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Bond Blu-ray box set marks 50 years on film

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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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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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Triceratops horn find supports meteor extinction theory

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The way fossils occur...

Most fossils occur in areas that were rivers, or mud plains. I.e. the dinosaur gets stuck, or dies, sinks quickly to the bottom, gets covered (also quickly) in mud and hence microbes and the like are unable to have enough time to fully consume the body, taking only the flesh before the oxygen is depleted beyond the point where they can survive.Hence we get bones leftover...

Now imagine what happens to settling dust onto a river or mud plain? It would tend to float away or be absorbed into sedimentary layers. Therefore, finding well defined KT layers in areas where fossils are most likely to have been formed is a very difficult task.

I hope that helps explain why finding fossils in and around the KT layer is so difficult...

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UK gov chews over Amazon Book Depository engulfment

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Sorry...

Sorry but that was far too rational an argument, it will never be considered by the OFT...

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Wallabies battle cattle farts

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I love Roo meat!

Roo Meat is one of the few things ive missed since leaving our sunny shores... That and some proper Fish and Chips...

Healthy and with a great taste... and just think that if it does manage to become popular, it will start being farmed rather then just being from the cull and then we can start making even better tasting varieties, higher quality meat... my mouth is watering at the thought... Yum!

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US Navy invents 'Zero-Power Autonomous' ocean probe

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The advantage...

...is that you dont need power to get the thing back on the surface!

That means the batteries you were going to use to do that can be used to power higher precision, and allround better instruments. And as opposed to the throwaway ones you can afford to use better and more expensive instruments because theyre no longer one use throwaway.

Simple really...

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Office 365: Can Microsoft replace Microsoft?

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Actually the riboon is good...

Actually the ribbon is incredibly intuitive once you get to used it, and saves a heap of time. And also the latest versions (2007 onwards) have solved so many of the problems associated with working on large docs! At one point i was going to give up and go away and learn Latex but since Office 2007 came out i'm quite happy with how it works.

I know this post will be downvoted massively (he's praising microsft, oh noes!) I dont have a single complaint about the new versions of Word, Excel or Powerpoint... If your still stuck on 97 you're really making your life a hell of a lot more difficult then it needs to be!

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Phone hack police make new arrest

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Why the joke icon?

What your saying is true, isnt it?

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Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

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Ok just to be pedantic...

Solar Minimum is actually the most dangerous time for astronauts to be outside of the Earths protective magnetic field. Not because of Solar Flares, which youre right are most dangerous at Solar Maximum, but because of Galactic Cosmic Rays. At Solar Minimum the Suns protective magentic field stops less GCR's from entering the Solar System and so there is an increase in the background radiation of these highly energetic particles.

Whilst a direct hit from a Solar Flare could potentially kill an astronaut in space, the chances of this are incredibly low (and can be designed for by having a small enclosed space which is highly protected and which the astronauts can hide in for the couple of hours or days that the Solar Flare takes place.

However, an increase in background CGR radiation is extremely harmful because it is almost impossible to design to stop CGR's effectively (being of such huge amounts of energy), and over the course of a long space journey their radiation effect will be far more noticable and hugely increase the risk of cancers and other long term radiation exposure diseases...

So Solar Minimum is bad for space travel... Very bad...

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BioWare blows brains with intro cinematics for Star Wars MMO

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One word comes to mind...

... DAMN!!!

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Citibank hack lifted 200,000 names, emails, acct numbers

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OK heres potentially a reason

This post is going to be downvoted hugely no doubt but there are some good and natural reasons why this stuff needs to be online! Citibank is a very large multinational corporation with offices in half the cities of the states as well as hundreds across the world. The people processing account actions are also most likely not located in the same city as the card holder and so yes those details need to be accessed online by others every now and again to perform a variety of account maintenance actions. These actions might include thinkgs like changes of address, contacting the client after suspicious activity on the account, processing of applications for overdrafts, new cards, etc.

So whilst you can say, this stuff should never be online, it needs to be in this day and age unless you want large quantities of paper being mailed aorund the world again - and we all know thats not much more secure! Citibank at least need some congratulations for not having pins, birth dates and passwords in the same location, as weve seen so many other companies get done with before!

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Judge rules against firm that lost $345k to bank trojan

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Hmmm some specifics would seem to be in order...

A little light on the details here El Reg!

How can the bank not be held responsible? What did the company do that has seen them be held accountable for the losses? The standard is that online crime comes out of the banks profits (mainly because they want people to have the confidence to use online banking), so what was the difference here?

Without this info here, this article is useless...

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US bill would make concealing data breaches a crime

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Its called covering your ass...

That is why you put everything in writing.

"These are my suggestions of what we need to do to meet compliance with this new bill."

If your boss then shoots this list down for whatever reason, he's the one that goes to prison... Coming from the Aerospace field where if a plane goes down and its your part thats responsible then you go to prison, makes you very aware that covering your ass is very, very important...

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FARTING DEATH CAMELS MUST DIE to save the world!

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OK its just marketing...

Ok i think we all agree this is about as Green as a cricket ball (im talking colour here folks), but hey anyone who wants to go and wipe out one of the humungous numbers of pests we have roaming Australia deserves a bit of funding in my opinion.

And at least hes not going the traditional "ask the government (re every taxpayer) for a handout" route and is trying the "ask the gullible (or companies that want to appear more green then they actually are) for a handout" route...

I wish him the best of luck! (for getting the funding and for wiping out the feral camels!)

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Australian spectrum plan a win for carriers

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Yes...

Because thats just what our emergency services need to be spending their limited budgets on - specialised equipment in a relatively small volume (complete with specialised and relatively huge price) as opposed to off the shelf kit already produced in bulk.

So who wants to place their bets on which telco the AG is lining up a job with when this is all finished?

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1000 day wait for Sarah Palin emails nearly over

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Oh my god!

Oh my god! Donald Trumps walked on to The Register forums!

Quick hide the litte 'uns!

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Fort Worth joins crusade against sagging pants

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Considering...

Considering how much that last plumbing job cost me, i dont think theres any risk that a plumber will be needing to catch a bus anytime soon!

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Stealth hovercraft armada poised to invade South Korea

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See they may criticise the West

But even Kim Jong Il loves our movies... ;)

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Personal jetpacks and solar-powered ships

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Iits called a technology demonstrator, you tit...

The very first steam ships were slower then the sailing ships going from the UK to the US, but now take a look at the world, all commercial shipping is done with powered ships, not sailing ships, i wonder why that is? Could it possibly be because sailing ships are as advanced as they can feasibly be developed, where as the steam powered ships were developed into more and more powerful ships able to travel faster and further and not be beholden to the mercies of the wind?

Give the technology a chance for f%&ks sake. This sort of thing could be a god send for your oil tankers and cargo carriers - theyve got a hell of a lot more deck space in which to layout massive arrays of panels, and so in time we might be able to do away with the huge amounts of diesel powering the worlds commercial shipping. Its not going to happen overnight, but early demonstrators like this pave the way...

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Boffins tail bees with tiny radio tags

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Gluing mini-RFID's on the back of bees...

... that's a job for the intern, surely?

"Right what we want you to do is pick out the bees one by one and glue these mini tags on. Now naturally you cant use gloves for that as they're too small, so well... you'll get the hang of it. We'll be back in a few days to check how your going..."

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Bloke drives with knees while manipulating two mobes

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Ive never understood...

Ive never understood how someone can think its a good idea to text whilst driving! I mean a phone ok, it distracts your concentration but you can keep your eyes on the road the whole time, but with texting, you spend half your time looking down at the keyboard on your phone! How can anyone think thats a good idea!

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Total Recall rehash – exit Martians, enter Jessica Biel

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Well at least no ones going to confuse it with the original...

Still if its going to be so different, why not give the movie a new name? And let it try to rest on its own laurels rather then trying to piggy back on a classic?

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Twitter vs Beeb in superinjunction nark shindy

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@ MJI & Asiren

The woman in the case hired Max "Im the biggest piece of media whoring scumf&%k on the planet" Clifford to represent her and be her publicist! Do NOT try to tell me she didnt want this to get in to the public eye!

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Normally i would agree with you...

... but the specifics of the case that ive seen is that one party in the affair decided she wanted to tell the world about what she had done. The other part decided he didnt want this to happen because it would harm his reputation, so he took out a super-injunction.

Now if this was a case of the media having snooped and found out about this affair without either party wanting the world to know, then i would side with the courts and say the super-injunction is ok, but in this case one party has decided she wants to talk, what right does the other have to stop her? So quite clearly, the super-injunction should never have been allowed, as it blocks the freedom of expression and the right to free speech - not of the media (although there claiming that angle naturally) but of the party member who wanted to talk about what they had done!

So whilst not all super-injunctions are bad, in this case and plenty of others (Trafigura!) they are being administered grossly and should be thrown out...

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New Mac scareware variant installs without password

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Solution...

Send them the link for MacGuard... let them see if they need to enter the password for it to install... ;)

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Oz paper in todger-based trivia quiz outrage

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lol just lol...

That sure beats just telling the boss he's a dick on your last day at work...

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Freebie Blackhole exploit kit appears on file-sharing websites

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Hmmm...

So will the releases of these exploit and botnet kits mean that the malware writers are no longer getting paid for their services, no longer making an income and so will be forced to find a job outside of malware development to pay the bills?

Probably not, but one can certainly hope...

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Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock

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Wait, what?

"but about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son..."

So not even Jesus knows when its gonna happen? So one day the dude will be sitting on the toilet, or maybe having a shower and suddenly boom he's dropped on to Earth and expected to save people? Thats one hell of a way to start your day... I dont imagine he'll be in a particularly good mood at that point, how about you?

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Credit processors targeted in fight against spam

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Yep &...

& thats where the governments (ok probably only the Danish out of the 3 countries mentioned) & the court of public opinion come into play.

If a bank knows that its going to be seen as being a safe haven for processing fraudulent transactions, it knows its likely to lose local customers who will see it as being at risk of being shut down or penalised by the local authorities, then its going to change its behaviour. Well the Danish one anyway (and maybe the Nevis one, not sure).

The Azerbijiani one is probably not going to change its behaviour based on public opinion but if western authorities know which bank it is, it would not be very difficult for countries to place bans on transactions with that particular bank, if it continues to accept payments. If the US where to place a blanket ban on American banks making transactions with the Azerbijiani bank then that shuts that avenue and also shuts down a large swathe of that banks income. Probably will just see the spammers change to some other dodgy bank but if the ban remains even after the spammers have left, the continuous hit to profits will make banks more wary of accepting these transactions in the first place...

The article really needs to name and shame the banks involved... If only so our danish friends can no which bank to change their business away from....

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Sony restores PlayStation Network parts

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Lets answer your questions...

1) It happened in the first place due to poor security and a professional dedicated hack. So yes Fail icon here is relevant.

2) Its taken a while to restore because Sony have taken the effort to try to ensure this doesnt happen again. Yes this is closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, but you seem upset that they've "wasted" time repairing the system when you could have instead been playing games. That is an incredibly childish point of view.

3) Why do you need a software update? Why do you think? To prevent the same security breach happening again. If someone steals your keys and breaks into your house, youve got no one to blame but yourself if you dont change the locks and they break in again! So you being upset you have to download a software update to make your system safer is doubly childish!

4) Why is the password server down? Well that was explained in the article if you had manage to control your short attention span long enough to make it to the bottom of the article. It is down due to the high demand associated with lots of people (70+million accounts worth) trying to change their passwords.

Get a life, its a computer game network. Its down whilst its being fixed. It will be back soon. Deal with it!

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Renault readies sub-£7000 e-car for Blighty

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My god...

Could they make it any more ugly???

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Official: phones sting bees

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Interesting Idea...

But you'll remember there was no discernable activity when the phones were on stanby mode. If mobile towers were the problem then you would expect the presence of the phones to have no additional effect (apart from potentially increasing the level of upset in the hive). You would also expect the hives to be in a continuous state of upheaval not just 30mins after the initiation of a transmission.

The journal article doesnt mention the distance to mobile towers so i cant comment there, but i honestly cant imagine that this is a problem. Unless your hives are located directly within the region of a tower, where radio strength is constantly at the same level as that which is experienced during a phone call...

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Go and read the hournal article...

The links in the El Reg article...

If you can possibly draw any sort of conclusion except that regular phone calls actually have ZERO effect after reading the setup and results then ill be mightily surprised...

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Having read the journal article...

The claims that 43% of bee losses are caused by electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones is utterly preposterous!

The bees only began to react to the presence of the phones only AFTER 30minutes of active talking and when the phone was switched off 15minutes after this (so a 45 min call) they returned to normal activity in just 3 minutes at this time. They showed ZERO reaction to phones located in the hives which were on standby. When the phones were used for 20hours of active talking, THEN the bees reacted for some 12 hours after the conversation stopped, but honestly how likely is it that someone would be actively using a cellphone for 20 hours whilst sitting on top of a beehive! Oh and did i mention that the phones were within 10cm of the hive seperated only by the wall of the hive?

Perhaps if future research is done and shows that with the phones 1m, 5m and 10m away similar results are achieved then its maybe something worth discussing, but for now this is just scaremongering and really tells us nothing. If anything, it identifies that mobile phones are not responsible for bee losses because a standard mobile phone call (99% of which would fall well under 30mins in length) have absolutely no discernable effect on a beehive!!!

So thank you for this study showing that mobile phones are not responsible...

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Elon Musk prepares SpaceX rocket firm for IPO

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Heres one on me Lewis!

Purely for the comment on the end! A truer statement ive not heard in ages...

Pints on me...

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Galleon hedge fund founder convicted on all 14 counts

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Hmm I would suspect...

... thats because as a journalist you have to back up your claims or be sued...

As i am a non-journalist commentard making an "editorial piece" (as opposed to your news piece) i can speculate without fear... ;)

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iPad not stopping PC sales, says analyst

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Im surprised by this...

Im surprised by this as I would have suspected that tablets would be a replacement for netbooks and low range notebooks.

I would also think that there would be very few people who would by a tablet looking to replace a PC or a high end laptop...

Was the question asked "Did buying the tablet/ipad cause you not to buy a PC, notebook or netbook?" Or were the individual categories asked about? As this would make far more sense.

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Fags flash butts in nightclubs

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Hehe...

I can already see the situation where someone carries around an empty one of these waiting for it to vibrate and identify another user which they can bum one off!

Also can see the funny scenario of asking a person smoking one of these for a lighter, and the fights that will erupt when "the lying bastard refused to lend me his lighter, there he is smoking on his own so he must have a light! Lets get him!"

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