* Posts by lglethal

1178 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

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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Nordic telco CEO strolls in aftermath of Uzbek spectrum doodah

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Re: When in Rome

I absolutely hate that attitude. It seems to imply that its fine to turn off your moral compass so long as your in a country where that sort of thing is common. Well guess what - its still a dodgy, morally corrupt practice that HURTS the country your doing business in.

No one would turn around and say that joining in for a bit of gang rape was fine, because everyone else was doing it...

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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Well hopefully it helps him...

Whilst the firing might be excessive, it quite probably could be the best thing that ever happened to him. Way too many people stick around in jobs they hate. In this day and age it really is not that hard to change jobs, yes it helps the more education you have, but there are jobs out there. Maybe dont quit your current job until you have a new one, but there's nothing wrong with looking and applying.

Most people seem to be afraid to change jobs (its bad here but the next company could be worse) but the truth is that everytime you change jobs its usually a step up in pay (cause your unlikely to take something offering less then your current salary), and if you already hate your current job, even if the next job is only a little bit better thats still a massive improvement!

(Spoken as someone who has tended to change jobs every couple of years for 10 years now)...

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First ‘three strikes’ decision handed down in NZ

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Re: Three Strikes?

Guys my understanding of this is that it was for the uploading (not downloading) that she was being punished for.

So she downloaded the song, claimed it started uploading without her knowledge, received a letter saying stop uploading, which if she honestly didnt know it was uploading she probably just ignored. Then received a second and third letter and then off to court.

I have to say I believe her when she says she didnt know it was uploading. I mean if you receive a letter saying stop uploading or we're taking you to court, I think I would stop uploading, what about you?

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

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Re: Questions Questions

"Do you not count free health as a 'benefit'?"

Actually as a migrant in the UK, your health care is only free if your country has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK. If not, then you pay up front. This may not be the case for those that have been accepted as refugees, but it is for everyone else.

So this "benefit" you talk about is basically only around so that when you british buggers hurt yourself doing drunken things in another country that you get treatment there for free. I'd say thats fair wouldnt you...

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Opportunity celebrates nine years on Mars

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Re: "Expected to survive"?

For any space mission, you have to design your components to survive between 2-5 times the minimum required lifetime (depends on the component and the degree of confidence, etc.). So even if you took the Rovers design life as 5 x 90 days, your still looking at the design having survived more than 7 times the maximum life it was tested to. If that isnt something to be impressed by, I dont know what is!

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

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Re: @ Gribbler

Who financed those particular studies?

Based on a quick whip around the office - 5 people completely agreed that reading on a tablet is crap for any length of time and that e-ink is much better, 1 person didnt care either way, the new school age work experience student asked what a book was (i think he was joking, but if so remind me not to play poker with him!), and my boss told me to stop messing around and get back to work.

So there you go 5/6 people in my office preferred e-ink and 2 people gave inappropriate responses (well inapporpriate for the study)...

Where's my grant money?

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UK taxmen turn heat on tax-swerving big biz, hope to smoke out £1bn

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Re: VAT = Turnover tax!!

@AC - Sorry but you're talking bollocks. Any company that manufactures or sells something sells its products at a particular level of profit that allows them to make a living (i.e. pay other costs such as rent, employee wages, etc.). VAT is then added on to this and that is the MINIMUM price offered to customers.

There are no companies that sell at below this point unless its being done for a specific reason (to run the competition out of business (usually through illegal dumping), to act as a loss leader where peple then buy things which earn a profit (supermarkets are a good example - milk is sold at a loss, but then people buy the rest of there groceries and the profit from these covers the loss on the milk), or to try and break into a market (short term discounting). Ignoring these particular special acts, the basic rule is that if you are selling your things at below your overall cost trade off, you will go out of business. You would never include VAT in this calculation, as its not a cost for you.

Now there are some companies that can sell things for higher then their costs (Apple I'm looking at you), and perhaps for these companies you could say they set their overall price at what customers are willing to pay and then subtract VAT, but this is far from common. The reason why this is uncommon is that any company that can sell its products for a very large profit margin will soon find that it has competitors that are willing to sell the same products for a very much reduced margin and so will under cut their prices and lose the original company sales. Apple may be getting away with it (for now), but they"re a re very few others that can...

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Re: VAT = Turnover tax!!

You have missed the point Neil. It is us, THE CONSUMERS, that pay the VAT. THE SELLER collects the VAT we pay, subtracts the VAT they paid to their supplier, and hands the rest to the government. But at no point does the seller add to the VAT pool. That comes entirely from us consumers...

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Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS

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The last sentence of the article worries me...

"The patent has yet to be approved, but if Google can come up with a working prototype the results could be very interesting indeed."

If you dont have a working prototype you should never be allowed to patent something!

Otherwise I am now patenting the invisible coffee machine that fills your mouth with coffee (at desired temperature and pressure) based on your thoughts. I dont have a working prototype yet but that shouldnt be a problem, should it?

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Brit robojet ‘Taranis’ set for Oz test flight

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Dont worry...

If we Aussies can survive the snakes, crocs, spiders, jelly fish, sharks, drop bears and everything else in Australia thats constantly trying to kill us, a few pesky Terminators wont stand a chance!

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Hackers deface Indonesian president’s website

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Re: Don't quit your day job.

I never get how defacing a website is going to accomplish anything. If you're so upset about corruption, use your "l33t" skills to go and search for the corruption you claim is happening everywhere. Get the proof and then do something useful with it (pass it to the media or prosecution!).

And if you dont have the skills to accomplish any of this, shut your mouth and go learn them and stop wasting your time on ineffectual gestures which arent going to accomplish anything.

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Re: Where's Lewis Page when you need him?

There's a full list on Wikipedia going back to 1851 if you're that interested...

Just look under Australian Bushfires.

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Re: Where's Lewis Page when you need him?

Actually we have massive fires every couple of year. It just moves around the country, 1998 was Adelaide, 2004 was Western Sydney, 2006 was Canberra, 2009 was Victoria. This year Tassie and central NSW.

Nothing to unusual about the fires, the temperatures are a bit higher then normal, but still its Summer - what do you expect?

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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Re: Microsoft Research burgled - only iPads taken!

@ Eadon - If you had read the story correctly you would have seen that this was the campus where they create the MS products for Apple kit (ie MS Office and so on). So no its not likely they would have had anything but Apple kit laying around.

Fail on you... RTFA...

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Apple appeals judge's decision to boot out its Moto patent suit

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Re: Wishful thinking.

But then the lawyers would lose millions! We cant have that now can we...

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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Re: nonsense

True, but it all has to start somewhere...

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Facebook continues to CONQUER THE WORLD

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Re: What?... No....

No thats only when Zucks is involved. Discussions about fb are fine without using the attached "bitch"... so stop "bitching"... ;)

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Apple loses round to Amazon in 'App Store' name dispute

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Wrong...

MS taking a trademark on the name Windows is no different then Apple having one on Apple, Itunes or Snow Leopard. Its the product name, its original, its non-descriptive and hence trademarkable.

What your looking for is a comparion between Operating System and App Store, which is descriptive and generic, and hence should not be trademarkable.

Try and use some common sense from time to time...

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US court ungags Yelp reviewer who dissed builder

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Agreed

Hostelworld is one site I've used where the reviews can actually be answered by the company in question. Whilst a lot of the time the reviews are not answered, I have sometimes come across answers from the companies which point out the person complaining was informed about things beforehand (e.g. a complaint about nobody being there to check them in at 2am when it says quite clearly the hotel doesnt have a 24 hour reception and you have to inform them if your coming late). Alternatively some of the answers are genuine apologies, and a couple of answers have made me turn away from that hotel because they were arrogant head in the sand "Not our problem" answers. All in all, I find it a good system. Also they have a trusted user system which gives you an idea of how many reviews the person has done, so normally if a person has lots of reviews theyre pretty well travelled and so probably worth paying more attention to then someone who has never stayed in a hostel before and wouldnt know a good one from a bad one...

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Making MACH 1: Can we build a cranial computer today?

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Re: Internal vs External vs ExtraTerrestrial

And the outtakes on Youtube would be hilarious!!!

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

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Steam for the win

I have to admit that I spend way more now on games since a friend introduced me to Steam then I ever did when visiting shops. The prices are far more reasonable, the selection greater, and I dont have to face some snotty nosed teen looking down on me because I'm not buying the latest stupid shoot 'em up with an awful story line and instead buying something with a good story or some originality.

It would be interesting to know how the development companies (and the distributors) feel about the competition between online and physical sales. Online sales dont really have a cost (except probably some fee for bandwidth per sale or something from the seller (e.g. Steam)) whereas a physical sale needs to produce something (plus ship it, provide promotional material, staff a shop to sell it, etc). So an online sale may actually be better for the development companies and distributors profits even when selling for a lower retail price... I have no data to prove this of course, its just a thought...

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Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’

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Re: Good engineering

Come now its not all bad! The Martian rovers Opportunity and Spirit despite only being expected to last 6 weeks have so far lasted many years (1 is even still going!).

The upcoming Curiosity Rover whilst only having a mission thats supposed to last 2 years is expected to continue on for at least 5 more after that.

The engineering in the Space field is stil amazing, there's just less of it nowadays because we waste all of our money on unimportant things... like bailing out banks...

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

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Re: " ... do let us know how they went. " ?

Considering the expected quality of these devices, I think "how they went" is the correct terminology... ;)

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

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Re: Fake islands as copy protection

I saw a comment in a newspaper discussing this topic and it stated that this sort of copy protection was unlikely as the presence of false data in a sea chart (where peoples lives could be put at risk) would lesson people's trust in the charts and so as a rule it was not done.

So I would guess no. Also at 30km long, thats more then just a little cul de sac!

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Black Ops 2 blunder has Mass Effect on buyers

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Re: In five years

How can you have a confirmed AND unopened box?

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

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Re: It's funny, isn't it?

Your kidding right? You equate the folk behind climate scaremongering with Atheists?

You do realise that most Atheists are people with a scientific mind and who because of this like to look at the evidence on both sides. As such ALL of the Atheists that I know fall into the Climate Skeptic or Undecided camps. They are not the ones scaremongering.

Next you will be telling us that all bankers must be atheists because religious folk would never act immorally...

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SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

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Researchers always forget...

Researchers always forget that kids Lie!!!

"I had sex yesterday!"

"so did I"

"Oh yeah, who with?"

"Umm, some chick I met on the internet."

"Bull!"

"Seriously, I found her thanks to my smartphone..."

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FBI cuffs 14 over $1m 'Gone in 60 Seconds' casino scam

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Um how do you set up a throw away account???

In all the countries I've ever had banks in (Aus, UK, Sweden and Germany) you have to provide a McTruckload of data to open a bank account! If you dont have at least 3 forms of ID with addresses, etc. then forget it tiger - no bank account for you!

So how on Earth can you set up a "throwaway" account that you can rip off? Are US laws really that lax?

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Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

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When i read the headline...

... I assumed this was a belated April Fools Day joke! Apparently not.

My respect for the UK population continues to plummet...

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Deus Ex

I hear there is a Deus Ex movie coming based on Human Revolution. It will probably suck bi time but I will still fork out my hard earned to go and check it out. I guess I'm an optimist...

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Toyota teases next-gen Prius styling

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From the Simspons

Homer at the Alcohol fuel pump "One for you, One for me, One for you, One for me...."

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Sorry but both of those cars are ugly and bloated...

So they will probably sell perfectly in the US...

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Republican pol rips online piracy bill, defends Google

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A politician with sense?!?!?

Surely not!!!

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NASA's ageing black hole-stalking probe switched off

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Sad but wtf?

Its a sad day when such a successful piece of kit finally passes its use-by-date, but seriously it will re-enter the atmosphere sometime between 2013 and 2024!!! WTF??? In this day of space debris and responsible spacecraft management are they really saying they couldnt do something to send it towards a controlled re-entry. There wasnt a few ml of propellant left that could give it a shunt and get it out of the space lanes in a bit more timely a fashion... Poor form NASA...
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Bond Blu-ray box set marks 50 years on film

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Well bugger me!!!

I just noticed its €180 in Continental Europe (well Germany at least)... For once it looks like the UK is actually cheaper for something then Europe!
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ICANN snubs critics, opens domain extension floodgates

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Yes but...

... if enough people were to have the blocking add-on installed then it would no longer prove profitable to set up your own domain, and so companies wouldnt buy them and the whole plan would die... with ICANN getting significant egg on face as well... Its win-win...
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A small request to the techies...

Can someone please develop a firefox add-on that automatically blocks any domain name that isnt a standard extension (.com, .co, .org, etc.)? Lets get in the cyber counter-measures now and hopefully these extra domains will crash and burn before they even get off the ground...
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