* Posts by GitMeMyShootinIrons

750 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Son, you do know we don't need these to see what bears do in these woods...?

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THESE ARE THE VOYAGES of the space probe Discovery

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NEOCam

But it needs more than cameras - perhaps something in the multiple megaton range, or perhaps Bruce Willis and a bunch of mining engineers?

Sure, it'll be nice to see the object before it destroys all life on Earth, but perhaps the ability to do something about it would be a nice bonus...?

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Roku 4 specs leak: Yes, it's got 4K streaming and a games controller

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Re: Amazon prime video?

"Why?

Because Amazon want to sell you the streamed video AND the player. And the content of their app store."

A little unfair given that Amazon do clients for smart TVs (Samsung and LG for a start), Xbox, iOS and Android devices.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: German pronounciation

"Sadly, I don't use a handy German to read my articles to me. I have to make do with reading them to myself, in my head."

You don't? I always keep one around. I sometimes get Jeeves to harass him with a fake moustache and a swagger stick. Most inappropriate, but terribly funny after a few G and T's....

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WATERPROOF iPhone 6Ss? Old news. Check out the OTHER 7 SECRET FEATURES

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But.....

Does it have an Infinite Improbability Drive?

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NIST's quantum boffins have TELEPORTED stuff over a HUNDRED KILOMETRES

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Duuurrrrhhhhhh.

My brain hurts. I'll stick to knitting.

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Cisco shocker: Some network switches may ELECTROCUTE you

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Re: Huh, techies using the wrong screws?

Now where did I put those B & Q 3" Masonry Screws.....

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Microsoft starts to fix Start Menu in new Windows 10 preview

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"I've got 4,600 executables in $PATH on my laptop (Gentoo)."

Bully for you, old chap. And the point of the exercise was what, exactly, besides wasting disk space? Is this like some form of stamp collecting, or collecting train numbers?

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Salon Privé: The UK's billionaire-friendly answer to Pebble Beach

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Getting toward range you can live with.

So long as the range figures are 'real world' and not something like VW American emissions testing, then we're getting to range figures that you can live with. Just a shame these cars are a little bit out of my price range (my price range for an electric vehicle is more second hand milk float...).

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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"Overall the new 8 previous Dr WHO series have been cheesy and lame. About time it grew some balls like the old ones used to have."

Cheesy and lame - like the terrible, kids show scripts that poor Sylvester McCoy had to put up with? Or how about the third Doctor's Whomobile? While the newer run has had ups and downs (Clara...), the good old days weren't always that good.

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Windows RT gets new Start menu – but no Cortana or Win 10 apps

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Re: Personal Touch.

"And a grovelling apology for foisting such crap on you in the first place."

Calling it crap is harsh. It was a reasonable version 1.0 product that was about as appreciated as the finest steak sandwich would be at a vegan food conference. And bought by about as many too.

Less Windows RT, more RIP.

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What Reg readers really think will affect IT in the next three years...

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3D TV

Yes, This will be the year of 3D TV. And Linux on the desktop. And we'll all be zipping around with Jetpacks, while roasting chestnuts on our home thermo-nuclear pile.

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

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For me, the worst would be Sylvester - but I tend to think it more the fault of the scripts and storylines than the actor. By this point, the series had truely devolved to a children's TV series. If Auntie aren't careful, Peter Capaldi could be heading down a similar path - a good actor hamstrung with poor storylines.

For me, though, the best would be Tom Baker. It's the hat, scarf and maniacal eyes!

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Re: Congratulations!

"That just sounds to me like balance. The Tories have fucked up the economy four times in my lifetime too. And they've fucked up the railways, the NHS and the schools in between.."

The railways were screwed way before privatisation (about the time it was nationalised). The civil servants ran it at the behest of the unions and left it, slow, late and filthy (now it's less late, a bit faster and much cleaner - just over-priced). The NHS is a wonderful, but flawed ideal that is based upon a myth of being "free" and yet consumes (tax payers) money like a Hoover, while offering services well beyond its remit (boob job anyone?). Schools have been under Union rule for decades - and God help anyone who dares question them or quantify their competency.

As for the economy, only four for the Tories? Every time Labour got in, they left it in worse condition after. Labour inherited an economy on the rise in '97 and took us into a deficit unlike anything in UK history. Oh, and look back at the left wing consensus in the '70's with Heath (barely a Tory) and Labour systematically allowing the unions destroy the UK economy, even as the oil started flowing from the North Sea. Or how about Labour wasting cash nationalising businesses the state had no reason to be involved with (cars, chemical, even sugar!) - money that would have been better spent on a multitude of areas that are the role of government- like infrastructure, defence and perhaps even the lefty favourite- decolonisation. When Labour screw up, they do it big time, every time.

I know the left are associated with red, but let's draw the line at looking at the past with rose tinted lenses.

However, I agree with balance - his election will add a comedy factor to parliament that hasn't been seen since Labour's 1983 election manifesto. Plus, the anti-Europeans have now gained a powerful ally - that might make the euro-referendum a little less rigged.

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IoT/BYOD Topic of the Week: Which Channel 5 news minx was HOTTEST?

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Re: Obvious really, its...

"Or a midget in a bikini*"

Surely, after the Snow White dwarf discrimination debacle, this should be "friend in gender-neutral swimwear"?

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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Amstrad PC

I remember having an Amstrad PC1512 (with dual 5/25" floppies!). We also had the PC version of LocoScript too. Worked like a charm and pretty straight forward too.

I had a few games too, but they looked terrible in CGA (Microprose F19 Stealth Fighter in cyan, magenta, black and white....).

Ah, ye good olde days!

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It's still 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage

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Re: Yawn

"Start at the bottom and outside and work up and in."

Now that's a wonderful phrase in so many ways!!!!

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Heigh ho, oh no! Politically correct panto dumps Snow White’s dwarfs

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Re: Political Correctness Lunacy

Agreed - didn't we outgrow this stuff in the 90's? However, if we follow their logic the Soviet Socialist Republic of Leicester has made a major mistake. They still call the lead character Snow White. Surely, this too is discriminatory in a racist way - perhaps "Snow Counter-Racist-Approved-Pigmentation" would be a good alternative. I really think that this works for a new PC title....

Snow Counter-Racist-Approved-Pigmentation and her Seven Friends

Really rolls off the tongue (*rolls eyes*)

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

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Re: How would they have hurt anyone in the UK ?

In the case of this strike, it could be argued as "tidying up some of our mess".

After all, the pair came from the UK to take part in rape, murder and destruction - the RAF has prevented further participation, without a boot on the ground. Problem solved, no tears to shed.

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A Dyson car? Don't rule it out. We're suckers for innovation, says CEO

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Combine a Dyson and a vehicle and...

... You get a street sweeper.

Hmmm. I think I'll watch from afar.

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Microsoft's 'successful' Nokia slurp kills off Lumia photo apps

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Re: and for those without Windows 10?

And look at all the wonderful features Apple have added - so long as you buy the next model. Hardly a position unique to Microsoft.

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Sacré bleu! Apple, Nokia, Samsung et al end their three-year sulk over 'home taping' tax

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Re: Blank Media

"To be fair, you shouldn't trust recordable optical media for long term storage either."

Is there a USB connected wax cylinder writer?

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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

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My OS is better than your OS...

Well, you're all wrong. I'll keep running on OS/2...

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Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone

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Re: Behave like a PC

I agree. I was rather hoping for a low power Intel Atom, a chunk of space with Windows 10 in a phone.

Still, I shouldn't expect much, it is an Acer.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Re: Memory vs Processor

I'd say it rather depends on your requirements. If all you plan on doing is a little browsing, email and writing letters, even 1-2GB might suffice (The Linx 8 is a good example of this). 4-8GB is probably more typical for a full fat laptop though, as the use may well be a little more demanding. However, I think it's a little premature to say that 8GB is the new norm, particularly at the bargain end of the market. I think SSD (or at least SSHD) will penetrate faster in this market before 8GB becomes ubiquitous.

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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Well said.

They tried a similar comparison with a gun pod equipped version of the F16 years ago and this failed too - for the same reasons you point out. Basically, in both the F16 and F35, these fly-offs were largely an attempt to shoe-horn in a different airframe into a role that they weren't designed for in order to keep the production lines open for a few more airframes.

To be honest, they'd be better off with either a new run of updated A10s or something small and cheap like a converted trainer (like the Tucano) - possibly even a drone, after all, this is rather a dangerous role.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: "security cracked in 2008"

"WEP wasn't broken in 2008"

Yes, you're right. It wasn't broken in 2008 - Vulnerabilities go back to 2001. http://security.blogoverflow.com/2013/08/wifi-security-history-of-insecurities-in-wep-wpa-and-wpa2/

Google, sure, but Wikipedia isn't always your friend.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Thin Client...

Might make a nice Thin Client for an RDS/Citrix/Horizon View solution, let alone as a media consumption device with more grunt than Chromecast etc.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Balderdash!

Driverless cars? Terrible idea. What will my chauffeur do? Who would serve the Champers and canapes during the journey...?

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VMware flings out preview of new web management interface

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The point of this fling...

Was primarily to provide admin capabilities to stand alone hosts using a browser interface rather than being forced to use the old installable client.

Welcome back, ESX 2.x.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: There's an interesting point about those industries being crap

"Please define 'European-style health system' because different countries have different systems."

One that offers a similar service and yet doesn't consume money like an obesity patient eats cake.

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Re: whereas ...

And yet he was still batter at the job than his predecessors. Perhaps positive discrimination for the under educated works after all.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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Re: blaspemy!

Maybe he's hiding his meatballs. I mean, I tend to do the same. The public tend to frown on such public exposure and the police tend to take a dim view too - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/naked-man-tasered-after-running-6233271

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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Re: Let's use a reusable engine... once!

" and SpaceX are currently trying to work out why their rocket program isn't producing reliable results"

At least they ARE producing results, unlike NASA who've blundered from one failed launcher project to the next since the Shuttle program. SpaceX had two failures in 20 flights of a single relatively new rocket design that was all their own work using substantially less money.

"SLS is at least based on manned flight rated components"

So, for a large sum, they're dusting off old designs, applying some lip gloss and re-arranging. Should be noted that the more they improve the design of the components, the more they move from the state at which they can claim to retain a man rated heritage.

"Being cheap is no good if it takes too long to do it."

Falcon Heavy is aimed to fly next year. SLS is 2018. Might not loft quite as much, but that two year head start will give it some real-world test and development time to start scaling up. Being more expensive and later still is generally worse.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Re: He's possibly right about Ebola

"Yeah, but nobody ever made a scary film about Flu, Malaria, TB or Motor Vehicle Accidents..."

I remember a scary film about motor vehicle accidents. In fact several:

- Keanu had pretty scary acting in Speed.

- Those Fast and Furious films had scary accidents.

- But check out this for full horror... https://youtu.be/qrY7pr2V82o

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Intel emits Skylake CPUs for gamers, overclockers (Psst, you'll need new RAM and a new mobo)

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Article seems a bit whinging...

I note a distinct dislike in the article for having to change motherboard etc. That's called progress - sometimes old kit simply isn't up to the needs/abilities of a new component.

For example - I was disappointed my old 486 motherboard can't take an i7, but not too surprised.

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Re: "get rid of Oracle"

Duh, replace it with MS Access. Obviously!

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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

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Re: Corrent Medical Name for Viagra

For the naming committee, it was a long, hard decision meeting. It wasn't unanimous and had a messy climax.

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

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A good thing in general...

Taking HERE away from Nokia's short attention span and putting it in the hands of an industry with a genuine interest in the product is, on the face of it a good thing. Of course, we'll see what the future holds...

Microsoft being only a licensee rather than an owner was also a good thing. It kept it from being subsumed into Bing Maps and also ensured a cross platform agnosticism in the longer term.

I do wonder how long it will last as a great, free product though.

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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TV production note...

Memo - Don't put Mystic Meg on the On Screen Graphics console again.

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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And we can then hack the subwoofer system to make it sound like an ice cream van. Now that's a good prank.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: Interestingly

Given that Apple's OS X is also 10, and seems to follow update after update, without ever turning it up to 11, it would appear to be their unfinished symphony too.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Re: Moving "users" folder

"Does it still use things like "C:" to identify drives ? How very 1980s !"

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Besides, there's nowt wrong with the 80's - Adam Ant, Ford Escort RS Turbo and only four TV channels.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Re: The main problems with WinPho 8.1 for me

On point (A), agreed, but this is Google, not Microsoft's fault - right or wrong, they chose not to offer apps on Windows Phone. There are sufficient alternatives that work fine and its not that big an issue.

On the walled garden point, I rather prefer this to the anarchic, inconsistent approach with Android. A better fit for a corporate environment and makes things far less complex (particularly from a security standpoint) for a non-technical user.

On point (C) - HERE is the standard on Nokia (Microsoft) and voice navigation and maps are free, and work offline too, so you're being up there wrong tree here.

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Re: Good News

Needs a nice spicy BBQ sauce with that.

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Re: Lewis bias

It's funny. The usual eco-warrior types bleat that Lewis is a heretic who should be flayed alive for reporting something that doesn't fit their opinion, while they calmly accept, without question equally bias drivel from the opposite corner (ie Auntie Beeb).

Good for comedy value, less so for open mindedness. So very "progressive"...

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Re: What About Apple?

And most users wouldn't know, notice or care. Unless you're really pushing serious data rates (which few users in general, Apple or otherwise, do), SATA mode SSD is adequate.

But, I suppose, if you pay Pro prices, you should get Pro parts.

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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"composition will be 50-50 between middle management & politicians"

But what will happen without all the telephone box cleaners?

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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Re: Auckland to Heathrow

I'd say Birmingham is pretty bad, but you can't blame the staff as there's rarely any around.

Luton looks more like the set from a 1960s comedy "Carry on Baggage Handler" perhaps?

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: Let 'em loose in Russia

Make it a government contract with massive opportunities for corrupt dealings. Call it Jurassic Pork.

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