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Rogue phishing app smuggled onto Android Marketplace

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Thanks a lot Droid09...

How long now before Android's app marketplace becomes as tight, opaque and closed as Apple's... All because of this type of shite... Thanks a lot...

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Trouser-bomb clown attacks - how much should we laugh?

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There is a simple reason

The answer is simple - Its significantly more profitable to over react... All of these new fangdangled full body scanners cost a lot of money (no doubt with significant kickbacks to all of the appropriate officials/MPs) and so everyone gets a little bit richer (at the taxpayers expense), so everyone making the decisions is happy.

Its just simple economics...

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RSA crypto defiled again, with factoring of 768-bit keys

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So...

It took them 2 years to break the 768 bit key...

So there's no rush for me to go out and change just yet...

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Johnson reveals ID register linked to NI numbers

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i cant believe...

.... that they would tout a figure of 2400 people (out of a population of approx 60million) signing up over the course of nearly 3 months as being a successful figure...

Hurry up and bring the Tory's to power please!

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Airbus: We'll cancel crap A400M unless we get more £££

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they screwed it up

by doing design by committee, which any designer will tell you is exactly how to become overbudget, late and be sub-optimal.

Additionally, they made the mistake of agreeing to meet the requirements of the various nations of europe who were buying in, which naturally changed after every election and meant that ever 6-12 months one nation in the consortium would change what they wanted out of the aircraft and Airbus would (foolishly) try to accommodate them.

The smarter thing Airbus SHOULD have done is to do a study about what the nations wanted, take the most common points, design an aircraft and then offer it to the European nations and say "Here, we have this aircraft and it will do this. For additional things, we can make changes on a per nation basis which will cost €X". The design would have then been a lot closer to being on budget, on time and in a state that would make everyone happy.

I hope Airbus learn, i doubt they will...

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One thing that everyone is forgetting

is that the role of a "Tactical" lift aircraft is to fly into a danger area, drop like a stone to the runway, unload as much cargo as feasibly possible and get the hell out before being shot out of the sky by the nearest militant carrying a MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defence System) and considering how prolific MANPADS and rocket propelled grenade launchers are this is a big requirement.

The A400M is designed as a Tactical lift aircraft so making any comparison to the C17 Strategic Lifter is completely disingenous.

Making the direct comparison to the C130 then the A400M comes out superbly from an operational point of view. Its faster with a higher flight ceiling (so it can get to its destination faster then the C130 and at a height which will take it out of range of all but the most advanced SAM systems), it can land and take off on unprepared and very short runways (same as the C130 and if im not mistaken shortfield performance is even better in this than C130 in this regard) AND it can carry 50% more then the C130. Just looking at it in that regard you have an aircraft which severely outstrips its competitor in all the ways that those planning the mission are interested in.

On top of that it has a few special neat tricks (like inflight refuelling of fighters, and a range which means it can help out on shorter strategic lift routes) and it means you have an aircraft thats versatile and is unlikely to spend large amounts of time waiting for a tactical lift job to come up.

OK the cost at present is high, but i would question some of LP's figures - and making any sort of claim about inservice costs when the aircraft has never been flown in anger before is a bit ridiculous.

My final question for you all is since when did military items begin being purchased based on price rather then ability/survivability? If that were the case the Harrier would never have been developed and in fact why have any new aircraft/ship/tank the olds ones are known and cheap and parts are available - surely there better options then developing something new and more capable...

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wrong...

Actually the A400M can be used as the inflight refuelling source for various fighter aircraft, its one of its main design requirements. You really should check your facts before making statements like that...

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Bosses warned over Scrooge-like approach to snow problems

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touche...

Ahh but how many of those computers are allowed to be taken home in the evening? The only time i was ever allowed to take my laptop home was when i was catching a flight overseas the next day...

So unless you were sure you werent coming in the next day why would you be taking home the work computer? Your boss might be questioning your commitment at that point... ;)

Additionally, the majority of companies ive worked for in these sectors it was only the managers who worked from laptops - everyone else used desktops (with maybe access to a crappy 5 year old ex-managers laptop they could borrow from IT when they had to visit a customer site). IT tend to get annoyed when you try and take a desktop computer home with you! =P

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Just 2 minor points

To quote the article - "This is becoming more feasible as many employees have Blackberry devices..."

Maybe im in the wrong industry but in every company i have ever worked for the only people who have had blackberry's have been management. Of the occasional other person who had a blackberry or similar smart phone none of them were hooked up to the company's servers (not being company property) and so i fail to see how they could be useful for working from home!

On another point - in any sort of defence or aerospace related industry (and i imagine it relates to a lot of other industry's too) the work from home option isnt feasible due to confidential (business or government) requirements. If your not allowed to put things on a USB stick why on earth would you be allowed to access them from a home computer over an internet connection?

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Year 2010 bug wreaks havoc on German payment cards

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I cant agree

I live in Germany and i actually find that my German friends use their cards more often then i do. Although i live i Northern Germany which has always been that more progressive then the south so maybe thats it...

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Just curious...

Is this the same bug that has shot Bank of Queensland in the foot so recently?

If so, then booyah take that the rest of world - we Australians always come first - including in cocking up!

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Westfield opens kimono on EV Cup racer

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Anyone else think

that it looks like a scaled down version of an F1 powerboat with wheels?

Im guessing the designers turned to the art grad and said "we want it to look like it belongs in F1". One google search and one numpty later, you get this...

Awful design...

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Asus goes wide with Bang & Olufsen laptop

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I like the looks of that!

Will be looking forward to the El Reg review of this as it looks pretty damn nice! With this and the HP Envy 17 coming out soon (if the rumours are to be believed) then there's finally seems to be a few high end, large screen, stylish desktop replacement systems coming out...

I personally cant wait!

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Feds investigate theft of $3m from NY school

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Let me be the first to say...

Wont someone please think of the children! =P

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Bono accuses ISPs of 'reverse Robin Hooding' over piracy

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Actually have to disagree with you here champ

Having known a large number of people in the dance music scene in Australia (true its a different kettle of fish to the rock scene) but the main way most performers make money from music is through their gigs. I can remember back in 2002, there were only 2 DJ's in Aus who could earn enough to make a living from playing gigs and the rest needed a day job and that included those with the record contracts.

For the rock scene, im reliably informed that for 90% of bands out there the gig is where they make there money - the record is just a way to get more people to your gig...

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Mouse nest found in London copper's paperwork

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That bootnote...

That bootnote made the entire aritcle worth reading! Bravo El reg!

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China pinches thousands for pron

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Just curious...

But were these 5000 odd people, the site owners and content providers or just the poor schmucks who felt the need to download some pron for their home entertainment?

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Texas cops cuff 176 at illegal cockfight

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I dont know about you...

but if i was wanted for murder then i probably wouldnt be hanging around in venues where illegal events were taking place.

But i guess that sort of thinking might be why im not wanted for murder...

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Russia plans asteroid-defence space mission to Apophis

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It would have been so much cooler if it was called Atropos

Atropos was the one of the fates in greek mythology who "cut the strands that were mens lives at the time of death"...

Would have been so much more appropriate...

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US word czars unfriend shovel-ready toxic assets

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Actually i dont mind tweet either...

Everytime i see the word in an article i immediately turn the page as quite obviously the entire article is full off utter bollocks. It means i can read through dozens of newspapers in under 10 minutes!

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TJX kingpin pleads guilty to Heartland hack

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I think he needs better laywers

I dont really care that he's guilty (which he's obviously admitted to) but a minimum of 17 years WITH a plea bargain - thats not exactly what i would call good bargaining skills.

Can somebody please tell me the phone number of his laywers as i have some wonderful property on Titan that i can sell them for a very nice price...

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California cops don defensive headcams

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WTF?

Ignoring all the privacy, monitoring implications...

i just have to ask why the hell does it have an earpiece? I thought it was just a camera...

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US mum calls 911 over Grand Theft Auto

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Hurray for poor parenting!

Seriously the cops should send her the bill for the police's time in having to come deal with this and possibly the liability bill for any premises that were robbed during this itme whilst the police had to deal with this rather then doing there actual job. Oh and make her do some sort of parenting course cause she obviously doesnt have a clue how to be a parent!

In a situation like this its easy to stop the kid playing the computer - take the power cable. That will stop the kid playing pretty damn quickly (and provides a nice defensive weapon in the case of the ADHD brat getting violent). Getting a kid to go to sleep has been a problem for parents for thousands of years, but funnily enough the police arent usually the ones that have to deal with this! Parents need to take responsibility for their own sprog, not leave it up to the rest of society to do it for them!

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Chinese villager jailed for eating tiger

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Why cant the same penalty's be applied to...

Why cant the same penalty's be applied to all the chinese people who traffic in Indian/siberian/non-chinese Tiger body parts. They may not have killed the things themselves but by trading in their parts your fueling the trade that leads to there death.

And whilst where at it, what about the Shark fin dealers, and all the other endangered animals that are killed to feed the chinese market in these products...

Hypocrisy much?

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China moves closer to a smut-free internet

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Out of curiosity

Is the register registered with MIIT?

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Ferry giant refuses ID card

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Maybe ive been flying too much but...

since when are individual operators the ones deciding your able to travel overseas? To the best of my knowledge HMRC are the ones who are supposed to be checking your passport, not the bloody travel company, or have i missed something?

If this idiot was passed through the HMRC check ok, and then denied by P&O - why are P&O checking? If there was no HMRC check - please can you tell us where this was again so we can organise for every criminal activity to pass through this port...

What next will Ryanair be checking our passports? Special GBP15 no passport check extra fee perhaps?

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3 billion have suffered Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody'

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wont someone please think of the retail workers!

Having worked retail in my youth i would like to send out my heartfelt condolences to all those stuck in an office/store/sub basement whose managers feel that it is acceptable to listen to christmas carols on repeat for the entire month of December (and if your really unlucky half of November and January too!)

I can remember one year as a young fella working at a local department store in Australia and being subjected to Mariah Carey's Christmas Carols on repeat for a 6 week period. I was only a casual (read weekends and nights) but i still came so close to cracking...

... to this day im still in therapy.

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DVLA data powers likely to be abused by foreign officials

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Tin foil hat missing?

That your biggest fear is that mossad could get access to your address (and what other minor data the DVLA holds) really speaks volumes about your world view.

Please return to wearing your tin foil hat and leave the rest of us to be concerned about the much greater (and far more realistic) threat to our personal lives from the cyber criminals opertaing from Eastern Europe.

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what a stupid comment!

Funny, i didnt realise Israel was in the EU...

But yes, lets be worried about Israeli mossad agents getting access to our databases by somehow first getting access to some foreign EU powers databases. Yes thats really what people should be worried about in this situation...

idiot.

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Plough gives birth to sextuplets

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Obligatory Red Dwarf reference

But are there planets which you can play Planetary Pool with?

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Amazon EC2 urges customers to name their price

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An intersting idea

This is an interesting idea but whether it will be successful or not depends on the things Cowherd above has mentioned. If the switch over is "instantaneous" then i see big problems, however if the switch over allows for the processing to be stopped correctly, data stored securely, and programs ended/paused correctly, then i see no reason why this shouldnt be a huge success.

Novel thinking, now lets just see how it works in practice...

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RAF's new military airlifter finally lumbers into the air

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Funny how i have heard this comment before..

I have heard this comment so many times since BAE even floated the idea of dropping out of the consortium, but guess what - nothings changed so far! The A350XWB is using the same production facilities, they havent pulled out of Britain for it (and that would have been the logical project to make the switch on).

There's a simple reason, the UK has specialists in the design and build of these components, if you want to design and build somewhere else, you have to build the manufacturing plants, train the workers and develop the experience, and that is just not cost effective to do. Things arent going to change - EADS is in the business of making money, there not going to do anything to hurt...

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National space agency for Blighty, says Drayson

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I may be being cynical but...

I may be being cynical but you have an industry which has become successful (very successful, lets be honest) with almost no government assistance or regulation. Now the government wants to "co-ordinate" the industry. Am i the only one thinking that if this goes ahead it spells the death knoll for the British Space Industry?

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US judge excoriates Harvard team's P2P defense

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I may be mistaken...

... but im pretty damn positive that yes where someone is found to delibrately and willfully cause "damage" in a court case then punitive fines can be applied.

Admittedly, in this case, i would say its damn excessive but hey use a shit laywer and your bound to be screwed. And this guys supposed to be a professor - one can only imagine the "calibre" of young laywers he's turning out!

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Villagers revolt over BT chairman's broadband

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Goodbye roads, tv, public services

"Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier this month he favoured letting market forces dictate investment."

God help anyone living in a rural area if this idiot ever gets put in a position of power. The average village of a couple of hundred people hasnt got much market power against a city of a couple of million so why should a company bother installing, well anything in a rural area.

Roads, gas, electricity, telecommunications, medical services - there is a reason these things are controlled by governments and that is that market forces would see millions of people in rural areas receive none of these because the market is too small to make it worth a company to build the delivery infrastructure. It is for this reason that broadband cable laying SHOULD be the domain of the government...

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Replace Bulldog gridiron mascot with robot, PETA demands

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Hypocrisy much?

There's an animal population crisis (apparently), yet PETA object to the killing and eating of every other animal on the planet? Can you say Hypocrisy?

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'Alien spies live among us' says Bulgarian gov space boffin

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You would think...

... that if the Aliens were "friendly and wanted to help us" they would implant in someones mind, maybe this dude they "seem" to be communicating with, the keys to clean energy. Funnily enough they havent. I cant possibly understand the reasons why... *rolleyes*

Oh and if they object to makeup it could mean one of two things - 1) there all super amazingly gorgeous space babes, who look down on the earthly womans need of beauty enhancers with ill concealed contempt or b) they are all hideously disgusting beasts that not even a paralytically drunken scouser in a dark alley would say yes to, in which case there worried about losing out to the far superior earth female, especially once decked out in those lovely little enhancers that make us men all gooey! Tough call on which one it is going to be...

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Superconductor forcefield to shield re-entering spacecraft?

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The reason why they use Russian missiles...

The reason they use russian missiles is that the Russians have huge stockpiles which there still trying to get rid of to meet decommisioning targets and so there cheap as chips to launch with and because the russians build good rockets they have great reliability.

Cheap, reliable, reducing the worlds stock of surplus military rockets, and performing great science... what more can you ask for?

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NASA plans robot rocket aeroplane to fly above Mars

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Your obviously not an Aerospace Engineer, AC

This looks positively mouth watering to me... OK life expectancy's shit but the idea of designing something that would be the first thing designed to fly, and i mean properly fly, in a non-earth atmosphere (landers do not fly, they crash. And parachutes are just a slow way of crashing...) is seriously intriguing. Not to mention the idea of trying to design something the size of a light aircraft to fit inside a rocket and then to unfold whilst plummeting to the martain surface at a dizzying rate of knots... The techincal challenges are awesome - thats why i became an aerospace boffin in the first place!

Bring it on...!

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Combat games disrespect war laws, report claims

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Yet another report missing the obvious...

How many times do we have to see these stupid reports about violent games causes people to become violent? Especially seeing as its been proven to be a false claim so many times...

OK so now there looking at War crimes... It's just ridiculous reasoning behind the whole premise that being able to commit a war crime in a game is likely to make a person go out and commit a war crime. Well here's an idea why dont we go ask some people currently serving time for War crimes if they ever played computer games? And whether they thought that was the reason for it... I bet they'd say yes - anything to pass the buck on to someone else... But how many congolese, sudanese, serb, *insert conflict zone here* soldiers had/have access to computer games? Do they really think thats the resaon why these things continue to happen today is that they possibly had access to these games? And what about the war crimes that happened before computer games were ever invented? Mankind has been coming up with ways to be despicable to each other for millenia - computer games will not add or take away from that one bit...

The only people stupid enough to play a game where you get to commit a war crime and who actually believe you could do that in real life (or would even want to!) are the sorts of people who 30 years ago would have been in a mental institute. And i would strongly hope that our military (and military's world wide) have ways of idenitfying these people and preventing them from joining up...

...although perhaps i am being too optimistic.

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Collisions at LHC! Tevatron record to be broken soon?

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@ John Baglow

Hey John,

900GeV is right. The better analogy is when you have two cars driving in opposite directions down the highway at 60 km/h when they crash (possibly due to someone blindly following the orders of there SatNav) into each other the difference in there velocities is 120km/h.

So 450GeV beam going one way, hitting one going the other way at 450GeV is the same as hitting a non-moving 0eV particle with a whopping 900GeV beam... And thats enough to make anyone (or anything for that matter) go to pieces... ;)

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Cheerleaders in danger from cheerleading

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only 60% of injuries are from stunts?

Im interested to hear what the other 40% of injuries are from?

Breaking a nail perhaps? STD's from the after party?

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Religious discrimination law may open door for decent deviants

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And religion is based in fact? Wow i missed that news bulletin..

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NASA: the Moon is a hydrated mistress

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at least a dozen 2 gallons buckets ...

come on is there a reason they didnt just say at least 24 gallons of water? Since when did the standard unit of volume for water become a 2 gallon bucket?

Walk in to a pub "would you like a pint?" "No i'll have a 15th of a 2 gallon bucket thanks..."

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Facebook status bolsters alibi in armed robbery case

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@mspletz

I was thinking the exact same thing! Although the exact line that came to my head was "Jesus, what balls!".

I mean any time your involved in some form of illegal enterprise (ahh not that i have ever been... honest guv!) you do not decide to take your time and smell the roses so to speak...

The dude must have balls the size of a watermelon... pity that didnt leave any blood to power his brain...

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Boffins find new way to spot stars which have planets

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@Ed Blackshaw and Ravinez

@ Ed - It wasnt mentioned in this article, but the actual research paper mentions that our own sun suffers from the same reduction in Lithium as those of the ones measured in the survey.

So whilst one data point is not enough for conclusive evidence it does appear likely that this does apply to a vast majority of star systems not just those with a jovian planet in close proximity... It would be interesting to know whether any of the star systems discovered so far with planets in the similar size range to Earth where measured in this survey...

@ Ravinez - I dont know the specific quantity of Lithium that is "missing", but Lithium is not so hugely abundant in the planets of our solar system that i would imagaine it accounts for all of the missing 99%.

Additionally, if that were the case, you would imagine it would be far easier to find earth like planets orbiting other stars by looking for the drop in percentage of Iron in a Star... considering that a star is mostly made up of light elements, the percentage loss in heavy elements to create a planet would i imagine be a much greater percentage then with Lithium. As that technique hasnt been used i can only guess, the percentage of material lost to form planets is negligible... Still if Iron percentage turns out to be a better way to measure planet bearing stars then i claim first mention here! =P

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NASA preps Mars rover rescue plan

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This is what Engineering is all about...

Its things like this that got me into Engineering in the first place. You have a problem, you come up with a series of solutions and then proceed, usually by trial and error, until you get the right result...

They need to go back and teach this stuff in schools - maybe then kids would want to get into engineering and science!

Here's hoping they succeed in freeing Spirit, the rovers are great examples of how good engineering creates fantastic results!

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Brain-delving boffins in key monkey-butler breakthrough

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Help for autism i understand...

but how could this help Schizophrenia?

The (very limited i admit) contact i have had with Schizophrenic people has shown them to be normal people most of the time, complete with normal speech patterns. It seems to be there hearing (or more specifically there ability to hear things which arent there) every now and then which is the problem.

So helping there ability to speak is going to help them how?

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Libel reform campaigners seek £10k damages cap

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@ Cynical observer & Catkins

I think i may have interpreted things differently to you:

Firstly, for "Require the claimant to demonstrate damage and falsity" - i took that to mean that if someone makes a claim that your a sheep worrier, its up to them to prove that you are a sheep worrier, not for you to prove your innnocence (your right you cant prove a negative!). If they then produced a photo of you being overly friendly with a sheep you would have to prove that the photo is a fake or that you really were just good friends! ;)

"Cap damages at £10,000" - The full text description of that point was "Cap damages at £10,000. If a claimant wishes to demand more then they would need to prove material damage such as loss of earnings." - if a tabloid earned excessively more then that from making the statement, i would assume you could push for a higher then £10k figure because they can be shown to be profiting from delibrately false accusations. I think perhaps they need to add that little foot note to avoid that whole problem.

& to answer Catkins, if the person you mentioned lost his business, etc. because of the accusations im pretty certain that constitutes material loss dont you?

"Exempt large and medium-sized corporate bodies and associations from libel law unless they can prove malicious falsehood" - i strongly agree with this point. If i buy a phone which is crap (for reasons a, b and c) and i write a review saying its crap (for reasons a, b and c), i do not want some corporate bully suing me under libel law for "damaging there reputation". If i buy the same phone and write a review saying that anyone who buys one will get cancer and turn into a paedophile, well that can be construed as malicious falsehood and then i deserve what i get. Slander of a product/service/company when you speak the truth should never be grounds for libel... And as most companies have more money then the individual making the comment, at the moment the company wins...

Anyway my two cents... i think the list is well thought out, although needs more clarification on when the £10k limit should be applied and when higher penalties should be applied for those profiting from making delibrate libelious claims...

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Ares I: What's the point?

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@ LPF

Your assuming NASA hasnt lost the original plans like they have with the Saturn V schematics and the original high quality moon landing vids...

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