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Wikileaks: Canadian piracy arrests were favor to movie biz man

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So that raises the question...

... why didnt he turn up?

Im sorry but if im arrested and charged with something (whether its a crime or not) and im told to turn up to court on a set date to defend myself, i am bloody well going to be there to defend myself! Or have a damn good excuse for not getting there at the right time!

Not turning up implies either guilt or total disregard for the legal system, neither of which is going to win you any brownie points with the judge or the jury.

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Royal Weddings, PCs and Cameron's brass balls

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Completely off topic

But what caused the bump in incomes around 1400 (shown in figure 3)?

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Guardian shuts local blogs

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Is it wrong...

Is it wrong that my first thoughts were "Less bloggers in the world! About bloody time!"

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Royal guests free to tweet and hang out with Facebook friends

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I can imagine all the calls and texts

"F%&K!!! Im stuck in the centre of London, cant move, surrounded by thousands of people and cant get a phone signal! Dont these people have a F%&KIN LIFE!!! "

My vote for most popular text message of the day...

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Revealed: Secret security plan should Kate leave Wills at the altar

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El Reg... Thank You... seriously...

Funniest thing ive read on the wedding all day! Be careful though, you might end up banned like The Chasers if you keep up this comedy lark....

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Apple breaks location-storing silence

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Please, oh please...

... do not let them get away with the old "Oh that was a bug we'll fix that now!" excuse...

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OCZ shares trashed by short seller's research note

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IANAL

IANAL but surely there is something hugely illegal about releasing false information to the market in order to cause a stock price to crash in order to make a profit. At the very least anyone who sold their stock at a loss would probably have a good case to bring before the courts against Copperfield Research...

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Its called Plurality Voting

Also known as First-Past-The-Post...

But your welcome to turn any of the other ones into movies as you like... Just follow the rules about Michael Bay, Paris and Lindsay Lohan, ok?

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Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile

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One point...

It doesnt state in the NATO missive whether the SA-8 was still manned or not. Whilst your right that the skies above the SAM were "contested" by its very presence, if it was unmanned (much like those tanks that were destroyed by a ground attack Typhoon last week for publicity purposes) then it really is misleading to state that the Predator is now capable of operating in a "contested" airspace.

I would contend pretty strongly that it was unmanned, as there was plenty of time for the SA-8 to identify the Predator (not being stealth), realise it was a target and then launch its missiles at the Predator whilst it waited for the kids to move away. The fact that the Predator controllers felt safe enough to do this strongly implies that they never expected (rightly so) for a missile to be fired at it....

So really this is only a publicity stunt from the Predator controllers, much like the RAF's one last week, to encourage commentators like yourself to write articles like this. Thats not to say i disagree with the main thrust of the article, but i consider it disingenous to consider the Predator to be a "contested" airspace vehicle based on a single attack on a probably unmanned SAM...

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Boffins devise way to hide secret data on hard drives

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Just an idea...

I would see this working one of two ways - 1) the program to do the decrypting (or whatever you want to call the piecing together of the info) is online, so you merely access a website, type in your code and it analyses your HDD. Bit of a risk that your connection might be tapped and of course of letting an external connection have full access to your HDD! However, there would be no program on your computer to alert the authorities to your hidden data.

Alternative scenario is that you only put the hidden data on external HDD's which are what is passed back and forth between different computers. The program to identify the hidden message is located on the computers, not the HDD itself. That way if your comps raided, yes they find the program identifying that maybe you have hidden data somewhere, but they also have to identify the correct external HDD and the correct password before they have any chance of finding anything...

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Multimillionaire's private space ship 'can land on Mars'

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Gotta give that man props!

Say what you want about Elon, but he's using his hecamillions to try to advance technology to the point where Humans can start to travel in the stars! And if that doesnt deserve plaudits then i dont know what does!

If i ever meet the man, the pints on me!

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Lasers set to replace spark plugs in car engines

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Squeeze, -b-a-n-g- pew pew, blow, suck

Best subtitle ive seen in ages! Top work Lewis!

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Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

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Totally agree...

A con only works when the conned think theyre the ones doing the conning...

The guy probably pretended to offer it for £250 to begin with and let it be talked down to £150... Shopkeeper deserves everything he gets!

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Microsoft markets 'collection' of PCs to consider

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You missed ASUS

There also on the list (under Gaming)

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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

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Read the article again please...

The pole was for the greatest sci-fi films NEVER made. I.e. those books people believe would be awesome when turned into a film. And the rule was that none of the stories could have previously been turned into a film (no matter how badly the first time)...

Fail on your reading comprehension...

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Sony Ericsson still making money, to some surprise

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How much...

How much of that €11 million will go to the CEO (and the boards) bonuses, i wonder?

Would anyone like to hazard a guess? Anyone?

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RAF Eurofighters make devastating attack – on Parliament

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@ Lewis

Lewis, i agree with your comments about the complete waste of money that the Typhoons are for the UK government, but i would also like to see an article from you about how the rest of Europe is handling its commitments for the Eurofighters!

I live in Germany, and i've yet to read a single article anywhere critiquing the Typhoons, their cost, or their abilities. Ive also not seen anything about the Italians, Spanish or French complaining. So whats happened (beyond the usual MOD contract cockup) that makes the UK in such a worse off position then the other nations that bought in on the Eurofighter project.

Enquiring minds and all that...

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New tech lets you drink exhaust fumes

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Little Known fact? It certainly is...

... to anyone without a degree in Science or Engineering. I can guarantee my parents dont know about this, nor my sisters, all of whom are highly educated. But guess what? They are educated in fields outside of Science. Are you saying that makes them Backwood Bandits?

The vast majority of the worlds population is not involved in Science or Engineering roles, nor do they study these subjects in detail. So for them this fact is unknown. Maybe this is common knowledge amongst us geeks here on the Reg, but dont go assuming that everyone knows something just because you do...

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Fired-up eco-boffin gives it '180 per cent'

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Technical Explanation

100% in the design of rocket engines, is the engine level that allows the engine to be run with zero degradation. Meaning the engine can be receovered and used again with minimal part replacement or maintenance.

However, it is common practice to run the engines at slightly more then this during certain periods of the launch to achieve an increase in thrust. This does entail that you need to spend more on maintenance and replacement parts for the recovered engines, but it tends to work out as being more economical, as the extra thrust allows you to launch extra mass.

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Oregon legislators salute Rick Astley

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good to see...

"Any break from that seems not terrible."

Good to see the level of education amongst legislators matches the electorate...

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US Marines splurge on Brit troops' armoured pants

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Trouser Envy?

Well you know thats always been part of the reason Americans buy big cars... ;)

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Feds commandeer botnet, issue 'stop' command

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I think its a legal thing...

If they did this and something went wrong and it, for example, formatted the hard drive or deleted key information or bricked the OS, etc. then this being America, the feds would be sued for all their worth!

So their solution to avoid this is just to collect the IP addy's, contact the ISP's, who contact the customer and the customer does the removal. That way if something goes wrong, only the user is to blame...

Unfortunately, the US litigation culture wins against common sense once more!

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DARPA aims to make renewable power practical at last

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Nahhh...

Antimatter is old hat, CERN have already done it.

Havent you read Dan Brown?

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RTFA!

Didnt you see that Lewis mentioned Li-ion batteries and discounted them based on the massive requirements DARPA want handled and the ability to fit on a reasonable number of trucks...?

Seriously try reading the article next time...

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Just a small point...

Have you tried shooting your tanks? ;)

I suspect that might be the discouraging factor for a Forward Operations Base in a war situation.

Otherwise I agree with what you say, Tom!

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M&S whips out carbon-neutral bra

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Maybe im just a cynic...

Press release text: "The building also boasts a turf roof and "evaporative cooling" system, which is much less leccy-hungry than air conditioning. All of this, coupled to low-energy lighting, means the factory uses 40 per cent less electricity than a conventional equivalent."

Translation: "The building is a mud hut, with open doors and a bucket of water in the middle for "cooling". And we use candles for "lighting". "

Yep, what can i say? I'm a cynic...

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US lawyer's email not creative enough for copyright protection

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One Question...

... How could a situation like this be responsible for "aggravating athritis in his hip"?

Good work that judge for showing some common sense!!!

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Brain boffins in cortex mapping breakthrough

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Very cool but...

... i would have thought starting with an animal with a much smaller brain then mice would be a good start. Maybe something like an insect? Or perhaps a celebutard or two?

I can imagine that whilst a mice's brain is small, as a mammal, it should be pretty well developed compared to say a beetle...

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Antarctic meteorite yields exotic new mineral

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Your joking with the name right?

Whats-On-It? pronounced in a yobbish (scouser perhaps?) accent - Wass-on-it?

I can imagine how that conversation went - presentation to the big boss...

Scientist 1: "and this is the meterotie results shown here."

Scientist 2: "Wass on it there?"

Scientist 1: "Ahhh....... Thats the new mineral we just discovered, were calling it... "Wassonite", after.... ummm.... John... John Wasson that meteorite guy from UC."

Boss: "Brilliant. What does it do?"

Scientist 1: "Well, we will need more funding to work that out..."

;)

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Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012

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And...

And please provide your bank account details and credit card number as i Mr Mtababo from Ivory Coast would like to share the 100 million ponds I have taken from the government during the current coupe. If you agree to helping me, i will give you 10%....

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And?

Why should that make a difference?

Being offline for a year for ANY account in this day and age is unforgivable... And how long before the same ridiculus outage is foisted on their other account customers...

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Civil servants just can't keep a grip on their BlackBerrys

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Im seriously interested...

Who steals a "a gas boiler flue"? I mean honestly how desperate for cash can you be to steal that? And how could nobody notice someone walking out of the building carrying a great big chimney??? (Ok if it was workmen or contractors on the site, who were carrying it out then i probably wouldnt pay attention either, but still).

And the heating oil? Who steals 250L of heating oil?

I am forever bewildered by the choices of some kleptomaniacs...

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Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression

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Dud science...

They quizzed 106 adolescents, 46 of which were confirmed to be clinically depressive, and they think they can make any sort of decisive comment on that statistical basis. Ridiculous!

Im sure i could go out tomorrow to some school and find 106 adolescents who found reading makes them more depressive! & i would strongly disagree that using a figure of 43% of adolescents being diagnosed as clinically depressed represents a good cross section for study.

This is crap science, and until there study starts looking at thousands of students, from a variety of backgrounds and intelligence levels, & with a more realistic percentage of clinically depressed teens involved, then it will continue to be crap science. Poor form El reg for not debunking it as such...

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RSA explains how attackers breached its systems

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Like i said im not a software person

but i would assume that you could automate it so that when a person's account goes up in access rights an email is automatically sent to the IT dept.

If that sort of system isnt available, that seems like a pretty big gaping security hole to me!

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Disclaimer: Im not a BOFH

I think the thing that most worries me about this, weas the part that said that after compromising the low level attacks they were in your words "Once inside the network, the attacker carried out privilege elevation attacks to gain access to higher value administrator accounts.".

How was this not picked up by their IT department? Surely that should be one of the main things you watch for?

Letting them in through the lower access accounts is one thing, but then letting them get away unnoticed with increasing their access to the admin accounts is another keetle of fish entirely! Poor work...

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Supply ships used to push ISS clear of sat-smash debris

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2 eyes are better than 1...

See title...

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Official: PS3 has more fanboys than the Xbox 360 does

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You seem to be forgetting...

The Wii wasnt designed as a console for gamers. It wasnt designed to take on the PS's and Xbox's of this world. It was designed for the casual gamer, the never played a computer game before over 50, and the under 15's. Onn this front it succeeded admirably.

Most of the friends i know with young kids, the kids love it. The over 50's and the casual gamer may have moved on, but for kids its stil the first choice. Just like the Gamecube was back in the days of the PS1.

Different horses for different courses, and all that...

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Labour MP says police should clamp down on online incitement

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To carry the old agade further...

Those who Can, Do.

Those who Cant, Teach.

Those who Cant Teach, Manage.

Those Who Cant Teach or Manage, Go into Politics...

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Men at Work lose Down Under plagiarism appeal

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Well considering...

Considering that the owners of the copyright didnt twig to the fact that the riff was even in Down Under until it came up in a musical quiz show as a question (the Aussie equivalent of Never Mind the Buzzcocks - although without the humour, big bands or anything that makes NMtB funny) id say the majority of people dont have the highly educated musical ear. Id also suggest that the copyright owners dont either, although maybe there musical education focused on things of actual importance...

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Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies

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Thank you for just proving my point...

You named 3 western crashes in the last 5 years. Which is roughly what i said - 1 crash per year. All of them non-fatal. The fatal one (which you didnt mention) was the Air France flight that went down on the way to Brazil for what remains an unknown reason.

So approx. 300 people dead every 5 years from aircrashes. Thats 60 people per year. More people die form brocolli* in the west each year. Hence i stand by my assertion that modern western aircraft are extremely safe!

* insert vegetable of your choice! ;)

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Ummm actually...

Your way off actually. Your chances of surviving a crashed flight in a modern Boeing or Airbus (or embraer, bombardier, saab or gulfstream for that matter) is exceptionally high.

The only time your not likely to survive is if your unlucky and come down in wooded terrain, fly directly into a mountain at full speed, hit a building or land on water.

As the vast majority of crashes happen at take-off or landing in the vicinity of an airport, theres usually areas where the plane can set down without a problem. Hence why you dont read about western airlines crashing and people being killed very often... (i think if i remember the figures correctly its 1 jet on average per year coming down in the west, and 1 in 5 years is fatal. If you took out terrorism, i think that average even extends out further to 10 years, but i cant confirm that)

Now russia and sub-sharan africa is a different story, but thats usually due to a lack of training in the flight crew and poor maintenance of the aircraft...

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Im sorry...

"Memorized the number of seats I need to count and where to turn in case I have to get out in the dark"

Im sorry but thats just sad...

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Junk mail down 1/3 since Rustock botnet takedown

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Id say your world views a little skewed...

Dictator - killing, torturing and maiming his own citizens. Botnet - sending some annoying emails.

Priorities? I know where i would prefer those cruise missiles to be being spent...

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The Bayeux Tapestry archiving model

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@ Adrian

Im not sure anything can really be classified as a reliable source on matters as trivial as exactly how someone died in a battle over a thousand years ago (well it probably wasnt trivial to the person who died, but its certainly a detail guaranteed to be forgotten, reimagined, reportrayed and forgotten again many times over the course of 1000 years).

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Making contractors proud...

You read it as Chris going on holiday and thinking purely of storage performance (extremely geeky i would have to admit). However, I read the article as Chris going on holiday and then thinking of an easy way to get the company to pay for the whole trip!

"Yep boss, i was investigating old archiving mechanisms and discovered this really amazing old method called the Bayeux Tapestry. I think it would make a really interesting story... Oh and heres my expenses for the holid.. i mean business trip..."

Good work that man!

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Landlocked Bolivia seeks legal route to Pacific

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God i hate this sort of thing...

You started a war. You lost. The opposing nation took land in what WAS your territory. It is now how many hundreds of years later, and you want it back? Stiff! Thats what happens when you start a war and lose!

Hell the Germans have significant claims to large parts of Poland, and the Czech republic, to you hear them asking for that back? What about the English demanding back Normandy from the French? Or maybe all of Europe should be given back to the Romans cause they took almost all of it over (except Scotland - good work their lads!). Or maybe go further - the greeks should get all the land conquered by Alexander the Great? Or Xerxes Persia?

Geez it annoys me - if you get into a war, you may win, you may lose. Whatever land changes hand in the process is gone. The only time that the land should potentially be given back is if the people of that land that changed hands want to be reintegrated with the original country, but the Chileans in the disputed territory dont want that in this case, the falkland islanders dont want to be part of argentina either, so bloody well get over it. Start focusing on your countries own issues rather then firing up nationalist sentiment and hiding behind those flames!

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Nanotech nerds assemble überfast-charge battery

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Hmmm....

I think i would still be happy with a Li-ion battery that recharges in only 5 minutes (based on the 2mins at 1000 coloumbs NMH vs 400 columbs for the Li-ion).

I hope they take the time to work on both projects. Still cool idea!

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Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

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@ MinionZero

I think you will find that the pollution caused by all of the industrial chemicals being washed into the sea will dwarf any radioactive runout making its way to the sea.

Thats assuming there was some sort of radioactive problem to run out which as the cores have not been affected certainaly doesnt look like the case...

Either way, i wouldnt recommend eating any fish caught off the coast of Japan in the coming months, but not because of radioactivity!

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

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Try looking at the past analysis articles...

All the details are mentioned in the previous reports... Try reading them...

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Spam levels plummet as Rustock botnet taken down... for now

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To quote Einstein...

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.”

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