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Salesforce.com buys cloudy Jigsaw address book maker

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Wow

We are into the era of Cloud 2, huh? Funny, i didnt realise Cloud 1 had finished already?

But i suppose i should be happy that he at least didnt call it Cloud 2.0...

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Cameron promises yet more Avatar

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Im interested...

.. in how James Cameron can say "not only is it good business, but it’s good for the environment". A film being created by large super computers using loads of power, with lots of non-environmentally friendly products (or at least there not environmentally friendly to dispose of)...

Yes, i can see how thats good for the environment... it makes lots of money and James can buy another Prius´- there's the environmentally friendly angle...

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Nokia: digital SLRs are doomed

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Idiot...

He's an idiot obviously.

IF he had said camera phones would take over from compact cameras i dont think a person here would argue too much, with better lenses and maybe some special optics some are beginning to get to the level of low end compacts already.

But to say DSLR's is ridiculous. The DSLR is designed with the pro (or keen amateur) in mind, and no piece of equipment which doesnt have the brilliant optics and large sensor of a DSLR will ever produce the required high end images that the pro needs.

Typical marketing bollocks - take what was probably a reasonable comment provide by an engineer (e.g. "Our phone cameras will soon be better then standard compact cameras"), twist it out of all recognition into something stupid and impossible, and release to the market to great derision and ridicule. Now we wait for the next stage where the marketing twerp blames the engineer for giving him the wrong information.

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Flights resume in Scotland - Gatwick and Heathrow still shut

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The MET Office has copped a lot of flack...

... but they had to be conservative. If a plane had gone up and got into trouble, it would be the guy in the MET office who said "Go" that would be facing prosecution charges. If the plane had crashed and people died, he would most likely be facing Manslaughter charges or similar. Faced with being cautious or potentially going to prison, which do you think you would do?

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Virus floors Russian-Chinese automated border

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Heihe?

I bet the virus writers were saying Hehe when they heard about this...

Sorry ill get my coat...

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Obama 'deep space' Mars plans in Boeing booster bitchslap

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Its all well and good...

... to ask for new lifting technologies, but almost all development is evolutionary, not revolutionary!

The computer your using right now is an evolution of the Colossus code breaking machines, and before that you could almost draw a direct line to the Abacus' of ancient Greece and beyond. Theres nothing that Revoltuionary about it...

Politicians always seem to want revolutionary answers to problems... and we all know theres only one good type of revolution, something thats long overdue in this part of town...

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Feds drop bid for warrantless access to Yahoo! mail

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Hang on a damn minute...

Federal prosecutors in Colorado said the documents "would not be helpful to the government's investigation,"

Then why the hell did they try in the first place? Either they would be helpful to the investigation or they wouldnt? If they wouldnt be helpful, then theres no reason to try in the first place is there?

I smell something fishy here...

Is there any possibility of getting the court to sanction the prosecutors for wasting court time?

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Herd of sheep, off tits on drugs, savagely Tased

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Well considering...

... how the US government and the US police (and seemingly Taser international) consider the US population to be sheep, i guess they thought this study would be a direct comparison.

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Volcanic ash grounds dozens of UK flights

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Have you seen the size of this cloud?

It covers most of scotland, northern england and ireland, you plonker.

Volcanic ash is particularly dangerous to aircraft engines because of its size, shape and texture (its basically like taking a sandblaster to the engine only with sand that will strip metal in a matter of minutes) and has been responsible for a number of crashes and significantly more midair engine shutdowns. And those engines that do survive a clash with a volcanic ash cloud are likely to need months of overhaul to make them servicable again.

Seriously, safety has to come first in this instance, if you dont see that somethings wrong with you...

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Short answer - Yes

For two reasons - 1 it will do a damn good job of stripping the propellors, and 2 - Props still make use of turbines in order to power the prop, the air being sucked into the turbines will still be laden with volcanic ash and will still go about destroying the internals.

Id almost guess that props are even more endangered because the ash will probably do a fine job on the props bearings too. But thats speculation.

The only way i can think prpos might be ok is if they flew below the ash cloud but the problem with ash is that its bloody hard to see the cloud in the first place until you fly into it (its not like a regular cloud), so it might be risky to try...

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OU: Digital divide now between clued and clueless

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Yep...

And the UK higher education providers are only now catching up...

So everything running as per normal then...

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Transport for London gobbles up Oyster

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So when do you think...

... Londoners are likely to see the cost decrease (or at least the temporary halting of the continual price rises) from these £4 million pounds in savings?

Funny i havent noticed Lucifer sharpening his ice skates recently, you?

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Facebook rejects CEOP 'panic button' demands (again)

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Attention The Register

Can you please go out and interview Jim Gamble and ask him how EXACTLY this would have helped that girl... That way we can see if he really does believe the bollocks he spouts, or if hes just trying to push his own agenda in the most disgusting way!

Get out there and do your job of exposing this odious little turd for the bastard he is!

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Thousands wrongly labelled by CRB checks

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Just a question...

I have no experience with the CRB checks so if someone with more knowledge can clarify this for me id appreciate it - If a CRB check is carried out by a potential employer and comes back to falsely identify you as a criminal. Are you informed of this result?

Because if not, i can see many occasions were errors are made but the potential employer just says "sorry we found a more suitable candidate" without telling you the reason which in this example would be primarily because you failed the CRB check. Without being informed of this (false) result, you would be unable to get the records corrected, and as such you would potentially miss out on many jobs in the future because your now branded as a criminal.

So has anyone had experience with the CRB checks? Do you find out the result? Or are you left in the dark unless the potential employer is good enough to pass on the results to you?

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NHS blames computer error for transplant fouls

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Ridiculous Analogies

Sorry Claus but your analogies are ridiculous.

Firstly, if a meteor strikes and takes down a computer then that is not something that can be planned for by either the computer, the programmer or the user (the odds being so extremely low!). And i strongly doubt anyone would be blaming that on a computer error or a user error. The blame may go to the users for not having a good enough disaster recovery plan to regain the lost information in a quick and orderly fashion, but the strike itself would not be blamed on a computer error.

Secondly, within the earths atmosphere ionising particles are not a risk to computers, however, in space this is a definte risk and it is one that is taken into account on every satellite that is currently flying above this big blue sphere we call home. It is such a common problem that every program that run on computers in space must be designed so that should an ionising event occur (and there are a number of different types causing differing effects) the program will be able to detect as much and either reset or shut down the computer to prevent further damage. Therefore, if an event occurs in this way and does cause a problem then i would suggest that this is a failure of the programming to anticipate a known and likely event and to precipitate the correct instructions. So yes this is a user/programmer error.

On your last point "So what do we need Gods for then?", well the fact is that we as rational sentient beings do NOT need gods. But some people still feel more comfortable believing in a higher power/sky fairy/etc. That is life... It has no bearing on the differences between computer errors and user errors.

Finally to refute your argument i offer this - Can a knife be in error? if it cuts someone is that the knifes fault or the users? If the blade is dull perhaps that counts as an error? Or is that an error of the user for not sharpening the knife? Obviously a knife can be broken, but will a knife every break on its own? So that would be the users fault for using the knife incorrectly, no?

By the same logic is there any dumb object that can be said to make an error? I would say no, only the user of a dumb object can cause the error. And computers are no more then dumb objects, we attribute more to them then most things because they are so much more complex but all of that complexity is down to either programming or user control. So any errors i would suggest automatically fall into those categories...

Just a thought...

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Administrator access: Right or privilege?

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this was actually a BOFH in training...

I think its quite obvious why he didnt report the people to management - he was getting a free load of porn, with someone else doing the downloading who would get fired if discovered (or who could be nicely blackmailed...).

You let the luser download the porn, you copy it to a new location (you seem to have missed that part in the article ;) ), then delete material so that the luser has to go and download new material, and so on...

As for the deleting root and all, what a convenient excuse to reload a backup which just happens to be missing the logs of the file copying (and probably a nice series of financial transactions involving the company bonus scheme if this was a true BOFH)...

Never attribute to Malice what can be explained by Incompetence.... unless your dealing with a BOFH...

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Giant solar-powered aircraft takes to the skies

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Astronaut diaper perhaps?

I do not want to be the one meeting them at landing time, i have to say!

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Child abuse frame-up backfires on stalker

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Ahhh but you forget...

...were dealing with child porn here.

You dont need to be convicted to have your life ruined...

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The Sex Offenders Register? WTF?

Ok i have no problem with him being charged and locked in chokey for 4 and a half years. Trying to destroy someones life like this (especially considering the current Daily Fail's "Oh My God wont someone think of the children" bollocks - the guys lucky he didnt get lynched!) deserves at least 4.5 years.

But having to sign the Sex Offenders Register? I dont get it. OK he obviously downloaded the child porn to stick it on his victims machine but is there any evidence that he watched it? Or that he committed any sort of Sex crime? Is there anyone on the Sex Offenders Register anymore that actually committed a crime the database was set up for?

The Sex Offenders Register - destroying lives without needing to commit a sex crime since 2005...

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Google to digitize world+dog with People View

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If your going to quote someone...

... acknowledge it. Dont try and pass it off as your own. Your not that clever.

Props to Bill Hicks - the last great prophet...

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New Reg comments system ready to launch

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Come on now...

Come on now your just being silly. No one these days accepts American Express...

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If internet had existed before we were born would we be here now?

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Alas...

... for a moment there you actually had me hoping there really was a Bad Krautspröse with which i could make fun of my Austrian friends... sigh...

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Greenpeace fears clouds will turn earth brown

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Am i the only one...

.. that remembers when greenpeace actually had a valid eco message? Ok they were always a little bit out on the crazy edge, but i can distinctly remember a time when the information they spouted was relevant, well thought out and accurate AND were they offered ideas for acceptable and valid solutions to the problem.

Those days appear to be well past...

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Italian toads predicted L'Aquila earthquake

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Bad science...

This is really quite bad science - one event, one colony and they conclude Frogs (or i'll be generous and assume they only claimed this particular type of frog) is a good earthquake detection device.

How about the millions of other possibilities - an outbreak of pollution or algae in the lake, disturbance by a large predator in the area, the mafia dumping some bodies nearby, or who knows what else.

If they do this everytime for the next 4 earthquakes in the area (and lets all hope now there not as devestating as the last one!) then maybe ill start paying some attention to this claim but for now... i call bollocks....

One event does not allow a conclusion ot be drawn. Else that one time i found a €50 note stuck in a tree means that money really does grow on trees, right?

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Wide-eyed kiddies in Scarface school play shocker

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Trust me...

... if the kids have come from LA they've seen a lot worse then this!

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London council loses thousands of kids' details

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one question...

Who the bloody hell steals CD's (burnt CD's at that) when they rob a house???

Laptop... yep - thats worth a few quid.

USB stick... yep - always comes in handy and fits in the pocket nicely.

Burnt CD's... what the hell? They're not worth anything... unless of course they had written in black marker "confidential information in unencrypted format of peoples personal data, perfect for selling online"... hmmm....

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Erotic trojan keelhauls Japanese pirates

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Fair play...

Most original use of a trojan ive seen in a long time...

Although how long before the cyber crims copy this and start using extortion to illicit some cash!

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Corduroy cuffed, banged up for teaching while drunk

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evolution perhaps...

suspicion of felony child endangerment?

Ahh maybe she was about to teach evolution or something equally evil and child endangering...

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Samsung founder's kid back at the wheel

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really...

Tell that to the millions who lost there savings in Madoff's (and other) Ponsi schemes? Or in the various financial crashes of the last few years...

If it was my TV - your right i would want the crook put behind bars for a few years. However, if it was my life savings destroyed by some white collar embezzlement i would want the crook put away for a dozen years! (Good to see the US gave Madoff 150 years - seems appropriate for US$50 billion embezzled!).

In this particular case, why did Hun-lee need to be pardoned? Ok if he had paid the money off, he should still have had to serve his time and then had to deal with forever having to have a criminal record because he DID break the law. A pardon effectively removes any details that you have committed a crime in the past. So legally speaking he's as clean as a new born lamb when we all know he's been as dirty as a pig in shit.

Continuing with my Mr TV Thief analogy. By the same token, if Mr TV Thief pays me back the cost of the TV (and broken window, etc) he should be allowed to have a pardon, not serve his time and have a squeaky clean record too shouldnt he?

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And when was the last time...

... you heard of Mr TV Thief being pardoned? Or come to think of it, when was the last time you heard of ANY blue collar criminal being pardoned?

The fact remains that governments and judiciary's around the world fail to take white collar crime seriously despite the fact that it has the potential to destroy entire economies and livelihoods.

And im sorry but your arguments are completly childish! Do you honestly believe that no one should pay taxes? Then i will happily sign a petition to allow you not to pay taxes if you promise to a) never drive a car (because taxes pay for the roads it will drive on and in too many cases pay for the bailing out of the car manufacturer when they get into debt), b) never use any sort of hospital (public or private because tax dollars go to both), c) never send your children to school/university for an education, or d) use any service or product which has received any government funding (so you shouldnt be using the internet because that was developed by CERN which is a government funded scientifc organisation).

You can argue whether taxes are too high, or whether there used efficiently but ive never found any sane person who thinks nobody should pay taxes.

Your second point, that because governments are unlikely to use your money wisely you shouldnt have to pay your taxes is incredibly disingeneous, and basically says because someone doesnt use something in the way you think is right, then they shouldnt have it, no? Well i dont think my next door neighbour uses there 60" plasma correctly either (they watch big brother!) so i think i should take it because they're not using it correctly. Preposterous idea, no? Well thats what your proposing.

Two wrongs do not make a right...

And i stand by my point, that white collar criminals are allowed far too much leeway in our current system. Someone who is highly educated should be sentenced far more harshly when they perform a premeditated crime (like tax evasion or embezzelment) because they KNOW what they are doing is wrong then someone from a less educated background.

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I hate this bias against white collar crime...

You see it so often these days that white collar crime gets treated so softly as opposed to blue collar crime. But tell me between a person with little educations who breaks into a house and steals your television vs someone like Lee Kun-hee who cheats the government (and thus society) out of millions. Who causes the most damage in society? Whos to say that the money that Lee Kun-hee robbed the government of wouldnt have been used to improve the education and job gaining abilities of Mr TV Thief?

Courts need to start taking white collar crime more seriously. Tell me who knows whats right and wrong under the law better - someone who grew up on the street or someone who grew up with a silver spoon?

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Oops: Chief Climategate investigator failed to declare eco directorship

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On a side note...

... i do love the rule that it is illegal to die in the houses of parliament... and should you die you will be whisked out a side entrance under the pretence that your ill but not dead ("what do you mean he's dead?" "His heads come off!" "happens all the time, doesnt your head come off too?") until you get to a hospital outside of the houses of parliament where you will be declared to have died on the way to the hospital...

Brilliantly barmy rule that one! =P

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Partially true...

I agree that it doesnt mean your corrupt if you have related interests. And its true that if the government then chooses the poli's without related interests then all is well and good and the system works. But the facts are that this parliament has proven itself, repeatedly, to be unable to be trusted to a) declare all of its related interests and b) to choose those politicians which dont have related interests to a particular position (even when they are fully declared).

Thats why in my opinion the only way to return some trust to parliament is to remove the ability for a politician to have a vested interest. Ban all politicans from having second, third, fourth jobs; Ban them from being members of lobby groups; Ban them from accepting free trips, dinners, invites; and Ban them from being able to work for any company that they have had dealings with for 10 years. Any breach of the rules equals hard time.

Only when politicians are reminded that they are in parliament ot serve the BRITISH PUBLIC and ONLY the BRITISH PUBLIC will you see then end of the current endemic corruption to be found in the Houses of Parliament.

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What a surprise?

Is anyone else becoming increasingly desensitized to the shear level of corruption within UK parliament (on all sides of the political divide)? Perhaps thats there plan - when people no longer care they can just go about being corrupt in a much more open manner).

There is only one way i can see to restore peoples faith in politics - ban politicians from all other roles whilst acting as politicians. Being a poli should be a full time job, so how can you possibly have time to be an executive board member, director, chairman or advisor to various company's whilst performing your primary role as a politician representing the people of britain?

Additionally, ban polticians from working for any company which they or their department (if they were a minister) had dealings with for at least 10 years.

Until these things come in, the politicians will continue to be corrupt and we will continue to read about it on an almost daily basis for many years to come...

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Heathrow security man cops perv scanner eyeful

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those are not the choices...

Those arent the choices on offer Richard. The choices are invasion of privacy with these perv scanners or metal detector followed, if necessary, by a pat down by a same sex security guard (with you still wearing all of your clothing) as is the current securty regime in most normal countries.

Which would you choose out of those options?

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I have to ask the question...

... how do you accidentally walk into an X-ray scanner? They're like a giant broom closet set in the middle of the terminal!

Something doesnt add up to that explanation. Ok the perver's been cautioned by the cops so he obviously did something he shouldnt (or he might just be a photographer whos too tall) but no-one outside of a charlie chaplin episode accidentally walks into an isolated booth in the centre of a security complex without knowing what theyre doing. And lets say just by chance she opened the door of the booth, she would have quickly seen that a) this is not the bathroom, b) this is not the broom closet or c) this is not whatever the hell she was looking for, and would have shut the door. You dont, after seeing that this small 1m x 1m booth is not what your looking for, proceed to walk into the booth, close the door, stand in the correct position for the X-ray to be taken for long enough that your dirty colleague can take a photo, all by accident...

Sorry but the explanation just doesnt work for me... Its good that this is more negative publicity for these awful perv scanners (the quicker were gone with them better) but there is more to this story then meets the eye!

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BCS turns down e-signature petition

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lol

An IT organisation demanding paper signatures... no paperless office here then...

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UK.gov blames Israel for cloning passports in Dubai hit

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hard to believe

I still find it hard to believe that a nation's intelligence service could make such OBVIOUSLY fake passports - after how many years of making them? They should know by now how to make ones that look real and follow the rules of actual passports (the correct rules for passport photo are not hard too find out for f*cks sake!). So im sorry but i still cant believe this was a mossad op.

On a side note - i have yet to hear a single voice raised in anger about the fact that Mahmood was ALSO travelling on a fake passport. I havent been able to find from any source which country's passports he was travelling on but i think personally i am much more concerned with the fact that terrorists (and well known terrorists at that) are able to get fake passports too!

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US city holds outdoor Google worship service

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Eco-friendly?

So lots of eco-friendly glow sticks off set against the not so eco-friendly helicopter required to hover around in order to take lots of pictures...

hmmm....

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SA news outlet deploys sh*t London Olympics logo

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lol

one question though what is the difference between "Southern Africa and Africa's premier online news resource". Funny i would have thought Southern Africa counted as part of Africa?

Great call on the logo though... And at least having the "sh*t" logo on your computer wont see you banged up on possession of images involving indecent underage cartoon character charges!

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'Go veggie to save the planet' UN, EU plans debunked

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The prof is speaking sense...

... so there's no chance the UN IPCC will take any notice whatsoever!

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Google accused over China censorship

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China invites new word for english language...

"politicalizing"... hmmm i dont believe this is an english word but i have no doubt that it will now become the new "cool" word for politicans everwhere...

On a serious note - you have to give kudos to Google for stopping the censorship. Whether it will have any affect remains to be seen because i can guarantee that there is no internal coverage within China about this - so the chinese people wont know that Google has stopped censoring (probably dont even realise there has been any arguments going on), and so they wont go and look at the things that there not currently supposed to.

Unfortunately from my experience, the main problem is that Chinese people do not realise just how much is censored, many dont believe there results are censored at all. Until the majority begin to realise the level of control that theyre internet is under, there can be no desire for grassroot changes. So hopefully this will have some affect, but i wont hold my breath...

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Loud sex ASBO woman back on the job

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a few facts..

heyrick - if you look back through the archives in el reg you will find the original details. The facts were that they had people with sound meters out and measure the noise and apparently it was off the charts in a big way (i forget the exact figure), she received multiple warnings. and did nothing about it. So eventually an ASBO was applied, she fought it in the courts. She lost. She then broke said ASBO (a number of times) and so she was given a suspended sentence. Now shes broken that suspended sentence - so off she goes to prison. Kinda hard to argue with the legal process in that regard.

Oh and if i remember the description that one of her neighbours said it was something along the lines of she sounded like someone was being murdered by being cut up with a blunt knife! That would probably cause me to call the cops too!

I also have to say your opinion that the easy option was for you to move is not exactly an option in a lot of cases. If you own your house and some chav moves in next door - its not exactly easy to sell up and leave is it? If you actually really love the house and area you live in but for the neighbour - its a bit harsh to just get up and move isnt it? Or even if your just a renter most of the time you have a contract so you cant leave until after the contracts up - so not exactly an option if you discover in the first couple of months that youve got a pain in the *ss neighbour...

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Only the lawyer wins...

All the money she's paid laywers to try and fight this could easily have been spent applying an EXTRA thick layer of sound insulation to the walls.

Whos the numpty then, eh?

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Mountain View promises Google Analytics opt-out

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Someone more tech saavy...

Can you please explain why i would want to install this plugin to "opt-out" of Google spyware as opposed to just using No-script to block it completely?

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China Mobile pleads for compatible iPhone

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my expected Jobsian response...

China change your mobile standard. Not that big a deal.

Steve.

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Madoff geeks charged for writing book-cooking code

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You consider 20% a normal raise???

Please dont tell me that you honestly believe any employer under normal circumstances (no matter how successful the company) is going to give someone (especially in IT) a 20% raise? If so, please provide the name of said company here, as im sure i (and everyone else on here) will be hammering at their door tomorrow!

Seriously, have you EVER received a double digit raise? I doubt it - the only time you get a serious salary hike like that is if you change roles and become management. You will never see a massive raise staying in the same job, doing the same work - no matter how well the company is doing. And i dare you to provide me with examples where this does not apply! (discounting the possible case of going from permie to subbie but thats not what we have here!)

Asking for a 20% raise after writing a very illegal program (and they knew it was so) is defintely extortion in my book!

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Loch Ness Stig blurred into oblivion

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Thats not blurring...

... he's just moving so fast, that the image cant keep up!

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UK.gov spunked £153m on reorganisation IT

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Can it really be...

"We believe a more deliberate and carefully planned process makes sense before such costs are incurred and would also like to see a slow down in the rate of change."

A government department talking sense... who would have thunk it?

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End government pre-snoop on stats

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A way to stop politicans spinning the stats...

... it will never get through parliament.

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