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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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"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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Bond... James Bond

I have to say that 90 quid for 22 films (and bond films at that!) certainly hits the right price point for this consumer! Dont tell me the movie industry has actually started listening to consumers now???
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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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Did Vatican commit Cardinal sin over Wikipedia bios?

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By any chance?

Has the Vatican changed to that new swedish religion Kopimism?
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WHSmith Kobo Vox e-reader

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OK i get your point but...

... your comparison works for most things. For example, some older friends of mine recently took a business class flight for their honeymoon and got upgraded to first class (I wish i knew how they did this!). Since then they havent flown again, as how can they go back to cattle class after trying first class!

Im sure Ferrari drivers would feel the same if offered a Fiat Punto to drive as a replacement vehicle.

The point is not everyone can afford the high end kit, so these low cost tablets are there way of getting the experience. Its not as nice an experience and there's sure to be a few grizzles and cut corners but sometimes anything is better then nothing!

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iPad typos are Apple's fault, not yours - new claim

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Ahem...

"El Reg contacted Apple, which had not responded at the time of publication"...

And unless a single recent communication is to be taken as a significant change to a long lasting policy, I expect we will have to wait until moments before the official news conference of the long awaited Ski-Resort Hell (complete with frozen over ice-skating rink) before El Reg receives a response from Apple on this topic!

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Boffins demo time-warp cloaking device

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;)

It already has... Didnt you notice?

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UNSW researcher creates four-atom silicon wires

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My guess...

I'd hazard a guess that it comes down to the fact that previously every one thought it wasnt possible for Ohm's law to hold sway beyond 10nm. Now that its been shown that it is possible, the engineers can go away and work out how to make it work in the real world.

Thats how Science and Engineering always work - Science shows us that something works (in a normally not-useful-in-the-real-world sort of way) and Engineering goes and turns it into useful products! (Disclaimer: Yes im an engineer, couldnt you tell? ;) )

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LG preps '14in screen in 13in chassis' Ultrabook

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Explanation

There's usually a significant amount of space around the edges of the screen on any laptop, obviously LG have worked out how to reduce this in order to fit the 14" in.

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Japan tasks Fujitsu with creating search-and-destroy cyber-weapon

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@ AC

One point just to mention - you kept saying that its not possible to know when someone will have an infection thats useful or to how they get infected, etc. But my response to that is simple - ever heard of a Honeypot?

As for appending information to data, this is relatively easy, its how many computer viruses/malware operate, by having one program (legit or otherwise) which is desired and thus installed willingly by the operator, but with a small payload attached which is the virus and which is installed at the same time. Depending on the data being sent between the victim and the upstream, this could potentially be a vector for attack.

But theres no point arguing about this, until someone gets off there butt and codes it into reality, i think were going to be suffering from malware and zombies for a while yet to come...

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Depending on the type of cyber attack, this could be possible. If its a phishing attack for example, the information being stolen needs to be sent to a computer under the hackers control. If you can attach some means to piggy back on this info and then send details back of the hackers computer back to the "good guys", then you have your working system.

Additionally, even if a botnet is being used, if you can trace back to the infected zombie computer then installing another program on to the zombie is probably less difficult then you would think (the zombie computer probably isnt very well defended in the first place if its already in a botnet). Once on the zombie, it could be possible to trace back to the command and control computers of the botnet.

So frankly whilst being very difficult tfrom a technological point of view, and difficult from a legal point of view, the truth is that anytime you want information from someone, you need a return path and that leaves open a door for someone else to trace you.

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Apple accused of starving French reseller of hot stock

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It says in the article (and i quote) - "eBizcuss, the largest reseller in France..."

Someone appears to have failed the reading comprehension test... ;)

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Whale versus shark in KIWI DEATH MATCH!

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;)

"In fight terms it would be a bit like watching Royce Gracie quickly choking out Arnold Schwarzenegger."

Or Chuck norris taking on everybody... at the same time...

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'God Bless America': Atlantis prepares to return home

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"Thank you to America for supporting this programme"

That statement made me laugh quite hard!

If America was supporting the program, NASA astronauts wouldnt be making their trips to the ISS in Soyuz capusles for the foreseeable future...

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MPs probe science behind bogus gov booze guidelines

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An old joke...

The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or the Americans. On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or the Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or the Americans. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or the Americans.

Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. It’s speaking English that kills you.

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

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Sorry Vladimir...

... But i could not disagree with you more!

I potentially could agree if the hacking (and it was hacking - illegal entry into an electronic device without permission. The technical details of how it was done are irrelevant.) was done in the interest of news worthy stories. Actual news worthy stories. And there exists a public interest defence in such cases, in fact, in the past MP's have been caught out doing illegal things by means of deception and illegal entry. This is considered legal due to being in the public interest.

But the fact of the matter was that, the hacking that the NotW was doing was not in the public interest, it was in the sole interest of peddling cheap trashy headlines to morons and selling more newspapers.

And for the examples you mentioned - if the hacking had been done to try to prove that there was collusion between MP's and industry lobbyists then no one would be complaining. Tony Blair's actions where immoral for certain, but unfortunately they were not illegal under UK law. Yes there are more serious crimes out there, but by the same token then you may as well ask the police not to bother dealing with assaults and robberies because theres murders happening out there.

The NotW journalists (ironic that theyve always been called Hacks!) broke the law and they did so not for some high ideal of journalism or attempting to unearth a stroy that it is in the public interest to know, but solely to peddle utter tat, and make a bit of profit from others misery. If that doesnt deserve the full hand of justice then i dont know what does...

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