* Posts by lglethal

1248 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

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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WTF?

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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WTF?

A politician with sense?!?!?

Surely not!!!

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NASA's ageing black hole-stalking probe switched off

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WTF?

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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WTF?

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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Joke

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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Meh

@ 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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Joke

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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Boffin

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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Happy

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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Meh

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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Boffin

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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Joke

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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Joke

See they may criticise the West

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

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