* Posts by lglethal

1200 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

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Re: Is there no-one writing the legislation for these things

Whilst I can understand the police's desire to be able to back track a suspects movement (i.e. we only be came aware that X was planning to bomb that church today, where did he get the bombs from, lets check the data and see where he was previously), I dont agree with it, and I dont believe that Joe Public would actually accept their every movement being tracked, catalogued and assesed, if they were honestly aware of the level of intrusion going on.

Then again I might be giving too much credit to Joe Public, having seen the level of education in some areas of the UK, I doubt they can even spell Surveillance State let alone think about how it affects them...

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Premier League boots footie-streaming site off Blighty's interwebs

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Oh please, oh please...

... let someone bring up a case against Google or YouTube using this as an argument...

"YouTube aggregates together a large number of streams from a variety of streamers, indexes them for the convenience of the user and provides a simple link for the user to click on in order to access a specific stream," Justice Richard Arnold said.

"It is true that the technical effect of clicking on the link is to direct the stream from the UCG site to the user's computer, but even so the stream is presented in a frame provided by YouTube. In all the circumstances, I consider that YouTubeis responsible for the communication. ""

Fixed that for you!

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

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Of course you wouldnt sue your optometrist...

... but then again you're not a lawyer...

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Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

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Re: OCP

Heat seeking doesnt work on ICBM. In fact most guidance systems dont because you dont have a heat signature (an ICBM uses all its fuel in the first few minutes and then "cruises" to its target), you have a low radar signature (the cross section of an ICBM is relatively small), the ICBM is travelling very fast, and its not transmitting on other frequencies. So shooting down an ICBM is pretty difficult stuff.

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Wow I cant believe no-one thought of that...

Oh my god, all those engineers and boffins working on this, and they never thought of that. You should totally take control of the project because the people running it are obviously too stupid to realise its as simple as that...

*rolleyes*

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Gotcha: Oz Greens squeeze web snoop law confession

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Re: Rational voting

"This does however require a high level of cynicism."

When dealing with politicians, is their any other sort?

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15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

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Re: Soft target?

That was kind of my first thought. If the hackers were after something which required a physical delivery, then surely it should be easy to track down the culprits (hint: check the delivery addresses). I know that there are ways to make this more difficult PO Boxes, etc. but anytime you actually have a physical delivery makes the chances of tracking someone a thousand times easier than a purely digital medium...

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Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

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Re: Statute of Limitations...?

There already is... It's called the life of a Patent...

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Not really enough details in the text

We are all kind of jumping to the conclusion that this is trolling, but there could be details we are missing. For one thing there are companies licensing this tech so its obviously not a completely trolling patent. Its actually being used for products.

Still I agree that going after the end product seems wrong when the suit should be against the manufacturers of the individual items that are (probably) in violation. Unless of course the firms being attacked are designing the LED themselves and specifying the manufacturing method and only outsourcing manufacture which would put the onus back on the designers I would think as being the orchestrators of the patent violation.

Can El Reg provide more info along this line?

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ICANN puts Whois on end-of-life list

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Re: The data overhead? Really?!

What are you missing? The fact that ICANN cant make money from Whois....

Or am I being too cynical?

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

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Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."

Sense of humour fail...

Please recalibrate your satire meter and try again...

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Saucy selfie app Snapchat hits $800m valuation as VCs chuck cash around

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Re: I use Snapchat and it is very useful

Alright Dave, I'll bite...

Will you pay for it when the inevitable price tag gets attached?

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Agreed...

I cannot understand this... The may have a huge following with "Da Yoof" but "Da Yoof" are also the first to jump ship if something starts trying to charge them money. So I'd love to hear how they are going to "monetize" this fickle audience...

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Re: "based on an interoperable open standard"

I just got back from Japan, and they have recently lined up pretty much all of their metro systems to run on any city card. So whilst each city has a different card "brand" they all work everywhere. You have seriously no idea how convenient that was!

If they can get the same thing happening in the UK, trust me, you will be a happy camper in the long run!

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Doubling? Did I miss something?

You say that a 20 carnet trip costs £22, and a week pass costs £12. So buying 2 week passes, costs £24.

I would hardly hardly consider a £2 add on as doubling the cost of transport!

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Vodafone coughs up £6.5bn for Kabel Deutschland

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Hmmm...

I've had Kabel Deutschland internet once since living in Germany and it was superb, much faster then normal connections and absolutely no dropouts (except when the modem froze, but thats another story).

However, since movingout of that particular apartment, I havent had it again. The reason - the cost to install it to your building. I was particularly shocked to find out that it would cost €3800 to have it installed to my building (a terrace house) when both of the buildings on either side already had it installed. Thanks but no thanks...

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NORKS harbouring 3,000-strong cyber army, claims Seoul

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This always makes me wonder...

The whole reason that the Norks general population isnt permitted the internet is to try and hide the realities that the rest of the world is not starving worse then they are and to maintain the belief that North Korea really is the shining beacon of humanity that their glorious leaders say they are.

But if you take 3000 people and task them with trawling the internet for things to attack and they will pretty quickly see that their leaders are full of sh*t (half an hour on Youtube should do it!). Now you can probably sweeten the deal for those 3000 by giving them access to everything, great pay, etc but eventually someone is going to let slip the truth to family members, who let slip to neighbours and before you know it an entire town is going to be aware that things arent quite as rosy as they are being told they are. At that point, keeping the word from spreading further is not going to be an easy task.

Add to that, that even the most basic script kiddie has to have some level of intelligence and so when confronted with evidence like that, they have to begin having second thoughts about the bollocks spewing from the "Great Leader" and you wonder why such info hasnt spread through the masses more widely.

I'm not suggesting that this army of 3000 doesnt exist but I'm also aware that people cant keep secrets (especially not 3000 script kiddies!), which makes me wonder how the Nork general population doesnt know more about the rest of the world. And why there isnt more of an outflux of people fleeing the sinking ship that is North Korea?

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Apple claims shot in arm for Cupertino from new Fruit Loop HQ

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WTF?

Apple fines its staff? WTF?

I dont care if its $5, any company that tried to fine me would quickly find itself with a position to fill and a burgeoning reputation of being complete a$$hats!

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Germans purge selves of indigestible 63-letter word

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Non-Dutch people speaking Dutch

Non-Dutch people speaking Dutch just doesnt work... You end up having to clear your throat after every second word because in English you only make those sound when your trying to bring up a very stubborn bit of flem!

Saying that , it's still easier to understand then Glaswegian...

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

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ASA only investigates complaints

If you have a bee in your bonnet about VM's "Fibre", make a complaint to the ASA. They only investigate things if people make a complaint, so having a whinge about it here on El Reg isnt going to accomplish anything, go and have a whinge at ASA, and hopefully they'll get off their butt and deal with it...

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Re: Come on 150GB a month @ aahjnnot

Of course they dont watch any porn... *wink wink*

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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Hmmm...

"...faraway clouds of water and alcohol. Such localities are where hot young stars are to be found..."

So we're talking Ibiza then... Does that position Earth somewhere in the equivalent of the Spanish Riveira? Somewhere beautiful but which you drive past because Barcelona's only that little bit further away? ;)

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Ecuador: Let's talk about not having Julian Assange on our sofa

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Re: @ Sir Sham Cad

You guys all seem to be forgetting that its not as simple maths as that. I earn X from my company per hour for doing the work, but my time is sold to the customer at 3X minimum, because you have to include backroom staff and equipment, the front line equipment (in this case, the fully stocked cop car for the plod to sit around in, the gun, night stick, radios, dashboard computer, etc.), and a host of other overheads.

I would imagine that the 3million figure comes from how much the forces that have been deployed for this could have earned if they were deployed for the same amount of time protecting a football game or the like.

So going by the base figure for salaries is just being silly...

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WW II U-boat attacks prompt new US response

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Re: Remediate?

I would totally hire "Jim'l Remediate It" to do my lawn mowing...

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Re: Pheromones...

"juvenile hormone has absolutely no effect on humans or indeed any vertebrate at all.

Are you sure? I've seen a lot of Chavs who seem to have been affected (or at least dont appear to have left the Juvenile state). Although, it doesnt appear to have harmed their ability to breed (unfortunately)...

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Copyright minister admits: Google has better access to No. 10 than me

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Re: How is Google able to influence the UK government given it pays no UK taxes!

Oh but Google do pay there way, just not via the Exchequer. They pay via politicians jaunts, gifts, backhanders, and easy jobs upon retirement.

Why else do you think they're not told to fuck off... ;)

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Something I find baffling

Something I find baffling about this is why are they bothering to talk to the minister? As you say, he's the third one this year, that means he's had 2 months maximum to come in and get to know the department, and its only natural he doesnt really know all that much about whats going on.

Why arent the questions being asked directly to the "unelected copyright czar" as you put it. He will actually know what is going on, and actually can say who started putting the pressure on to remove copyright, when they started putting the pressure on and how hard the department has been following/fighting the demands.

Who cares what the minister says, he's only there for the photo opportunities and the chance for free lunches. Lets ask the questions to the permanent employees who deal with the real work day in and day out...

We've all seen Yes, Minister after all...

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Oi, Google! Stop LIBELLING us Germans, fix your autocomplete

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Re: Ruling seems reasonable

Exactly. Google arent being asked to change their results or their algorithms, they're just being asked to filter the autocomplete function. If someone still searches for the words together then there is no issue with what sites they find, but someone shouldn't immediately be branded as a scientoligists or a fraud just because google's algorithms say so.

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Google adds Atari Easter Egg for Breakout's birthday

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Curse you El Reg

There goes my productivity for today!

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Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service

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Am I the only one reminded of Bill Hicks?

Talking about the Persian Gulf distraction Part 1...

“See, everyone got boners over the technology, and it was pretty incredible. Watching missiles fly down air vents, pretty unbelievable. But couldn’t we feasibly use that same technology to shoot food at hungry people? Know what I mean? Fly over Ethiopia, ‘There’s a guy that needs a banana!’ SHOOP. The Stealth Banana. Smart fruit!” - Bill Hicks

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New Zealand to bar software patents, again

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Re: Obvious

People do get to do whats called Donkey voting which is where you delibrately falsify your vote, i.e. leave the ballot blank, put a zero for every candidate or as one friend of mine does draw a picture of a donkey taking a dump on the ballot.

The number of Donkey votes is actually counted so you can actually see how many people are making that form of protest, in certain areas its disproportionally high...

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German court: 'Nein' to Apple 'global consent' on fanbois' privacy

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I love living in Germany

Seriously, the Germans are one of the few people in the world who have actually taken the time to LEARN from their previous mistakes. During the reign of the Nazis, and then with the actions of the Stazi, Germans have come to realise just how important personal privacy is, and they will go to almost any length to protect that. Its incredibly comforting to live here.

I just hope that other countries (Aus, UK, US) dont have to go through their own Stazi years before they learn that Privacy is important...

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

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Re: US Treasury said ????

Its comments like these that make the rest of the world look at Americans and just go "Wow, they really are THAT Batshit Crazy!".

As an Australian I find it positively hilarious when Republican Americans call the Democrats communists - the most left wing party in the US is still FAR to the right of Australia's most right wing party. And when you look at that comparison compared to Europe, it really does make you Americans look even more insane.

Seriously, havent you guys heard of the centre of the political spectrum? I guess what the rest of the world thinks of as centralist policies wouldnt even register on your political scale (its too far off to the left!)...

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Taiwanese uni sues Apple over FaceTime and QuickTime

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Why do companies get to shop around?

Can someone explain to me, why companies (or a university in this case) get to shop around to choose the most patent litigation friendly court they can find?

Surely they should have to bring the case in either their own district or the district where the company they are attacking is headquartered? Ok some leeway could be given to have the court case in the area where the design, development, or manufacturing occurs, but just choosing a court which is seen as friendly but which has no specific connection with either firm seems ridiculous.

If I was someone living in East texas, I would be very annoyed that so much court time and court resources are being used up by firms that are not located in the area and which arent paying tax in the area! Not to mention the fact you're made to look like tits by the judges in the area but thats another point entirely...

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NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat

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Re: Solar sail? Ion drive?

@ Steven Roper: Hi Steve, Similar ideas have been proposed before but the problem is that your adding another form of debris into the orbit, when you burn a monopropellant or similar you should (hopefully) end up with nothing larger then molecule size and it should all be in gas or plasma states (which tend to disperse becoming even less of a hazard). This means that its unlikely to cause damage to something running through it.

However, Liquids tend to cling together (their are clips on you tube of astronauts "drinking" tea with chopsticks) which means you have a much larger target which at orbital velocities will do a lot of damage. Best earth example I can think of is that if you jump off a high bridge (Sydney Harbour Bridge, Forth Bridge, etc) hitting the water is akin to landing on concrete (and you get very similar injuries, and well death!). So even though your hitting a liquid if you hit it fast enough you arent going to notice that it wasnt solid. The damage will still be extensive...

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OK lets try this

The speed of the satellites relative to each other was over 24,000 km/h. In 1 second at that speed you travel 6.67km! So to cover that 200m which you say is an easy miss, that takes all of 30milliseconds. You cant blink that fast.

Now considering that predicting a trajectory where the slightest perturbation might mean that in the course of 1 second you are now 6.67km from where you were supposed to be, do you really consider 200m to be close...

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2,000km-wide Eye-of-Sauron MONSTER hurricane spotted on Saturn

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Re: I blame CO2 emissions.

"Yes, but the records only go back to 1978 when the Hall of Records was mysteriously blown away."

-- Lisa Simpson

(Ah what would we do without the simpsons? There"s a quote for every situation...

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Police arrest suspect in BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY

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bollocks

Replying to a spam email (especially the unsubscribe list) will only see you deluged with a new flood of spam, as your account is now recognised as active.

Best thing to do is set your blocking rules so that anything that carries certain words in the text is filed directly to the garbage bin. Set up right and you will rarely see a new spam message.

Thats all you can do for now, at least until either a) stupid people who reply to spam are removed from the internet (unlikely - i mean who will watch all of the cat videos?), b) it becomes legal to castrate the spammers and hang them from the nearest light pole (again unlikely - lousy democrats!)...

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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Re: No more contracts for me

You signed a 10 year contract on a phone??? Seriously???

Did you even read the contract or are you just one of these idiots who will happily sign anything put in front of them?

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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Re: Is the new App compulsory?

Hey Dana,

Check the story that just appeared on the Reg. Facebook are in discussion with Apple about implementing some form of Facebook Home. So this may soon be affecting your iPhone soon enough...

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Re: Is the new App compulsory?

Facebook use might not be compulsory, but it"s various apps are usually pre-installed on every phone you get these days (and normally can only be removed by rooting the phone!).

The worry for all of us is that on the next phone you buy, this piece of cr-app might be pre-installed on the phone. Combine that with a waz to prevent people rooting their phones and what are you going to do?

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ExxonMobil's oil spill rids neighborhood of 'venomous snakes'

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Re: Built on top...

Hey AC, You describe one possible situation. Let me describe to you the opposite.

In Sydney back in the 50's they built a nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights (for medical isotope creation and research). It was built (at the time) a 3 hour drive from any other part of the city. It is now well within the limits of Sydney and has a residential area not far away (although thats known as Barden Ridge to avoid the name association with a reactor).

The reactor is now 60 years old and there are plans to replace it with a new and safer design. However, the local residents are all up in arms about this because they dont want to live next to a nuclear reactor. The fact that the current reactor was there first and that they were the ones that moved next to it, doesnt seem to penetrate these stupid peoples minds.

So whilst its possible this Oil pipeline was laid through the town in which case, Exxon should get in a lot of trouble, there is also the possibility that when the pipe was laid in the 40's it was nowhere near the town and that the people moved next to the pipeline ,in which case the local council are the ones that need a kick in the butt for allowing to happen. So until we know the actual details, I wouldnt rush in blaming anyone...

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Microsoft Xbox exec quits after ENRAGING the INTERWEBS

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Re: Did he actually mention xbox.next?

Damn straight. I think my first question if I was ever conducting interviews (fortunately I'm not in that position. I wonder why?) would be "Do you use twitter?" If the answer is yes then its time to move to the next candidate.

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ACLU documents shows free access to emails for IRS tax police

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Re: Bribery by any other name.

A small state and more local government does not solve this problem. Stronger laws against bribery and dodgy campaign contributions are what is needed. In actual fact though I suspect that stronger laws are not needed, what is actually needed is for the Police to actually police the laws as they stand (there are, I'm sure , already laws against bribery and dodgy campaign contributions are already on the books)...

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Re: Where does the carbon go?

Depending on the liquid metal to use, the fact that the Carbon thoroughly mixes into the metal could be fantastic. Think of the production of high carbon steels, you run your regular steel in molten form through the converter and bang you will have coming out the top end your high carbon steel and a nice amount of H2 for burning. Win Win...

And whilst you might not like the fact they are issuing press releases to say they are investigating new technologies, personally I love hearing about this stuff. If this press release inspires other research agencies to work on it and develop improvements to make it a viable system then fantastic, or at the very least if it inspires some kid to get into a science or engineering career in the future then its jobs well done. If all you want from Science news is articles of when they have actually solved a problem and saved the world then you better get used to only hearing about politics and crime on the news because science doesnt work that way.

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Hey El Reg

Every year we see these predictions that the PC is dead. First it was the "next gen" consoles which were going to kill it, then it was supposed to be the Netbooks, then the Ultrabooks, then Smartphones, now Tablets.

I would be seriously interested to see how Gartners predictions have actually panned out over the years. Why dont you go and have a look at the predictions from 5, 10, 20 years ago and see how accurate they were. It would give us all a much better idea of how much or little we should bother to take an interest in what Gartner (as opposed to any other would-be-prophecysing firm) has to say.

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Anonymous joins forces with arch-enemy The Jester against Norks

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Re: Great...

I'd say the three confirmed nuclear weapons tests they have conducted pretty much guarantee that they have nuclear weapons. Whether they are deployable on their rockets is another question...

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Kiwi boffins bid up Earth-like planet prediction

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Its an interesting idea...

To look outside of the Earth distance for Earth like planets is a very interesting idea as there are a lot of suns that are bigger than our planet (our sun is pretty middling on the solar scale), so if a planet is further away it might still be in the goldilocks zone (the goldilocks zone of that particular sun having moved further away from the sun due to the suns bigger energy output).

Very cool idea... 100 billion earth-like planets. For me, I think that pretty much answers the question of whether other intelligent life exists in the universe...

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

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Re: You might want to check your map there, mate

I didnt know Crows could carry cargo!!! Why the bloody hell do we bother with trucks and roads!!!

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USA's H-1B skilled worker visa applications open

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Re: This is the way to do it.

Tier 1's cannot just "turn up". A Tier 1 visa must be applied for from outside of the country (the only exception being if you have just completed a Masters (or higher level) degree at an approved UK Higher Educational Institution (and there is actually only a select list of universities that count for this approval)).

If you have passed the ridiculously high entry bar, and paid out the over £1300 in non-refundable processing fees, then yes you can come and start looking for a job in England. But during the time where you dont have a job you are not entitled to any government assistance. Considering that one of the minimum requirements for a Tier 1 visa is to have a Masters degree level of education then its no real wonder that Tier 1's are usually able to find work relatively easily.

Oh and as someone has already said their is a quota for immigrants. Just dont include the europeans in that...

So quit your whinging. If Brits bothered to complete university degree level education in areas where there are skills shortages - engineering, science, medicine - then maybe things wouldnt be such a problem and you might be able to compete. Or get out of the EU, prevent the low skilled workers from eastern europe taking the jobs of the low skilled workers from the UK, and see how that turns out for you...

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