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Boffins boggled by ORB-shaped electrons

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"the Harvard-led ACME collaboration"

Is a Mr W.E.Coyote one of their major donors...?

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

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"a natural social network"

Given the amount of crap there is on Facebook, I can see a comparison...

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Ten top stories from New Who

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Ok, but....

... what about The Pandorica Opens? "Hello Stonehenge! [...] All of you shut up because *I AM SPEAKING*!"

Silence in the Library? The wonderful first appearance of River Song.

The Name of the Doctor? With the flashbacks to other Doctors and other companions?

IMO All of these deserve to be in the Top 10 list.

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Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

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If they are BBC trailers...

... your choice is really which spoilers you want to watch...

(I choose neither, thanks!)

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Chinese shoppers spend £100 MEEEELLION online in SIX minutes

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“Singles Day”?

Why am I reminded of "Love Day" in The Simpsons...?

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Singaporeans THANK government for BANNING IaaS site

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@tkioz

Except you can get what is, IIRC, known as the Tyrrany of the Minority. This is where you get a small but vocal group (think the Mary Whitehouse Brigade) who want something banned, the politicians figure it's a good bandwagon to jump on and the majority who are either indifferent or in favour but don't dare to speak out because of embarrassment or social pressure, keep quiet.

So I have to wonder how many people in Singapore *actually* wanted this site banned.

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Hand over the goodies, Brazil tells Chocolate Factory

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"daily fines of 100,000 Brazilian Reals, up to a maximum of R1 million...

"...(about $US430,000 on the current exchange rate)."

Or as Google refers to it: "Petty cash".

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World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

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"The cost of the printed firearm is many times that of a traditional model...

"...and the equipment needed to do it is highly specialized."

At the moment.

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

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So it wasn't...

... a Kindle Fire...?

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TWITTER CLOSES ... its first day of stock trading with shares up 73 per cent

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@Khaptain - Re: How do you ring a well ?

> I couldn't see any "corrections" link

Look at the top of this page, next to Post Your Comment and House Rules.

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And we all know...

... that Socialism is only one step away from Communism...

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New security standard for CHAPS who have your CREDIT CARD data

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@Richard Jukes - Re: BAH!

I have to agree. The full PCI-DSS compliance requirements are ridiculously over-complex for a small business.

The first time I tried to register, I went through their "helpful" questionnaire which then reckoned I needed to do the whole rigmarole and, despite being pretty tech savvy, I ended up going "WTF is *that* all about?"

Fortunately, after phoning up their help line and speaking to someone who actually knew the system, I found that I didn't need to do all that and could skip about 90% of the process.

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

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WTF?

I just want to point out the irony...

That the next story from El Reg is "Ooh! My naughty SKIRT keeps riding UP! Yup, it's ... INTERNET EXPLORER"

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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"We have seen chat among terrorist groups...

"...discussing how to avoid what they now perceive to be vulnerable," said Sir Iain.

Thus revealing valuable intelligence to the Terrorists...

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BLOOD KING of the TYRANNOSAURS, grandad of T-Rex

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King of Gore?

Or, perhaps, Gore Head?

Has someone been reading Flesh in recent editions of 2000AD?

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Google told: ERASE Mosley's FIVE-HOOKER ORGY. Now everyone will view it AGAIN

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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

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@Khaptain - Re: Mindboggling

"How the fuck do these people sleep at night...."

They just tell themselves they're keeping America safe for Truth, Justice and Mom's Apple Pie! (And if they have to piss all over the Constitution and every Right their people have in order to do it, well, that's just the Price of Freedom...

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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@Morzel Re: @Stevie - @Graham Marsden

But road accidents are a *lot* more likely than aircraft accidents, so expecting everyone to have to prove who they are just in the *extremely* unlikely event that they are involved in an air crash is really grasping at straws.

And whilst, yes, countries require you to disclose your identity when crossing their borders, why should such proof be necessary for *internal* flights which are the (safer!) equivalent of catching a bus?

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@AC Re: @Bongo Jo What exactly is the problem here?

"I was a policeman in the West of England many years ago"

Reading what you wrote after this, I have to say I'm damned glad you're no longer a policeman in this country because your attitude is what brings the Police Service into disrepute (just like the behaviour of some of your colleagues in the Plebgate Affair and many others)

I'm sure you did catch "an awful lot" of people. I'm also equally sure that you harassed a whole lot more people who were completely innocent of any crime, but had their Rights and Civil Liberties violated by some arrogant Jobsworth who liked throwing his weight around and abusing his power.

Arguing that we should all have ID cards to save *our* time when *you* and yours illegally hassle us for the sort of "crimes" that Constable Savage would have been concerned about is ludicrous and to compound that by suggesting that we should be able to "show evidence of who we are" the next time someone decides to engage in a bit of Security Theatre demonstrates that you were quite happy to piss all over the Rights and Liberties which you were supposed to be *protecting* just because you could.

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@Stevie - Re: @Graham Marsden

Driving a car is a privilege, not a right and you accept that as part of that privilege you are required to 1) Pass a Test to demonstrate you have, at least, achieved the minimum level of skill to be allowed out on the road, 2) Make sure your vehicle has an MOT (and thus is safe to be on the road) and 3) Insure the vehicle to protect others if you behave irresponsibly and damage them, their vehicles or their property. None of these are requirements to be allowed to walk down the street.

Your references to gasment, electric meter readers and students/ lecturers are irrelevant to the situation under discussion.

If you have no problem with me (or anyone else) having to prove who I am to get on a plane with you, what about a bus? What's to stop me forcing the driver out of his seat and then running a load of people over? (GT Omnibus!)

Finally, I find it odd that you *do* object to the "other horseshit" involved in flying. Why is it that you object to all the other bits of Security Theatre (removal of shoes, limits on drinks, restrictions on what you can carry etc) but think that having an ID card to prove who you to be allowed on the flight is acceptable?

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@Morzel - Re: What exactly is the problem here?

There is a fundamental principle of English Common Law that I and everyone else have the right to "Go about our lawful business without let or hindrance" ("let" meaning "permission" in this case).

Our law is based on the idea that any thing that isn't expressly forbidden is permitted (or was, successive recent "democratic" governments have been trying to whittle away away at these rights, but, the point is that, at present, I do not have to carry an ID card simply to prove that I have the right to walk down the street.

To argue that introducing an ID card "seems far better than what you are dealing with right now." only demonstrates that what we are dealing with right now is fundamentally fucked up, an ID card would just make the situation worse, not better.

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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

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"a domestic battery charge"

Presumably a re-chargeable battery...

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World's first astro-bot sends greetings from International Space Station

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I would so...

... have loved it if someone had changed the message to "People of Earth, Cower before your new Robotic Master! MWAHAHAHAAA!!!!"

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

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Re: @Vladimir Plouzhnikov - @ Graham Marsden

"They slow down the traffic and create empty gaps"

You get a higher throughflow of traffic at slower speeds because you don't get the bunching caused by people "driving on their brakes" as they zoom up to the next vehicle/ pedestrian crossing/ traffic lights then slam on the anchors creating an extremely inefficient(!) stop-start situation as they waste momentum turning it into heat (in their brakes) and then have to expend fuel accelerating again.

The empty gaps left when two-wheel users filter can be used for efficient driving by simply going a bit slower and allowing elasticity in the system. (Look up Hypermiling for more details).

And London isn't representative of the whole country. Having travelled on two wheels in that city and others, it seems that the vast majority London road users, no matter how many wheels they are on, are bloody terrible!

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Re: @Vladimir Plouzhnikov - @ Graham Marsden

" the bicycle uses the roads highly inefficiently and aggravates traffic congestion in the cities"

Nonsense!

When transport congestion is modelled, two-wheel users are a positive benefit because whilst they might take up the same sort of space as cars etc whilst traffic is moving, as soon as things slow down, they start filtering between the gaps, thus *reducing* the amount of road space used and thus the congestion caused.

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@Dodgy Geezer - Re: @Vladimire Plouzhnikov - Sigh...

Thank you for the offer of an Economics Lesson, but since I studied the subject at A Level, I think I'll decline and just point out the flaws in your post:

1) "The market automatically makes us use ALL resources at the appropriate level of efficiency depending on their rarity/value."

Balderdash. In a completely free market, products, energy and so on will be sold at whatever price the customers will bear. This is why, for instance, we currently have the nonsense of the retail energy companies saying "it's not our fault that prices are going up, it's because of the wholesale cost" whilst forgetting to mention that they are buying the power from generators which they *also* own!

Their retail arms are only making small profits because their wholesale arms are coining it in as they have a tacit cartel agreement with their fellow generators that nobody will rock the boat by cutting the wholesale price and they know that the consumers are stuck with buying it at whatever price they're told it is.

2) "If you want to make people save energy and use it more efficiently, you are going to have to raise its price considerably"

Again, balderdash. Why do we now buy fridges and freezers etc which are more energy efficient than the ones that were available in the past? Because they are cheaper to run! If you have the choice between paying X to run a fridge every year or 50% of X, why would you buy a less efficient fridge when you need to replace it?

3) "There is NO justification for forcing energy prices high".

I agree entirely and I wouldn't argue for that as it's short sighted and ignores the fact that energy (like petrol etc) have a relatively inelastic demand curve, whereby pushing the price up causes only a small reduction in the quantity used.

So, inconclusion, more efficient use will either bring down the amount of consumption or (at the least) slow down the rate of increase of consumption. Either way it's win-win.

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@Vladimir Plouzhnikov - Re: @ Graham Marsden

> I, personally, strongly dislike inefficiency (like the inefficiency of the wind power generation, for example).

And the fact that cars are about 30% energy efficient whilst bicycles are 98% efficient?

> as your things become more and more efficient you can afford to run more of them at the same time.

Yes, you can. It doesn't mean you *have* to or need to, though.

> the total energy requirements of humanity are going to go up even as the efficiency of the consumption will continue to increase.

True, but as I pointed out above, at the very least we can affect the rate of change (in the mean time we can wait until we sort out Fusion which I have been reliably informed is only 30 years away... ;-) )

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@Vladimire Plouzhnikov - Re: Sigh...

The problem is that many people don't bother listening to anything beyond the rants of the "hard line greens" and, just as in many other situations, tar all people who have a vaguely similar philosophy or belief with the same brush as the extremists.

Lewis, as always, goes to the opposite extreme, citing the claims that "renewable power simply can't provide anything like the amount of energy required for any large proportion of the human race to live a reasonably comfortable life" and this "requires most of the human race to remain in miserable poverty", but misses the point that this assumes that to have a "reasonably comfortable life" requires people to engage in some equivalent of the ridiculously profilgate energy expenditure that the USA and Europe indulge in.

I have said it before and I will say it again, we need to use energy MORE EFFICIENTLY! For instance, switching on the air con when it gets a bit warm or the heating as soon as it gets a bit chilly is simple, but it is NOT necessary if we actually put some effort into designing our buildings correctly and getting from A to B can be done much more efficiently than driving vehicles the size of a small truck whilst carrying a single occupant.

No hair shirts are required, no living in houses lit only by a single bulb, no thick jumpers necessary, we are supposed to be an intelligent species, but until we actually start *using* that intelligence instead of just short-sightedly worrying about how much it's going to cost (and how that will affect someone's election prospects or the interests of the big businesses who only pay attention to their dividends and bonuses) we are going to end up screwing ourselves into the ground and not solving the fundamental problem!

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Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test

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@Ledswinger - Re: @Scorchio!!

And have a downvote on me for completely missing the point.

He starts by pointing out that chemical castration et al don't work to protect children, but then declares that he's in favour of them raping each other as if that's some sort of "justice".

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@Scorchio!!

I was about to upvote one of your posts (possibly for the first time ever) because you were actually making some sensible, factual comments. And then I read your last paragraph.

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

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So...

... what about all the other claims in the Bible...?

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McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys

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I thought...

.... the full stop should have gone after "Happy Meal" in the title...

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Ten top stories from Classic Doctor Who

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What about "Battlefield"?

Forget about the ropey acting and dodgy special effects, the Doctor as Merlin, Ace as the Lady of the Lake, the Brigadier as Arthur and the new Brigadier Winifred Bambera (Winifred is derived from Guinevere...)

This episode should have been included. "What are you going to to [to stop the battle] just run down there and shout 'Stop'?" "Yes!"

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Crack our 'military-grade' email encryption and we'll give you 5% of our firm

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How much...

... does a length of rubber hose cost...?

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If it wasn't on Twitter, there's NO point talking to us: One in 10 Americans confess

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So...

... basically there's a whole bunch of Merkins who get all their information about what's happening in the world in 140 characters or fewer...

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IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! Google's secretive Omega tech just like LIVING thing

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"Then they try to switch it off..."

Tsk, Judgement Day was supposed to have happened in 1997, we're lagging behind, guys!

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Ok, the SR-71 was cool looking and black...

... but, come on, guys, what about the Concorde?!

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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I'm Bill Gates...

... and only *I* know the solution for mankind's ills!

Yes, dealing with Malaria is a Good Thing(tm) but giving people access to information and education is, incredibly enough *also* a Good Thing(tm)!

The two are not mutually exclusive, Bill.

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Snowden: Oh, PLEASE let me come to Germany and help Merkel with her phone

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Re: @AC

@Intractable Potsherd:

Actually it's probably not him. He is, at least, brave enough to post under his own name (and can spell).

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Re: @AC

No, I don't think anything of the sort, but we're talking about Snowden and the USA here, not our spineless Governments who appear to have agreed to let GCHQ hand anything they get across to them.

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@AC

Sure, he should shut up and stop embarassing the US by revealing how arrogant and power hungry their security services are, thinking they have the right to spy on everyone else, everywhere else because "We're the USA goddamnit!"

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Re: NSA

@Chad H.

"Just wondering when Germany became part of the USA"

At the end of WWII. There are still over 45,000 US troops there.

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John Kerry bombshell: 'Yes, the NSA... reached TOO FAR, inappropriately'

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Icon...

... says it all.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Re: Not much of a future

@The Specialist

"What do I win?"

A copy of the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy...!

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Re: Not much of a future

It could have been worse.

It could have been knocked into a black hole in a game of Intergalactic Bar Billiards...

... and only score 10 points.

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BETHLEHEM-grade SUPERNOVA possible 'within 50 years'

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All together now... "He's not the Messiah...

"... He's a very naughty boy!"

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Japanese boffins make a splash with bath-based touchscreen

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Re: What about bath foam?

And the other sort of bubbles which appear in the bath if you've been eating starchy food...

...erm allegedly...

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Australian confirms Huawei ban

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"If Murdoch organ The Australian is to be believed"

It's a Murdoch publication. If it were to claim that the sky was blue I'd go outside and check...

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Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

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"Adobe's Flash Player plugin...

"...which Mozilla has determined is used by too many websites to fall under the manual activation requirement."

Really? Hmm, yes it's *so* difficult using FlashBlock...

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Vietnam jails man for Facebook freedom campaign

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' imprison those who “abuse” their freedom of speech'

Ah, so another country that thinks that Freedom of Expression means "Freedom to say what *we* approve of".

It's a good thing that there aren't people in Western Governments who think that way...

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