* Posts by Fink-Nottle

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

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> mammoths may have been led to become fatter and hairier than the elephants by a particular gene called TRPV3.

... known in the trade as the Demis Roussos gene.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Must have been an interesting sight

> What is a 'Nazi tank', anyway?

It's the kind of tank Margret Thatcher commanded back in '41 when she served with the Waffen SS on the Russian steppe.

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> If the old guy wants an old tank, let him have an old tank.

As with a lot of stories on tha interwbs, there may be more to this than meets the eye. For all we know, the innocent old man could be a rabid nazi bent on reliving the glories of his youth.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Calm down

It's just a guerrilla marketing scheme that went wrong.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Re: To quote Mr James May

Well, I think it's refreshing to see a big dick who isn't presenting a motoring program on TV.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Re: Stereo optical control?

If driver assistance was the main consideration, Subaru wouldn't be my first choice; for the same money I'd feel safer in a sensibly specced Mercedes GLA with pre-safe braking.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Re: So he's been discharged from hospital then…

> Has the experience left him with an electric personality?

If anything, the experience has left him more grounded than before.

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Liquid water is considered essential to the existence of life potatoes.

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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> Anyone know what a gitch is

A gitch is a malfunction in a computer chup.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Bunny chow

No rabbits involved.

A hollowed out bread loaf filled with meat curry that's Durban's traditional post-whatever 'dish' that tastes best at silly-o'clock in the morning.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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> But you can have an account with the Bank of England.

Interesting. Clearly there are differences between the two institutions - I know the Reserve Bank was never nationalised and still has shareholders - however it is the consensus of my SA friends and I that the Reserve Bank was never a deposit taking organisation.

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> Considering that Shuttleworth sold Thawte for hundreds of millions of dollars (and hence billions of Rand), the RBSA held the money on his behalf.

That's daft. VeriSign acquired the company for $575 million in stock. It is therefore naive to imagine that the Reserve Bank held a wad of 'money' on Shuttleworth's behalf at any point.

Although the foreign exchange was probably in the form of securities rather currency, the cross-border transfer out of SA would have to be carried out an 'authorized dealer' - one of the commercial banks. It turns out that Shuttleworth instructed Standard Bank to act on his behalf - and to do so he'd need t5o open a non-resident transmission account like any other Joe ...

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Re: Living in SA now

> Since the SA finance minister personally made this piracy happen, there's _zero_ chance the Shuttleworth Foundation will now encourage new ventures to launch in SA.

The point is, SA's finance minister did not personally go after Shuttleworth. You might as well say that VAT in the UK is a personal attack by the Chancellor on Beardy Branson.

Capital flight and exchange control are basic economics principles. I came across this paper which explains exchange control in SA-ian context. Like Bill Clinton said, 'It's the economy, stupid'.

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Yes, but ...

if he felt so strongly about constitutional issues in SA, why wait until leaving the country to pledge money to the cause?

As the article you quote points out, At the appeal’s court judgement, the following point was made: “it appears to us that Shuttleworth’s primary purpose was not purely altruistic but to secure repayment of the ten per cent levy paid by him.” So the judge had it wrong, then.

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In 2008, he tried to withdraw R2.5bn (US$204m, £128m) from his account in the South African Reserve Bank. The bank, under orders from the SA finance minister, withheld 10 per cent of the transfer as an exit charge.

A bit of jouralistic hyperbola there ...

The South African Reserve Bank, like the Bank of England, is the nation's central bank. As such, is not a commercial bank and there is thus no way Shuttleworth could have held an account there.

As the state institution that manages a country's currency, money supply, and interest rates it is, naturally, 'under orders from the SA finance minister' and it does as a matter of course, withhold '10 per cent of the transfer as an exit charge' for all capital leaving the country. However this is not a punitive measure directed against Shuttleworth, but a sovereign nation's financial policy.

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Re: Living in SA now

> this sort of chicanery is totally normal, unfortunately ... sees cash leaving and grab at some of it.

The idea that this case is some form of state sponsored piracy or corrupt practice is nonsense.

South Africa's policy of exchange control legislation was first promulgated in 1961. Shuttleworth , like all South Africans would have been well aware of exchange control regulations at the time he and / or his legal financial team allowed the funds to enter SA following the Thwaite transaction.

The fact of the matter is Shuttleworth attempted to claim special privilege under the law - and when things didn't go his way, he attempted to change the law motivated purely by greed and self interest.

That he has not been successful in his attempt to subvert the law speaks volumes for the integrity of Judicial system in South Africa.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: El Reg was unable to contact Mossad for comment

In late breaking news, a Mossad spokesman said "You've got to pick a pocket or two, boys. You've got to pick a pocket or shoe."

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: What a great idea

> Not that the councils will actually do anything about it lol

Issue all councillors with Range Rovers ...

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: Why Apologise ?

> Finally, never piss of a man who can kill you instantly.

So, apparently destroying a person's airway and spine somehow preserves 'civilisation'. I bet you miss the good ol' days of Schultzhaft ?

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Re: Shame

> It would have been nice if he has looked at his audience

You're having a laff. Boffins don't look at people; they stare at their shoes.

If they're really extrovert, they may stare at your shoes.

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Re: Political correctness taken to an extreme

> You can't really treat women as equals with men as they will still pull out the "weaker sex" card when they don't like what's being demanded of them.

I've worked in laboratories where some of my female colleagues, while expecting to be paid the same as their male counterparts, point-blank refused to do any of the dirty, smelly or physically demanding work required by the job.

I blame the Uni faculties who were prepared to bend over backwards to attract female students to the Sciences for inculcating this attitude.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: Horses for courses

> If it's wrapped up in a shiny shiny then that's a bonus.

When I started my first graduate job, my boss gave me a brand new HP-85A. Now that was shiny. People from other departments would come to marvel at the high tech wonder of 256 x 192 graphics.

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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Kids! Here's why you should spent more time reading books than memorising movie dialog ....

Herrera, notably, has not been charged — nor, it seems, is he even considered a suspect.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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Re: Cow Fart Powered Cars Anyone?

> Studies show that with the right diet cows can be persuaded to fart even more methane.

That's only true for spherical cows in a vacuum.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: I was a bit sad ...

> You mean the one they errected because they took offence at the fact that we (or at least some of us) play cricket?

That's the Boycott barrier.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: Not a word

> on fuel economy

I heard the Motobility approved model gets good milage ...

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

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Re: The leather cow-hide clad one

(Cow hide is hairy leather.)

Not sure if that'd be a good look for a phone, but you'd certainly have loads of free hair time.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: As the old saying goes...

> I believe you can connect a Macbook Air's Thunderbolt port to a miniDisplayPort monitor, or to a miniDisplayPort to VGA adapter.

Funny you should mention the MBA.

The 13" MBA Thunderbolt to miniDisplay 'just works'. On the other hand, there are issues with 11" MBA's connection. It would seem that the two machines use different port hardware, which Apple simply assumed would behave identically. Given that a company as meticulous as Apple can drop the ball on a single port spec, I don't hold out much hope for industry wide implementation of USB-C.

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Chinese bloke escapes execution for Forbidden City nude photo shoot

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Re: Disgusting!

Cor ... nice Ming.

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

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Re: Six degrees of separation

> If there's just six degrees of separation between me and, say, Abu Hamza, how long will it be before I am dragged into one inquiry or another?

Just be a matter of time ... they'll get you, by hook or by crook.

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Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

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Zappa

I'd like to think that it's named after the Frank Zappa's "Camarillo Brillo".

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This $199 home air-quality gizmo will tell you to VOC right off

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VOC

I'm sceptical of the use of a PID detector to quantify VOC concentration in a domestic setting. How meaningful is the number generated, when organic compounds can have such very different detector responses.

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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Re: North Korea use case..

> Or get those in prison camps to walk a lot - for their health?

> Now could this be part of a solution for obesity? :)

Or the NHS could fit dynamos to it's wheelchairs.

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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Umbongoland

Umbongoland? Who wrote the headline, Prince Phillip?

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Sir Jony Ive, chief Apple doodler, promoted – into job he already has

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> When did smiling go out of fashion?

He has the panicked look of an employee who has been scamming his company out of millions and is petrified of being found out. Obviously, that is not the case here. There's no chance of Jonty being exposed as a fraud.

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

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Don't panic ...

Since I was a schoolboy I've always used MKV / MKVII gas mask bags to carry my stuff. Indeed, I'm currently using a MKV lined with a few foam offcuts to tote my laptop around.

It used to be that the genuine article could be had for a few pence from Army Surplus. These days replicas are available that lack the patina of grime and musty smell that added to the romance of the originals, but are just as serviceable.

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Odin (formerly Parallels) bets big on Docker and OpenStack

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The Parallels business will keep on doing what it does best, namely giving Mac owners a fine way to run Windows in a virtual machine. Steen reckons the company understands the nuances of doing this very well

Can't argue with that. They understand the nuances so well they are able to convince chumps users to pay top dollar for a new copy of Parallels every time there's an OS X point release.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Fobs - Old Hat

>> Now just have to get it to start using my old trouser snake !

A microcontroller system, then?

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Re: Another reason for a physical key..

> I believe you have to maintain the "key in the area" thing - so the theory being that wouldn't work.

You'd think so, but are some shared experiences on Jaguar XF forum that show thing are different in practice.

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Re: Another reason for a physical key..

my worry with keyless ignition is that if you nip out of the car and leave the engine running, you could end up unable to restart your car in Edinburgh because your keys are on the hall table in London.

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Praying's not good enough

> They should sacrifice a goat.

Good plan, it's doubtful any deity would understand the Newcastle accent.

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Apple patches FREAK-ed out Watch

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Re: As Always ....

> my thought as I updated was that it was shameful how long it took them, considering the things have just been shipped.

I suppose owning a Watch allows users to experience time differently, but to my unsophisticated mind 'the patch took too long' and 'the things have just been shipped' are mutually exclusive.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Been there, done that

> I hit a cow with my car, in Mexico.

I had a nearly identical encounter with a cow on a misty morning just outside Qunu (Nelson Mandella's birthplace) in a Hilux with bush bars.

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