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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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Site-saving workers evacuated from Japanese reactor disaster

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@ Geoffrey W

Yes i have. but considering that you need maybe 3 locations in the UK to power 50% of the country (and potentially more based on current designs) as opposed to about 300 locations for a similar output of wind. Which do you think is going to be easier to get passed?

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Just one point Copsewood...

Have you seen the sh*t fight that wind turbine companies have to go through with locals and environmentalists when they want to actually plan and build new wind turbine farms? Even the offshore farms struggle to get planning permission (they kill seabirds apparently).

Do you really think you can enough wind turbine locations approved to power 3 times the needs of the UK (based on your oversubscription plan)?

Personally, I think you wouold struggle massively - the environmentalists want it both ways - renewable energy but without their (local) environment befouled with great big wind turbines...

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@ Maurice

What are these "economically and technologically better or equivalent solutions that would probably solve energy needs more effectively."?

Geothermal and Hydro are the only ones that comes to mind but unfortunately not that many countries are situated in the right place for those. Gas and Oil pump out god awful amounts of pollution (not too mention all those greenhouse gases and carbon which cause *gasp* Global Warming!). Wind is not up to the task. Tidal is not advanced enough to be realistic at this point, Direct solar is only usable in certain parts of the world and requires huge areas of land, Solar-thermal is still in development and Fusion unfortunately still hasnt been proven (or even built yet).

So tell me what is this amazing tech that will save us all, and mean that nuclear is relegated to the waste bin of history?

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Privacy group demands answers from Skype

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Interesting comment at the end...

"Privacy International has not been in touch with us..."

So Privacy International are getting all worked up about, and complaining to the media without even contacting Skype first???

Surely the first thing you would do is contact Skype, tell them your concerns and see what they say. For all we know, Skype could have turned around and gone "My god your right, we need to fix this!" or they cuold have turned around and gone "Get nicked! We dont care about privacy!" Depending on the answer you get there, maybe then go and talk to the media. But going to the media first, really stinks of attention-seeking media whoring to me!!!

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EA coughs to Dragon Age II user ban 'mistake'

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I think...

I think it was the word "EA"...

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Fukushima reactor shell ruptured?

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The biggest mistake...

The biggest mistake in all this is that as soon as an emergency situation arose, the Japanese Nuclear Safety Agency (or whatever its called in Japan) should have taken complete control of the situation and they should have been the only ones making press releases.

TEPCO naturally are going to try and protect their asses, and so cant be trusted to be 100% honest (especially with their past history). So this situation should be being completely managed by the government (or even more preferably an independent) safety agency. At least then we would get accurate and (relatively) honest reports coming out.

Additionally TEPCO need to seriously sack there public relations people! In this sort of situation what you want to give is regular reports (every 2 hours minimum), providing accurate factual information. A report saying " Radiation at plant of ****mS detected. Radiation at 10km from plant of ****mS detected. These values can have this effect on people. Plant A is *** hours from complete shut down. Plant B is *** from shut down. Plant C, etc....". Just give the facts, explain that when things happen (the explosions for example) they were expected, and what effects they will have. Thats what the public want - The Facts.

At the moment, the long silences, the sort of half information and banal platitudes about safety and that "all is well" that are being released are having the exact opposite effects to reassuring the public.

I'm a bloody engineer and it seems i know more about public relations then the PR people TEPCO are paying a lot of money too!

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Apple to sell 107m iPads in 2016

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Sorry but what...

260million tablets to be purchased in 2016 alone. I call bollocks on that!

That would mean that approx 1 in every 30-odd people on this planet will have bought a tablet pc in 2016 alone. Completely not feasible. Sorry...

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

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Actually...

I would suggest that the would-be Iranian Olympians would be far more upset with their own governments refusal to attend over something so petty (privately at least... I doubt theyd say anything publicly).

I would expect if you were to ask any athlete who missed out on attending an olympics because of their countries political decisions (for example the Moscow games in 1980 or the Los Angeles games in 1984) they would probably be more angry at their own country then at the host country...

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Bad Belgian busted by kinky iTunes openness

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Sorry El reg

Whilst its slightly off topic, was there really any need at all to gives the guys address in Belgium? And is that even legal?

I mean if you posted the address of someone on trial for murder, then i would imagine you'd be facing some pretty strong questions from the Police/CPS.

So you gave us the country (Belgium) and the town (Mol), we really dont need his street's name... sheesh!

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Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study

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"bitchslap-of-fate"

Top marks for that man. Heres a pint on me!

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Football goal-line tracking tech delayed

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Actually they are doing this...

... if you've watched any recent European games (Europa league or Champions League) you will see that they have an extra linesman at each end behind the goals to help officiate in the final third.

Theyre pretty much useless. Ive only ever seen them make a call twice (one about whether a tackle was inside the box or not, and 1 about the last touch before the ball went out), both times theyve been wrong. The extra refs are a waste of money, pure and simple.

At least with technology its hard to argue that a subjective decision is made rather then an objective decision. It might still turn out to be the wrong decision but you cant accuse technology of being biased for/against your team...

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Interesting...

Interesting that FIFA can state that all 10 systems failed when they (according to hawkeye at least) dont specify enough details to make a call about what constitutes a success or a failure.

Sounds like it turned out to be just what i expected from FIFA when they announced the test. i.e. FIFA would make some noise about trialling the tech, but then would make the requirements so vague and able to be interpreted in so many ways that everyone would be doomed to fail from the start, so FIFA can hold up there hands and say everyone failed so we cant change anything... yadda yadda yadda...

Same old, from the same old corrupt bastards...

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Second US 'secret space warplane' now in orbit

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Standard el Reg units

So what would it be in Olympic Swimming Pools, milli-Wales or Pachaderms per second?

Where is the Vulture Standards desk when you need them?

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You wouldnt believe them anyway...

"...until we hear from an authoritative source that these are not happening."

Yeah but as if you'd believe them if they said that anyway... ;)

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NASA scientist spies extraterrestrial life

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Wrong...

I dont think anyone on El reg would be arguing that life probably does exist in other locations in the universe and most likely even within our own galaxy.

However, claiming to find extraterrestrial life based on a single look at a meteorite discovered on Earth, doesnt really have much credence.

The creation of life takes a vast array of complex chemicals which under one hypothesis it has been suggested were seeded to the earth in the early years of formation by meteoroid strikes. It then still took millions (billions) of years to get the perfect conditions to start those chemcials replicating and on the road to becoming true living creatures.

This guy however, is claiming to have discovered the remains of bacteria on a small meteorite that prior to its entry into the Earth's atmosphere was travelling around the Solar System in extremely cold temperatures, without any form of gaseous atmosphere and which contained no liquid water.

So you'll forgive me if i call bullsh*t on his conclusions. Surely a more likely conclusion would be that if the shapes he discovered could only have been created by this bacteria (and im not saying that is the only way), then contamination after hitting the Earth would seem to make a lot more sense.

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Oz bloggers get shield protection

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Nick Xenephon...

Whilst im not a fan of all of the policies he puts forward, he at least seems to put things forward that he believes are in the interest of the public in general, and to actually force things through, rather then the usual bollocks from the political parties. We need more independents in parliament and less party politicians!

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UK.gov closes door against foreign boners

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Actually based on my experiences...

When i first moved ot the UK (no work experience, fresh out of uni) after 6 months having fun and getting drunk nightly in London, i went for a job interview where i had to prove my skills on a particular CAD package, which i had not touched since leaving Australia 6 months before. I spent the first 5 minutes of the test trying to remember how to open the bloody sketcher function!

I was told afterwards that i was the most highly skilled person with the program even though i was competing with UK students who had finished there degrees only days before (and had been claiming to be using the program the previous day).

So from my own experience and from what ive been told in the interveneing years since by any number of older engineers, there is just no respect for UK engineering degrees and the quality of the graduates they produce. The fact that an engineering degree in the UK is only 3 years is also a massive downside. In 3 years you can learn the basics of being an engineer but you cant learn anything about the specific industry your studying for - at least not in any way thats of use to that industry.

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Cobalt-barrel machine guns could fire full auto Hollywood style

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Id guess...

IOd guess some form of Tool Steel - HSS most likely. Tungsten carbide might be an option but its brittleness would probably rule it out. Would be an interesting tooling job though...

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Eurofighter Typhoon: It's EVEN WORSE than we thought

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Lewis - quick question

Hey Lewis, quick question - How are the costs associated wih the Typhoons panning out for the other nations who bought in (Germany, Spain, etc.)? Because honestly i havent heard a thing here in Germany mentioning them in a bad way. And if they were being such a huge drain on every country, i would have expected at least Spain (with its huge debts, and economy close to collapse) to be squealing like a stuck pig about the Typhoons!

So if its only England that is in pain because of these things, what did the others do to avoid the huge costs, etc (apart from perhaps instigating good management and accountability! Something the MOD is sorely lacking!)?

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Yanks outweigh Canucks: Official

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Whats the defintition...

... of obese in this study? I know a lot of farmers in my hometown who would probably officially count as obese, but in truth are far more healthy then most of there non-officially-obese neighbours.

Oh and at what point does a beer gut suddenly punt you into obese territory?

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Facebook to share home addresses, phone numbers

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Unfortunately...

Unfortunately i think the most pertinent part of what you wrote was the very last word - Yet...

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Sheila's Fails? The statistics of biological risk

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Whilst your right Jane...

... that this should not lead to an increase in the overall risk associated with the population as a whole, you seem to forget that insurers are, like all corporations, greedy bastards. Therefore, this will be a lovely excuse for all insurers to raise there prices appropriately.

On a relatively off-topic side note, ive always wondered how companies like Sheila's Wheels and women only gyms are allowed to operate under anti-discrimination laws. Im not against these establishments but whats the legal basis? ideas?

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Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

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Billy boy got it for his humanatarian works...

... not for his technological work (that part about assistance to technology etc was only added on as an addendum).

When Jobs or Linus give a few billion dollars to attempts to wipe out Malaria and other diseases in the third world, ill consider them worthy of a knighthood...

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Gamers raise millions for charity

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& who said all gamers were freetards?

Good work there Humble! :)

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US trade rep bashes Baidu for 'deep linking' naughtiness

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Just Semantics

I was wondering, can you be called a "Market" when you dont actually sell (or attempt to sell) something?

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Londoners warned of card skimming risk

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13 crimes per million people...

In London??? Even taking into account this is only on the tube - it seems a phenomenally small figure for anywhere in London! Either the TFL security guards need a big pat on the back or someones seriously massaging the figures!

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ECJ gender ruling 'could throw insurance into turmoil'

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Anyone who thinks this will result in lower prices is a moron...

All that will happen is insurance for women in driving and men in health will be increased to match there more risk associated opposite gender.

Its a stupid idea anyway. Whilst im all for equality (and i do hate paying more for car insurance because im a male), i am well aware that the statistics clearly state that Men DO have more accidents then women, and so i can understand that the insurance companies factor this in. Same with women living longer, the stats are there.

I sincerely hope the ECJ throws this out, otherwise my health premium will rise and my other halfs car insurance will go through the roof!

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Anon Mail commenters to stay anon

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Cynic...

I wanted to vote you down for being a terrible old cynic.... but i know your right, so i didnt... ;)

Heres hoping she lost a large portion of the money she got from her original payout in taking this action to the high court...

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Asian soup peril menaces bionic shark

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Its juvenile i know but...

... i couldnt stop laughing at the guys name. Hammerschlag translates to Hammer Blow in German. So Dr Hammerblow studying Hammerheads. Sometimes reality is far funnier then fiction...

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German data regulators move to tighten IP address laws

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Didnt read the article clearly did you?

It says that "Informing web visitors that the information will be transmitted is not adequate.". Therefore sticking it in the T&C's is not good enough. You need to have people specifically state they are happy with the transfer before it can happen.

God i love living in germany now! The only western democracy who are increasing peoples privacy rather then doing all they can to take it away!

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Customs officers get X-ray machines for down under searches

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I gotta say

I dont think a 25% hit rate is actually that bad. OK its probably annoying for the person who is actually innocent, and a big waste of time, but SOMETHING has to make the customs folks think you've swallowed drugs (or shoved them where the sun dont shine).

I would be willing to bet that the majority of those other 75% had drugs or residue of drugs on them or in their bags, or something similar.

& only 200 X-rays done over a year? Out of how many people coming to Australia? An X-ray machines complete with a couple of radiographers seems excessive to save a bit of time on only 200 X-rays!

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Reactions to iiNet's copyright win

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Hey El reg...

Would have been interesting to hear AFACT and the movie industries response to the ruling. Might give us some idea whether the High Court will be forced to get involved.

Also if your going to include a statement from such a biased front as the Pirate Party, you really ought to include a statement from someone on the other side of the fence. Balance is what we come to El reg for, balance and the facts. If i wanted to read highly biased articles only stating one sides case (even if i happen to agree with that side as in this case), i can go to the Daily Fail, the Guardian or one of the other Murdoch gutter press... I expect a bit better from The Register.

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Space truck docks with ISS

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Youve all miss understood...

The statement says "that the ISS does indeed lose altitude due to skimming the Earth's outer atmosphere, rather than as a result of gravity."

If there was no atmosphere, there would be nothing to slow down the ISS and so it would NOT lose ALTITUDE. Gravity alone (without atmospheric intereference) would maintain the ISS in its orbit and therefore as stated would NOT cause the ISS to lose ALTITUDE.

The statement is correct as written.

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Moderate boozing good for your heart: Official

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But wait Doc...

... Think how much healthier those people who dont drink and who are physically active and eating a balanced and healthy diet can be when they take up drinking moderately! & considering how expensive a pint is getting these days, all that extra drinking will be helping the economy!

So come on all you selfish, non-optimally-healthy, not-helping-the-economy non-drinkers - do your part for the country and your health!!! See you down the pub!!! ;)

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Russia blames Google for Egyptian revolt

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Because unfortunately...

... pig-ignorant politicians (is there another sort?) have a lot of sway and power to affect the lives of people by the decisions they make in parliament.

Need i remind you of George Dubya? He wasnt a scientist, a web developer, a technologist or an engineer, but i think its fair to say he had a bit of an effect on the world... im sure the Iraqi people would agree with that...

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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@AC

A cornish pasty is defined as being a pasty filled with Beef, Onion, sliced (or diced) Potato and Swede (rutabaga). There are plenty of other pasty varieties available (steak and ale being my personal fav), just like you can get all sorts of different pies. But a Cornish Pasty is specifically the one filled with the ingredients listed above.

Beef, Onion, Potato and Swede Pasty doesnt quite have the same ring ot it that Cornish Pasty does, does it?

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