* Posts by lglethal

1200 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

DARPA orders VTOL robots for 'covert payload placement'

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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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NASA seeks soundtrack for final shuttle mission

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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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Dawn raids catch 9 for massive iPhone 'fraud'

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Yes and...

... and my proposal was that once they identify that a sim was stolen, and had been racking up these charges on a premium rate number then to ban that number across the entire network. It would mean that as soon as that sim was identified as stolen, no other sim would be able to call that particular premium number and dial up those charges.

If they steal a new sim it means they need to dial a different premium rate number. And if its really that easy to create premium rate numbers then that points to a whole different raft of problems with the telecommunications industry, dont you think?

So im not really seeing your point...

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Yes but...

So O2 would be screwed for the first month thats true, but this went on for months. It cannot be that easy to start up premium rate numbers that the crims can have huge numbers of these to switch between!

Or i suppose an easy way to get around this would be for O2 and other operators not to pay the premium rate numbers for 30-60 days after the call. Lets face it, lots of businesses have 30-60 day invoice periods already. It would take out the risk for both O2 and the rest of us who pay the price in the end through higher phone call rates. And if O2 cant pick out a fraudulent premium rate number within 30 days then frankly they deserve to get fleeced!

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Sorry maybe i missed something...

... If O2 were losing money because these creeps were calling specific premium phone numbers, why didnt they just block access to calling these numbers?

In theory it would seem to be a simple operation - a phone is identified as stolen and the phonecalls fraudulent. Identify numbers called, block all future calls to any premium rate number called by said stolen phone across the entire O2 network. Problem solved.

Ok you may lose money until the phone is identifed as stolen but that shouldnt take more then a few weeks at the absolute most.

What am i missing here?

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ECJ ruling puts VAT on salary sacrifice schemes

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Just an idea...

Would it be possible to NOT link the value of the salary sacrifice to the value of the vouchers supplied and state that the value of the service provided is far below the cost of the purchasing of the vouchers? Whilst some VAT would need to be paid for the "service" of providing the voucher, this would be a lower value compared to the VAT reclaimed in the purchase of the vouchers, and so mean that the cost to the company would not necessarily be as high.

I dont normally advocate creative accounting (especially by companies) but this seems like a ridiculous move by HMRC that will only hurt the workers of these companies...

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Boffins baffled by 'magnetar': Ought to be black hole, but isn't

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I dont know about you...

... but it almost makes me want to become an astronomer/astrophysicist just so i can declare myself to be one of the astrocognoscenti...

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Acrobatic pilot survives loss of wing

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@ MinionZero

MinionZero, im not sure if your agreeing with me or not.

I suspect we're looking at the history of seatbelts from a slightly different point of view. The use of seatbelts was brought in gradually, and when it became clear that they were an excellent way to save lives it became law that they be installed on all new cars. However, it was not originally required to retrofit them into old cars, because it was identifed that doing so would lead to backyard jobs that could actually make things more dangerous (fix the seatbelt to the wrong spot and you could, for example, reduce the strength of the bodywork so that in an accident the car buckled worse causing more damage). It was only about 15 years after the original law was brought in that the requirement to retrofit was introduced. And by that stage, there werent that many cars left to be retrofitted and the installation of seatbelts was a well known task, so retrofitting could be done safely and without risk.

That would be the way i see the introduction on parachutes being brought in as well.

I suppose for me the current situation more closely resembles the introduction of airbags into vehicles. Its not a legal requirement to have an airbag in your car nor the types of airbags to be used (driver, passnger, side, etc). However, you would be hard pressed to find a new car being sold without airbags, and if one did exist it would have to have some other amazing selling points to have people buy it without the added safety feature of an airbag. Additionally, i think you would be very hard pressed to find anyone who would try and retrofit an airbag to an old car, the cost would be high and you would have no guarantee that it would actually work as designed because the car was never designed to have the airbag in the first place.

So im all for parachute technology being brought in for new aircraft but i think its an incredibly risky proposition to have old aircraft retrofitted...

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About legality..

MinionZero - whilst i have no idea whether the use of aircraft parachutes is legal or not in the UK, you have to keep in mind the balanced view which the CAA have to take on this issue.

First, a large percentage of light aircraft crashes would not be aided by the installation of parachutes as they involve things like flying into mountains/trees in bad weather or accidents involving take-off and landing (for which a parachute is unlikely to be able to deploy quickly enough).

Secondly, the vast majority of light aircraft flying today are over 10 years old. That means the installation of parachutes would require expensive refits. This would then require reissuing of type certificates or the recertification of aircraft to carry this new equipment. As many of the light aircraft flying today come from companies that have folded, the modern company carrying their type certificate is unlikely to put in the cash for the cost of the certification. And with so many different aircraft out there (each of which is unique) it is unlikely the parachute manufacturer could afford to pay for the qualification itself. Hence i can understand why the CAA is not permitting the retrofitting of old light aircraft with this equipment - it would be a very expensive operation and the chances of quick and dodgy jobs being done are very high.

Lastly, there is an argument that the use of parachutes on light aircraft are actually a danger as they encourage people to be more reckless and more willing to push the boundaries of what their aircraft is capable of because they have that safety net. I'm not 100% convinced by this as most pilots i know are incredibly sensible people, who understand just how expensive an aircraft is to both buy and repair and wouldnt do anything to risk adding more cost to their already expensive hobby. But there are always idiots...

My personal opinion is that the use of parachutes in new light aircraft should be allowed if those aircraft are certified to carry a parachute (even if its only an optional extra). Old aircraft which have not been certified for it should not be allowed to carry a parachute. Simple as that.

Just my 2p.

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HMRC staff fired for racism over benefits

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My guess...

People dont (to the best of my knowledge) receive extra funding for coming from a different ethnic group. You may receive more or less based on your income but that has bugger all to do with race or ethnicity.

So it was probably something along the lines of reducing the child support for a family with two children so that they only got the money for one of the children not both...

So whilst your making a point about equality, the rules are already written to be as equal as possible and you just come across sounding like a condescending twat. Probably next time try to write with a little more balance...

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Apple fans drool over Liquidmetal widget

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You forgot one thing...

Casting of any metallic material is hugely more expensive then machining. Even if you machine away 95% of a metallic block and take hours to do it, it will still usually work out at roughly half the price of the casting. Hence why so much is machined, and why you dont see LiquidMetal MacBook cases.

I'm also not sure i agree with your statement that without a crystal lattice there are no weak points for failures. Diamond, the hardest structure on the planet is made up of a crystal lattice of carbon atoms which is it what gives it its strength. Bucky balls derive there extreme long life from their crystalline lattice. Crystal lattice networks tend to propogate cracks more readily when there are excessive amounts of impurities present. I have no idea how a completely non-lattice structure would maintain its shape and strength.

It does sound like a very interesting material and i think i will go away and read some more but i think some of your assumptions on the manufacturing side are a little overly optimistic...

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Ditch the malware magnet

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When do you need Acrobat Pro/standard?

Hi Nader, i'm not flaming or anything, but when do you find you actually need Acrobat?

I have it on my work machine here but discovered that Office 2007 has a function to create pdf's (the main function i used Acrobat for previously) and actually does a very good job of it (including all links, etc which i normally got out of Acrobat). Its also significantly faster.

The only function in Acrobat i havent found a replacement for is condensing multiple pdfs into a single pdf file (my work scanner is an old thing which cant manage multiple page scans). For this reason Acrobat is still on my work desktop but it never gets used if i can help it.

So I'm just wondering what other tasks you need it for which you cant find replacement programs?

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Extreme porn law on the ropes

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I hope he sues the CPS...

... If the CPS are not willing to defend their position despite having placed onerous restrictions on the defendent (not being able to see your daughter is pretty friggin onerous in my book) then surely he could sue under some sort of Malicious Prosecution and/or Slander/Libel laws...

A significant pay out for destroying a mans life might make the CPS a little less prone to destroying people's lives for the hell of it!

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Naked German women evade Swedish chopper

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Did you even read the article?

The cops were called when they failed to return from they're hike. So this was a search and rescue operation (which luckily turned out not to be required). This had nothing to do with the fact they were naturists.

Seriously, try reading the article next time rather then auto-ranitng a Daily Fail response...

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Aussie opposition will scrap firewall

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One question...

Why have they waited so long to come out on the side of sanity?

The debate has raged for months (the debate being Conroy saying we neeed it and the rest of Australia saying it wont work/we dont want it), and only now they come out and say they're against it!

I'll withhold judgement on whether this is an actual scrapping of the firewall or a "re-imagining" until i see the detailed plan of the liberals...

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Google boss turns Wave demise into success of sorts

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You have got to be f%&kin kidding me...

"People will find it's very useful to have devices that remember what you want to do, because you forgot ... "

Oh im sorry Google i forgot that i want a device to remember everything that i forgot because naturally i forget everything thats important for me to do. I only remember the unimportant stuff like remembering not to click on google ads, not to use google search and to criticise Eric Schmidt at every available opportunity...

Eric Schmidt is quickly beginning to make Bill Gates and Steve Jobs look like angels. They just wanted to control competition and our purchases, Eric Shcmidt wants to control everything we do... Guess which one im more worried about!!!

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'Most powerful person in search' calls time on Yahoo!

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Fail for you, win for me...

Michelle you can dislike Facebook or you want, but just cause it doesnt have a purpose for you, does not mean it doesnt have a purpose for other people (like myself). Thats like saying that because we have aircraft, why would anyone have need of a helicopter?

For me Facebook is superb for keeping in touch with friends, because i am in a job where i move country every 6-12 month (8 countries in the last 5 years so far) naturally i make great friends in each of those countries and so I want to stay in touch with them all. However, i also change mobile phone numbers regularly so staying in touch with everyone by phone would be a right pain in the butt. Facebook lets me see a brief update of where my freinds are and what theyre up to. Without the need to send out a hundred emails a week. I can also send direct messages to people when i want to.

Ive never touched the games or other bollocks attached to Facebook (and i have no intention of doing so in the future), but for just keeping in touch with people in different cities and countries i find it fantastic.

So just keep in mind, that whilst something might not work for you, that does not mean it doesnt have a purpose for someone else.

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Is it a phone? Is it a Taser? No, it's a cattle prod!

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Ahh but the difference is...

The difference is that when you see someone walking down the street carrying a cattle prod, its obvious theyre carrying a cattle prod, and your going to pay attention to what they do with it.

If you see someone carrying a phone, your not going to pay any real attention and so you put yourself in a lot of danger of being shocked when your backs turned.

Oh and i hope he didnt claim they were just for him - he ordered 20 of them! Tell me he didnt have something nefarious planned with that!

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Scotland Yard cuffs six in megaquid phish ring probe

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Operation Dynamophone?

Who the hell comes up with these operation names?

Someone who has been watching the Simpsons a little too much perhaps?

"Saxamophone, saxamophone..."

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Solar plasma aurora storm to hit Earth tomorrow today!

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What do you mean new?

Have you checked the queens lineage recently?

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Not necessarily...

Not if this is a Day of the Triffids type event! Then you wont see anything.... ever... again...

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Wiki crew launch attack on FBI official seal bluster

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Wrong...

We're talking about Wikipedia and Wikimedia here... They are absolutely nothing to do with Wikileaks...

Do try and read the article next time...

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Boffins: Arctic cooled to pre-industrial levels from 1950-1990

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Am i the only one...

... who considers chopping down trees to get data on climate change to be just a little bit stupid?

Considering that in one tree you have potentially up to 500 years of continuous data. You then go and cut it down to find out that data, but in doing so your cutting off any chance to increase the record! Surely there must be some way to do this research without needing to chop down the tree...

Wont someone think of the environment.... Oh, right...

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Apple as a religion: How the iPhone became divine

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I think this sort of research...

... identifies those sort of people who are the hardcore evangelists of all things Apple. Just as there are the hardcore evangelists of all things Linux, Open Source, Climate Change, etc.

For those people (and im sure we've all come across them) this is actually a pretty good understanding and covers things pretty well. However, the majority of people in the world do not end up in one of these categories, at least not for various electronics. We just buy the products that we a) think will do the best job, and b) that we can afford.

I would categorise most people on a site like El Reg to be primarily in this second category, although check any thread on the site that is about Israel, Google, MS, Apple, climate change, etc and at least one or two rabid fanatics will appear. Its those people's responses which respond to the type identified by this research...

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Council's school-snoop-op ruled illegal

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Wrong...

The full statement was "We're sorry... we we're caught. We will take more care next time... not to be caught".

Whoever authorised this should be placed in stocks in the town square for everyone to throw rotten vegetables at. Bring back the good ol' punishments i say!

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Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

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Heres a reason...

I work in an industry where i move location every 6-12 months - usually to another country (im up to 8 countries in 5 years so far). A desktop is just not an option. And whilst lugging a large desktop replacement to another country is something of a pain for the short time your on the way/at the airport, it is actually achievable and having the power and speed make it worthwhile when you get to your destination.

Additionally, buying a top of the line desktop replacement means you can usually last a good 3-5 years before needing to replace the laptop. If i bought a regular laptop id be replacing it every 2 years or so...

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NatWest calls off legal attack dogs

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After NatWest's behaviour...

I doubt I'd be updating NatWest's review with any of their "additional benfits" any time soon, what about you?

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UK.gov drops £6m on Google

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Those numbers do seem ridiculously high...

Is there anyone out there with experience of google ads for a major company and the amount they spend on advertisements in this medium?

It would be nice to have a relative figure to compare with rather then just following the Daily Fail route of "Oh no! Look how much money those Labour bastards gave to evil Google!"

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Data.gov.uk chief admits transparency concerns

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I cant believe it...

That actually sounded like a reasonable and well thought out response from a senior civil servant!

How could this be allowed to happen? I mean if this sort of thing keeps up we might actually have some civil servants that we can trust! I demand this man be sacked for bringing the service into disrepute by actually knowing what he's talking about...

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Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

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Actually im quite interested in this....

Whilst i have all of my security settings set to private and dont allow anyone but friends to view my stuff and dont post moronic messages etc, im still interested to see just how much stuff this trawl picked up. I'll probably download this tonight and do a search for my name to make sure that the level of privacy i THINK i have is the same as the level of privacy i ACTUALLY have.

I will probably also search for members of my family (who arent the most tech saavy of individuals) so i can show them exactly how much theyre making available online and get them to improve their security and start taking this seriously.

Yes its a non-story for anyone who is the remotest bit tech-saavy, if this story makes those for whom a breadboard is the thing in the kitchen you slice your loaf on, a tiny bit more aware of their privacy (or lack thereof) on thie internet this can only be a good thing...

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Uncle Sam sues Oracle (again) for alleged fraud

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Wait a sec...

Did i misunderstand something here - Paul Frascella started the lawsuit in 2007 when he was still working with Oracle? And only jumped ship (or i guess more likely was pushed) in 2008?

Wow that takes balls! Suing your company whilst your still working for them - Just Wow!

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DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits

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Dont agree...

I dont really understand how you can say this shames the pro-camera lot. It shames the DfT for absolute certain, but where else would the pro camera lot go to get there facts?

If i want facts about people dying in hospitals i would go to the NHS. And if the figures they tell me and release to the public state something that backs my argument of course im going to use them. If it turns out the NHS has been lying in its figures, well thats hardly my fault, is it?

Speed cameras can be very beneficial when used correctly but i think we all realise that the vast majority of speed cameras in the UK are not used properly and are only used as cash cows. So, its time to say "So long and Good riddance to dodgy speed camera usage"...

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Google sets Android on pirates

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Until google decide to monetise this too...

... by sending back everything you do...

"Dont be evil - unless there's money to be made from it" (the true google slogan)

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Opposition to can Aus $1.3bn school laptops program

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When will they learn?

When will the bloody politicians learn that a laptop is not an educational tool?

A good teacher, a blackboard, chalk, pens, paper, maybe a projector are educational tools.

Computers are only educational tools when doing computing related subjects. So why would you buy laptops instead of desktops which are half the price (or less)? And why would you need one for every second child?

I cant believe i voted this pile of shite government in. The problem with Australian politics now is that the alternative in the forthcoming election is an even worse pile of shite... Its very much a Damned if you do, Damned if you dont situation...

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Reboot key Brit 'ready to save internet'

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Maybe not Mordor but close...

Considering the hassle of getting into the US at the moment, I'm sure its not that much more difficult then getting into Mordor...

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Google patents search that tracks your mouse moves

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successfully monetised?

Ahh you mean Soylent Green, yes?

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Maybe...

Maybe they're trying to make sure you're not doing any evil...

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Google Apps for Gov battles fear of floating data

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What could possibly go wrong?

What could possibly go wrong in handing over huge amounts of government data to a company that has been shown to have a contemptible attitude to privacy and security concerns and will host all this data on internet accessible servers???

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3D films fall flat

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Tron 2.0

Tron 2.0 is 3D and 3D Imax.

The latest trailer should be up on youtube by now, go have a look it says it at the end.

Personally, cant wait - it looks like its being done properly, so this has the potential to be one of the best 3D films ever... but then again, ive heard that said before too many times...

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The problem is...

... that use of 3D is too hit and miss.

Done well 3D can be superb, but to accomplish this, the 3D has to be taken into account from the start and must be well thought out. Done badly and its just plain atrocious.

For me, Alice in Wonderland was particularly bad in 3D, and i would suggest that the reason it was so popular had nothing to do with the fact it was in 3D. I put its popularity down to the fact it was the latest Tim Burton film and it starred Johnny Depp. I believe i would have enjoyed that film considerably more if id only seen the 2D version!

I personally quite liked the 3D in Clash of the Titans, being for the most part very understated and not jumping out at you all the time. There were some parts where it didnt work but overall i quite liked it.

So far of the 3D films ive seen, in my opinion only about half of them have effectively used 3D. And this is the problem...

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Firefox 4 second beta hits minor delay

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Maybe im the only one...

... but all i want from a browser is for it to be secure, to be able to run the sites i want to visit smoothly, for it not to be a resource hog and for it not to be a bloated pile of crap! Is that too much to ask?

I dont need to be able to integrate a million piles of web2.0rhia per page, or have a thousand tabs open, or any of the other bloat inducing excesses that keep being introduced in Firefox recently.

Here's an idea, add those things as add ons which a person can download to customise their firefox experience, and leave the basic functionality (and size and memory usage) as low as possible so that those of us who dont give a flying f*&k about Stephen Fry's latest Twittergasm can just use Firefox as a browser and not have to sacrifice half our system performance to view a single bloody page!!!

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Australian Senate censors print link to cartoon

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I hope

I hope the person/organisation behind the FOI request that was so disgracefully redacted take the issue to the courts. If a government agency can legally be allowed to do this then the last tenets of a democracy have been removed. I personally will stay in Germany until my country somehow manages to sort itself out...

Im not holding my breath....

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Voting reform finally on the agenda

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Sorry dont understand you Cameron...

Im not sure i understand you. You do have a one man (or woman, lets not be sexist here! :P), one vote system.

If you mean why do you almost always have to vote for someone from one of the major party's, well a lot of it comes down to the fact that they're known brands so to speak. So someone not highly interested in politics will know the major parties, know roughly what they stand for, and so will tend to vote for one of them.

A lot of this does come from the fact that the major parties have the biggest advertising budgets and so the small independent cant compete on getting their message out. Also, the major parties really dont go out of there way to make their candidates well known in their own electorate as they would prefer people to be voting based on the party rather then on the person because a) politicians are not people (=P) and b) if an electorate were to vote based on the person who will best represent THEM in parliament, then the party will be unable to make major deals to the detriment to a region without making significant allowances to the elected representative. You see this all the time in the US where deals are made to make sure that a particular state or region gets certain bonuses in order to obtain votes. Basically any electorate where the elected official is independent (or just not guaranteed to vote the party line) and where parliament is relatively tight will see a huge set of benefits as the independents vote is bought with various gifts for his electorate. Thats why the big parties dont like independents and why you always see the big parties so prominently in the elections...

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Easy way (see Australia)

In Aus, (assuming you dont go the easy option of selecting one party and letting there preferences decide yours), You have to number your entire voting card. For the House of Representatives (equal to House of Commons) this means you number from 1 to ~10. For the Senate (roughly equal to House of Lords) this can mean numbering 1 to ~100.

Now as the counting goes, everyones first choice is placed in a pile. When this is done, the votes are counted. If no candidate has an absolute majority then the candidate with the least votes has their votes redistributed to the candidate that the voter put a number 2 too. The votes are then counted again. If no candidate has an absolute majority then the candidate with the lowest number now is then redistributed and so on, until only 2 candidates are left.

I dont know how much more fair you can get. True your vote might not go to your first, second, third or even fourth or worst choice. But it will never go to your last choice and its unlikely to go to your second last choice (unless you've managed to choose the last 2 candidates as your lowest 2 choices!).

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AV works well down under...

I'd just like to say that the AV system we have in Australia works pretty well. Usually very few complaints, maybe the odd recount when the voting comes down to a few hundred votes, but otherwise ive never heard to many complaints.

One thing i would certainly suggest be added to the law though (from experience with Australian AV) is the preference deals that the parties make be published ahead of the election, so people know that if they are voting for party A and party A doesnt look like getting into the top two, then you know that your vote will be going to party B and not party C.

(i.e. your in an electorate which is always out of Labour and the Tories. But you want to vote Lib Dem, just in case. But if you know in advance that your Lib Dem vote (if Lib Dems dont get enough) will go to the Tories and your massively anti-Tory, you may choose to vote directly for Labour, so that your vote doesnt end up going to your most despised party. (Yes i know this example makes no sense on current political bias but its an explanation!).

Either that or make people choose there order for all candidates (in Aus, you have the choice of numbering all of the candidates for your electorate in your own preferences or choosing the party of your choice and relying on there predetermined preferences to make your vote count).

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UK.gov sacks lead e-Borders contractor

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Thanks for the clear and concise information!

Thanks AC, that was actually the clearest and most concise description of the system that ive heard so far, and i have to say it points out to me the biggest problem with the idea of the system - that of the advanced decision making.

By needing to make the decision about whether someone flies or not, prior to their even getting on board a plane (potentially) halfway around the world away, you add significant trouble to the system.

The system has been sold to the public as a way of counting all the people arriving into and leaving the country, therefore i ask the question - why do you need to count them before they even leave their departure point? Whats wrong with counting them as they arrive? You already spend time passing though customs when arriving by plane or Eurostar (ive never travelled to the UK by ferry but i assume theres a similar procedure), so how hard is it to take a persons details then (passport number, etc) as already happens with non-EU nationals.

The only two benefit for the current system that i can see are a) it reduces the number of people turned away upon arriving to the UK (which is already a miniscule number im sure!) and b) potentially stopping a terrorist getting onboard an aircraft at the other end. This second option seems to imply that the UK government does not trust the security at airports or ferry terminals ANYWHERE else in the world and so needs to make the decisions for the security guards in other countries. This stinks of overkill and will no doubt lead to any number of mistaken refusals to fly.

Scale back the system to a "count on arrival" system like the public think it is and you reduce the complexity and will actually get a usable system...

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Umm what?

"The border will always be porous, so long as we have a coastline."

You've got to be kidding? The UK has a MASSIVE advantage having a coastline. A person cant tunnel under the border, a person cant climb a fence, run across an open desert or do any of the dozens of other things that a sea border precludes. Why do you think policing the border of the US and Mexico, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey (or Iraq and any of its neighbours for that matter) are so hard? Why do you think Australia has such a low rate of illegal immigration despite having massive borders?

Having a sea border gives you the best oppurtunity to track everyone coming in and out of the country. To think otherwise is utter bollocks...

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The worrying thing for me

The worrying thing for me in this article is the statement from the Home Office drone:

"A today Home Office spokesman said Woolas' claims were a matter for the previous government."

The Home Office is a public office, staffed with public servants who should not (at least while working) take a political stance. That means, the facts should have been provided to the old minster and if he lied to parliament, then the department should have corrected him, publically or at least in parliament. The Home Office should never be a body supporting flase assumptions in order to achieve a party's political aims or to make a minister look good.

However, it appears in this case they did exactly that by letting him lie and mislead parliament. And they seem to be setting themselves up to do the same thing with the ConDems by not seeming to care what the previous government did or said at all. Theyre should at the least be an investigation to see what information was given to the minister, whether he delibrately mislead parliament or whether he was given the information that he spouted and whether that information was provided a) delibrately to curry favour or b) because of incompetence in not checking the facts and auditing Raytheon more closely.

I find that highly worrying!

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Tablet buffs sift HP site for traces of lost Slate

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What do you expect from the HP website?

Ive been trying to keep track of the HP Envy 17 for the last 2 weeks - it appeared 2 weeks ago, was gone a week later and has now reappeared today, but without specs...

The HP website seems to enjoy doing this sort of thing, so its no surprise that the Slate 500 has had an on-again off-again relationship with the website...

PS Any chance of getting a review of the Envy 17 when it finally arrives for real?

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Cops taser Somerset chap's nether regions

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As a rule ive never seen a cop pull a taser as routine...

Lets try and look at this objectively.

The guy was driving and saw a cop car behind him. (It doesnt mention whether the lights were flashing or not - but lets assume they were - i mean, why else would you pull over?).

The guy pulls his car over and then jumps out.

Now for a police officer, when you pull someone over they stay in their car, you walk up, you have your chat and everyone walks away happy (or as happy as the driver can be if he/she's just got a speeding ticket!)

But in this case, the guy jumps out of the car straight away.

For the police officer that means one of two things a) he's making a run for it (in which case your out of the cop car with weapon drawn as fast as possible to start chasing them) or b) the person is being aggressive or has something in their car they dont want you to see. Either way i would probably be pulling my taser here as well.

It appears in this case that the guy got out to go to a friends house and after this became clear, the cop lowered the gun and was putting it away when it discharged. For me, i see no issues here.

What i do have an issue with is the automatic police reply that the guy was acting "aggressively". Is it too difficult for the police to stand up and say "Look, the officer drew his Taser because by jumping out of the car as soon as he was pulled over, the officer thought the victim might be aggressive. As soon as this was identified as not being the case, the officer lowered his weapon which accidently discharged striking the gentleman. We're sorry it happened, but thats life."

A bit of honesty like that might bring a bit of trust back to the cops, dont you think?

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