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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series

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A bit of a consolation...

It's not that the US doesn't like Germans, it's simply that Germany has not yet fallen in line with the orders for the Cold War II with Russia, at least not enthusiastically enough.

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Re: alternate reality??

"What are we missing?"

Suborbital airliners?

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DINO-SLAYER asteroid strike was a stroke of bad luck, say boffins

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I personally think

They have served whatever purpose they were meant to serve and were on their way out (or to retirement in the form of birdies). They were only nuked from orbit as a precaution, because that's the only way to be sure, you know...

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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

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Communications?

This sounds very interesting for things like remote sensing (I'm sure the Curiosity would love to have such a device on it) but for comms?

Isn't it much easier to just modulate 1 weak laser with your signal and use it for any length of time you want than to fire a Gatlingful of high-power beams just so that your blinking flashlight could be seen from a distance for a millisecond or so?

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Re: EVER NOTICE ...

"if Russia seized the Buk at its border and made it available for inspection. They didn't. It's been hidden, which lends itself to the presumption that its being tampered with or destroyed."

The value of the actual Buk which launched the missile is close to 0 in this investigation. All the evidence that is required is at the site of the crash. And I see nothing supporting a presumption that the rebels are interfering with that evidence.

"The missile system that downed the plane was Russian"

I honestly don't see the relevance of that. Of course, it was Russian, they all are. Doesn't mean that Russia is accountable for every use of its weapons by anyone in the world. If you mean this in broader terms - that Russia is supporting the rebels when it shouldn't, well, that's a totally different discussion...

"The damage being done to Russia's international standing will define it for many years."

The damage is in the eye of the beholder. When the US cruiser shot down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf the US Government gave the captain a medal and were generally quite smug about it.

"What has happened is a tragedy, and its time for accountability, not politics."

Accountability is of no value here if we are talking about finding and punishing the person who pressed the "Launch" button. The true accountability for this? Is it with the succession of the Ukrainian leadership who neglected their duties in favour of lining their own pockets? Is it with the US who cynically played that situation in order to create a cold war casus belli with Moscow? Is it with Russia, who support what they think is a rightful rebellion against foreign interference by hostile powers? Is it, perhaps, with all of them?

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Re: EVER NOTICE ...

"A fecking great missile launcher is video'd entering Ukraine from Russia a short while before the plane is destroyed and the same one is then video'd making a hasty return to Russia, sans one missile, just days afterwards."

This is totally different from what is happening on the crash site. The people who fired the missile are unlikely to be even in the same group of rebels as those who guard the site. There are no "central" authorities there. There are groups of "militia" mixed from locals and foreign (Russian, Chechen etc) fighters and they would trade their loyalty for funding and weapons with the "leaders". Their allegiances may and do change on a weekly basis.

As for the video "evidence" - for myself I disregard it completely. Whose TELAR was transported, when, where even? The Russians recently presented satellite pictures apparently showing Ukrainian Buks in the area, one of which having been moved on the day of the shooting. Whose evidence is more evident? Americans were claiming they also have evidence but are now saying "no links to Russia"?

I recommend to reserve judgement about any such "evidence" for the time being.

"International experts were only allowed access to the site a couple of days ago."

International experts only reached the site 3 days ago, whereupon they were given full access.

Previously, a team of OSCE observers arrived and they were escorted around the site but not allowed full access.

Precisely why the experts only arrived on Sunday is not clear to me - the rebels are blaming Kiev and accusing them of deliberate procrastination. Knowing a bit about Ukraine I can say that procrastination is their authorities' favourite pass-time in the best of times... However, I noticed that the things started to move only after Kiev said they handed over control over the investigation to the Dutch.

Overall, it seem like a "normal" spat between 2 warring factions in a civil war and not an attempt to specifically hide or tamper with evidence. I am actually impressed by the fact that any bodies collection, cordoning of the area etc have been done at all. Try crashing a plane in Nigeria and see what happens afterwards...

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Re: EVER NOTICE ...

"Were they actually "freedom fighters" then they'd own up to the mistake, face trial at ICC, and take their punishement on the chin."

I have to admit, I never heard of any freedom fighters anywhere in the world who would do things like that. A British MP would sooner voluntarily own up to fiddling his expenses...

"Leaving bodies in fields for days on end while you hide the evidence in Russia correlates more strongly with terrorism than freedom fighting."

But they were damned if they did and damned if they didn't. As soon as they started collecting the bodies they were immediately accused of stealing them, using corpses as leverage and almost of any other crime against humanity short of cannibalism.

Also, the hiding of evidence didn't seem to be going on either. If you dig through reports even on the BBC it is clear that journalists or any other international experts who did not look like they were working directly for Kiev were given access to the site pretty much all along.

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Re: The definition of terrorism is too broad

Cogito ergo terroris.

Or something like that...

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Re: He must have missed the memo

"he's actually one of the good guys"

Ah, that explains why he hasn't been CC'd.

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He must have missed the memo

That was the whole idea.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Adele???

That's fire? Eh, wussy... He's been living like a little girl in the middle of his little world...

Fire! I'll take you to burn!

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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That's because they use so much energy to make the "pew-pew" sound in a vacuum.

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Re: H2G2 style

"This HAS to be joke."

No. This is the merging of Star Wars and the Addams Family franchises and it opens the exciting possibilities of maximising the merchandising power of the synergetic union of those two thrilling dark force legacy family entertainment. And taking the Mickey...

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Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land

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Congratulations!

Although I'm puzzled how he managed to claim the group occupation record being there alone... Oh. What do you mean, "my precioussss"?

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: So sad

"if Putin and/or the rebels are truly innocent, they should have immediately cordoned off the area and said "nobody's getting here until the experts who will exonerate us because we didn't do this.""

That's exactly what they have done, haven't they?

"Picking credit cards off corpses like medieval bandits and carting away bodies like Slavic Eichmanns is, how you say, incriminatory by definition."

You are just embarrassing yourself. BBC: MH17 bodies out of Ukraine rebel area

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Re: Blame game?

Oh, is that Putin's cunning plan - remove the insignia from the uniforms but keep the number plates? Mmmm'kay...

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Re: @Gordon861 So sad

"The things you were attributing to them, and you were because you put them in quotes. They ain't there."

I'm sorry, they are. They've been repeating them on TV all day long yesterday and before.

"go and find an article in RT in the last 6 months that's been critical of Putin."

I don't generally recommend watching RT - may be bad for your health. But if there are any articles on BBC that are critical of the Western leader's position towards the Ukrainian crisis or providing objective analysis of the MH17 developments - they are few and far between, unfortunately.

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Re: So sad

"they are in control of the area and not cooperating!"

People here seem to think that Donetsk is somewhere in Switzerland or something. Not in an Eastern European country torn by a civil war and right in the middle of a conflict zone.

"Now, they have attempted to remove evidence, have not handed over the black boxes (we know they have them) and are preventing the international commission of carrying out their work."

Anyone with a head on their shoulders would have been able to predict that the rebels will not cooperate with the government they are fighting against. Why would you give anything to people who have already proclaimed you guilty?

As far as I can see - there is no international commission yet. The Kiev government claimed control over the investigation and started with declaring their conclusions before even seeing the evidence. All the claims about removing the evidence have been originating from them. They have finally been told to cede control to the Dutch, who are already arrived at the scene and are already inspecting the "stolen" bodies.

I am not saying the rebels didn't shoot the plane down, they probably did, but, FFS, bull-shit is bull-shit, no matter who is it coming from.

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Re: Blame game?

"The missile launch site is unlikely to have been in an areal that had a lot of passers-by with smartphones."

The farthest the launcher could be from the plane at the moment of the missile strike is some 25 km. There are towns and villages all around that area. There is no place to completely hide something as conspicuous as launch of a big supersonic missile - it would have been seen for miles around.

"Personally, I believe it was the separatists."

Let's face it - that is the most likely scenario. It has been reported that they have overrun a Ukrainian military base in the area which was known to have Buk systems kept there. They then either asked Russia to provide instructors or relied on their own people who might have had an experience of operating the system. Whoever they used has then fundamentally screwed up.

But, there is still non-zero probability of alternative explanations. A rogue or bribed Ukrainian unit could have done it, with or without Kiev's complicity. Then there may not have been a missile at all - it is possible that someone has it for Malaysian Airlines and the place of the disaster is a coincidence.

The latter one will hopefully be confirmed or ruled out pretty quickly, once the wreckage is examined by specialists. The question of rebels v loyalists is not going to go away anytime soon.

One thing is totally certain - the West will continue to blame Russia no matter what.

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@Gordon861 Re: So sad

"Anything said by the RT channel needs to be looked at as if it has been supplied by FOX News, if not even worse"

I regret to admit that the BBC's standards of reporting this are not any better. It is disgusting to see how a tragedy is being quite cynically used to whip out a new cold-war type propaganda brain-shower for the feeble-minded.

"Terrorists don't give the investigators access!" - but the investigators are sitting in Kiev, listening to scary stories being told by the government. The OSCE observers are there on the site but they are not allowed to touch it - because they are supposed to be observers.

"Terrorists are destroying evidence and stealing bodies!" - but what do you expect them to do? Let the bodies rot and be eaten by wildlife? Would you like to look at a few days-old corpse of a child with guts spilled out, infested with maggots and covered with flies? They are doing the only reasonable thing that can be done while the high politics is playing out its course - preserve the bodies as best they could.

"Putin must provide access to the crash site!" - oh, is that really what they want? Because they may just get it - when Putin moves the troops across the border and secures the site.

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Re: Good god almighty...

El_Fev, you're silly rabbit! Of course, nobody blames the Jews. They have a perfect alibi - they've been beating the crap out of the Palestinians all this time.

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Re: Blame game?

A missile launch nearby make a great deal more noise than an exploding aircraft 10km in the sky. You would hear bang!-shh-wooshhhhhhhhhhh-dong! The last part - as the shockwave of missile going supersonic reaches you...

You also missed the bit about the trail of smoke. That particular missile's motor burns for 15 seconds - plenty of time to get your phone out and start shooting.

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@SpamBot Re: So sad

"I don't know how easy/hard these things are to operate"

Generally, if you don't know the system like Buk you won't even be able to power it up (and will likely damage it if you try).

However, if you are not concerned with technical maintenance and service, the operation itself is not so difficult to learn. Especially if the training course would dispense with the niceties like the principles of operation, material base etc and only concentrate on turning the system on/off, acquiring and tracking a target, taking the shot. Can be done in a few days if you (and your crewmates) are bright enough.

With that, the standing cautionary tale in SAM forces is that unless care is taken, the systems tend to hit the easiest target. By far the easiest target for a SAM like Buk is a big all-metal ship like B777 flying straight and level in clear conditions (no countermeasures) right in the middle of the engagement envelop.

The operators do not see the altitude of the target, only the direction, angle above the horizon and the slant range. Yes they can work out the altitude from that but the thought would not cross their mind when they are in combat mode. They may or may not have had an optical tracking camera fitted to their vehicle.

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Re: Blame game?

What is puzzling for me is the lack of any crowd-sources footage of the actual missile launch.

I mean, these missiles have solid-fuel rocket motors and when they are fired the make a lot of noise and leave a great big trail of dense smoke behind them.

We have seen the footage of the actual crash of the place taken literally 2-3 seconds after the impact (fireball still rising) but nothing about the missile itself. I find it strange, given that if indeed the rebels fired it, they would have done so from a relatively densely populated area.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: All Putin's fault

You see? All this appeasement and soft approach - and he nearly borked the Register already!

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Re: All Putin's fault

"Would this fix involve invading the Beeb?"

I don't know, but of late, calling on Putin and sanctions seem to be the magic solution being proposed by and on BBC for every minor and major world problem, so I thought - maybe I should suggest that all-winning move as well?

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All Putin's fault

He must be called to fix the BBC site immediately and tougher sanctions must be imposed when he doesn't.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Delusion

"You can get a lot more science for your buck using machinery to do your exploring"

This, sir, is just manifestly not true.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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WTF?

If you want line of sight PTT why not just by a VHF transceiver aka walky-talky?

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Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet

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Re: world's remotest outcrop

"Theres a difference between the World and the British Isles?"

Well... The sun never sets and all that stuff...

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

"Do you have any medical background to make such a claim?"

No.

"Because there are many areas where repeated exposure stimulates interest and habitualizes that interest."

I totally reject this. You need to be pre-disposed to like something in order to like it when you see it, not the other way round. All the widely publicised anti-porn, anti-computer-games, anti-violent-video studies I have ever heard of, totally and manifestly fail to test or control for pre-disposition.

"Similarly that normalization of something increases someone's likelihood of engaging in such activity."

Not just any someone's - only those who are already pre-disposed to that. So, if you declare paedophilia normal you may see all the paedos coming out of the closets but you will not increase the ratio of paedos within the population.

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

"Paedophilia is not and has never been against the law. Because it's a sexual orientation - being attracted to pre-pubescent children."

This is not correct, at least not in this country. Because to possess a picture of a child in normal circumstances is not criminal but to possess the same picture and being turned on by it is a criminal offense. So the crime here is simply being sexually attracted.

Paedophilia is a wonderful tool for any government because it elicits such a strong instinctive reaction in normal people not afflicted by it. We have instincts to protect the young and to safeguard the bloodlines, so if someone says "we need to do this and this or otherwise children will get hurt" it gets swallowed by the general public without much questioning.

At the same time, arguably, preventing paedophiles from accessing pictures simply means that more of them will be more likely to go over the threshold and start abusing real children.

Paedophilia is a mental disorder and you first must become a paedophile and only then you might want to start seeing CP, not the other way round. So, preventing you from seeing CP pictures means nothing if you are not a paedophile and will do nothing to stop from you being a paedophile if you are one already.

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Very good! 660 paedoses uncovered!

Only 6 left to find for good measure!

I recommend they be thrown in a river with concrete weights tied to their feet - if they are really paedos, the hideousness of their crime will force them to the surface.

On the other hand, if they drown - they will have martyred themselves for the course of witchpaedo-hunting, so, no cause for complaints!

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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As if any proof was needed

That what any government fears the most are their own citizens. Not terrorists, not foreign powers, not extraterrestrials, and it doesn't matter if the government is "democratic" or "authoritarian". They will always go out of their way to ensure that no smallest bit of vox populi would slip past their ears undetected.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: "'No-one forces people to go watch them, but they do.'

"People are a captive audience at the cinema... They show up and have to take what they're given."

In that case every movie's opening box office take would always be the same. It obviously is not, so there is a problem with your theory.

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"Contrary to most in this thread I enjoy going to the cinema ....

... 3D is annoying and should go away"

Apparently, contrary to (most in this thread)+(most of the rest in this thread) I enjoy both going to the cinema AND the 3D :-)

In general, I perfer to see a 3D version over 2D if the movie has anything to do with sci-fi/fantasy and CGI.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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The real question is

Who are the sad fuck-nots who reported them to the police?

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Is this really Apple gender discrimination rubbing out

"slang'names for male genitals are acceptable"

Surely, you mean schlang names?

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Re: Feminists are angry...

Oh, I didn't know that.

Actually, that makes it worse, in my opinion, as it almost looks like he might really be biased against the opposite sex and it was not simply a technical screw-up.

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Re: Is this really Apple gender discrimination rubbing out

They have a primordial sin guilt complex - a woman, an apple etc. I suspect their servers will self-destruct if anyone tries to ask them to engrave "serpent" on an iThingy...

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Feminists are angry...

I'm no feminist but I am angry as well!

To Mr Cook - may you not see a clit ever again.

To feminists - go to an engraver desk in any department store and clit-up your iPhone until something throbs...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: A shame

"Here is your coat."

Oh, thank you, you're very kind. And I was just leaving - what a nice coincidence!

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Re: A shame

"the war on drugs remember."

Yes, we know - but do we need to drone about it?

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Re: A shame

"He was a philanderer, and she is a whore."

And you are a saint, I presume. But only by the press of the circumstances, no doubt.

Give you a yacht and some spare cash and it will be interesting just how long your impeccable morality will endure...

If your slate is clean, and all that, you know....

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Marketing driven, not technologically

Streaming

Multi-room

"Compact" speakers and "soundbars"

Blue-Tooth interfaces

The picture is clear - the target audience are people for whom an audio system is needed primarily as a source of background ambient noise or guest entertainment.

Their perception of audio quality will be determined by how loud the sound can be and how much bass they can squeeze out of it. The convenience of putting on a randomised track-list and forgetting about it would be more important than any audio quality consideration.

That does not mean that all these "innovations" and "soundbars" represent any advancement in the technology of audio reproduction, in fact, it's quite the opposite, sound-wise. It is just aimed at people whose priorities lie in something other than the quality of the sound.

This is as old as the world, actually. Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Jamo - they were in this market for a long long time. They are helped by "genres" like rap, dubstep, house etc where the less fidelity your system has the better they sound.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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"people need to educate themselves!"

They need to but they don't know that they do. That's where the problem is.

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"The fact that there's no (sign of) life on Mars"

It is far from being a fact. The only fact is that we haven't yet found any sign of life on Mars.

That's not a big surprise as we haven't even started looking for it properly yet.

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Stop this nonsense!

None of you are even remotely right anyway. There is no Moon or stars or galaxies. They are all just painted on the Celestial Dome.

All praise the Ceiling Cat. Ohmmmm....

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

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"obey me as long as I obey God."

I don't know what the fuss is then.

Clearly, he can't possibly comply with that last condition, let alone provide any evidence that he does, so nobody needs to obey him anyway - and that's according to his own instructions.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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A perplexing article

Starts talking about "audiophiles" and then continues with "MP3" and "iPod" in the same breath.

Then, basically, it says that monopole drivers are bad and electrostats are better (well, it's kind of open knowledge, I am thinking of getting a pair of electrostats myself) but you can take the bad drivers and combine them with lots of digital tomfoolery and they will become good.

Replacing snake oil with a different flavour of snake oil?

No speaker is perfect. Cannot be, we know that. Yes, you can try to coax a better approximation of the source sound by tweaking the layout and mechanics or by finagling the signal. Neither of these methods is intrinsically better than the other.

I prefer the former, you - the latter.

The only thing that really counts is whether a particular speaker in a particular room suits a particular person.

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