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Heartbleed mega-bug clean up shrinks Tor network by an eighth

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Can Tor be trusted anyway?

The Onion Router:

The term "onion routing" refers to layers of encryption - Layers, geddit? Somebodies been watching too much Shrek.

But who were the notorious anti-establishment anarchists who created this beast I hear you ask.

"Originally sponsored by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which had been instrumental in the early development of onion routing under the aegis of DARPA"

Hmm, not exactly the freedom and openness promoting entity one might hope. Given Tors provenance I'm reluctant to trust it 100% and am amazed that anybody else does either.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Lizard People?

"We can simply deactivate the key from a lost or stolen device, and you can create a new one."

So that would mean chopping off a finger and growing a new one with a different fingerprint, to the best of my knowledge mammals can't do that, reptiles can. Perhaps David Ike was right all along.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: I guess Apple needs to

"Kind of explains why Apple customers are are higher educated.............."

There is no rule saying a fool cannot be well educated and there is no shortage of rich idiots. Education is NOT the same as intelligence.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Finally

Actually Lidls cheapest champagne tastes exactly what you'd expect a £15 champagne to taste like, but as they sell it for £14 and sometimes £10 it's not actually a bad deal if you want some cheap quaffing champagne - fine for parties & barbies.

Icon - imagine it a bit paler and with a long stem.

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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

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Re: Chen: Give Us What We Want

Regrettably technical superiority does not engender market success, historically there are innumerable times where a well marketed but technically inferior product has triumphed over the superior but poorly marketed product, VHS over Betamax is an obvious example, almost everything recently from Apple are some more.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: So

Well no, there wouldn't be as the "Dinosaur" one was about 100 times more recent, this ancient one was so long ago the surface of the entire region will have been recycled by erosion and plate tectonic processes like subduction and volcanism.

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Home Office terminates order for 16,000 PCs from Dell

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Re: Do Dell still hate the environment?

"they could have sent us a box of 500 mice and even saved money"

Sorry, life's not like that. I'm pretty positive that Dell do not manufacture their mouses (mice? meeses?) so they would receive them already packaged, for them to unpack 500 and then re-pack them into bigger boxes would cost them money and create extra waste with them disposing of the same packaging that you were troubled by and additionally the big boxes for the 0.5 kilomouse.

If they were double bagged in each box and if Dell specified that their contracting manufactures should pack them like that then Dell could and should change that.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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Re: Oh come on. - No, you come on

ThomH

You are confusing quantity with quality. The suits laid by Apple are for billions while the others you listed are for millions. It looks to an unbiased observer like Apple are being excessively greedy.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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For the fair English rose, the colonial "baseball" has a diameter about a quarter on an inch greater than a decent and proper English cricket ball.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Good Idea

After all a pound now has about the same purchasing power as a thrupenny bit did 50 years ago.

Statutory whinge:

"I remember when you could go t' pub, get pissed then on to chippy for thy supper and still have enough change for a prostitute, all from a 10 bob note, and if you tell the kids today they don't believe you."

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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Re: Lets clone it.

Probably cost you an arm and a leg too.

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Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY

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Not just a long way to the chemist.

Interesting fact:

If you took all the nuclear DNA (ignore mitochondrial DNA) from a person and teased it out into a straight line then

a) the person would be dead

b) it would stretch for approximately 13AU

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Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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Quiz

Question: What sort of moron connects critical infrastructure to the open internet.

Answer: All of them.

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Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

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Re: What I need...

" What I need... ...is a bluetooth connection to the audio system in my car"

Your car from 1994 probably has a cassette player, if so you are in luck - There are several cassette bluetooth adapters available.

Here's one, no idea how much the sucker costs but it'll be less than a new player.

http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/cassette-adapter-bluetooth

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Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control

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Re: The price of complexity

Modern switches and routers are a full of unneeded features

Not least of these "features" is the NSA tap which may or may not be present, better to have control and know there is not such a "feature" installed.

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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A fixable problem

Legislative opportunity here: Make it an offence to charge for a free service without providing a link to the free service on your web page.

So if the service you provide has genuine value simplifying whatever process you are charging for then people will use it, if it's just a rip-off they wont.

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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What's Random Doc?

Be interested to know how they generated random numbers because the random number generators used by computers are not really random at all, it would be better to call them "sequence generators" as with the same starting configurations they will generate the same numbers.

The only truly random events are at the quantum level such as radioactive decay which can be tricky to incorporate into a PC, radio noise (cosmic background radiation) can be utilised to provide an adequate source of random numbers but the pseudo-random number generators in normal PCs are not random enough for this sort of thing.

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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The really difficult part was actually getting to the Moon and then making a soft landing, the rover is a different technological problem they'll probably sort out soon enough.

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Boffin talks WATER on MARS: Granted, no 'smoking gun', but all clues flow there...

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Re: Ice caps?

"Surely the martian ice caps are the greatest indicator of water"

Well they would be if it was water ice up there but as it's Carbon Dioxide ice they are not that good an indicator.

The evidence of sedimentary rock shown in some strata formations is pretty clear evidence that water was once abundant on Mars but that does not really help much now.

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Time to pack in your job: Someone FINALLY needs a cat vids curator

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Paris Hilton

Not a good idea

Looking at sickly cute pussy cat videos for hours on end will I suspect drive even the most mild mannered person to seriously consider going on a killing spree.

Is this job a good idea in North America where guns are so readily available?

Icon: Well Paris & Pussies, need I say more?

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR

"You drop a phone that isn't in a protective case, it's going to break."

I dropped a cheaper than chips Nokia CrappyPhone™ 3 stories onto gravel on concrete and once I found the rear cover apart from some slight scratching on the plastic it was otherwise undamaged.

If Nokia can make a robust phone for under £20, it seems odd that Apple cannot for over 10 times the cost.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

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XP machine to live for as long as the hardware works.

I've an old Sony laptop with XP connected to my stereo which just plays FLACs and I have no intention of replacing XP as the ageing hardware probably wouldn't cope with 7 or 8 and it's unlikely Sony have suitable drivers and replacing the hardware is just a waste of money so it'll stay in place but I will isolate it from the Internet which should be OK.

I could bung a Linux on it but really, why bother it's fine as it is.

I'm sure that this or similar set ups are far from unique. There are many functions where XP is adequate and the machine does not need Internet access so I don't foresee it totally fading from use any time soon.

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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Re: You can always be sure....

El_Fev

I'm sure there's an Apple application that'll instruct you in the correct usage of "your" and "you're".

In some cases the IOS kit will be better and in some cases it'll be the Android, and as unlikely as it sounds even Windows 8.x will be best for some jobs. However on every story there will be Apple blowhards extolling how the Apple device is best for everything.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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If only it were that simple.

"it is possible to buy a printer use the enclosed print ink, discard the printer, buy a new printer use the enclosed print ink"

You do know that the cartridges that come with new printers typically hold no more than 25% to 50% of a replacement cartridge so replacing the printer to get the supplied ink is not even slightly cost effective. The printer manufacturers may be evil but they're not stupid.

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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The world’s strongest industrial nation, the United States, has probably reached that position because its constitution separates the state from churches.

Partially yes but mainly because for the first 100 -150 years of the US they completely ignored foreign patents and copyrights. A tactic that's not so easy now days and see how they whine when other countries try to do the same to the US.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: UNENDING GRANT RESEARCH BAIT-AND-SWITCH

"all "storage batteries" are limited to ~ 1.5 volt of Direct Current"

That would be handy if true, NiCads are 1.2v which is inadequate for equipment that expects 1.5v from each cell.

Also the voltage varies by load, a fully charged car battery or new zinc/carbon dry cell with no load is about 1.65v per cell dropping to less than1.5v under heavy load.

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Re: DMC cells

Methanol, "non-toxic". It must be a different type of methanol than the usual one.

I suspect the reason it didn't make it to mass market is that apart from the toxicity of methanol is that it's not cheap to manufacture in massive quantities and would displace the necessary feedstock from other more efficient processes.

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

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Fear & Loathing

Strangely it's the booze on top of the drugs which was probably the fatal blow. Remember the notorious E deaths where hidden in the details was the information that they'd drunk a bottle of vodka or similar ludicrous amounts. Drugs really screw most peoples judgement that's why having a less stoned buddy around is vital.

Preferably a buddy who is not a Samoan Attorney which is the traditional partner in Vegas if Hunter S. Thompson is to be believed:

The trunk of the car looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had two bags of grass, seventy five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multicoloured uppers, downers, screamers, laughers and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.All this had been rounded up the night before, in a frenzy of high speed driving all over Los Angeles County from Topanga to Watts, we picked up everything we could get our hands on. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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Ghosts of Ballmer and Gates haunt Microsoft CEO job hunters

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Re: Racist

Hurumph! I find that insulting to chimpanzees.

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Alien SUPER-EARTH: If there is LIFE up there, it'll be moaning about the weather

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Re: @zmodem

"in space you use as high as you can so packets go futher(sic), faster"

Quite mad, it's as if the speed of light was just a number and space wasn't so stuffed with noise on the complete spectrum that doing radio even over Terra/Luna distances is far from trivial. Just 93 million miles away is a quite large unshielded fusion reactor which pumps out all sorts of junk, luckily we have a magnetosphere to deflect most of it, not so in open space.

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Re: @zmodem

zmodem is insane and knows less physics than a dead gerbil called Roger

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

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Bombs Away...

A few years ago I met an elderly gent who flew Mosquitoes in WWII, he said he bombed the Phillips Factory in occupied Holland an act which gained my eternal gratitude, just a shame he didn't do a better job as Phillips are still in business.

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

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Re: units, units!

To use a more understandable unit it is 178,997,613 London Bus (Routemaster) bus lengths. (call it 180 MBus)

I'm afraid there is some disagreement about a British Standard Brontosaurus, mainly because it hasn't been called that for ages, it's now known as Apatosaurus.

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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Doctors?

An equally or even more endangered group, according to those lectures, were ... doctors, actually. (Navy doctors, watch out.)

Definition of an alcoholic: Anybody who drinks more than their doctor.

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

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"Mega" just don't mean what it used to.

Am I alone in thinking that £175,000 is a rather low fine for the actual offence?

The article states "millions of spam SMS Calls" so let's say it was 3 million then the fine is 5.8p per SMS, I would like to see it nearer to 50p per message to be a valid deterrent.

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Apple's GOLDEN BLING MOBE still the top selling US handset

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Re: Shock news

It was a reference to the gaudy casing, not specifically what was within the casing.

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Holmes

Shock news

The world (+ dog) was stunned today to learn that many Americans have no taste.

Later in the news: Water is Wet!

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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Re: @Zmodem

"none of those people were alive"

Several of them are still alive now, the formula used to design alternators are all from Maxwell (they do not use dynamos which generate useless DC but alternators that produce useful AC). Also the windfarm type generators have complex gearboxes and are certainly not direct drive as the rpm from a wind turbine would not be adequate.

I would expect a 7 year old to know that in magnets, like poles repel and opposite poles attract, however you seem to be ignorant of this fundamental fact so if you get that wrong everything else you say is questionable.

In fact everything you have written is wrong. There are some fundamental laws in physics which in all probability are never going to be found to be false, one of them is the law of conservation of energy which precludes perpetual motion, if even the US patent office reject patents on perpetual motion and they will patent almost anything then it's a fair bet it is impossible but you toddle off to a shed and prove us all wrong.

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Re: @Zmodem

Really you are a complete moron, if there was "no gravity in space" what would keep the planets in orbit?

You "float around" because the gravity acting on the capsule and the gravity acting on the occupant are equal so relative to the capsule one is weightless, exactly the same as if you were in a free falling elevator or on a parabolic flight. The tests in orbit are "microgravity" that should give you a clue if you weren't completely clueless.

As for perpetual motion, OK I'm wrong, Newton was wrong, Einstein was wrong, Dirac was wrong, Maxwell was wrong, Hawkins is wrong, Higgs is wrong, in fact every scientist in the world is wrong but you are right, let us know when you collect your Nobel prize.

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Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed

Cyborg

Don't bother, it's plain that Zmodem is either a troll or insane, I countered every one of his suggestions and he has not answered any of the critique although getting someone who thinks perpetual motion works and that matter can be accelerated to c is a waste of time because it's obvious they either can't or don't want to understand basic physics.

Also he hates everybody on the ISS, his idea of using it as a base for what is basically a space cannon ignores "Every action causes an equal and opposite reaction" as his launch would send the ISS flying off at 100,000 mph and squish everything on board with a force equal to 130G (assuming the projectile is equal to 1% of the ISS mass).

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Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed

You really are mad aren't you?

If there were no G forces in space there would be no G forces on a planet, in fact planets couldn't form or stars or anything larger than a few atoms held together by electrostatic forces.

Even Star Trek had Inertial Dampeners to counteract the G forces when they manoeuvred, by current physics such a device is fantasy but it would be necessary unless you wanted to keep all manoeuvres to less than a few times 9.81ms/s

Please for the sake of your sanity read a basic physics primer paying special attention to Newtons laws and if you understand the maths, what Maxwell had say about magnetism.

It it plain from everything you write you know nothing about real physics, perhaps plenty of pretend fantasy physics from the lunatic fringe on the Internet, but I have not seen a single proposal of yours that would or could work.

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Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed

Have you read a single word I've typed?

The G forces would destroy anything not made of solid metal and a hard metal at that.

HOW DO YOU STOP AT THE OTHER END?

Magnets do not provide free energy, to get energy out you have to put energy in first.

Your maths are way out, say a capsule of 20 tonnes, The energy required to impart a speed of nearly 10million mph would need your little generator to run for a long time.

"maglev trains levitate by pushing 2 opposite poles together"

ROFLMAO

Like poles you idiot, opposite poles attract.

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Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed

If what you say was possible, which it isn't, given an average distance to Mars of 225million km, presuming you accelerate half way turn round then decelerate the rest of the way that would subject the ship to a constant force of 12.3G, enough over 24 hours to turn anything organic to mush, and no, suspending in water or a gel of some kind wouldn't help.

However from you fantasy you seem to think you'd give it a single blast to a velocity to cruise to Mars in a day and then I guess by magic you'd stop the ship somehow.

So to cover 225mkm in 24 hours you need to go at 9,375,000 kmph, if your magnoblast took 10 seconds then the acceleration would be 13,030G, enough to turn a steel ball into a pancake.

First learn some maths then try some physics, it might prevent you looking such an idiot.

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Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed

Amazing, every single word is wrong!

Space is not a total vacuum, there is friction! Lots if you go really fast.

It is impossible and undesirable for matter with mass to go at c.

Time stops at c, consider a photon, from it's perspective it is simultaenously created, at every point in it's journey and destroyed/absorbed/whatever. So if your hypothetical craft attained c it would instantly either crash into something or find itself at the death of the universe.

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Re: Voting

You do realize you cannot get more energy out of repelling magnets than the amount it takes to push them together in the first place?

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Voting

We have "Vote up" and "Vote down" buttons, what would be really useful is a "I'm sorry but I think you are completely insane" button.

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Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

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On no not again

The imagery of an octopus with tentacles over the world is not new, not by a long shot (Goodwin alert) it was much used by the Nazi party to depict Judaism as some world spanning monster, imagery that's been recycled by some Arab groups for the same propaganda.

For any organisation to adopt a similar image for themselves shows the normal lack of historical perspective we've learnt to expect from America.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Re: What if...

No one is dumb enough to fire a gun in a built up area anyway

Gosh, what planet are you from?

It can't be this one as on Earth there are lots of people that dumb, and dumb enough to fire them straight up with no thought of where they may land.

When you get gun toting idiots and alcohol in the same place then bullets will tend to go in all sorts of directions.

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Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off

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Shurely shome mishtake

"The findings of the ICE survey showed that people aged 55 and above were more likely to think that businesses did not behave ethically than younger people"

Shouldn't that read "5.5" instead of "55". Does anybody think that large companies act ethically?

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Saturn's moon Titan had swamps, say astroboffins

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Chronosynclastic infundibula

Wrong Planet/Moon/Space-rock, on Titan you would expect to find harmoniums.

For a delicious tea snack, try young harmoniums rolled into tubes and filled with Venusian cottage cheese.

- The Beatrice Rumfoord Galactic Cookbook

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