how we fight back.

See the perfect example is that the previous government started to go all fascist police state on us. We had an election, we voted for the other guys who were not fascist police state people. They got into power, they are now removing the fascist police state stuff implemented by the past government.

No need for guns, no need for the army to get involved. Its an interesting concept, that people can vote for a different type of government i know, but you guys should really give it a go sometime...

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Internet, China and Russia destroying US, rock and roll

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To quote the late great Bill Hicks...

"If you dont think drugs have done some good in this world, do me a favour - go home tonight and take out all your albums and burn 'em. Because you know all those artists that have made all that great music that has enhanced your life throughout the years? Rrrrrrrrrrrreal high on drugs!"

I'll still take a drugged up egomaniac to supply my music hits over the balless, soulless corporate bitches the record companies are spewing out now...

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Just 5% of workers ever truly leave the office

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As already stated...

... but i felt it needed repeating. How do they know these people were on holiday and not on business trips? If they just count someone as loggin on inflight or in a different town as being on holiday thats just plain stupid.

I fly to Toulouse once a month for work and yes, i login to my company portal on the way and once there. Its called a business trip. When im on holiday, noone in the office will hear from me until the day i walk back in the door.

The only people ive ever met who actually check there work stuff whilst on a holiday are top level managers (because they dont trust their plebs not to cock up/organise a coup whilst they're gone) and people who are actually on Jolly's and not on "official" holidays.

Questionable research for sure...

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Royal Society opens inquiry into why kids hate tech

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Im sorry but how long???

It takes 18 months to perform this sort of research???

Funny but I didnt realise that the Royal Society was a government funded quango!!! I cant imagine any othe reason why it would take so long...

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Home Office unveils new UK passport

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Its standard...

What they mean by this is that the standard in passports worldwide is for your pic to be on the second page. The UK was one of the few nations which doesnt do this (your details being at the back of the passport!), meaning when you go somewhere outside the UK they first fumble for the second page and then have to thumb through to try and find your pic.

So in reality, time saved is bugger all but the UK is now in line with the rest of the world which is just always that little bit easier for all concerned...

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WikiLeaks readies next release

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I didnt say...

I didnt say that Wikileaks should not be releasing sensitive documents. I said RELEVANT documents.

Of the 150,000+ reports leaked, the vast majority said nothing more then - "On Patrol in X, Did Y, went back to base. End of Mission.". I mean seriously, how is that in the public interest?

The release of the video that showed the chopper gunning down civilians - THAT was in the public interest. Some seargent speculating that he thinks that Pakistan Inteligence Services may be behind the funding of the Taliban or that this source said that, is not really in the public interest.

Going on the sort of campaign that Wikileaks seems to be on at the moment against the US Government, just means that the really important whistleblowing documents get buried in amongst the crap and so never see the light of day that they deserve.

Thats my problem with Wikileaks at the moment. Get it back to how it was 6 months ago when the documents it released where relevant and actually newsworthy, i do not need to know what some general in afghanistan had for breakfast...

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I dont know about you...

... but am i the only one that is seeing Wikileaks slide from being a relevant whistleblower site where people working in governments or companies could upload documents that they felt were in the publics interest to know, to a publicity seeking whore site which basically will release any document it comes across which is considered classified/secret or just not really worth releasing to the public, without actually seeing if it is something worth the public knowing about?

I'm sure there are still relevant documents being uploaded to wikileaks but you dont hear about them these days because there buried in so much sh*te...

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Japanese press step into execution chamber

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One thing to keep in mind...

When comparing figures from ye olde days and modern times is that in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, policing was still very much in its infancy. Murder and assault was incredibly common in the poorer areas (think East End) but since only poor people lived there, there were very few police and so crimes went unreported more often then not.

The high figures you see today are because EVERY death is investigated. Additionally, with modern technology and invetigative techniques, what would most certainly have been brushed off as a heart attack or a fall can in these times be easily identifed as murder.

So whilst 1901 may look like the streets were all safe and Britian was a utopia the fact is many deaths went unreported or uninvestigated and i would suspect a large number were ignored for lack of evidence. I have no doubt that to be charged with murder in 1901, probably required you to be either caught at the scene or positively identifed by someone of high standing as being there. Anything else was guess work...

So your comparing Apples and Oranges, when you compare official figures for different eras of policing...

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Yes and?

And the death penalty existed before Manson and his brood went on their murder spree - didnt seem to deter them much did it? Nor does it seem to deter the thousands of murders that are committed each year in the US now, does it?

And if Manson was executed today, would that bring back his victims? Nope.

So lets see - deterrent element - doesnt appear to be working; Brings back the vicitims - afraid not.

If the only reason you have for supporting the death penalty is that keeping people in prison costs you and other taxpayers money - well thats a pretty f&%ked up world view if you ask me.

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Australian Sex Party stands proud

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One thing i noticed from the results...

Is that the ASP doesnt appear to have done deals for preferences like many other parties and this seems to have cost them in the final standing.

They polled very well in the primaries but when the lowest voted for candidates started to drop out, the votes tended to be redistributed almost solely to the major parties. I credit this to too many people voting above the line and not putting the effort in to vote below the line (For the senate in Australia you have the choice of voting 1 for a party and then your preferences are handled as the party decides - voting above the line; or of numbering all of the candidates (84 in NSW) in order to precisely decide your preferences for yourself - voting below the line. Unfortunately too many Australians are lazy and didnt put the effort into decide there own preferences).

Next time they should think about getting some preference deals going with some of the other parties such as the shooters party and the democrats. This will help them get in next time.

But still theyve got my votes!

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Iran unveils 'robot bomber'

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Two things for the various AC's

1) Australia doesnt have nukes. Never has, never will. You may be thinking of Pine Gap which is one of the worldwide US military bases which has some control over the US nuclear wepaons profile. However, this is a US base and not an Australian base. And just to make it perefctly clear - there are ZERO nukes on Aus soil.

2) The Lockerbie bomber was Libyan not Syrian. Pretty big difference there... Should i draw you a map?

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Aussie election results: Firewall wobbles

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Unfortunately not...

Although they did rank as the 4th or 5th party in every single state except Tasmania (pulling on average 2-3% of the primary vote). Behind the Lib/Nats, ALP and Greens.

So for a first time run thats actually not too bad... Hopefully in another 3.5 years we will see a better showing! =)

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DARPA orders VTOL robots for 'covert payload placement'

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Ok but...

But then why do you need VTOL as opposed to standard UAV's if your going to airdrop the packages? And if you need zero forward momentum whilst doing it, then how does this present a better solution then a helicopter?

I'm all for this thing from a technical point of view and ive done the cost/benefit analysis of tiltrotors versus both fixed wing and standard rotorcraft before (i'm a big fan of tiltrotors i must admit). But i do not see this as being hugely useful in the proposed role of covert parcel delivery. But maybe my idea of what constitutes a covert parcel is different to DARPA's!

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WTF?

Maybe im missing something here...

... but if a 10 foot wingspan bat comes flying into my window (assuming i have a window that large) i think im going to notice it leaving something behind. Not even to mention the noise. So what sort of covert payload can something this big (and loud) leave behind? I think people would notice it in a city. And if your the kind of person who lives in a cave and is a subject of interest to the US warmachine, you would probably have a guard or two watching the cave entrance so i would imagine they would see this coming too.

So not really sure what sort of a covert payload a 10 foot wide delivery vehicle could drop off in any location... ideas?

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Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy

Best song to wake up to ever... And the film clip is the footage from the Excelsior stratospheric balloons jumps (longest freefall in history).

Other suggestion - See you later, alligator... ;)

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