* Posts by Graham Marsden

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Re: Deus Ex Machina

"If the computer says “it's him” most people, plods included, will believe the computer against all other evidence"

Such as the case of Raymond Easton from Swindon who was arrested for a burglary in Bolton because a DNA sample taken from him years before seemed to match the perpetrator's DNA.

The fact that Easton had never been to Bolton and had Parkinson's Disease which meant he could barely walk to his own front door, let alone travel to Bolton, break in through a window and commit a burglary didn't seem to be relevant because "Well, we've got a DNA match..."

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@Tom_ - Re: What's his beef?

> I'd have thought that the advantage of a computer being able to present, say, a dozen potential matches quickly and let the police officer review those would be a good thing.

What a great idea! We're looking for a paedophile and Tom_'s face looks like a potential match, so we'll stroll into his workplace and interview him.

Of course when we've decided he's not a suspect and gone away, everyone will think "well that's ok then" and *nobody* will think "there's no smoke without fire" or "they wouldn't have interviewed him unless he was a wrong'un", will they...?

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@Cronus - Re: In other news...

> photographs taken of people while they are held in custody but not necessarily ever convicted of something

Exactly. We have the Right to be Presumed Innocent, that is why, now, if you are arrested and then released without charge, any fingerprints and DNA taken must be destroyed.

These photographs should be treated in the same way.

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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"There are some items which Royal Mail is unable to carry in the UK...

"... for legal or health and safety reasons.

"Failure to comply with these regulations could result in prosecution. You are responsible for checking whether or not an item is prohibited.

"For a full list of UK prohibitions and restrictions please see our prohibitions and restrictions guide for contract and business customers."

Which includes: "Waste, dirt, filth or refuse"

Hmm...

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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@Phil O'Sophical - Re: Exaggerating much?

I started to read that piece, then I got to the bit where it mentions the 7-day pumped storage which you refer to and laughed derisively at another ridiculous exaggeration because it's predicated on "replac[ing] our heat engines with direct electricity and electrified transport" and "Americans insist[ing] on not changing any of their habits".

The point is that such systems provide an *alternative* to current generation methods such that, when excess power is available from renewable sources, it can be stored and then used to supplement the current system, not replace it entirely as that article argues.

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Exaggerating much?

> "flooded areas for hydro-electricity, agricultural areas needed for biofuels and large spaces needed for wind and solar farms"

Yes, on a local scale, flooding a valley for hydro may seem a big area, but on a country-wide basis it's really tiny. Biofuels are a nonsense, taking food and turning it into petrol equivalent is just stupid.

As for the "large spaces" needed for wind, there's large amounts of *empty* space around every turbine, so that's hardly going to devastate the local environment and solar farms tend to be built in areas where there's damn all life anyway.

PS FYI I have no ideological objections to nuclear, but that doesn't preclude other forms of generation too.

PS "Analysis"? ITYM "Opinion"...

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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@AC - Re: @Phil O'Sophical - @The Axe - The reality

> That's not running a business, that's running a charity.

No, it's just not being stupidly greedy.

I also run my own business, called Affordable Leather Products. I started it over 20 years ago because of the stupidly greedy prices that some people were charging for BDSM gear at the time, eg £30 for a plain 3" wide leather collar, and that's £30 in early 1990's money, making around 500% mark-up.

I still make a profit on my prices, but I don't gouge my customers for every possible penny. Oddly enough, they keep coming back and buying from me...

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Re: @Phil O'Sophical - @The Axe - The reality

Unless you suddenly have someone with a massive property portfolio entering the system flooding the market with cheap housing AND people in existing properties were willing to up-sticks, any new entrants would make very little difference if they decided to charge half the going rent for a few rooms or even houses.

But, of course, what actually happens is that majority new entrants will look at the "going rate" (ie what is being charged elsewhere) and think "well if they can charge that, so can I". Sure, if they don't get any takers they may drop their prices a bit, but they're still going to charge as much as the traffic will bear.

And, FYI, I have looked into the market, some years ago I was considering getting into buy-to-let properties, but decided that it wasn't a good option.

PS But also, FYI, if I had, I was looking at what the *minimum* I could charge for rent to service the costs involved, rather than the *maximum* would be that I could get away with to make as much profit as possible.

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Re: Marsbarbrian Oh, well *that's* alright, then...

No, Matt, I just don't have the time and the inclination to play Chase the Goalposts with you right now...

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Re: @Phil O'Sophical - @The Axe - The reality

> You persist in using the word "fair". Please be honest, what you mean is "low".

No, I mean "fair". If I had meant "low" I would have said "low".

What you see are private landlords effectively arranging their own little cartel where they don't actually bother to try to compete with each other because nobody wants to rock the boat.

> Helping such people is the responsibility of government-provided social housing

What a brilliant idea! What a shame that most government provided social housing that people are supposed to move into has been flogged off by the Tories to the afore-mentioned private landlords...

Cui bono...?

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Re: Marsbarbrian Oh, well *that's* alright, then...

Matt Bryant BINGO!!!

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@Marcus Aurelius - Re: The reality

Yes, there are, supposedly, measures in place. However they are difficult to access, long winded, slow to operate and don't help much when you're still trying to pay rent and may have had your benefits sanctioned too.

And would *you* want to have to have a stranger move into your home?

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@Phil O'Sophical - Re: @The Axe - The reality

> By definition "market rate" is what people are willing to pay.

There is a difference between charging a fair rent and charging all the traffic will bear, especially when, as the Bedroom Tax has done, it puts people in a position where they have to choose between eating, heating and keeping a roof over their heads.

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@Tim Worstall - Re: @The Axe - The reality

> Fine to argue about the portion of increased supply/demand in it, but necessary to acknowledge that part of it is increase in supply.

Well, duh! Yes, more people are using food banks because more food banks are now available. They couldn't use them if they weren't there, could they?!

However you appear to be implying that it is the food banks themselves which are driving that demand, rather than the actions of Iain Duncan Smith and his merry (expenses paid) men and women who are forcing Job Centres to deny people benefits (which they are perfectly entitled to) to a level *well* above even that of the Thatcherite era.

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Oh, well *that's* alright, then...

Rather than address the actual issue, TW decides it's much easier to engage in another round of his favourite hobby of Leftie-Bashing instead because that allows him to aim at a set of goalposts which are more to his liking as he triumphantly proves the Grauniad wrong.

Well, bravo, Tim! Congratulations! You've managed to completely ignore the problem, but you can pat yourself on the back secure in the knowledge that you've done good according to your (and Nigel's) political lights whilst carefully avoiding mentioning how, for instance, Nigel's plans would actually mean a whole lot of people would end up worse off whilst those at the top of the income pile would get even richer.

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@The Axe - Re: The reality

> your use of the term Bedroom Tax shows your political leanings

And your use of the term Spare Room Subsidy reveals yours, as does your claim that the Trussel Trust is "marketing" food banks. Why not go the whole hog and repeat the claim that more people are using food banks simply because they've heard from them and they're available, not out of desperation because they can't afford to buy food?

And, if we needed any more evidence, you go for a lovely bit of victim blaming by claiming that people's own fault that they get in debt for spending more than they earn because clearly it's much better for people to be forced out of their homes into unavailable and non-existent smaller properies by this pernicious piece of legislation since it means they can no longer pay the rent on the place they live and private landlords are not interested in cutting the rents to a fair market rate.

Bravo!

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

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The US citzens' lawyers believe they have a strong case for...

... making more money out of this...

FTFY.

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Microsoft whips out real-time translator for Skype calls

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But...

... will it also make your mouth automatically lip-synch to the words that are being translated like happens on Star Trek?

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@JDX - Re: German

There was an anecdote I heard many years ago about an international conference and a German man was speaking whilst English people were listening to a translator.

At one point he had been speaking for quite a while but the translator had fallen silent and the English speakers were tapping the earpieces and looking around at the translation booths wondering what was happening when there was an anguished mutter of "The verb, man. The VERB!!!"

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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

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WTF?

"dislike button as a way to criticize others...

“Thats not socially very valuable or good for the community"

ITYM not very valuable for all our paid advertising content masquerading as status updates etc which, otherwise, people would be able to express their dislike of...

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Lawmakers should grab red pen and let it RIPA on snoops law – experts

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What???

A law produced by a Control-Freak Government that was vaguely worded and ill-defined which is being abused in ways that go well beyond its original remit simply because it's convenient?

No, tell me it isn't so!!!

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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@Powernumpty - Re: Shop door

> If I saw a bunch of seven year old's hovering outside the door I'd be concerned.

Ah, so, once again, *we* and the Government should be responsible for the upbringing of *your* children. All computers should have default-on filters, all ISPs should block this stuff unless we ask to be allowed to see it.

Forget Parental Responsibility, if your children get to see bad things like this, it's obviously our fault, not yours.

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@P.Lee - Re: @Raumkraut

> I'd guess this is just an industry lobby.

Then you'd guess wrong. I know some of the people who will be there, members of groups such as the Sexual Freedom Coalition, Feminists Against Censorship and Backlash (the group that campaigned against the Extreme Porn laws and which has now broadened its remit).

This law and similar ones do nothing to prevent dangerous or abusive behaviour in pornography, because very often such things are actually in the purview of the "mainstream" porn industry rather than the sort of niche material which those who will be affected by this law produce and the "mainstream" industry has no interest in objecting to this law since it simply removes competition for their fare.

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Rolling the ATTACK DICE in King of Tokyo

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Ameritrash...

King of Tokyo is ok, provided you're only playing with a few people, say a maximum of four.

The problem comes when you start adding more monsters/ players because, almost inevitably as with such games, someone is going to get knocked out early on and then spends the next twenty minutes or half an hour as a spectator whilst everyone else is having fun.

There are plenty of "Euro" style games out there where you all get to play until the end, some suggestions are Carcassonne, Stone Age, Fresco, Discworld: Ankh Morpork and Ticket to Ride.

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Re: Thank goodness!!!!

Of course not! All you need to do is ensure that your laws are so broadly defined that anything you want the Security Services to do can be deemed to be legal and your tame court will happily rubber-stamp their actions.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Cui bono?

Call me cynical, but I have to wonder which of the big out-sourcing companies like ATOS, G4S or Serco have their eye on this being outsourced and have offered someone a million quid "Directorship"...?

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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" the move was likely a pre-election sop to voters"

No? Really...?!

Gosh, I NEVER would have guessed...

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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Re: Porn sure has improved over the millenia.

> Though Unk was a big hit at parties with his collection of shells.

Until the Tribal Elders, spurred on after a campaign by the Daily News Rock (Prop: Murr Dok) outlawed this shell art as it was corrupting the minds of youngsters, proven after a series of incidents involving the new discovery of fire (resulting from the excessive rubbing of sticks)

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

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@chris lively

Oh, but they *weren't* doing wrong! After all, as they said: "NSA collects only those communications that it is authorized by law to collect in response to valid foreign intelligence and counterintelligence requirements..."

Of course the fact is that the laws their actions were authorised under were so broad and sweeping and the "valid foreign intelligence and counterintelligence requirements" so far-reaching that they had virtual carte blanche to do what the hell they liked.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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@codejunky - Re: Meanwhile....

> I expect metered must be cheaper for someone somewhere but I dont know them.

Hello, I'm Graham, pleased to meet you.

I own a 3 bed house, but live here on my own. Were I to be charged by the old system I'd be paying a hell of a lot more for water and sewerage than I do.

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Magnifico! Galileo satellite nudged back into correct orbit

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Let me go!

Bismillah, NO! We will not let you go...

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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

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@P.Lee - Re: Good, good

> Entering into a legally-binding agreement to "forsake all others until death us do part"- provides an indication of how highly your partner esteems you and dramatically reduces the risk of you being abused.

Oh certainly! After all, marriage is a definite guarantee that you (female *or* male) will not be the victim of domestic abuse, isn't it?

And "legally binding"? Sorry, have the Divorce Laws passed you by?

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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@A Non e-Mouse - Re: WTF

Yes, people have died from strangulation and breath-play going wrong. But that sort of thing was happening long before the advent of the internet. Meanwhile, of course, many more people die crossing the road or from smoking or alcohol related causes. Should we ban imagery of these too?

This is the same nonsense that gave us the Extreme Pornography legislation and which may soon give us an extension of that law which will ban "rape porn" whereby pictures of anything that *looks* non-consensual could get you arrested and thrown in jail!

PS as for female ejaculation, despite it being clinically proven that female ejaculate is *not* urine, it's obviously still too icky for The Powers That Be who don't want us to see it because they don't like it.

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Hooray for our Morality Police...

...protecting us from ourselves because we're so weak minded and ethically bankrupt that we simply cannot be trusted to see naughty stuff for fear that it will cause us to do something bad...

... Next up: Cameron introduces the Junior Anti-Sex League...

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

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"Fortunately for Joe Consumer"...?

How exactly is Joe Consumer "fortunate" if a search engine has the ability to clandestinely and covertly bias results in favour of one provider/ supplier/ business/ information source at the expense of others?

Google claim that they're doing their best with their algorithm updates to stop people gaming their way to the top of the results page, yet we have to take it on trust that they are applying the same criteria equally to all the results because there is no independent verification of their impartiality.

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FBI warns of disk NUKE malware after Sony Pictures megahack

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"undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war"

I can see the Norks are learning from Western Governments. Now they just have to include drug dealers and paedophiles to complete the set.

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Knockoff knockdown: Euro cops shutter 300 'counterfeit' domains

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an "educational" page about copyright crime.

Which, boys and girls, we all know funds terrorism and drug dealers and sex trafficking and child porn and...

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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" one in seven voice calls attempted on commuter train routes failed"

I think most of us would be happier if that was one in one voice calls on commuter trains failed!

Shouty icon for the "I'm ON THE TRAIN" idiots...

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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Here comes the new boss...

... same as the old boss...

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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"necessary or appropriate"

These words suggest that this Act was not intended to give any particular court or jurisdiction carte blanche to do anything they damn well please.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Meanwhile...

... to make motorcycling "safer", in order to qualify for a full and unrestricted motorcycle licence, you need to jump through a ridiculous number of hoops and take several tests, despite the fact that two thirds of accidents involving motorbikes and other vehicles in urban settings have been shown to be the fault of the other vehicle and very often a "Right of Way Violation" where, for example, a car has pulled out of a junction into the path of the bike.

For some reason, though, the idea of limiting the size of cars that new drivers can use, let alone requiring them to take more tests has been resisted by TPTB...

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@Will Godfrey - Re: Stupid Idea

Good, but not quite as good as my friend who had some idiot try to make him back his camper van half a mile back down a lane because said idiot didn't want to reverse back to the passing place he'd just ignored.

My friend's response was "I've got a toilet and a bed in here, I'm not going anywhere..." :-)

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"there's no time limit on the test"

Oh, but there has to be, because Testers' time is expensive and the more people you can shoe-horn into a day's worth of testing, the more cuts to the number of Testers you can make...

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EVIL US web giants shield TERRORISTS? Evil SPIES in net freedom CRUSH PLOT?

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But... but...

... I have had it on *good* authority (well, he thinks he's a good authority on the subject) that the only way to make us safe from terrorism is to make the haystack even bigger so we can get *more* information about everyone!

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Re: Faulty reasoning

> you have had to close someone's account 7 times for "terrorism", at what point should that information should be passed along?

Yes, after all, you never know when someone is *actually* planning to blow up Robin Hood Airport...

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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@Jess - Re: "Surely Harrison Ford is now too old...

"...to play a character with an engineered short life-span?"

> Did he have a short lifespan?

> Rachael didn't.

Yes she did, in all versions of the film which didn't have the Happy Ending forcibly bolted onto the end of the film by the Studio who thought the original ending was too bleak (probably according to their Focus Groups...)

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@Bob Vistakin

Ridley Scott said a couple of years ago that he thought Deckard was a replicant.

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@AC "Even though the two follow up books weren't by PKD

"...I'm fairly sure they will be better than the story than will be knocked up for this film."

I tried reading "Blade Runner 2" by KW Jeter, which tried to square the circle between the original PKD book and the film and failed utterly.

If that is better than this film, stay *well* clear!!!

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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Shirts???

Scientists - "We've just landed a probe on a comet!"

Media - "Yeah, whatever. Have you seen the *shirt* that guy is wearing?!"

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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@stuartnz - Re: Did someone say tea?

I'm sure it will produce something we can all Share and Enjoy!

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