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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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The $63.8m is what can be solidly proven...

I would highly suspect that that is just the tip of the iceberg!

And if i was a prosecutor with a dead solid case on $63.8m, and a more vague case on some other huge amount i would not want to sully the waters and potentially confuse or instill doubt in the jury's mind by bringing up the less solid part of the case.

He'd be going away for 20 years whether it was $60m or $60b. Why risk the case just for a bigger number?

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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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FCC commish to lobby for Comcast-NBC giant she OK'd

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I was having a discussion...

I was having a discussion just recently with an american friend of mine discussing different types of governments and their actions - Totalitarian governments pass laws to protect the Regime, Theocracies pass laws to protect the Church, Democracies pass laws to protect the People.

After much discussion we came to the conclusion that the US is no longer a Democracy! It is a Corpocracy - it passes laws to protect the Corporations.

Any nation that could possibly not see the actions of this FCC commisioner as highly corrupt and doesnt pass laws to make this sort of action illegal (or not enforce them if they already exist) cannot possibly be a Democracy...

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Shuttle mission: SPAWNING of the SPACE KRAKEN

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Thats what they want you to think...

See title...

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Scrabble friends Facebook, innit

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RIP The English Language

Im no lingusitc purist but i think you will all agree that the deathknell of the language is being sounded when a word such as grrl makes it on to the official list for anything (well except maybe the official ist of words on a job application which call for automatic rejection).

Tombstone icon, not for el reg but for our poor beloved language...

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Google sprays customers with cash in AdWords cockup

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To quote the late great Bill HIcks

"By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I'm doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now. Now, back to the show. Seriously, I know the marketing people: 'There's gonna be a joke comin' up.' There's no fuckin' joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself...borrow a pistol from an NRA buddy, do something...rid the world of your evil fuckin' presence. Thank you."

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NASA shortlists three contenders for next robo-probe mission

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Stupid lack of funding!

All 3 sound cool! Why cant we gte all 3 off the ground! =(

Maybe ESA could take on one of the losers, and JAXA the other? Or the russians?

Its such a pity that political short sightedness always means less money for science and discovey...

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Adobe, Apple, Google hit by wage-fixing case

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Hmmm....

Whilst i can see people wanting to join this class action lawsuit and get some money back which they may have been rightly deserving (paychecks kept artificially low by the non-poaching clause!). Arent you pretty much guaranteeing you will never work in Silicon valley again?

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Goodyear blimps to be replaced by German Zeppelins

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@ Daedalus

You seem to be forgetting their is a very healthy Cruise Ship industry out there. And lets face it their not exactly setting the speed records. The whole point is you take a month of relaxing, touring, and enjoying the sun.

Alternatively there is the great long distance train journeys to compare to. You could fly from Moscow to Vladivostock in a few hours or you can take the train and take 2+ weeks. Same with the Indian Pacific or the Ghan in Aus.

You dont take these journeys for the speed (or the cost! As theyre generally more expensive then flying), you take them for the experience! And flying in a blimp across large swathes of the world is an experience i would love to take one day!

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Bin Laden corpse pics will be malware, says FBI

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And speaking to a Pakistani co-worker of mine...

It is a custom for him.

I guess it very much depends on the exact line of islam you follow (and im going deeper then just the Sunni/Shia divide here) and also the location your from. In a place like Afghanistan where refrigeration facilities are pretty much non-existant burying the body within 24 hours is not only a custom but a public health necessity. In the west, i imagine this is relaxed because the main reason behind the requirement (remembering Islam came from desert areas) of being a public health issue is no longer a problem.

Its the difference between Islam and christianity - in christianty the Pope (or Archbishop of Canterbury or whoever) decides what are the beliefs and rules for all followers of that branch of christianty. Islam has no centralised command structure and so each region, even each imam, can preach its own rules...

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CEOP accused of misleading public over site security fail

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Slightly Off-topic...

Considering how much of a song and dance CEOP made about getting the fb panic button added, im amazed not to have heard them release any figures about how many children have been "saved" by its very presence...

Call me cynical, but could that be because the number is so close to zero that it would be embarrasing for them to admit that it WAS the waste of time everyone told them it would be? Hmmm...

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North Korea blamed for bank hack

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Im a little surprised...

... That all NorK IP address and the like are not blocked at the national ISP level in South Korea! I suppose the NorK's could get around this by routing via China but this story doesnt seem to indicate that even this level of subterfuge was required...

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US acts on telco 'Ponzi scheme'

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Probably more the other way...

Considering the right shoeing (well deserved) that the SEC got for NOT doing their job against Bernie, i would be willing to bet that they will be jumping up and down on any and every Ponzi scheme they so much as catch a whiff off to show that they have "learnt from their mistakes"...

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Pakistani IT admin leaks bin Laden raid on Twitter

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Ive always wondered about this...

Surely let him have a grave somewhere with a camera pointed at it, and simply watch who comes to visit. Anyone who does is most likely a person you should be watching! There simples, weve identified all the terrorists!

What could possibly go wrong with this idea?

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Wikileaks: Canadian piracy arrests were favor to movie biz man

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Read my post again...

Thats why i said "or have a damn good reason!"

If someone is ill (and i mean properly ill, a sniffle is not going to keep me out of court trying to defend myself). Then im quite sure that the court would be far more understanding.

But lets face it, youve been threatened with going to prison for commiting what the police believe is a crime. Anything short of being at deaths door would not stop a normal person from turning up to court to try and defend themselves. And if your at deaths door, you should be at the hospital, and i guarantee that being in hospital is a good enough excuse for not turning up at court, and so he would not have gone to prison then.

Additionally, there's nothing in the story that says he committed suicide. It says he OD'd. The majority of OD cases are not delibrate attempts at suicide, its usually someone getting a bad batch of their favourite drug or getting a batch which is significantly stronger then they were expecting.

Everyone has a choice. He had the choice to turn up to court, and prove that what he was doing was not a crime, and then he would have walked out a free man. As it was he chose, for whatever reason (and we can all only speculate on that), not to turn up. He was sentenced for that.

And attempts to link the OD to his time in prison are disingenuous at best...

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