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Numara Software blows asset tracking trumpet

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Human Sacrifices in IT?

Makes sense. Finding a virgin in the IT department to sacrifice is probably much easier then trying to find one in the HR department...

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Airline passenger videos Atlanta maggot horror

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@ Jim Bob

The plane returned to the terminal after the discovery of the maggots, all of the passengers got off the plane, the crew cleaned the aircraft and then the passengers got back on and took off (except for the maggot passenger of course). I can only assume that the passengers were told to take there carry on luggage with them when they got off the plane. That would have also meant that one of the chuckers (sorry: baggage handlers) would have had to go on board and remove the maggot passenger's checked in luggage from the aircraft as your luggage is not allowed to fly if your not on the plane as well...

@ Peyton - it says on the BBC article that the woman was planning to sue the airline. The information might not have been in the reg article but that doesnt mean it didnt happen...

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Guys check other news sources...

It actually states on other news sources that it was another passenger that brought on the rotting meat. No i have yet to find a reason why. But the BBC was kind enough to elaborate that the person who did bring it on, did not make the flight when it eventually did take off (im guessing they were answering some very interesting questions at airport security), but that they did manage to fly on a later flight. Its also not clear whether the meat made the later flight or not...

Come on El Reg use those investigative juices, the people want answers! :P

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I love americans...

It was another passenger, that for some unknown reason, brought a container of maggotty, rotten meat on a plane in (an obviously) unsealed container and placed it in the overhead luggage compatment. And so the other passengers are trying to sue the airline...

Gotta love the average americans logic, dont you?

What i would really be interested to know is how this package got through security in the first place, considering the level of hysterical paranoia associated with any flying in the US! I guess security were too busy perving on the full body scanners to pay much attention to the carry on luggage...

& I suppose that raises another point - who on Earth carries meat on an aircraft in their carry on luggage? And more so who carries rotting meat anywhere???

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Amazon Kindle DX drops price, improves display

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This does not compute...

Considering that you can buy an EeePC or similar for the same price with the same size screen (but in colour) and it can do more then just read books, I still cannot understand why someone would buy one of these?

The small one has a purpose (although i still think its too expensive for that purpose), but this one at this price... Go buy an EeePC, its far more useful, just as easy to read off and only slightly heavier.

When this drops to $200 then maybe it will be better value then an EeePC, but until then...

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Government lunatic magnet goes live

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Yep probably...

... because its spelled Cannabis...

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Health minister outlines tech spending

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Dont agree...

Sorry but i really dont see going 100% Open Source as being anything but an ideological gain. Its already been shown by an analysis on The Register (i cant be bothered finding the article, it was only a couple of days ago) that the spending on licences is not a big deal in the grand scheme of government run IT.

When compared to the costs of new implementations, increased cost of maintenance (yep you actually need an IT person with a brain to handle most open source backhaul/maintenance, and that costs money!), increased staff training, etc. I would say the costs savings are fairly negligible.

I wont deny that there are some proprietary programs which should be dumped completely for their open source counterpart, not for the savings but for the honest work improvements that they provide. But as a general rule, for me this is back end parts of the system only.

If the doctor wants to use a proprietary product such as Word well i say bloody well let him. Its hard enough to get into see a doctor without them now being away on additional IT training courses!

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Dutch send submarine to fight Somali pirates

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Lots of uninformed comment on here...

OK just 2 points that i thought should be mentioned:

1) Somali, even if it has no functioning government, is still a soverign state it would be HIGHLY illegal under international law to launch any attack on its landmass (so attacking pirate bases are a big no-no) without almost universal backing in the UN. Which lets face it is never going to happen... Same deal with sitting a couple of destroyers outside of Somali ports. International Waters starts 200km out, so you can sit outside that zone if you want but that does give a lot of room to play in...

2) People keep talking about equipping ships with guns or creating Q ships. But have you actually seen the size fo the freighters were talking about here? On most of these ships the sailors use bicycles to get from one end to the other. So if your being attacked at the front of the boat, it would take you about 5-10 minutes to get to the front to repel the attack. Additionally, Pirates dont advertise when they are about to attack (they use small zodiacs for a reason - they dont show up on radar). The larger mother ship is usually just a fishing vessel and it usually does not get anywhere near close enough to be recognisable as a potential threat. So arming crew on board these ships is a very good way to end up with a lot of dead people on both sides and potentially even more weapons in Somali hands. (A pirate at the moment has no reason to harm the crew of a ship as they get more ransom for an unharmed crew. But kill a couple of that pirates mates and he's going to be decidedly less caring about your welfare, whats 1 or 2 million dollars off the ransom in comparison to the joys of revenge?)

Truth betold if there was a real desire to stop the attacks, then there are only a few ways to do it, a) create a viable alternative for employment for young somalis so that they actually have a choice not to go into piracy, and b) halt (or at least reduce) the amount of weapons making it into the worlds hotspots. Unfortunately i dont see either of these options being explored right now...

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The problem here...

... How do you tell the actual fishing boats from the ones with the pirates on them until you board them?

And how do you know, even if you are sure that there are pirates on board, that the crew actually sailing the vessel arent being forcibly made to sail the fishing boat for the pirates. A gun in the face is a very good incentive to do what your told.

Will you be the one that feeds the family of the fisherman taken out just because he happened to be mistaken for a pirate ship?

And dont forget, in the majority of cases where these pirates tend to get caught by the international navies, theyve usually thrown there weapons overboard and are pretending to be fishermen. Can you automatically tell the difference between a true somali fisherman and a somali pretending to be a fisherman? I certainly couldnt!

So yes whilst i would like to see some stronger action too, i can understand why at present there isnt. The West (for once) is being careful - kill one fisherman that feeds his family and you risk forcing his family into crime, piracy and other forms of extremism...

As they say in Afghanistan, accidently kill one man, create 5 more militants...

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Secret ancient code, basis of all modern civilisation, cracked

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A great quote

There was another "great" quote from Blaise Pascal, i paraphrase it here:

"I consider belief in god to be like a wager. If god does not exist and you go through life believing in him, you havent really lost anything at the end. But if god does exist and you go through life not believing in him, then you have a lot to lose. So therefore, i think its better to believe in god."

You have to love such sophistry, dont you?

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The Plato Code...

Starring Tom Hanks, with Ian McKellen as Plato...

Coming soon to a cinema near you...

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Mozilla turns out Firefox 4 beta candidate builds

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Nope not for me it doesnt...

For me, this isnt the case. Firefox used to take up about 250MB of memory with my usual 3-4 tabs open (which i still think is ridiculously large for just a couple of websites). Now with the new version, Firefox still uses 250MB but now i also have plugin-container.exe taking up another 250MB.

Sorry Firefox is gone from my computer and wont be making a re-appearance until it drops the bloat, which unfortunately i dont see happening anytime soon...

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Does this new beta reduce the bloat?

Does this new beta remove the hideous memory consuming plugin-container.exe that turned up in the latest update?

Heres a tip Mozilla, when something thats designed as simply a plugin manager uses the same amount of memory as the entirety of Firefox, thats what we call an excessive resource hog!

I'll try Firefox 4 when it comes out, but for now im shifting to Opera or Chrome...

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Loud sex ASBO woman spared jail again

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Hmm i thought the last time was the final chance?

maybe ive missed something in the law, but usually when your given a suspended sentence it means if you break the law again in the period of time set then its a "Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200" type moment.

It seems to me the neighbours let them get away with the rumpy pumpy, but then had to put up with excessively loud music. For me this just shows she has absolutely no regard for the neighbours and maybe a spell in chokey will convince her to show some respect. Instead i expect to read about her breaking the ASBO again in another 2 months...

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Comet-bomb interceptor makes low pass above Atlantic

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Whats the new mission?

Maybe i missed something in the article but what is the actual point of this new mission? Is it just a close up flyby of the new comet? The original deep impact was all about launching a washing machine (alright something the size of a washing machine, but not necessarily a washing machine if you want to be pedantic) at a comet and watching the debris to learn about the structure and other interesting things that emerged from the impact.

Will EPOXI do anything more then take close up pics of this new passing comet?

Still good of them to make use of the satellite. If you going to go to the effort of putting a satellite up there you may as well get your full moneys worth!

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Ex-Brocade CEO Reyes gets 18 months for stock back-dating

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No Perjury charge on top`?

If he lied in court, why isnt there a perjury charge on top of everything else?

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'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'

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Im no farmer...

But how are you going to get the grains off the perennial? At present you run a Combine Harvester which chops the plant down to the ground and collects the grains, stem and all. With these perennials i doubt theres much chance of them being able to do things that way.

So how will the grains be collected? Manual labour like in fruit/grape/tea leaf picking (good for the employment figures i suppose)? some sort of vacuum suction?

Interesting idea, but a host of challenges still to come, not just the creation of the perennials themselves...

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Redback spiders provoke BAE lock-down

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Max, max, max...

I wasnt saying they couldnt take hold in the UK, but seriously they are not olympic sprinters. If you open a box and sees a lot of spider, feel free to swear, jumps back and then go and grab the nearest newspaper, spare shoe, hammer (if your desperate) or something and just start killing the little bastards. Red Backs dont jump, they dont run fast, and theyre not facehuggers like in Alien.

Lock the place down if need be to ensure you get all of them, but dont go all to town and start evacuating half the county! There is zero need for screaming and running around like a pansy. Unless of course, as evidenced in this case, your British!

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Wrong...

Obviously you didnt read the page you linked to as you will see they have different species names. Australian Redback is Latrodectus Hasselti, US Black Widows are one of 4 species Latrodectus hesperus, Latrodectus mactans, Latrodectus variolus and Latrodectus tredecimguttatus

It is true they are closely related (from the same genus), but they ARE a number of different species (31 to be exact http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widow_spider)

Perhpas you think all dog species are the same too?

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Redbacks running around?

I doubt it greatly, Red Backs are web spiders if they were in a shipping crate for any length of time they wuold have created some quite nice webs but they wouldnt be running around willy nilly. Also they dont tend to move that fast even when outside of a web...

A small spider which is at most a centimetre in diameter and your fellow Brits were running around screaming? Pack of woosy pansies the lot of them... Havent they heard of a rolled up news paper?

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Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

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You missed the best part

Taken from BBC:

"Steve Jobs responded to a query about the problem from one owner by saying: "Just avoid holding it in that way." "

lol... His saintliness has spoken....

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Flying-boat tiltrotor catamaran design wins NASA compo

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Whats it for? I'll tell you...

Its the same reason as the V-22... Get there fast, hover, get out fast...

When you have people in the water, you have a limited amount of time before they either a)drown, b) die of hypothermia or c) get eaten by a shark. Going there in a regular helicopter is time consuming and not good. The idea behind this project is you fly there at 300knots (about 3+ times regular rescue helicopter speed), hover, pull off your rescue and then get back to the nearest hosptial (again at 3+ speed). Time savings would be immense.

Only real problem i can foresee with these types of solutions is that since our rescue services are increasingly operating on shoe string budgets (thank your lovely goverment for that), the additional maintenance costs and requirements of a tilt rotor may actually render it uneconomical pretty quickly (the cost of saving x number of extra people per year v additional maintenance costs) Lets hope the beancounters dont get to decide this one!

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Osborne hands out tax cuts - for companies

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And your point is?

So what your saying is that low income earners will be taxed less by having there personal tax allowance go up, even with the increase in VAT?

Well correct me if im wrong but i believe that is the whole point...

Personally, i cant see anything in this budget that jumps out as being a waste fo money or tightening where its not due. So i have to say well done ConLibs, this actually looks like a sensible budget.

Who woulda thunk it?

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Vodafone blocks World Cup, except for iPhone owners

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Simple solution...

Simple solutions, ban kids from having access to mobile phones that do anything but make calls and send texts. Job done...

Would save the parents a f*ckload on bills too probably...

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Oz Attorney-General wants ISPs to hold data for 2 years

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Dont worry World...

From every single Australian ive talked to (not just young 20-somethings, but even reaching to the levels of my parents and their friends!), this has finally begun to seep into the conscious of voting Australians that this governments IT policies are likely to destroy our rights to privacy and our accepted societal norms.

The makings of a massive backlash are forming - Believe me this will never get off the ground, just like the bloody firewall!

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LibCons bin £2bn of late Labour projects

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Yes, but...

If there was a good business case for the forge, i doubt the company behind it would have had any trouble getting a loan from a bank.

Hence, in my opinion if your applying for a loan from the government that means you dont have much of a business case, and its less of a "loan" and more of a "handout"...

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Hybrid CD vinyl unites warring tribes

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Thats awesome!

Just remember that scratching is only good on one side...

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Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions

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Thank you...

Thank you for laying out in the clearest fashion all of the events surrounding this case...

I look forward to passing this on to my less well informed colleagues so they can begin to understand why i tend to get shirty when one of them says "Who cares? It was only a little bit of data."

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God particles breeding like bosons

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Saint Jobs...

Isnt it obvious? Saint Jobs is the new coming, the fourth in the Holy Quintity...

... and so it was written that the iPhone 4 would bring peace and harmony to all fanbois who embrace the new ethos of Faith, Harmony and Apple and who disregard all false prophets, with their unclean open markets and flash based servility... forever and ever .... or until the iPhone 5 is released in 2 years time... Amen...

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So the greeks and Romans were right!!!

Bring back the panthoens of the Gods (particles)!

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GCHQ imposes Whitehall iPhone ban

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There seems to be a lot...

... of these Honeytrap operations going around at the moment - Russia, China, Japan...

Hmmm, What do i need to do to become a target?

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Palin puts paid to Boob-gate

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do i really need a title?

"... grab a shovel, go down to the Gulf, volunteer to help, clean up and save a whale or something"

Wont someone think of the Whales?

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Tories declare students a burden on us all

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Dear El Reg...

Could you please do a ring around to all the MP's and ask them exactly how much they paid in course fees for their University degrees.

It would be interesting to see because i would guarantee that 99% of the b*stards obtained there degrees in the good ol' days when Univeristy Education was free and paid for happily by the state...

Isnt it terrific that our wonderful representatives are pulling up the rope behind them that helped them climb to their "successful" careers?

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Links to blog in email made sender liable, says US court

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Dont agree

Sorry Mike, i dont agree.

Assume for a moment that you discover online an article written by a journalist stating that the CEO of your company is involved in embezzlement & money laundering.

By your reading of the law, your passing of a link to that article to the board of directors would be defamation and you would be liable. However, i would argue that if you discovered such an article it is your moral duty to pass that article across to the board as if its true, you, your co-workers and the investors are likely to wind up out of jobs and out of pocket!

By your reading of the law, a person must conduct there own investigation of the facts in the article first to determine whether its accurate or not, before you can ever link to the article. This seems patently ridiculous to me. If a journalist or blogger makes defamatory statements online they had better have the evidence to back up what they say. If not, for sure they should be sued for defamation. But to sue someone for posting a link is ridiculous.

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New laser raygun tech: Our sharks kick the tyres

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Lewis Thank You!!

Thank you Lewis for putting this tricky scientific jargon in to language that we, the common would-be-supervillian, can understand!

Your a credit to your profession! Here's a pint on the house/secret volcanic island lair...

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New cycle helmets emit stench if they need replacement

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@ Blackworx

I hate to say it but i think thats a large part of the cultural difference between the UK and a place like Germany. Because so many Germans ride bikes, they are generally kept very clean, and people treat them with respect . In the UK, the same people that think a suped up Vauxhall (read: extra large subwoofer) is the height of sophistication are also likely to to everything they can to make the life for the rest of us more difficult. Hence the broken glass, etc...

Different cultures and all.

I will still always where a helmet in Aus (and the UK) but will continue to go helmetless in Germany. Just the way i feel...

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Mark it depends on the country

In Australia, where it is now compulsory to wear a helmet, believe me it saves lives (as proven by the stats, i cant be bothered finding them now, but there available online). The reason is that in Aus, there are no bike paths and because our cities tend to be spread out with less traffic it means if you get hit by a car its guaranteed to be doing the speed limit and so will cause maximum damage.

In Germany, where i now live, I've never felt the need to wear a helmet. In Bremen (and most other cities) dedicated cycle paths run along the sidewalks (usually away from the roads) and so the only points where your likely to have a crash is at intersections, when someone is backing out of/or into their driveway or with pedestrians. None of which occurs at high speed.

So your right in some cases it works in some it doesnt... But even in small crashes I've never come across a case where wearing a helmet has been detrimental...

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Great...

Great, so not only have you been hit by a car, with all of the associated injuries that causes, but your also going to smell atrocious too! The Ambo's are going to love you!

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SA vultures under threat from brain-smoking gamblers

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Its a good thing the World Cup only lasts a month then...

"The threat from muti believers could be enough to finish off the birds in some parts of the country within 50 years, the organisation warned."

50 years? Thats one hell of a world cup after party...

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Jobs: iPhone sales spank Android

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Just did some quick sums

Just did some quick sums, about the wanting to change from iphone or from android.

Iphone users - 28% but 7% want to change away from iphone, thats 1.96% of those surveyed.

Android users - 9% but 14% want to change away from android, thats 1.26% of those surveyed.

Interesting that 2/3 more people got suckered into buying an iphone but what to change, then people who bought androids and realised it wasnt for them. I just found that interesting...

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BT reaches deadlock with union

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I dont thikn thats the objection, tiger...

The objection is that the staff get 2%, and the boss gets 6%. Even taking into account performance based pay rises, ive never heard of someone (excluding management-types) getting a 6% rise.

In my company if you get the absolute best rating imaginable so that you get the highest possible payrise you still top out at 4.5% (the more likely is 2.5-3%). If i knew that the CEO was getting 6% i too would be going to the picket line.

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Twitter airport bomb spoof joker launches appeal

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I never understood why...

... he lost his job? Can anyone explain? Did his job require a zero convictions record to allow him to function? If i remember correctly he lost the job during the trial before he was ever convicted. So how is that legal? Or is it that he lost his job for some othe reason which just happened to occur at the same time as the trial and he's using that as a way to get a bit of extra sympathy.

Not commenting on the other stuff (its been done to death already) but i find it hard to believe that anyone not working for the police or security services could legally be dismissed for getting this type of conviction. Can anyone explain what actually happened then?

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Salacious smut soaks 12% of web

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lol

Shouldnt slow the internet down at all, should it?

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You corrected yourself there...

The important point is "admitted to"!

Women will not, as a rule, admit to watching porn except with people they absolutely trust (or their completely wasted). But women do watch porn, just like women do masturbate. They dont talk about it like guys do but they still do it.

We're all human after all...

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Google tries to patent tech that snoops Wi-Fi networks

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Half agree/Half dont...

Whilst i dont agree with the absurd suing culture in the US, and i really dont think any of these people have a truly valid complaint, the FTC and all the other government bodies who SHOULD be the ones getting angry, conducting investigations and punsihing Google for its illegal activities, are not doing a damn thing (except saying "Google, you've been bad, dont do it again.... please, pretty please!").

So good luck to them if it finally means that Google gets punished for blatantly ignoring the law and our rights to privacy!

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Artificial 'black hole' generator fashioned out of circuit boards

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Why be all difficult with possible applications?

This is obviously a perfect, cheap, all weather conditions heating element. Even in the worst weather (cloudy, rainy, etc.) infrared radiation still exists in abundance and so one of these absorbing energy and then pumping it into a house could be a very cheap way to heat the house with no reliance on fossil fuels.

Obviously depends on size, heat output, scalability, etc, but why go all complex with radar invisbility when theres a simple problem that this could be the solution too. Plus being a "green" technology, its sure to get billions in government funds to pursue...

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Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

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No Coffee is safe...

Coffee is safe - its already a taxed drug. Its only untaxed drugs which are bad,/naughty/wont someone think of the children types of evil...

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FTC slaps down commercial keylogger firm

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Who wants to bet...

... they get a significant run on orders in the next few weeks before the new FTC-compliant version comes out?

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Council lost unencrypted children's health info

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Wont someone think of the children!

God i hate this "Oh it has to do with children it's so much more important then normal" thing going around at the moment. They lost data, it doesnt matter if it was children, adults or dogs for all i care. Its shows a lack of training and understanding of security principles for which they should be punished.

To quote Bill Hicks:

"So the moment they're over a certain age, they're off your f*cking love list?"

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No-good scareware varmints exploit Wild West game

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This surprises me...

I have to admit this surprises me as your average gamer (or at least i would expect for a game like Red Dead Redemption) should be able to spot a scareware popup with ease. So i cant imagine that this would gain too much in the way of sales for the scareware app itself.

If it was a trojan that stole credit card details or made this a zombie client then i could see it being a way for miscreants to make money (and who knows that might be a backdoor route of this infection which hasnt been noticed yet). But pushing Scareware to people who are at least relatively tech saavy doesnt sound like an overly profitable venture to me!

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