* Posts by lglethal

1178 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Hypnotic wind map captures Earth's heavenly currents

lglethal
Joke

Re: now I see!

I thought it was just that everyone was happy to be getting away from the US without being declared a terrorist, such that they put on a little extra burst of speed. Well you learn something new everyday...

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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Mushroom

Re: Do I sense

If you read the report on the Beeb, they make it quite clear for the rabid Daily Mail crowd (which you appear to be a part of based on your comment) that the Doctors did this report as a laugh in their spare time. They did not do it in their work time, so quit your belly aching about them doing more productive things. They were off work, and managed to come up with a study that might just convince a few people to slow down on the booze over Xmas.

What have you done to try to make the world better in your spare time?

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

lglethal
Big Brother

Censorship is alive and well in Britian

Scope creep is already occuring and it's only just been turned on. It was only supposed to block p0rn, but now it also blocks links to proxies. What will be blocked next?

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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

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Re: Fair play to them.

Yes, bt they pay below the rates that are standard for Warehouse staff.

So it comes down to your definition are the Amazon workers logistics staff or wrehouse staff? Personally as someone with absolutely no connection to either industry I dont have a clue what the difference is, and I cant really imagine why there's a difference, but hell if I worked in a warehouse I would probably want the higher wages of being a warehouse worker as well!

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: “We turn it into a rock, basically.”

Yes, in ancient warfare catapults killed lots of people, but that tended to be because of the unit formations that were used. A 1000 men standing in a tight formation gives a pretty good target. The modern militaries use far more distibuted deployments. So a rock falling out of the sky might if it was super lucky hit 1 man (unlucky if your that man though), but it will not hit more then 1, unlike in the old days where 1 rock landing in a compressed group could kill a dozen...

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Re: The Americans must love asymmetric warfare

If an enemy is in position to see your laser system is in the "park" position. I would say you are in far more danger than from just a few random mortar rounds...

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Trollface

Re: Nobody complained...

Is that a surprise? No one actually uses G+ after all...

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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People reading books can become equally engrossed. I used to get into a lot of trouble as a kid for tuning out when reading an enjoyable novel, to the point where my Dad would have to throw something at me after shouting at me for 2 minutes.

So dont think that only video games can engross someone, people have the ability to become absorbed in almost anything if they choose to...

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MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

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WTF?

Re: private property doesn't exist up there in space.

Private Property is a natural right? I think you will find that in almost every country, the government/crown/party or whatever owns the land. They might lease it out on long term contracts, so long that you can buy and sell it on happily without worrying about the end of the lease, but if the government wants your land back, they are more then entitled to take it back off you. Here in the west, we believe that when that happens the people getting kicked off their land should get some fair and reasonable compensation. Other countries, you're lucky if you get to keep the shirt on your back.

Private Property a natural right? Not bleedin likely...

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lglethal
Joke

Re: Consumers? You forgot the lawyers

Better yet, lets send up all the lawyers and let them fight it out ON the Asteroid. We can probably sell the TV rights which would pay for the cost of getting them up there in the first place. Not sure we need to worry about replacement oxygen tanks though.

What do you think?

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Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

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Joke

Ahhh... I'm just doing some research, boss. Honest...

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

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Agree with most comments here...

I agree with most comments here about the need for the politicians to close the loopholes rather then whinging about the situation, but I gotta admit £2,4 million tax paid on £4,3 billion in sales is taking the biscuit just a bit...

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Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

lglethal

And a patent that is bloody obvious is obviously not worthy of becoming a bloody patent - but that doesnt seem to stop the US patent office.

So whats your point?

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

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WTF?

Have a thumbs up

How can anyone in a business environment, even a sweaty, basement living, alpha geek, believe that the user name Studbucket is an acceptable username to represent corporate interests?

My boss would give me a right kicking if I tried something like that. (And he'd be fully in the right to give the kicking to me in my opinion!)

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Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

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Unhappy

Re: I want a Technicolor dreamcoat for X-mas !

It might solve it for a while. But only until the next day when the hangover hits...

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Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

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Alert

Re: Datacentre Question

Belarus - Dictatorship, allied to Russia, known for human rights abuses, internet criminals, pumping spam and being Europe's last old school Toatlitarian regime.

Iceland - Democracy, member of NATO, not overly friendly with the US (offered asylum to Snowden), friendly with the EU (but not part of it), not so friendly with the UK (Cod wars and the collapse of Iclandic banks). Not known for internet criminals and pumping spam. Known for being an awesome looking place that you would love to visit if it wasnt so damn far away.

Not really seeing any group that would likely be friendly with both of those countries...

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SCADA flaws put world leaders at risk of TERRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM

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Joke

Re: The Australian Job?

Not Yutes, Utes. A Yute is a fibre used to make Hessian bags (according to Wikipedia), whilst a Ute is the traditional mode of transport for the Australian Yobbo.

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

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Pint

Finally a sensible review

This is why I come to El reg. A sensible review that isnt full of waffle.

Cheers. Have a pint on me!

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Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

lglethal

Corrected...

Is part of the induction training for being a stock trader to play poker BADLY?

Corrected that for you...

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Re: Quality? Really?

Not sure what was wrong with the pair you set up Scott, but my Play 3 has the best sound I've had in anything even remotely resembling the same size. My old 6 foot stacks had nothing on the Play 3 which is barely 10cm tall.

I could not be happier with my Play 3. Only thing that I do find annoying is that there's no easy way to get PC Audio to play through the system (at least not without a particularly annoying delay). Although my neighbours are probably happy about this as the sound of my gaming coming from the Play 3 rather then my PC speakers might be a bit more substantial...

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

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Joke

Douglas Adams had it right

Every true manual should start with the following words in large, friendly letters on the cover:

DON'T PANIC

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Netscape daddy's VC firm dumps $60m of Facebook stock

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Unhappy

Re: Conflict of Interest anyone?

I dont have a problem with him buying and selling his personal shares in Facebook because he is a director there. My objection is that he has another company of which he is also a board member (founding member actually), and which is buying shares (or selling in this case) shares in his first company.

Do not tell me there is not a conflict of interest there. If he's doing his job properly at Facebook he knows when they are about to release good results in advance and also when they are releasing bad results. If his other company is then buying and selling stock in Facebook, they are taking advantage of the insider information and that is a conflict of interest.

And whilst people might claim that there's no advantage being taken, maybe he's not involved in the sales personally or whatever, the fact remains that if he is doing his job properly for his second company, then all it would take is a mention of something strategically important over a business lunch (of which there's of course no record) then his second company will be able to gain an unfair advantage. The only way to avoid this would be for his second company NOT to invest in Facebook in the first place.

Too much of this dodgy stuff is happening these days and the authorities just dont seem to care in the slightest.

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lglethal

Conflict of Interest anyone?

Isnt it just a teensy weensy bit of a conflict of interest for someone, lets call him Marc for examples sake, to be a director at a company, lets call that company facebook, just for example, and then for Marc to start an investment company, lets call it Andreesen Horowitz, and to then buy Shares in the first company, with which he's still a director?

That doesnt come across as just slightly inappropriate boardering on illegal conflict of interest? Anyone?

The fact that he's now offloaded the shares at a substantial profit just adds the icing to the cake of inappropriateness. No?

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

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If they are actually registered in China...

If they are actually registered in China, wouldnt names of those behind the company be available? So prosecuting this as just a regular case of fraud shouldnt be impossible.

If any of the investors were Chinese there would probably be a case to answer. Then again if it's only foreigners, it's probably safe to say nothing will happen....

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

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Boffin

Re: Recycling - More bits of crud in orbit

At 80km altitude, anything in orbit will quickly lose velocity due to drag (Air resistance), and hence will lose altitude and de-orbit pretty quickly.

Everything up in orbit around Earth is slowly degrading its Orbit (except in a few key gravitational spots), but until you hit the top of the atmosphere (basically where there is actually enough Air molecules that collisions are likely) that degradation in Orbit is slow. But as soon as you hit the Atmosphere, degredation happens quite quickly, and nothing stays up beyond that point...

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Sad to see the end of it

That was easily the coollest looking Satellite aloft. Shame to see it come down.

Still thanks for the great science GOCE!

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lglethal
Boffin

Re: When does recycling get to space ?

I'm afraid the amount of fuel that the satellite would need to carry just to move to the parking orbit at the end of its life would probably so shorten the amount of life that the satellite has that it would no longer be worth sending the thing up in the first place.

Additionally, the more things up there, the more likely of a collision between 2 spacecraft. Whilst the movie Gravity is obviously hollywood, (please ignore the sensationalist bollocks), and the speed of the "chain reaction" is frankly ridiculous, but the risk of space debris expanding and making the risk to future space missions unacceptable is actually a high risk. So the requirement to deorbit spacecraft now is basically an attempt to safeguard our ability to get off this planet in the future.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

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Re: no news

You would be surprised how many young 'uns entering industry don't appear to know or understand this.

Thankfully when I was a young 'un, the old hands quickly gave me the run down on how sh*t always rolls downhill. I try and pass on that hard earned knowledge where I can to the next generation...

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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Happy

Re: This is Disney

The kid in "Up" only has a Dad if I remember correctly. Or at the least film implies that because it basically says he was raised by the maid who kept telling him to stop bothering his father.

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Unhappy

Re: This is Disney

I was going to totally dispute this with you, until I sat down and started going through all of the Disney kids films I've seen. I was kinda shocked to realise you're right! I cant think of a single main character in a any Disney film I've seen who has both a mother and father (or doesnt at least end up having one of them knocked off in the first half of the film - aka Lion King).

Freaky!

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Another DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought

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Facepalm

Re: The Chelyabinsk meteorite briefly outshone the Sun

Yes because the entire world was on a winter morning at 3:20 UTC when it hit. *Rolleyes*

The fact that it hit over central russia (i.e. UTC +6) means it hit at about 9:20 in the morning. I think the sun was up then, dont you?

Muppet...

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Ten top stories from Classic Doctor Who

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Joke

Are you sure it was Dr McCoy and not Doctor McGayver?

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How the W3C met its Waterloo at the Do Not Track vote showdown

lglethal
WTF?

A quick question

Firefox has a DNT function? Where do I find that and how the heck do I turn it on?

Perhaps the reason only 20% of the customers have it enabled is that the rest of us didnt even know it was available!

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Assange anounces candidacy for possible WA Senate by-election

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Paris Hilton

agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?

Either I'm reading things wrong or I've been out of Aus for too long...

Things have certainly changed if the Nationals are now socialists. Agrarian - Yes. Conservative - You bloody bet ya! Socialist - What the F%&k?

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

lglethal
WTF?

How can...

How can, in this day and age, a multinational company only purchase the rights to use a patent it needs for its entire product line that applies in only one country (I'm looking at you Qualcomm)?

And how can, in this day and age, a multinational company purchase parts from another multinational company without checking that the company has all of the necessary patents for the entire world?

Surely this is what those expensive legal departments are for??

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Joke

Fox News/Daily Mail version headline

Massive Experiment Fails to Find Anything, Wastes Millions of Tax Payer Money

Queue outraged comments talking about homeless people, high taxes, and the wasteful nature of Scientific funding...

And in America probably add something about God having created the universe, science is evil, and isnt this kitten cute?

Thankfully we have the Reg to provide an intelligent review of the Boffins hard work...

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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

lglethal
Devil

Re: It's an option

Right up until the IPO when it will not be able to be switched off as that would upset the admen and consequently the stock holders.

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

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Trollface

Re: is 164g enough to make the difference?

Crikey, you've just given me an idea to sell to Apple.

We'll fill the next version of the iPad with helium (dont worry about leakage, the damn thing can be a pressure cylinder as people arent supposed to touch the insides anyway!). We'll call it the iPad "Lighter than Air!". It'll sell bazillions!

I'm off to go patent the idea now...

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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Joke

The horizontal mambo, perhaps?

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WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706 MEELLION to Seagate

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Go

I havent read the background detail to the story

But it sounds like WD hired a pro from a rival company and that guy then fabricated data so that he could use what he had learned at Seagate to help WD. Was WD actually aware that the guy had fabricated these notes, or at least had suscpicions?

If not, being penalised 600 million seems bloody harsh. Especially if the information he brought only allowed WD to get to market with a product "months" before they would have any way. OK I can maybe see them being punished with revenues from the products that incorporated this technology for lets say a year. But hitting them with a 600 million fine when they only made 400 million profit seems harsh. It doesnt sound like they went out of their way to steal the tech. Unless of course they knew (or had strong suspiciouns) that the guy had fabricated the claims that the tech was in the public domain, in which case the sum may be reasonable, but still...

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

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Thumb Down

Not interested at ALL. EVER.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Facepalm

I never really understand these companies...

I'm sure in the management meeting it sounded like a great idea to make all the programs the same across all products - tablets, laptops and desktops. "Only one version needed for everything? Think of the savings we can make when we dont need different product teams!"

Still surely someone in engineering must have pointed out that it doesnt really work that way, and that all you will do is dumbdown the product (which will annoy the high end users), introduce an interface thats clunky (which will annoy everyone), and instigate a rash of bad press (which will hurt the bottom line).

But then again, when has management ever listened to common sense when the big dollar signs are floating in front of their eyes?

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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Mushroom

Re: Listen

Ignoring SWMBO! You obviously have a deathwish!

The effect of ignoring SWMBO -------->

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Apple's Hacker Princess really needs to stay away from Idaho cops

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Go

Please check out the linked article in the story. A guy had his rights forfeited without his knowledge because he called himself a hacker on his website.

Hence this article...

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Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

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Thumb Up

How friggin awesome is evolution!

See Title.

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

lglethal
Mushroom

Oh no, please stop being a bad boy.

Please, if these politicians are actually outraged there are dozens of ways which they could visibily act and hurt the americans.

Everything from expelling ambassadors or embassy staff, removing co-operation between german agencies and american ones, right up to the extremes of trade sanctions. But they never do it. If the only punishment a child gets for misbehaving is a stern telling off, then I can guarantee that they wont stop misbehaving. And the US is very much a child in need of having its toys taken away and being made to sit in the corner with the dunce hat on!

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MoJ fined £140K for EMAILING privates of 1,000 inmates

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Re: A large amount of data transferred between systems?

You forget in the article it mentions that this is a text file. You can fit a lot of prisoners details in a 1,44MB text file...

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D-Link hole-prober finds 'backdoor' in Chinese wireless routers

lglethal

Did I understand correctly?

My understanding of the article was that the router is entirely safe from attack from the Web, but if something is installed on the local area network then it can be backdoored?

So someone would have to hack into your computer through any firewalls etc, before they can turn around and attack your router. Am I missing the threat here? If they can already hack into your computer, getting access to the router seems trivial...

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

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A suggestion

ANY article found to have been edited by one of these PR style firms gets an immediate unremovable tag at the top warning the consumer that a PR firm attempted to modify this page to provide the subject with a biased review.

That sort of thing would automatically put suspicion into the readers mind about that firm (lets face it most of these would be about whitewashing a firm or perhaps tarnished individual) and act as bad PR. Not too many companies would then be willing to risk getting permanently branded as deceitful on the most read encylopedia in the world.

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11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

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Joke

Re: Now pull my other one

"In Birmingham, my Dad recounted driving home with the passenger door open so he could see the kerb."

Blimey! I think I would be walking home that day. Mind you I'd probably have to stay well back from the road to make sure your Dad's open door didnt give me a whack!

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