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Confusion over 'secret code' in US military Cyberforce crest

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Stupid idea...

Considering how often "mission statements" change (at least once every new president), will they update this hash code each time?

Will it be a way of being able to keep track of the old cyber boys in the club? I can see them all sitting around the officers club smoking cigars and comparing hash numbers...

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Lindsay Lohan goes down for 90 days

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@ Minion Zero

She was ordered to undergo councilling and attend AA meetings. She basically didnt do that by missing 9 appointments in 6 months. That is why she is going to jail...

She was let off when a large number of normal people woudl have been imprisoned. She was ordered to stop drinking and to go and talk to the people that can help her with her other issues. She didnt.

So right now, my sympathy levels for her are at about the same as her blood alcohol levels will be for the next 90 days...

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Your comparing apples and oranges there champ...

Whilst i agree that bankers should be sent to porridge (with perhaps a few drawn and quartered for educational (and entertainment) purposes), saying that she didnt deserve to go to Jail is bollocks.

She drove under the influence not onced but twice! She put the lives of a lot of other people at severe risk. Hell the first time she was so drunk or high she drove into a hedge! She deserved a pinstriped jump suit the first time but she was given a suspended sentence with a whole bunch of rules to follow. She's broken those rules so now she goes to the big house. Justice for her crimes is served.

Just because someone else committed a different crime doesnt make her crime any better.

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Apple bans fraudulent developer from iTunes

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What a dumbass!

Im sorry but did he really think no one would notice when all of a sudden 42 of his releases suddenly made it into the top 50? What a plonker!

If he had slowly and steadily over the course of a few months brought his releases then no one would probably have noticed... *Disclaimer - i naturally dont condone this*

But what an Utter Twit!

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Most new 2009 EU powerplant was wind oops, gas

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Sorry it is true...

If you add extra capacity on the line but not at a consistent rate (like wind power) you have to keep the other plants on in case you suddenly lose your wind power. Additionally, it takes about 2 days to turn off and restart a coal or gas plant so unless you can guarantee 2 days of continual supplies of wind then you cant turn that plant off.

The perfect example of this is Earth Day in Australia. For 1 hour of the day as a minimum, everyone turns off all power, air con, etc to cut their energy use. (Its a guesture nothing more!) The irony is that, its the Hydroelectric schemes which are shut down for the hour because hydro can be turned on and off again quickly. You cant turn off the coal/gas plants like that...

So you should check the facts before accusing someone else of not being educated...

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IT recruiters warn over migration caps

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Oh so many hilarious responses...

I must say ive enjoyed some of these lovely responses. Especially the spelling ones. How mature.

But in the interest of solid discourse, let me respond to some of the more pertinent points.

1) I will disclose now that i am not in IT, i am in engineering. So whilst i cant comment on the particular woes of your industry i can talk of my own. We also have a large flux of sub continent and asian engineers. I myself am also not european, coming from that small island just off Asia called Australia. I did find it highly amusing that the moment non-european came up everyone instantly started slagging off the sub continent. Its a bit like everyone else in the world immmediately thinking your in London if you say your in England, no?

2) I cannot comment on IT degrees in the UK, but the majority of engineering degrees (at least mechanical and related engineering degrees) i have seen have been 3 years. With 1 year for a masters. I have had people try to justify this by saying that they fit more into the courses in the UK then elsewhere, but thats just bollocks. I still stand firmly by the fact that 4 years of intense study is just about enough to turn out a bachelor level engineer. Anything less then that and your not an engineer. Also considering the knowledge of some of the young UK graduates ive met ("Umm can you weld mild steel?") there are some serious knowledge gaps... Perhaps about a years worth... And no i dont believe that Australia has the best higher education in the world. The German & Dutch graduates ive met have been hands down the best skilled young grads ive had the pleasure to work with...

3) The test to come to the UK on a highly skilled migrants visa or the Tier 1 Migrants now is an incredibly hard test to pass. At the present time you require at least for engineering a masters degree (thats 5-7 years of higher education for everyone outside of the UK), and be already earning approximately £35,000 a year. Fail either of these and your out. Number of years experience counts for nothing. You can thank the Home Office for that. Oh and did i mention it costs ~£600 non-refundable just to apply?

Now i cannot comment on the company sponsorship route, as i have not done that and maybe that is where all your complaints are located, but if thats the case then obviously thats the Home Offices fault and you should be directing your angst at them and making them raise the bar. In Europe, your position has to be advertised for 6 weeks before a non-EU person can be employed on a Work Permit. Does the Home Office do this? I very much doubt it.

But the main thing to consider is where do you honestly think the reduction will come from, the Tier 1 with its already staggeringly high requirements or the company sponsored route? And which one gets the abuse that your all talking about... hmmm... lets think...

4) There seems to be a lot of hatred for the sub-continent IT Professionals and Engineers, which i can understand to some degree. Ive worked with some who were atrocious, but ive also worked with some who were amongst the best engineers ive ever worked with. However, i find that there is a large cultural difference between the sub continent and the west. In the west, in engineering and IT, we want creativity, innovation and problem solving. On the sub continent, these things are not the products of their culture. Unfortunately this is not something that most management realise. If you provide the engineer from the sub continent with a routine, a method of doing something that goes from a to b then you will get optimal results, and that is how they are best uitilised, freeing your innovators for crerating new routines/programs/etc.

If you have a problem with someone in your company who appears to be a numpty from this line, then trying take 5 minutes to put them on a task that they can follow from a to b and see how well they do it. If they are not up to the job and doing it very well after a short period of time, then OK, yes you have yourself a drop kick, but the majority will find that the person works well in this role. Its a cultural difference and when handled correctly (assuming you have a process for which this sort of routining is viable) you will get a very productive team member.

If your from a company where this isnt achievable, well then all you can do is try to drill it into your managers head that your new colleague is useless. Try telling them that a graduate would accomplish more and that you are more then happy to train a new graduate, if they get one, and bring them up to speed. You might get lucky....

5) I made a mention of low cost eastern europeans which someone took as me attacking the IT skills of eastern europeans. This was not the case. This article talked about the overall high unemployment rate in the UK and that stoppping or reducing the number of non-EU migrants was going to have an effect on this. That is to a large degree bollocks! The highest percentage of unemployment in Britian, as it almost always is worldwide, is that of unskilled labour. And guess what, you dont receive a large number of non-EU unskilled labour, not with the rules i described above. So naturally what you do get is non-UK EU unskilled labour. So there will be no effect on the vast majority of umemployment in the UK by these new rules. All it will do is make the UK an even less desirable location to come to for the highly skilled engineers and professionals out there.

I await your "informed" responses below...

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Not wanting to start a fight

But did you and your colleagues ever try not molly-coddling these unskilled prats?

First rule of team work is that you start off helping the new guy get up to speed but if they're a complete numbskull with no aptitude, then you make sure managament know it, and then leave them to flounder. Its harsh, yes, but if they cant do the work theyve been hired to do, then they dont deserve the job. Obviously this doesnt apply to graduates no matter where they come from but if someone is claiming to have 5 years experience in C, but wouldnt know the difference between a mouse and a keyboard. Its not worth carrying there *ss over the line.

Its too easy for the situation you describe to happen, so its best not to play along to the Management BS game...

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ooh i know this one...

They opened their mouth? ;)

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Thats right blame the dirty non-EU foreigners...

Of course its the fault of myself and my dirty filthy highly educated non-european fellow foreigners, that are responsible for the high levels of unemployment and the low intake of graduates into british companies.

It has absolutley nothing to do with the poor education standards, the 3 year courses to learn engineering (when the rest fo the world does at least 4 years), and the influx of cheap eastern european labour which means that english luddites and chavs no longer have there jobs pumping petrol or doing low skilled manual labour for a living. No it of course has nothing to do with these things... *rolleyes*

Pffft, i thought with the change in government that policy would stop being made on the front page of the Daily Mail... I guess i should have known better...

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Mega new climate science: 'Runaway' effect exaggerated

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Sorry Lewis...

"... government policies may change noticeably."

I think your being a tad over-optimistic there, Lewis. We all know that governments have a stated Ostrich techinque (involving sand, their head and some creative burying arrangements) when any information comes to light that contradicts their own agenda...

I hate to say it but nothing will change... money will be wasted on new quangoes, "green" energy sources will contiunue to be propped up, and at the end of the day, you and i will pay our taxes and watch the politicians p*ss it away...

Is it too early to head to the pub, i feel the need for some reason...

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Scotland allows collection of children's DNA

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And do the DNA records get expunged...

... when the child turns 18 like with their crimnal record at present?

Not bloody likely...

I guess the fascists in the Labour party didnt die in the last election - they just moved north of the border...

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Zappa's widow loses trademark case over own name

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Another sensible ruling out of Germany...

Title says it all really. Do you think we could import some German judges to the UK? Or will they fall outside of the new immigrant cap?

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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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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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