* Posts by AbelSoul

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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Re: a functional multi-party system

If only that were true.

Alas, despite some baby steps in the right direction, come the general election we'll still end up with one of two cheeks from the same arse.

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

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Re: Whilst in the area....

I had no idea about this. Cheers for the head's up.

As an aside, I'm guessing the Edinburgh station in question is Waverley and not one of the several other stations in the city ?

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Irvine Welsh offers A Decent Ride, while the The Discreet Hero is yet to be revealed

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Re: Bizarre as it may seem

Indeed.

Apparently they can be beneficial where the gut of the patient is lacking helpful bacteria, such as after a course of strong antibiotics.

A quick search turned up this clinic, who appear to specialise in said procedure.

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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It could be argued that it is the prudish and prurient attitude of society that really harms the people whose pictures are released. If they were treated as no big deal then the blackmailers would have no leverage and little incentive.

I've been saying similar for years.

The utopia depicted in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, where nothing is taboo so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, may be fanciful and unobtainable but is certainly worth aspiring to.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: "GAYGESTAPO"

The Reg already nailed said commentard succinctly and accurately by describing them thusly:

... said one moron

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: ..what the hell am I doing here???

"I don't belong here...."

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: >The art isn't the item you're seeing

This is not the droid art you are looking for.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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Re: The number of people with hearing extending beyond 24000hz is ZERO

There's an online test to check your own threshold here (clicky)

Nothing above 16kHz for my auld, battered lugs.

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NASA to take MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER for a spin

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Re: What a waste of Helium

Such a precious and limited commodity to be pissing it away into space.

But at least you'd be pissing with an amusingly high-pitched squeak.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Perfect way...

... to draw an otherwise stressful Friday to a close.

I was smiling through most of that, cheers.

Almost pub 'o' clock.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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I have friends who are not power users, with maybe 20+ icons in the dock on a 13" laptop, the dock hide feature turned on and magnify turned on...drives me nuts to use their laptop.

I'm sheepishly raising my hand in confession here. (Well, apart from the 20+ icons - it's nearer 10)

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Bloodborne: An immersively thick cut above its gaming rivals

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Re: A small point of order here...

That was news to me, thank you.

Everyday's a school day.

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

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Re: "There's one place we didn't look."

Sarge: "We found this spoon, sir!"

Centurion: "Well done, sergeant!"

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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Re: It's not dead, it's resting!

Googling Pining for the fjords.

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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Re: Battery life

The Citizen Eco drive Proximity never needs a battery replacement as it's solar powered - still has bluetooth 4.0 and the usual functions but doesn't have a power draining display.

Nor does it have anyway of letting you know who is calling you, meaning you still have to fish your 'phone out of your pocket/bag/orifice to check whether you want to answer it.

That makes it completely redundant for the only use-case that appeals to me so far but each to their own.

It's a nicer looking watch than most of the others though.

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Rezzed: Indie gaming shows off its finest

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Roto chair

Nice idea but not likely to have much of a market for home users, given the cost + space requirements.

OTOH, your idea of the local boozer having one installed is rather appealing.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: Jet ski + Motorcycle

Your post got me thinking that I'd actually quite like one of those and a quick search turned up this.

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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Re: down with this sort of thing!

Careful now!

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Dread Pirate Roberts' first mate Peter Nash faces life behind bars

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".. faces life behind bars.. "

Yikes!

Seems a bit harsh, to say the least.

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Re: infeststion space hamsters

Or Spamsters, as we like to call them.

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ALIEN LIFE drenched in HOT FLUID on Jupiter's Ganymede – is that so?

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Outstanding piece of boffinry

"If you observe the aurorae in an appropriate way, you learn something about the magnetic field. If you know the magnetic field, then you know something about the moon's interior."

Cap well and truly d'offed.

95 miles under the surface though? "Cat, are you drilling?"

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Re: *applause*

You think you're one of the Macc Lads?

You're too f*cking tight.

I've spilt more ale down me waistcoat,

Than you've supped the night.

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Rosetta probe to try contact with Philae lander on Thursday

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Re: Are you sure the driver wasn't having a brew?

In which case he might have needed a boot up (the arse) too.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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It'll be a bugger to track the target stably from the sharknado.

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

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Re: If Apple made cars...

Racing around in your whyPod?

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: Newquay gets my vote; at least you can enjoy the beach

Prestwick also has a beach as, I'm sure do most of the other candidates.

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ARM, Geomerics: Don't go to the dark side. Use the Forge, Luke

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Unreal Engine

The software will be bundled into Unity 5 and Unreal 3 and 4 3D gaming engines.

Does this mean the average Joe gets to use it for free (until they make three grand) ?

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Re: hadaway an shite

Surely you mean hadaway is shite?

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Re: What they have found is the entrance to it. Go in, and you will see

My God!

It's full of st.. st..

... strange, shiny, white stuff.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: space junk is a bit of a waste

a tiny solar powered ion rocket attached to eventually dump this on the moon. It would be useful at a later date

I like the idea but unless you can also come up with some way to land it softly on said moon, I'm not sure how useful it would be.

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Re: That reminds me, I saw 2001 the other evening

Unlike "2001", I have seen "2010" only once; it is definitely not in the same league as the first film

I see you continue with your mastery of understatement.

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Red or alive, you're coming with me: Feds offer $3m reward for 'CryptoLocker baron'

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Evil Genius?

I know that term is bandied about willy-nilly but is this chap a worthy bearer of the title?

Either way, I hope he has a fluffy, white cat.

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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Re: Meh. It all tastes like chicken to me.

All of my life

I've been lickin'

Your cyberSEC

'Cause it tastes like chicken

Oh boy...

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Guru Meditation!

+1 for the Guru.

Software Failure.

Press Left Mouse Button To Continue.

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iHump? Apple buys Camel Audio – report

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Hmmm...

I only ever use Camel Software as plugins with Apple's Logic so it will probably make little material difference to me yet still strangely sad to see them go.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Re: Or did I just make that up...?

No, you didn't just make it up but that doesn't preclude you from being "a cynical old bastard that has a huge distrust of politicians."

I certainly am.

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Burning Man hackers get burnt

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Re: T-in-the-Park

T-in-the-Park doesn't even qualify as a festival in my book. More like an oversized gig full of neds.

I still go every couple of years when there's a band playing that I can't see otherwise but it has never really felt like a festival, not even when it first started in Strathclyde Park (yes, I am that old).

At least Glastonbury is still relatively friendly in comparison and it's undoubtedly a festival, cow-mud and all.

That said, I usually prefer smaller events, preferably under 10,000 people.

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The Extreme Centre, Rise of the Super Furry Animals and The Kind Worth Killing

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Re: the most real socialist country

".. called USSR"

I think I have a bit of a discrepancy with your definition of "truly real socialism."

As far as I can tell, such a place has never existed and, if one ever did, it certainly wasn't USSR.

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Dutch MEP slams 'cowboy practices' of GCHQ 'n' pals following Gemalto allegations

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Re: Politicians, what are they good for?

Absolutely Nothing.

Say it again, y'all!

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: @All Names Taken -- Don't be daft?

It seems to me there's a secret, well-rehearsed magic script that security gnomes read to politicians (or more likely instruct them to follow) when they first get into government that scares the shit out of them and which simply puts the kibosh on any genuine well-intentioned plans.

I've often wondered about that myself so you could well be onto something.

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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".. some arsehole cockney redcoat snatched my gun"

Hehehe... usually the first sign that I'm enjoying a game is when I start swearing at the on-screen, fictional enemies.

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Re: Sorry Sir??

Stwike him! Stwike him wuffly!

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

I know what you mean with regards to even Beeb-4 content becoming increasingly dubious but am usually reassured when Jim al Khalili makes an appearance and I enjoyed that show too.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: I can see where this is going

My late Grandfather had a variant of that type of question which baffled me as a five year old and still makes me smile:

If it takes a man a week to walk a fortnight, how many eggs in a barrel of grapes.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: Stock install?

I'm just surprised that anyone actually uses a laptop with the OS install the manufacturer put on it.

You are?

The idea the Joe Average will wander out of CurryPhone DixHouse with his shiny, new toy then go straight home, plug it in and start using it without first reinstalling the operating system surprises you?

Your surprise surprises me.

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Re: Apple and Microsoft can be trusted...

PRISM?

5 Eyes?

Snowden?

No?

Oh, well. Carry on then.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: I say, rebuild Hadrians wall and keep them out!

If it means we no longer have to entertain tadgers such as yourself, I'll gladly help you build it.

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Re: basing their independence on US$110 a barrel as 'worst case'

Except they didn't.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: Interesting...

.. why does all this technology which can help mankind have to be developed as a spin-off from developing more efficient and more expensive ways of killing and maiming people?

Wouldn't it be nice if they renamed DARPA the Making-The-World-A-Better-Place Advanced Research Projects Agency, and left the budget untouched?

Given that it's D for Defence rather than O for Offence, were Mr. Orwell still with us he may well conclude that they already have.

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Violin-fiddling boffins learn that 'F-HOLES' are secret to Stradivarius' SUPERIOR sound

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Re: Latinise your name with an "s"

Unlike Ewar Woowar, who added several Ds.

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