* Posts by Vladimir Plouzhnikov

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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Yes, but with AR you can entertain yourself by running over some virtual pedestrians made to look like your boss...

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Ahem, excuse me...

"Obviously, he's the underling being used as a cats-paw by his master."

Or so you'd like to believe... He-he. He-he-he...

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Re: Are these OK at airports?

I never had a problem with a Traser watch, so these should be OK too...

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Re: Ahem, excuse me...

Absolutely! I would think of doing no such thing myself! He-he. He-he-he...

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Ahem, excuse me...

I've been wondering - how many of these do I need to buy to build a thermonuclear device to destroy the world?

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Hell hath no fury...

But at least this time there was an IT angle!

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US Navy satellite EXPLODES, scattering debris

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The big quesion is

Has anyone seen George Clooney lately?

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He was just testing his new gold-inlaid lazor shotgun from his balcony. It was designed to shoot down the Ursa Major, so he just wanted to see if it worked before taking it on his celestial bear hunting trip...

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Murky online paedo retreat: The Nether explores the fantasy-reality divide

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"If you have an alcoholic or a heroin addict, do you put them in a padded room with alcohol and drugs and say, "off you go" or do you try to break the addiction and keep them away from places where they may be exposed to the temptation to indulge?"

Unlike substance addicts, paedophiles don't need external input - all the temptation is being generated in their own head automatically. Then, if you won't give them a safe outlet to express and act out their desires - they WILL try to get to real life children.

This is what makes the paedo-vigilantes so dangerous - they are so much in love with the strawmen they create trying to justify their hardline stance, that they are actually increasing the risk to children.

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Facebook sad-nav: How to put depressed chums on internet suicide watch

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Facebook privacy

The next day the poor sod will start seeing ads for counseling services and sleeping pills...

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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A companion product

I think they all need this so: the latest in wearable technology - Wankband!

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

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But Greece isn't remotely socialist?? It's a kleptocracy.

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I think we need to step back a bit and clarify what do you mean by true socialism.

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Re: the most real socialist country

Oh. You are talking about the fluffy, cuddly socialism which one can dream about but never build in real life. Well, that's what dreams are for.

As far as practicality is concerned, the USSR was the closest to socialism as it was possible to approach on this planet.

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Thanks for the warning!

A treatise on a bankrupt ideology, a book about mediocre music and a badly written pulp fiction - 3 tomes I can now safely avoid! Thanks again.

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I used to live in the the most real socialist country with truly real socialist government - called USSR and I can tell you - it doesn't work.

You, Veti, have let yourself be seduced by seemingly easy solutions which don't actually stand up to any serious analysis.

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Re: Socialism: it's fun, try it!

"He stood up to the banks when they told him disaster would follow. Sure they were right, but he stood up to them anyway."

That reads very much like an old Jewish joke.

But I don't think you got the joke part of it, did you?

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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I must be lucky

The forums I go to don't seem to have problems with trolls.

A jerk would show up, occasionally, then be quickly and expertly put down by the regulars and leave. If he returns he is quickly eliminated by the mods...

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Mwahahahah!

No, really...

Bwahahahaha!

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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

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I know what it is!

It's a hole left by the Big Bang!

When something goes bang there is always a hole left afterwards.

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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

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So, all that is for

Streaming porn to a postcard-size screen?

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

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Re: NASA is setting the date

Open the window? They tried, but the hinges stuck - so they used a Progress to ram it open, and... Duh! No pressure!..

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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The damage is done not by those who wanks over the pictures but by those supposed well-wishers who rush to spread the message on all tw@ters and Facepukes:

- OMG, look! So-and-so's naked pictures have just been posted! [ha-ha-ha, stupid cow!] Poor thing, now everyone will think she's a whore [and isn't she, just?]. Such a disgrace! Her career must be ruined now! [I always thought that b*tch did not deserve that nice endorsement contract]

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Diet Coke Break?

I put the lime onin the cockCoke...

Now, that was disturbing...

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Thanks for the link.

I can't see what's the problem with this? I'm sure I've seen many ads on TV in prime time with more flesh and less content than this one...

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Overtly sexualising women

What's wrong with that?

Women are still allowed to be sexy, aren't they?

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Seal of approval

From NSA and GCHQ?

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

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Why such a surprise?

An idea that any MP has got their seat in order to live on a 50k salary seems ridiculous to me. They are ambitious and ruthless people and would not trouble themselves if the salary was the only thing they could expect out of it...

As this cannot be avoided in some shape or form, there are two solutions that I can see -

1) Bring it out in the open. Make them declare publicly all jobs and contracts they take out while being MPs; or

2) Make being an MP a full-time job and pay them as much as is needed to deter them from taking money on the side. And then, if they get caught - well, that Mars colony project needs volunteers, right?

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Re: The big problem is that the country is being run by unions and industry associations

"Whether a corrupt business or a corrupt union, it's the corruption that's the problem, not the concept of the institution."

Totally wrong. It is the concept of the institution that makes the corruption possible or, rather, more probable.

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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Sex when drunk

Is a waste of sex.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: Marketing/advertising have no ethic, so asking for ethical use is useless...

"Young girls and boys think they must be abnormal because they are hardly ever without spots or some other ailment they think makes them not the "normal" as these pics show."

Don't the downvoters of my post realise that the above is exactly the same type of argument as "violent videogames turn children into bullies" and "watching porn will make you want to rape women"?

That children (or adults, for that matter) are incapable of telling the difference between idealised fantasy pictures and reality?

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Re: Marketing/advertising have no ethic, so asking for ethical use is useless...

I feel you're putting a spin on it! ;-)

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Re: that's one way of looking at it, here's another

"At least with the upgrade model, companies had to work hard for our money, now it just rolls in every month whatever they do.

The truth is, if Photoshop had any glimmer of competition out there, there is no way the could support a subscription only model."

This is so true, it pains me that I can only upvote your post once.

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Re: Marketing/advertising have no ethic, so asking for ethical use is useless...

"Young girls and boys think they must be abnormal because they are hardly ever without spots or some other ailment they think makes them not the "normal" as these pics show."

That is a myth which is being spread about by lobbying groups.

People are born with instinctive idea of what is "normal". There will be a distribution curve - with most people's normal being "normal" and those in the tails whose preferences tend to be more... unusual.

Seeing pictures of only fatties or of only planck-thin anorexics does not change an individual's perception.

Also, most people are happy with their own bodyview but some are born with a negative one - those will develop various eating disorders, abuse cosmetic surgery etc and no amount of showing "positive" body images to them will change that.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: Intelligence <> sense @montyburns56

"It never ceases to amaze me how supposedly intelligent people come up this idea that it would be easier to live in a space station or another planet compared to living on earth."

It is much easier to live on a farm than in a city, yet we now live mostly in cities.

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Re: Intelligence <> sense @Arnaut the less

"If (or perhaps when) we suffer a new Mesolithic-style population crash, our descendants won't have an industrial revolution; they won't find enough cheap fuel to get it started." - I actually agree with this. Let's call it a "Situation C"

"...a way to live sustainably on this planet,..." - that I would call a "Situation B"

"...social pressure will drive us to other planets..." - and this is a "Situation A"

Now I put it to you that unless A happens before B we will end up in C.

We must expand before we find a way to live comfortably ever after here on Earth or we will die because the expansion will never happen. But, thankfully, I don't think that B is possible before A - the laws of nature will prohibit it, somehow.

"falls at the embarrassing hurdle of the Earth's gravity well and the amount of stuff we need to burn to get out of it." - do you mean we have a shortage of hydrazine and nitrogen tet?

We're reproducing like there was no tomorrow, - that is a delusion. It only happens until the energy consumption reaches the developed world's level. After that we are not reproducing enough.

"We are not taking things at all seriously." - we will begin soon enough. The economic war with Russia is only the beginning. Things are changing in a profound way. Key players in the world will soon turn their attention outwards and compete in space because it is becoming impossible to compete on Earth without destroying each other.

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Re: Intelligence <> sense

Piscivore, if what you're saying was true, we'd still be living in caves.

There is enough resources on Earth to physically sustain lots of people, yes. But the Earth is already far too small for our ambitions. There isn't enough political space on Earth for America, Russia, China, India and what's its name - EeeeYouuuu? - to coexist for long. The only way is to colonise other places and project our ambitions there.

That is the kind of evolutionary pressure that you MUST account for once a sentient species like ours enters the arena. Not just simple food chain and biochemical and energy resources.

Social aspects of Homo Sapient existence within the biosphere are just as important as the biochemistry of DNA in the overall picture of evolution.

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"When we do leave this planet all religious texts should be stacked in a pile to the right of the entry hatch."

Are you proposing to drop leaflets onto indigenous lifeforms, if any?

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

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Re: Astouded!!

"How was Bletchley Park right and this wrong?" ROTFLMAO

How was the beheading of Charles the 1st right but beheadings by ISIS are wrong? I'm amazed!

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: Pern anyone?

Well we don't have any teleportating dragons so we're screwed anyway - too depressing to post about...

On the other hand, we can make a lot of HNO3 (WFNA, RFNA), so maybe there's still hope?

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Re: Comet botherers, the original version

This is the dawning of the age of Neanderthal, age of Neanderthal....

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Ukraine suddenly 40% more interested in UK tax info – HMRC

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Re: HMRC interested in 40% of my salary

Add to that the National Insurance your employer is paying and the indirect taxes we all pay on stuff we buy (VAT, fuel duty, excises) and it's well over 60%!

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Shackleton

I don't care if they sell live streaming Martian porn to finance this venture as long as they are successful in getting there.

Oh, and, Iain, such a wistful tone in the article - did they turn your application down? :-)

Dying on Mars? Sounds better than most other ways of dying currently available on Earth...

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: It's just a movie....

In general, I agree - a bad movie with a good plot is still a not very good movie.

But for SW, to me - and that's simply my personal impression and opinion of these movies - yes, the acting is from barely passable to outright bad in places, but I have no problem with the visuals.

Having watched all of the SW movies in a relatively adult age, I don't have any nostalgic longing for the analogue-ness of the effects in the originals. It's not part of the appeal. Quite the opposite, when I watch these movies I'm having to mentally filter out the deficiencies of analogue chroma keying just as I do with the outdated artifacts of the early CGI.

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Re: It's just a movie....

Well, I agree with that - they could have been made better.

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

"Why would they have moved on from them?"

They haven't. All but a few have been killed under Order 66. No Jedi, no lightsabers (you need the Force to operated one or you'll sooner cut off your own head)....

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

You are angry, AC. Anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

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Re: It's just a movie....

The Star Wars prequels are similar to Starship Troopers (the movie) in the sense that most people criticising them do entirely miss the plot. Don't see the wood for the trees, so to say.

Everyone concentrates on effects, Jar-Jar (PBUH), wooden acting - but these are simple vignettes. Embellishments. The actual plot is about the abuse and manipulation of power in a supposed democracy and how those who were supposed to uphold it became so complacent that they missed the whole thing until the roof literally fell upon their heads.

I can see direct parallels with what was and still is going on IRL. Iraq (clone?) wars, Ukraine (separatist alliance with Putin as Duku?), ISIS (Neimoidians?), dysfunctional EU (the senate?), well-meaning but inept Obama (Valorum?). The most interesting question is - who the hell is Palpatine? Tell me - not Miliband, please!?

What I'm afraid the most of in the Disney's takeover, is that they will turn it back to being mindless "family adventure" and the fans will fall over themselves in orgasmic excitement about pissy lightsabers and crappy pseudo-vintage effects... We'll find out soon enough, I suppose.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: Horizon no more...

"a gas fireball against a black background to represent the Big Bang"

Yes. But no. But... how *would* you show the Big Bang on TV?

Of course, there is an option of just showing a 255:255:255 white screen accompanied by white noise at 0DB for a few million years or until the TV explodes in the viewer's face, but, really...

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Science

Isn't it a description of a capacitor? And what will happen if a rat takes a bite of the cable?

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