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

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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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Re: This is the way to do it.

I wish Brits would stop parroting this nonsense about having open borders to the whole world. You dont!

There is a very strict limit on the number of foreign (read: non-EU) immigrants that can come to the UK. And to do that you have to show a ridiculous amount of documentation, perseverance and cough up a ridiculous amount of money (non-refundable of course) just to have your application looked at (with no guarantee that you will be accepted, and even if you do not get accepted you dont get your money back).

If you have a problem with immigration to the UK then get your MP to lobby to get you out of the EU. Because the EU allows free cross border immigration and you cant stop those european immigrants, so either get out of the EU (and block the european migrants) or instead quit your whinging and stop making scapegoats out of the rest of us.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: Animal Liberation Down Under

It depends where they drop you off. I mean if someone dropped me off in Blackpool I'd be winging my way back across the channel before youl could say "blimey". Mind you I wouldnt necessarily be flying back to the bastard who dropped me off in Blackpool.

Except maybe to crap on his windscreen a few times!

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Lightspeed variable say intellectuels français

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Are you sure?

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Ex-state attorney general probes Tech Data CEO's sale of $2m shares

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When were the results announced?

If the CEO has ditched his shares just before the announcement caused the share price to drop that surely has to be a violation of insider trading laws.

However from the story, I cant quite tell when this "accounting error" was reported compared to when he made the share sale. Can you clarify that El Reg?

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Software glitch WIPES OUT listings of 10,000 eBay sellers

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Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.

OK I agree with you guys to some extent, but you could apply your reasoning to any business. If the electricty company has a power failure then your bricks and mortar store wont be able to run the cash registers and bang you cant make any sales. The Power company isnt obliged to pay you compensation for this, just like Ebay isnt obliged to pay you if it drops your listing. Same could be said if you host your own sales website, if the council decides top rip up the pavement outside your shop or anything.

So whilst you have to factor in these losses into your business plan, you still can feel mightily miffed when such failures occur. But there's probably not much you can do about them...

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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

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Re: Obama's goals

Please check your facts Mr Troll.

The funding for the shuttles was cut by Mr Bush Jnr (he of the Republican persuasion) and the US has been propping up Egypt with about $200mil every year for the last 30 years. I didnt hear any complaints from republicans when it was that nice man Mr Mubarak in charge (he of the totalitarian, torturing persuasion)?

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

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I thought everyone knew?

Having a bonkers gaming machine has very little to do with gaming performance, its all about willy waving. I thought everyone knew that?

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Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

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Chinternet

I think thats my new word of the day. Perfectly describes the Chinese "Behind the Great Firewall" Internet system.

Nice one El Reg!

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Attention, CIOs: Stop outsourcing or YOU will never retire

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Re: This isn't just an IT problem

I have had a company demand that I sign a contract to pay back the company for my training courses before. I refused to sign it (and so didnt do the training).

If the company hires me knowing that I dont have the exact skills they need, then its up to them to put me on the course, because otherwise they cant make use of me. Additionally, if they are paying me a decent wage why would I be looking to leave? So unless they are planning to shaft me on pay rises in the next few years why on earth would they want me to sign something that might end up costing me a few grand?

That may sound like a selfish point of view but having been shafted more than once over the last few years by different companies, I'm no longer willing to be the one left holding the can...

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Here's the solution to UK IT

If you want people to go into IT, solution is simple - PAY THEM A DECENT WAGE!!!!

The majority of people will not do a job JUST because it is interesting. If you want to attract the best into your company/industry then you have to pay them top dollar. If you're not willing to do that, then please continue outsourcing now, and prepare to be screwed in the future...

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Outages plague Hotmail and Outlook users

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"a vision for modern email."

I had 2 email addresses with Hotmail (one semi-professional and one for the rest), one of which has been transferred to Outlook.com (not by choice, It changed on me automatically!), and I have to say that if Outlook.com is "a vision for modern email" then who ever had that vision must have been on one hell of a bad trip! (probably balled up in the corner, sucking their thumb, crying and hoping it would all go away soon).

I havent noticed any changes in functionailty which would make me want to change the other account over to Outlook.com and the GUI is just awful... Anyone know how I can change from outlook.com back to hotmail?

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Retailer challenges Visa penalty fees in data security dust-up

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Sorry Guppy...

Sorry Guppy, but thats far too sensible to ever being taken seriously...

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Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah

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Re: Word of warning

It depends entirely what you're after out of your move. I've known dozens of brits who made the move down under, loved it and never looked back. Ive also known dozens who came for a while, found that they missed their family too much (or some other reason, but family tended to be the main one) and were gone after a couple of years.

It depends what people are really looking for when they move. Australia may have better weather and all that, but you still have to work hard to get what you want. If you thinking moving to Australia will instantly entitle you to all the things you ever wanted, then you're in for a nasty shock, and you probably wont enjoy it and you will leave again soon. But if you are moving with the realisation that life is not that different and you will have to work just as hard as you did in England then you will find a country where you will probably be happy and want to stick around...

Anyway, spoken as an immigrant myself (I moved from Aus to Germany 2 years ago and I havent looked back! =)

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New UK cyber-champ: Chemist's winning formula cracks 'F1 race hack'

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What does it say?

What does it say about UK cyber security experts when the winner of their most elaborate competition is an untrained chemist?

Or are the real cyber security experts too busy to take part in the competitions?

(or is the competition a crock of s%*t?)

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Re: Right.

Amen to that!!!

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Corporates! Bring in all-purpose filler for IT skills gap, thunders Steelie Neelie

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Re: EU Waste

This depresses me so much. I work for an EU research agency on a project which will be sending an instrument to Mars to perform solid science, and you wouldnt believe the fight we had to go through to get funding. And yet on a bunch of ads that will accomplish nothing, the EU will happily throw €4.5m down the drain...

This is seriously depressing... Beer icon because thats what I need right now...

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Report: Danish government hits Microsoft with $1bn tax bill

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Re: Err...

Your kind of missing the point. The deal to buy the company was worth $1.2b, but the company has continued to make a profit since then, and it is this which they are being charged the $1b in tax on. It says in the article that microsoft diverted about $11b in revenue out of the country using this tax avoidance/evasion method (if the danish government wins its evasion, if they lose it was only avoidance!). So $1b in tax on $11b in revenue still seems very low to me!

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Re: Wrong...

How many ships were lost at sea through the early millenia of human exploration? I guarantee it would be more than 1 in 70. How many of the early attempts to fly a plane across the Atlantic were lost? A lot more than 1 in 70.

Humankind is used to taking risks in the name of exploration. Loss of life is always tragic but without that adventurous spirit we would still be sitting up in the trees, scratching ourselves and picking the fleas out of each others fur...

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Wrong...

Wrong the idea is about showing that we can get to and fly past Mars without any major technologies beyond what we have today. Once something like that is done, it would hopefully lead to performing incremental updates which would allow landing on say Phoebus first, then maybe entering orbit around Mars, and finally landing on Mars.

Normally, once something is shown to be able to be done, humans jump at the opportunity to take it further (sea exploration, flight, computing, etc.), but for some reason manned space travel never followed that same path, maybe this will be the rocket up the bum of civilisation that gets us moving in that direction!

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Stargazers spot first-ever planet forming in dusty disc

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Re: boffins with brains the size of planets

I thought it was just Aussies that couldnt come up with imaginative names...

The Snowy Mountains

The Great Sandy Desert

The Brown Snake

The Red Back Spider

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Google: Our 'freedom of expression' should trump punters' privacy

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Re: The law is an attempt to return to a bygone age

Good luck getting any media organisation to remove data of the sort you mention from a website - the Public Interest defence would hold up in court 99 times out of 100.

Now if they have published that you commited a crime and you were acquitted, then you could probably force them to print a retraction (those good ol' english libel laws), and hopefully that would show up in the search results as well.

So we're back to where we are now...

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Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks

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Re: ::yawns::

Does posting (repeatedly) on el reg about how wasting company bandiwdth is a firing offense count as wasting company bandwidth?

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Mail.ru tycoon, Silicon Valley titans announce $3m life science prizes

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Fair Play to them...

Fair Play to them this is a terrific thing to be doing for Science.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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Re: bit dubious about 18,000

I'm going to guess they've gone with the total ship volume which is naturally not the entire cargo area (small things like engines, crew accomodation, the tower, etc tend to get in the way...

18,000 total size, 15,000 actual cargo carry ability. Sounds about right to me...

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FIFA stages shoot-out between British and German goal line tech

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Re: Thin end of the wedge

Yep and its made Cricket so much more interesting! Who doesnt love to hear the aussies sledging the new batsmen?

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But...

But will the English system work when there are the wrong types of leaves on the pitch???

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Russian boffins race to meteorite crash lake as shard prices go sky-high

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Re: Dig deeper !

The belief is that the Tunguska meteorite exploded in the atmosphere and so nothing actually made it to Earth.

Quite lucky really that it happened where it did, if it had happened over Europe - the loss of life could have been phenomenal.

Mind you if it had happened over Europe and the loss of life had been phenomenal, then we would probably have developed space defenses by now, and be off exploring and settling the other planets in the Solar System... Hmmm....

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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Humanity, I'm proud!

After millions of years of evolution, after thousands of years of technological development, its still the rock to which a man turns to when he needs to get the job done...

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Re: A little more background...

When thinking about the family, the word "Scum" comes to mind...

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Re: @Thorne

This report also missed the fact (mentioned on the BBC) that all of her teeth fell out over a year ago...

Only thing I can think is Moron.

And maybe that her partner should be held liable, because if my partner started to do something incredibly stupid and dangerous to her healththen I'd be stepping in their quick smart to try and stop it...

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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

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Re: Pressure groups

There is - it's called the NRA...

(Awaiting down votes from americans...)

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New Zealand court hands out second peppercorn downloading penalty

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Re: Let me get this straight

Wait, why does this cost the New Zealand Tax Payer anything? RIANZ is a private concern, right? So I say let them go for it... The more money they lose, the quicker they'll go bankrupt and leave us all the hell alone!

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Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

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Re: So in summary

Commercial audio creation apps on iOS? Seriously who would be using a phone to create music?

OK I acknowledge that a lot of music production these days is done on Apple products (Macs are well known for this) and I'm sure Snow Leopard (or whatever the latest Big Cat is these days) is great for it, but honestly I cant imagine anyone seriously into audio creation using a phone to produce their music with...

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Astronomers unravel solar system's strange energy 'ribbon'

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Re: So...

I dont think you quite understood the story Peter.

Just outside of the Solar System (beyond the point where the Solar Wind stops) we have a "ribbon" where energetic particles collect. This hasnt been properly explained before. What this thesis does is attempt to explain the phenomenon by saying that this is caused by the particles being trapped by the distortion in the magentic field of the intestellar medium caused by the solar system passing through it. Its a very interetsing theory.

Your suggestion above, fails to acocunt for this ribbon (i.e. that its only a thin slice - hence the name "ribbon") and only describes what happens at the Heliopause.

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Profitless internet biz Pinterest seeks $2.5 BILLION valuation

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Double Smubble...

"On the holiday online sales day known as Cyber Monday, the number of referrals for products that came from Pinterest more than doubled from the same day the year before, according to Adobe's Digital Index."

Double of 1 is still bugger all... Without actual figures, I would consider that to be a pretty useless argument...

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