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Proview wins new Chinese IPAD ruling as Apple threatens to sue

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Only 2 billion?

Proview should shoot the wad and demand 2 HUNDRED billion, and do the world the favour of bankrupting the fruity bastards!

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Re: Speaking as a graphic designer with 30+ years' experience...

Hey, don't knock the ol' teal and purple! That horrendous colour scheme is what got my company a major contract with our state government!

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@ theodore

Actually, I care, and I'm sure quite a few other people do also, who'd rather not have to hold in our vomit while forced to look at some hideously deformed collagen and botox monstrosity with miniskirted tree-trunk legs and varicose veins like the Amazon river system trying desperately to recapture its youth, down at the local shopping mall!

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Tiny transistor stays where it's put

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@Graham Wilson

Maybe they've managed to build the much-anticipated Heisenberg Compensator?

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Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit

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This looks shopped

I can tell from the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

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Google swings new mobile unlock patent punch at Apple

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Microsoft

may be saints for now but they'll be shedding their halos to join the evil Apple empire with the release of Windows 8 - which has all the invasive remote control and walled garden of iOS. In the coming years, if you want your computer to actually be yours, and not subject to remote control by megalomaniac corporations, your only choice will be Linux - if there's anything left of it after Microsoft black-ban any motherboard manufacturer that puts unlockable UEFI on their boards.

The future of IT looks very bleak, and it all started with Apple and that fucking megalomaniac despot Jobs, may his soul rot in hell for all eternity.

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European Parliament prez slams ACTA 'in current form'

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Which is exactly

why he doesn't turn on comments for IP related articles. Andrew has a very pro-IP viewpoint and he is well aware that the majority of the readership doesn't share his opinion. He calls everyone who doesn't adore the principles of DRM and consumption control "freetards" but lacks the courage to allow any public debate of his statements.

Likewise, some of the mod team here also seem to be fairly protective of Andrew, since about half my posts that are critical of him don't get published. I give this post a 50/50 chance of making it past the mods, depending on which one approves/disapproves it...

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US Navy preps railgun for tests

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@ Mikel

Interesting post. However, a couple of things I should point out:

1) Alpha Centauri is due south, not north. It's one of the pointers to the Southern Cross, and as such it's within 30 degrees of the south celestial pole. (It's circumpolar from where I live in Adelaide, Australia)

2) Mounting a bloody great fuck-off railgun launcher through the guts of Ceres and launching multi-hundred-ton spacecraft from it at multiples of earth gravities will, by virtue of Newton's 3rd Law, undoubtedly do wonderful and interesting things to the orbit of said asteroid. If you orient the launch vectors appropriately, you could even start it on a collision course with Earth, which, considering Ceres is comparable in size to Texas, would go a long way towards doing the Universe the favour of removing the human race from it! ;)

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Coming to a continent near you: America

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It's been known for years

albeit without the specifics listed in the article, that the continents would one day merge into what the scientists have long been calling "Pangaea Ultima".

http://www.scotese.com/earth.htm, look at the links for Future World, Future +100, and Future +250 - this site places Pangaea Ultima at around 250m.y. from now.

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Google will swap you a box of crisps for your web privacy

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@ JDX

Please post here your:

Full and real name

Address of residence

Home telephone number

Email address

Date of birth

Company name and address of your primary employer

Your credit card numbers, CVCs, expiry dates and cardholder names

Thank you.

Oh, I'm sorry, what? That information's private? But you gave the impression that privacy doesn't matter, when you call us privacy zealots frothing at the mouth. Looks like you might be doing a little frothing yourself once somebody gets hold of the above information and ruins your life with it...

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Move over cybercrims, DDoS now protesters' weapon of choice

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The right of free speech

does not, by definition, include the right to advocate the destruction of freedom of speech.

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Parliament ponders £400,000 iPads-for-MPs plan

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Given Apple's control freakery

Do all those MP's really want to store sensitive government info on a device which Apple can easily remotely reach into and delete or alter files at their whim? These MPs really need to take a good hard look at the intrusive, megalomaniac nature of the corporation they're dealing with before buying into the Apple hype.

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Laser boffins blast bits onto hard drive at 200Gb/sec

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Yeah, yeah

yet another pie-in-the-sky 1000-times-more-this-n-that storage solution that will never materialise, while we're STILL stuck using the same old magnetic-spinny-disk tech we were using 25 years ago. The only alternative now is SSDs, which may be heaps faster but die after 6 months of use.

This? I'll believe it when I see it at my local IT store, like all^H^H^Hnone of the other oh-so-amazing storage inventions that never made it there.

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

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Knowing that what you say won't happen

and knowing that the future is a horror because this sort of thing is exactly how human greed will cause all such technology to be abused, is the primary reason why I've refused to have children.

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Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

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@PaulW

"that means theres at least 1 of them running around"

Maybe it's a kind of magic, but as we all know, there can be only one.

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Google dings missive to lawmakers: 'We're misunderstood'

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@Rob 5

Here's a simple 3-step guide to maximising privacy when using Google products:

1. Don't use Google products.

2. ???

3. PROFIT!!!

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Millions face Megaupload data deletion by Thursday

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In on sense

I'm actually pleased about this fracas with Megaupload. It gave me a lot of very good ammo to convince the board of my company that moving our data storage to the cloud is a Really Bad Idea™. It let me paint a doomsday scenario that cleanly convinced the majority of the board that my precious servers here should stay. Thanks to this, my job is now secured against any cloud-pushing droid that oozes through our front door.

If you're in IT, and you value your job, you also should be working overtime to convince your superiors that moving to the "cloud" is a disaster waiting to happen. The bottom line to use is:

"Why the hell should we give control of our data to someone else who can lose it or tamper with it at any time, like the Megaupload case? If someone else uses the same cloud to infringe copyright or commit other crimes, we're screwed!"

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Twitter cosies up to governments with country-level filters

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@Mectron

Yes, but has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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Apple's Dutch Galaxy Tab ban shot down by The Hague

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The real root of the problem

is the fanbois (and grrls) that buy Apple's products. Drop your nukes on them, and you kill two birds with one stone: you eliminate Apple's market, and you reduce the global population problem to sustainable levels AND increase the average intelligence by removing the shallow end of the gene pool.

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Facebook, MySpace, Twitter expose Google's 'evil'

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For once

(I don't believe I'm about to say this, but) Eric Schmidt is right about one thing.

If I deliberately block Google from spidering my website, I have no grounds for complaint when my site doesn't show up in Google's search results. This is self-evident; if I want my site to appear on Google, I have to let the Googlebot spider my site.

Facebook and Twitter both actively prevent Google from spidering their pages. So they have no grounds to complain when Google's search results don't display them. They have only themselves to blame if their sites aren't showing up.

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Man vanquishes robot cop in hand-to-hand combat

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Doesn't matter, at least where I live

Dogs in the canine unit of the South Australian police force are given police officer rank and accorded the rights and responsibilities associated with it. If you attack a police dog in the course of its duty in SA, you do indeed go down for assaulting a police officer - in fact, if you *kill* the dog, you go away for the first-degree murder of a police officer. There are people here doing long stretches in Yatala (an Adelaide prison) because they found out the hard way that police dogs are regarded in law the same as police humans.

I would probably imagine it would be similar for most Western police forces' canine units.

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Ten... boomboxes

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@ HoverDonkey

( Tried to reply directly to your comment but for some reason got a "Gone" http error when I tried)

Absolutely agree with you about these devices pandering to Apple. It's for that reson, as I read the reviews, that I decided the only unit I'd be interested in out of the lot of them would be the Logitech - simply because it did NOT have an Apple suck-up dock.

Just as I refuse to allow Apple products in my house, I similarly refuse to allow products that accommodate them.

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Congress puts PIPA and SOPA on back burner

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"Rightfully compensated for a day's work"?

I'd laugh my head off if that comment weren't so pathetically deluded.

You mean "compensated for the REST OF YOUR FUCKING LIFE + 70 YEARS for a day's work", do you not? Wish I could get that kind of "compensation" for the websites I develop!

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NASA close to approving first sci-fi flick shot in space

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And again, Arthur C. Clarke was a prophet

I recall reading his book "Islands in the sky", in which a boy wins an all-expenses paid trip the "Inner Station" - an equivalent of the ISS - and during his stay, meets a film crew involved in making the first movie shot in space. So for the third time in my life I live to see something mentioned in a ACC sci-fi novel! (the first two being the years 2001 and 2010.)

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Blogger bully site yanks MPAA's chain in poison-pen letter

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Oh yeah

How about you explain how to "go about changing laws properly" if not by popular protest? Instead of just foaming at the mouth and ranting like a retard. What a concept.

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Japanese cops cuff six smut-scam ransomware suspects

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You're on the right track

But my preferred method would be to publicly hang them *and* their immediate families, if it can be shown that the family members were aware of the scam and were benefiting from it. When these scamming scum realise that it's not only themselves but their loved ones as well that will swing from the gibbet for their crimes, they'll have a strong enough disincentive not to do it!

Ch-Click...HOCK! HOOOOORRRRAAAAAAYYYYY!!!

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Testing 1 2 3

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Let's see

Text decoration features?

<i>italics</i>

<b>bold</b>

<u>underline</u>

<s>strikethrough</s>

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'Space Monkey' craze: Texan students 'get high' by choking each other

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I can remember

when I was in school back in the late 70s, we got high by hyperventilating - the kids in my school called it breathbonging. I don't remember choking ourselves though, just the heavy breathing thing.

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Holographic storage's corpse twitches

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Yeah, yeah

100 EB? Yeah, right. I'll believe it when I see them on the shelves at IT Warehouse and not before.

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Fresh Apple lawsuits target 15 Samsung gadgets

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Give them enough rope

and they'll hang themselves.

The more Apple do this, the more they'll damage their image and drive people away from their products. I've noticed lately that a lot of fanbois are going quiet because owning Apple products is rapidly becoming a synonym for uncool. More and more people are waking up to the fact that Apple are fucking scumbags and so are those who support them.

Samsung and the others most likely aren't wasting money on suing Apple because the Cupertino Cockheads are digging their own grave for free.

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Google to join Wednesday's anti-SOPA protest

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Since you

worship and adulate "intellectual property" so much, I expect you to, for the next 120 years:

1. Pay the plumber who installed your toilet every time you use it;

2. Pay the electrician who installed the light switches in you home every time you turn them on;

3. Pay the manufacturer of your car every time you drive it;

4. Pay the architect of your house every time you cross the front door.

I could go on, but I think your 2-cell brain should get the picture. FOADIAF.

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NSA constructs hardened Android, unleashes it on world

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Please hack me

Boasting about how secure an OS is, is really baiting the bull. I can see every hacker, cracker and two-bit script kiddie doing their utmost to compromise this "hardened" Android simply for the challenge of putting one up the NSA. And since what man can make, man can break, I give it a matter of weeks before someone demonstrates an exploit that blows it wide open!

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Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

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@Alain Moran

The time under discussion here is UTC (or GMT) rather than local time. Considering that where I live (Australia), the sun generally rises somewhere between 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM UTC, for the majority of the planet UTC doesn't correspond to sunrise/sunset anyway.

So having UTC refer to a fixed number of seconds rather than the wobbly rock we're sitting on does make sense. Although calculating local time might become a bit more fiddly than just adding or subtracting X hours from UTC, the difference would be small enough for the next few thousand years that for most practical purposes it would be insignificant.

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McDonald's punters offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets

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Only miles?

I would have said parsecs, myself ;)

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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

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I'm with you

On Wednesday, my 3 personal sites will also be displaying only an anti-SOPA message. I've also convinced my company management to turn our main website black and place an anti-SOPA banner across the top of the page for 24 hours (the CEO wouldn't allow us to disable the site completely, but this at least is the next best thing!)

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Nuclear Mars tank thrusts hard into perfect position

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Velocity change of 12 mph

in which direction? Velocity is a vector quantity consisting of speed and direction. So, did the craft speed up by 12mph (delta-v of 12 mph at 0, 0 degrees [relative to the initial direction of travel and the plane of the ecliptic]), slow down by 12 mph (delta-v of 12 mph at 180, 0 degrees), or actually change course (delta-v of 12 mph at e.g. 90, 0 degrees)?

Or did the craft merely change *speed* by 12 mph?

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Google's social search mash gets EPIC FAIL

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I won't be using Google+

not because of any concern over privacy issues, but simply because Google have a a shitty track record of starting these things and then shutting them down a year or so later. Like Wave, Buzz and a raft of other "services", Google?+ will end up in the bin sooner or later. So why should I go to all the hassle of setting up all my info on Google+ only to lose it all again by this time next year? No thanks.

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NASA halts 'naut flogging Apollo 13 notebook

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I agree

regarding beancounters controlling everything.

So while we're on the "kill all the lawyers" kick, let's kill all the accountants as well! Think of what a wonderful place the world would become then! ;)

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German cops hacked in revenge for dad spying on daughter

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Oh come on, people

That obvious troll is so obvious it makes 4chan look like a paragon of subtlety.

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Sony goes inorganic for 'eye popping' OLED TV rival

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@LaeMing

May I suggest, if you're going to boycott a company, to do it properly. Like you, I also have a never-buy-Sony policy. But mine isn't subject to compromise - I don't care if Sony invent an immortality machine or start giving away free Ferraris with every purchase - I will not buy their products, period.

I believe Sony (like Apple, but that's a discussion for another time) to be an unconscionable company whose greed, lust for control, and unethical behaviour has set a number of dangerous precedents against basic civil liberties and human rights, and I feel that strongly enough to uphold my personal boycott against them, no matter how "good" their products might be, now or in the future.

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Microsoft revives flight sim by giving it away free

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If you want a train sim

then let me point you to Auran's excellent Trainz Railroad Simulator, which not only provides realistic train simulation but lets you design your own layouts, locomotives and rolling stock, as well as putting together your own trains. I've been using it for years, and it's without doubt the best train sim I've ever had, a lot better than Microsoft's offering IMO.

http://www.auran.com

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Boffins hack evolution, create SUPERSOLDIER ANTS

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WTF?

Environmental stressing as a cause of genetic alteration

was initially proposed by one Trofim Lysenko during the reign of Stalin, if I remember my Soviet history correctly. His work was largely discredited by Western biologists, although anybody who dared to question Lysenko's ideas in the USSR generally earned themselves a one-way ticket to the gulag.

Are we to believe this charlatan was actually right after all?

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Boycott forces Go Daddy U-turn on anti-piracy law backing

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@ zen1

"I have had digital property stolen... I felt the impact financially."

No you didn't. That's absolute bullshit. Because anyone who copied your shit wouldn't have paid for it anyway, so you didn't lose any sales worth mentioning. You've bought into the old fallacy of one download being equivalent to one lost sale, which has been shown time and again to be clearly false.

Because if it was true, the record companies in the last five years would have made many times over the total amount of money that actually exists on the planet, by their own admission. That fact alone should clarify the extent to which this kind of thinking is fallacious.

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Merry Christmas, Stratfor

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3) Why are you reading El Reg?

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Arcade emulator MAME slips under Apple radar

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It's not penis envy

It's perfectly understandable contempt.

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Go Daddy boycott threat for backing hated anti-piracy law

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Well done

We need more people like you, ready to make such sacrifices to drive home the point that these endless laws are going way too far. That's 750,000 people who now know about this issue and may feel impelled to write letters to politicians in response. Good stuff!

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Hidden Dragon: The Chinese cyber menace

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@AC 04:17

You had me agreeing with you, right up until you used the word "racist." That word has been so overused by the PC lobby to squelch any and all cultural debate and enforcing their worldview that, like "think of the children" and "protect against terrorists", it has become a mockery of its original meaning, a symbol of oppression and reduction of freedom.

The moment you labelled LarsG a racist, you invalidated your argument because I'd wager big money that race was the last thing on his mind when he came up with his solution. Granted, it's a bit extreme, but then he's probably concerned about a potentially hostile and oppressive communist nation having the power to destroy our livelihoods. The fact that a large proportion of China's residents also have slanted eyes and yellow skin most likely never even entered LarsG's thoughts, nor does it have any relevance to the threat China represents.

I'd hazard a guess that's why you currently have 4 downvotes for an otherwise sensible post.

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Internode falls to iiNet acquisition temptation

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

iiNet buying out Internode is bad enough. But the mere possibility of TGP buying iiNet thereafter is a horror! If TGP end up owning Internode I might even have to consider >retch< BigPond, because there's no way I'm ever becoming a customer of those rip-off sharks! >:(

TGP is to the Internet what Vodafone is to phone comms in this country.

Having been with Internode since 2003 they've been flawless. I sincerely hope this doesn't mark the end of the top service, reliability and line speed I've become used to. Oh well, all good things must come to an end, I guess.

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Gerry turncoat Harvey gives gamers a deal

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So Harvey has finally remembered the age-old adage

"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"

Took him long enough!

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

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Solar powered parking meters

They're really just solar powered? Awesome. Think of the fun I could have with a thick black texta or a can of black spray paint... ;)

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