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Prince Charles, Stephen Fry and IBM to save the planet

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WWF just keeps getting crazier and crazier...

WWF used to be a well respected environmental agency.

How things have changed...

"prosperity without [economic] growth"? So WWF will be happy so long as 3/4 of the worlds population continue to live in relative (and often real) poverty? Dont they realise that the only countries and people in the world who give a damn about the environment are those economically advanced enough not to be worried about where there next meal is coming from?

Can we please get a new environmental agency who are not nuts??

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Finnish police raids target virtual thieves

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hmmm are you sure this isnt in Blighty?

"the miscreants will serve a virtual sentence in a virtual gaol" - isnt this the usual punishment for common criminals in England? Unless they're overly tall photographers, or happen to have a beard and slightly darker skin, of course...

Joke icon because i wish i was...

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'Clickjacking' worm hits hundreds of thousands on Facebook

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Or....

Or people could just use some frigging common sense and not click on every little thing that their "friends" send them...

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Sadsack EU regulator relegated to Latvia

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I dont know...

I think id take a secondment to Latvia rather then Brussels.

Have you met any Latvian girls? ;)

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iPeds, iRobots, and the Chinese iPad clone machine

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innovate?

Copying is innovating, now?

Wow, innovation just got so much easier!

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UK.gov issues death warrant for ID cards

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@ FriskyMoose

Your obviously new around here, so let me explain the objection.

The objection was never the card, as seen in Europe it is quite useful. The objection was that in order to get the card you had to provide fingerprints, photos, and all of your identity details (Ni number, address, where you lost your virginity, etc.), and this information would be stored on a giant über-database which would be accessible by every government agency, the police, and the immigration service. This information woudl be required by law to be kept up to date, e.g. if you moved and didnt tell the database people you had moved you could face a very large fine.

That i can guarantee is not information you have on your ID card. Nor is the information from your ID card stored on a database in germany that is accessible to the polizei or other government departments.

That is what people objected to. These sorts of intrusive information databases allow the government to track and control and THAT is what people object to.

I hope that clarifies the situation. Welcome to The Reg...

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@ Ed Blackshaw

It is already a requirement for any non-EU nationals to have a work/student permit in their passport. Without this you cannot enter the country unless your from a select group of countries and your here on a holiday which is less then 3 months (and you must in those cases have proof of your plane/train trip out).

So sorry, this card wont help immmigration people because:

a) a passport with a required permit is already required to enter the country.

b) those entering on holidays (from that small select group of nations not requiring a visa) wont require the ID card, and as these are the ones most likely to over stay there visa, or work illegally this wont help them.

c) this will not be able to be applied to EU nationals (it would be against the EU charter), so no tracking of those dirty foreigners.

So please tell me exactly how these ID cards will do anything which the current visa scheme doesnt already accomplish?

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Regent Street blocked by iPad fanboi swarm

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And...

And at a much discounted price...

You know the old saying - a fool and his money...

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Symantec finds fat cache of swiped gaming logins

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I hope they pass on the details...

... to the game admins, so that they can try contacting the players and telling them to clean up there hard drives.

Whether that has any affect, i guess we will wait and see...

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Israelis build floating electric hover platform

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a number of things

- smaller and thus less visible and less easy to damage under enemy fire.

- being able to control where it is located, it can remain in a single spot rather then being at the mercy of the wind (even a tethered balloon will hang downwind as far as possible from the tether location)

- the gases in a balloon are expensive and will eventually evaporate or escape from the balloon, thus they still need to be taken down and refilled occasionally, this has the potential (if run off grid) to never need to be brought down and to be "cheap" to run.

shall i go on?

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Cops cuff coke-smuggling lingerie model

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More importantly...

Much more importantly, which airline lets you fly with 55kg of luggage!

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Beeb, British Museum face smut issues over saucy pot

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@ Sooty

I wish what you were saying was a joke, but unfortunately its the most likely outcome!

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Olympus Tough 8010 rugged camera

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Only -10°C???

I had my Canon EOD400D Digital SLR out in -25°C (Kiruna, Sweden) taking long exposure pics for almost an hour before it finally froze.

And this "toughened" camera can only do -10°C? Either there being very conservative or they dont have any cold weather capabilities worth bragging about...

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PARIS flashes some radio goodies

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One thing to check...

Just one thing to check (although im sure you have this in mind) is to make sure that these components can handle the operational temperatures you can expect at release height or that theyre insulated well enough to accomplish this. This is a big problem with satellites, sounding rocket, and balloon launch tests - and one of the main reasons for failures of amateur/semi-amateur launches.

But if youve done that check then this looks good! =)

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Facebook gives users' names to advertisers

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Unholy offspring!

Mark admit it your the love child of Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg, arent you?

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Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut

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Anyone know...

... what our rights are here in relation to refusing to answer a question that is an obvious breach of our privacy?

As an Australian citizen, to the best of my knowledge i cant be refused entry to Australia (where are the going to deport me too?), and so what happens if i refuse to answer this question? I would be interested if anyone knows the actual legal ramifications.

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On-demand TV subject to broadcast ad rules

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Sorry maybe i misunderstood...

... but the way i read this is that, this is a program normally shown after the watershed. But it was being shown at a normal time because of the use of the VOD service.

Well sorry but if its a program normally on after the watershed, then that means its probably not suitable for your children to be watching in the first place so if they see an ad they shouldnt its your fault for letting them watch a program they potentially shouldnt be seeing!

The Nanny state wins again...

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Wikileaks founder relieved of passport in Oz

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Actually

Actually Steve i think you will find its only certain crimes which you can be tried for in Australia for committing overseas - child abuse/pornography, money laundering and organised crime come to mind but i dont think you can be tried in Aus for things like theft or burglary. However, you will more then likely be extradited to said country to face your crime...

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Theres only one part of this which is a worry...

Sorry but there is really only one part of this which is a worry and thats the customs operative who came up and said that the passport has now been or will be shortly cancelled. Im quite certain this is very much against the law, to threaten to cancel or to cancel without notice or reason an Australian citizens passport.

Unless of course, this is really just headline grabbing and what actually happened was the customs operative turned around and said "look you do realise your passport is due to expire in a few months, yeah?"

Everything else is standard procedure, if you enter Aus (or many other countries) with a ratty passport your bound to have the passport taken and checked (I personally get stopped everytime i enter the UK, and i also have been stopped in India (of all places!) for having a ratty passport!). If you have a criminal record you are likely to be asked questions about it. Doesnt matter if it was 5 years ago or 15, nor does it matter what it is. The system flags you up as having a criminal record you can expect to be asked questions.

And Assange saying he feels unsafe in Australia is just stupid, if he doesnt feel safe in Aus i fail to think of a single country he would feel safe in.

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Quantum crypto boffins in successful backdoor sniff

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Sorry but fail to see how this is a big achievement...

They've managed to get less then 20% of a message without setting off alarm bells. Sorry but that doesnt seem like a huge achievement. With less then 20% your not going to be able to decipher what the original message was.

If they had managed to intercept 20% of the message without any error messages being received at all then thats somethiing to crow about, but this - meh! It just says we need to reduce the allowable error percentage. Problem solved.

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Mucky private chat could be illegal soon

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Not sure whether im worried or not...

Without knowing the details of the first case, i must say it does sound extremely worrying. A chat between two people should be private no matter how it is undertaken. If it is then published online at a later date by one of the parties then perhaps, very perhaps, there may be a case to answer for if the message was threatening, but then i would have to say both parties (definitely the poster) might be in trouble. And it should definitely not fall under the auspices of the obscene publications act, that it does in this case is just ridiculous. E.g if it was a conversation about raping someone (even if no specific name was mentioned) then perhaps it could be breaking some sort of stalking or threatening messages law but definitely not the obscene publications act!

The second case, though i have less trouble with. If you ring through a bomb threat, you can expect to be chased up and charged with making a threatening call. If you tweet the bomb threat, i see no reason why this should be handled differently. However, in this specific case, its gone to the extreme because this is obviously not a serious threat. At most it should be counted on about par with making a fake police or 112 call. That its gone to this level is again frankly ridiculous!

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Pirate Bay now run from Pirate Party 'mountain bunker'

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What an idiot!

You would think, what with the MPAA's continued dogging of the Pirate Bay website, they would be smart enough to keep quiet and so buy themselves at least a few months of quiet (whilst the MPAA tried to find out exactly where they are hosted) before the next MPAA court attempted takedown. But No, of course not, lets be loud mouths and tell them exactly where they need to launch their next court case.

Idiot...

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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

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Sorry but were the comparison to non-Apple laptops

Look i dont particularly care how this runs in comparison to other Apple laptops (maybe some Fanbois do?), what i want to know (as someone who is looking to buy a new laptop soon) is how this laptop compares for speed, HDD, connectivity, battery life etc compared to your standard HP, Acer, etc laptops.

You can talk about the software suite you get with it and all that (which is important as well), but the main comparison for someone like myself should be to do with which machine is the fastest, has the best graphics and the best battery life and has the all-round best features. The test youve run show me that this is fast and with relatively good batteries comapred to other Apples but thats not particularly helpful. Ok if i end up buying Apple i'll buy this, but whats to make me choose this over a PC when looked at from a performance point of view alone?

If you cant perform the standard PCMark (or an equivalent test) then this review is of no use to me. Sorry.

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US airforce shifts 30,000 troops to 'cyberwar front lines'

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Well now we know...

... what they will be doing with all those pilots now that unmanned birds are taking all their jobs... They will become Cyber Pilots!

*rolleyes*

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Microsoft sneak peeks Hotmail makeover

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So let me get this straight...

In future, when i send an email with an attachment, i wont be sending an attachment at all, it will be uploaded to a server for my recipient to download through their mail. Then it will be deleted after 30 days. Same goes for receiving emails.

Well excuse me but i like to hold on to a lot of my attachments, i dont have a 30 day limit where i stop using something.

So my hotmail account will soon be deleted if this comes in; my gmail account has been deleted since Buzz; i wouldnt touch Yahoomail with a 10 foot pole; so can anyone recommend an online email service which i can just use as a bloody email service without having to worry about a) my personal data being hocked to the highest bidder, b) being spammed constantly by the service im supposed to be using or c) the service deleting my emails and attachments without my knowledge? Anyone?

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US military chokes on stream from robots' fat pipes

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Or...

Or you could just try not spending all that money on cash cows for various US senators and try employing people to actually view and sort the footage...

Nahh your right thats crazy talk...

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Bear and Monkey smack Apple with patent suit

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Someone correct me if im wrong...

... but the only reason i can possibly see for all of these absurd patents being granted in the first place is if the USPTO gets paid on a per granted basis. i.e if you submit an application and its not granted you get your money back.

Can anyone tell me if this is the actual situation? If so theres probably a large part of the problem...

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Salesforce extends 'sympathy' to Microsoft on Office launch

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Hold on a minute!

How come they get to take wine on the London Eye??? When my friends and i tried to hire a group pod to have a picnic and enjoy the view, we were told in no uncertain terms that there was a ZERO alcohol policy on the Eye...

One rule for them, one rule for the rest of us, i guess... b*stards!

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Software piracy rates fall

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Im interested...

I would be interested to know where they get these figures from. I doubt too many people are stupid enough to admit to using pirated software in answer to a survey from the people who sue you for using pirated software.

So is this based on detection rates extrapolated to the whole country which one can hardly call an accurate figure (because only those companies who are stupid or get ratted on by ex-employees get caught)?

Would be interested to know...

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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

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So?

Everytime i see a Ferrari i want one. Doesnt mean that when the time comes around I'm actually going to go out and buy one...

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Archives director calls for simplified data

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So wait a second...

First she says people are too stupid to read a graph, but then suggests giving out all of the data to let someone else have a go at making it easier for people to read? Theres something easier to read then a graph? Thats news to me...

Second, she says that the civil servants are drowning in data so they should give out more of it to the public to do what they want with? Excuse me but if there drowning in data that means theyre collecting too much of it and you know what i would like some of my civil liberties back! How about the civil servants only collect the data they actually NEED and stop collecting all the other cr*p that is only of use to scammers and totalitarians!

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Bill Gates chucks cash at climate cooling cloud creator

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Brilliant idea

Lets perform an action whose consequences globally we cant even begin to predict and which could potenitally effect the entire planets weather system.

Somehow i knew Bill Gates would eventually try and take over the world, but using weather control technology is so 1960's! He must be laughing all the way to his secret volcanic island base...

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Green Berets to get Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle

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Bad idea...

A tank is about the worst possible thing you want to bring into any urban environment. There sitting ducks with bugger all mobility, often unable to rotate their turret enough to actually point at what they want to (due to urban obstacles - houses, etc.). And with the prevalence of MANPADS and even your basic grenades in Afghanistan, any tank that enters an urban environment is pretty much asking to wind up a charred wreck within 30minutes...

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Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system

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Well done!

I have to say thats probably the best description of the current problem ive read so far. Well done!

Its not that proportional representation is better, but the fact is that party politics means that the current system isnt working!

In Aus, we have first-past-the-post constituent voting for the House of Representatives (equivalent to UK House of Commons) and proportional voting for the Senate (equivalent to UK House of Lords). This system seems to work pretty well. Maybe you need to start copying the colonies... ;)

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Sorry but i cant disagree more!

Im sorry but you seem to be implying that the use of electronic medium to do the voting should be the way forward - may i be the first to direct your attention to the US, Florida a few years back perhaps?

I will never trust an electronic voting machine or voting over the internet to not be tampered with behind the scenes, so im sorry if you have a beef with good ol trusty paper voting but im more then happy with this method. At least a recount can take place with paper. How do you recount electronic hits?

Agreed there are problems. Having an election on a working day is pretty ridiculous. And having a set closing time when there is still a large line of would be voters equally ridiculous. Postal voting needs to be confined to the rubbish bins of history for everyone except those overseas (and even then it should require some sort of visit to the local embassy to obtain the correct paraphenalia).

But i will never agree with the use of electronics to count my vote. I'll take the pencil and paper every time!

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Pirate Party UK sinks on maiden voyage

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And there we see...

... why Proportional Representation is far from the be all and end all for solving British politics!

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Indo-Mancunian Windows support scammer phones Reg hack

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Wow...

How much money can these scammers be making that they can now afford to make long distance international calls to random numbers in the UK in the hope of finding someone stupid enough to trick into doing this?

I mean thats a lot of calls with what, i hope, is a very low percentage takeup. And of those foolish enough to fall for this, are they really the type of people who would even understand how to do internet banking or use a credit card online? Can there really be that much money made out of this?

If so, human stupidity must be more prevalent then even my most cynical guesses would have led me to believe! *shakes head in disbelief*

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UK polling stations turn away 'hundreds' of voters

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Australia

Australia, cleverly one might say, hold elections on a weekend (usually a saturday). That way, 90% of people are in the clear. Additionally, if your supposed to be working that day, by law your boss has to allow you time off on that day to go and vote.

Remember in Australia by law we have to vote (you get a $50 fine if you dont!), so we have to make the effort to get off the couch and go to the polling station!

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Wayward 'zombiesat' poses risk to other satellites

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Considering the cost...

... of putting something into geostationary orbit, i doubt very much you would make much profit in salvaging the abandoned satellites. Additionally, there unlikely to be the latest and greatest tech and so probably not worth that much anyway.

Ive always wondered about these libation points as to whether they'res any risk of satellite collisions (like the Iradium and the old russian sat that collided last year) and whether the subsequent debris is likely to affect other Geo stationary satellites? Or are the libation points stable enough to maintain all the debris in those areas? Anyone know?

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UK white space could fill up fast

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obligatory Blackadder quote...

"If you give them an inch, they'll soon take a foot! And before you know it you wont have a leg to stand on... "

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Ofcom pfffttt!

Ofcom just want more spectrum under there banner so that in a few years time when white space actually finds a use then they can start selling it at ridiculous prices to people who really should know better...

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Asteroids the source of Earth's water, NASA suggests

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Umm no...

Would you consider Octane to be a life form? No? But Octane is a carbon based organic material. Still your right we dont consider it alive - we all know theres a big difference....

But carbon based organic materials are usually considered a requirement for life developing, hence why this place looks interesting - water and carbon-based organic materials! The good stuff!

Expect a headline tomorrow from the Sun saying Life found on Themis...

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Slight difference

The definition difference between a comet and an asteroid is that an asteroid orbits the sun (or some other planetary body) in a near constant orbit whilst a comet streaks through the galaxy on a highly ellitpical orbit

Comets tend to be a mixture of ice and rock because they spend so much time a long way from the sun and so most of the time they're too far away for their ice to be melted. When they are close ot the sun, the ice melts (and hence you get a comets tail), but a lot refreezes and other chemical reactions take place as it flys away from the sun and so this changes the chemistry of the ice on the comet.

The significance of this find is that, an asteroid in a stable orbit has been discovered to have surface ice at a distance believed to be so close to the sun that all surface ice should have sublimated away. This means it must have a resevoir or similar of ice/water that would be the same resevoir it had billions of years ago when the Earth was still young...

Finally we might get to drink the original brew that caused cells to decide life could be a good party! Lets hope the hangover isnt too bad...

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Beijing security know-how rules irk suppliers

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Place your bets on the first company...

Who's your pick for the first company to hand over these details in order to win a contract, only to find in a years time there contract is cancelled, a local company (probably with contacts to someone on the review board) comes in, takes over the contract and is found to use a software identical to the first company's...?

Place your bets!

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Man's MySpace page torpedoes personal injury suit

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Sorry im missing something here...

... the judge felt that he was lying, exaggerating and making stuff up, yet still awarded him compo?

Ok maybe there was injuries which he needed money to pay for, but lying in court (or even exaggerating) is Perjury and (should) come with a custodial sentence.

Ok award him the $300k, but lock him up for 6 months for lying to the court! It might make other bullsh*t artists question just how much they want to exaggerate there claims by!

Fail by the judge...

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Hawking: Aliens are out there, likely to be Bad News

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I would say...

... its more about being able ot freely strip the more abundant planets without the annoyance of pesky humans.

If aliens came and started strip mining the other planets, im sure the inhabitants of Earth would take it upon ourselves to defend our solar system (we'll need those resources for when we start strip mining whole planets!). Therefore, whilst it might take a few years of development, we would eventually become a pest. Much simpler, to just wipe out makind from the start in one quick attack, and then strip mine until your hearts content...

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Fat cat fanbois' obscene dream bling

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A Privee phone?

Well i felt like i needed to vomit after seeing these phones, so the Privy name seems appropriate!

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'Beauty with antimatter bottom' created out of pure energy

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So what your saying is...

... that this should be an anti-beauty not an anti-bottom? Then may i be the first to propse we rename the anti-bottom an "Essex Lass"?

"Dave i think we've created a beauty"

"Wait Tom, nope its not a beauty, its the opposite of a beauty!"

"No! Not an Essex Lass!"

"Yep, 'fraid so. Still im sure she'll put out a lot.... (of energy)"

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The iPad will doom humanity to painful bog-roll horror

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brilliant...

Just brilliant! 'Nuff said!

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Probe uses solar panels to 'surf' Venusian atmosphere

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Clever...

This could also be a great way to "despin" Reaction Wheels which can be a problem on longer duration flights...

Mind you i would not have wanted to be the mission controller who authorised this if things had gone wrong... Venus express was not cheap and losing it pulling aerodynamic burnouts on Venus would probably not be a healthy career move!

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