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Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

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"an ancient African tradiation of animals"

Tradiation? What happened to the "send corrections" button? (Or weren't enough people using it??)

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

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Right on...

... Commander!

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Digital 'activists' scramble to build Silk Road 2.0, but drug kingpins are spooked

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Re: Marsbarbrain Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning

Lol! Matt, I am well aware of the futility of trying to have a reasonable discussion with you. I will, occasionally, post a comment or two for the amusement of watching you doing your utmost to avoid conceding even the slightest point, but this is not one of those occasions.

As always, I'll leave the last word to you...

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning

Oh look, once again Matt Bryant goes for the Ad Hominem attack because he doesn't like being called out on his habit of redefining the argument to something else other than the subject in hand...

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning

Oh look, the Matt Bryant Movable Goal Posts(tm) are back out again...

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@DrXym - Re: The Spice must flow!

So the Silk Road sold "hard drugs, poison, malware, lists of credit cards, blackmail information, firearms, bomb making supplies, hit men, money laundering services and basically anything which was criminal in nature"

Many (in fact, most) of which are available from other sources (if they were actually available at all).

Of course that isn't going to stop calls from the "We must immediately ban this!" Brigade who think that passing even more laws is going to have any effect...

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BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

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@AC - Well said!

I agree. Yes, the BBC produces some rubbish, but it also produces some excellent dramas too and documentaries as well.

How many "commercial" channels would dare to produce the sorts of fascinating documentaries and similar factual programming that appears on BBC 4?

Their attitude would be "oh no, too niche, too obscure, we wouldn't get enough people watching to cover the costs and get advertising in. A series on Australian art? Too boring. Medieval Lives? Who would want to watch that? "Pain, pus and poisons" Eww! No way!!

Or what about "Only Connect"? No whooping audience (hell, no audience at all!), no big prizes, no flashy graphics or flashing lights, just some seriously brain-teasing puzzles.

Sure, programmes like these aren't to everyone's taste, but at least such programming *is* available, rather than endless variations on Britain's Got Strictly Big Brother through a Hole in the Wall on Ice...

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

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Re: The problem is

"Do you wear your underpants over your trousers?"

I thought he wore them on his head...

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COMET DIAMONDS from SPACE found in Libya's glass desert

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@Big_Boomer - Re: I have a name for the stone

Too late, see Arthur C Clarke's 2061 for details :-)

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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"What's going on with these apparent short circuits?"

Divine retribution?

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White House promises glitch fix for Obamacare website

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NSA... busy doing other important stuff.

Yep, lol!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/08/nsa_data_centre_electrical_meltdown/

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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"it made an entire generation of youngsters want to play Jet Set Willy"

Yes, that's true.

But some of them, like me, learned 6502 Assembly Language after hacking Jet Set Willy (and Chuckie Egg and Monsters and...) for infinite lives.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: Digital signature conundrum

It seems to me that unless all consumer devices are also built to check/ verify these watermarks and thus refuse to play the content in the home, all this will do is (attempt) to stop re-broadcasting of the programmes by media companies who are using the requisite technology.

Even then it seems to me that it would be simple to circumvent by cracking the digital stream and then adding/ subtracting a small but significant random amount to the data for each pixel .which would negate the watermark whilst not visibly affecting the colour/ brightness of the image.

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Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

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@Nuke - Re: @Graham Marsden - @AC - In summary..

"Why the sarcasm?"

Why the necessity for the original AC to post a snarky "Weren't *they* stupid" post? An opinion, it seems, that you appear to share without knowing much more than the AC did. As it says in the article testing “revealed new dynamic instabilities, which we have not been able to fix in the time we have left before the race.” but it's easy to make comments on such things with 20/20 hindsight.

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@AC - Re: In summary..

If you're so clever, why aren't you out there?

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

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But...

... what does it Transform into?

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The DARK HEART of the Twitter IPO: FAKE USERS

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Re: I can't get a twitter account.

"their BS system cannot (apparently) accept an email address that does not include my name."

Says "John Smith 19"?!

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NSA justifies hacking world's digital communications

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"The reality is that...

"...the men and women at the National Security Agency and across the Intelligence Community are abiding by the law, respecting the rights of citizens and doing everything they can to help keep our nation safe."

I wonder how he managed to say that with a straight face...?

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NSA using Firefox flaw to snoop on Tor users

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"What kind of authority are they claiming that they can do this?"

"We're the Good ol' US of A!"

Next?

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BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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At last...

... a BoFH story that doesn't involve cattle prods or "accidental" deaths (or both).

(I have nothing against them, just that too many recent BoFH tales have used these devices.)

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Where do you shop?

I think he means St Andrew's Cross. And Ikea don't sell them.

They did, however, once sell a vaulting-horse style chest of drawers for kids' rooms which was a convenient height for someone to bend over *and* had lots of drawers for interesting "toys"...

... erm, allegedly...

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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@Yet Another Anonymous coward - Re: Outrageous

"everything the government does is legal by definition."

Even if that definition is retro-active...

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Mars boffins: You fools! That's no CRATER – it's a SUPER VOLCANO

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That's probably...

... just another buried Shadow vessel like the one at Syria Planum...

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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A sad loss...

He did write some excellent books, but it's a shame that his latest ones mostly involved him franchising out his name to other writers.

For instance I'm currently reading (or, rather, struggling through) "Against All Enemies" which has TOM CLANCY in big letters all over the top of the cover and, below it the title. Sandwiched in the middle, in a comparatively tiny font, printed in grey on a crimson background it says "with Peter Telep" who clearly did most of the writing because it's certainly not a Clancy novel.

A bad case of Bait and Switch to end a glittering career :-(

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Scientists to IPCC: YES, solar quiet spells like the one now looming CAN mean ICE AGES

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@jpf - Re: @Brian Miller - Baked? Frozen? It's the weather.

No, they weren't. Note the words "scientific press" rather that "popular press":

"I should clarify that I’m talking about predictions in the scientific press. There were some regrettable things published in the popular press (e.g. Newsweek; though National Geographic did better). But we’re only responsible for the scientific press. If you want to look at an analysis of various papers that mention the subject, then try http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/."

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@Brian Miller - Re: Baked? Frozen? It's the weather.

"Back in the 1970's, the scientists were screaming that we'd be under a sheet of ice by now"

No, they weren't. See http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2005/01/the-global-cooling-myth/ for facts.

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

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Fine, but how about...

... putting a full Faraday Cage around the so-called "Quiet Carriages" so clueless, brainless or simply inconsiderate idiots can't ignore the signs saying "Please don't use Mobile Phones" and hold their equally mindless and irrelevant conversations in them whilst pissing off everyone else who wants a bit of peace and fucking quiet on their journey?!

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

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And for their next trick...

.... Apple will patent the door...

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Missing Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG RISES from the GRAVE

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"test how everyday objects will survive on Mars"

Well unless they're going to get run-over by Curiosity...

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

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She didn't make it...

... it's just Bob the Dinosaur who's been hiding behind the furniture!

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Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

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Let's get some perspective here...

Have a look at the figures cited by the Air Crashes Records Office here.

Note that, for instance, in 2012, there were 119 accidents and 794 deaths. That's the *GLOBAL* figure.

Now compare that with the approximately 1.23 *MILLION* road deaths last year

But aircraft crashes are big and spectacular and make for great TV news, so we keep worrying about the wrong thing because too many people can't see the bigger picture.

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That's a money spinner: iPod wheel patent bout bags bod £2m from Apple

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So...

... Apple have failed in their attempt to patent the wheel...

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

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I'm sure...

... I saw someone saying something about The Waters of Mars recently.

Now Who was it?

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Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip

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@jake - Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

"The scary part is that the fucking moron is involved in policy & procedure decisions in a nuclear state ..."

FFS, exaggerating much? He was a Deputy Mayor, not someone who's got their finger on the Big Red Button...!

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15% of Americans still holding off from this newfangled interweb thing

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But how many...

... won't use it because it's the Spawn of Satan and a Sign of the Coming of the Anti-Christ and a Symbol of the Corruption and Decadence which their Once Great Nation has fallen prey to with all those Commie Left Wing Fags controlling all the News Media (apart from that Last Bastion of the Truth, Fox News) and Goddamn Pinko Democrats especially the one who sits in the White House...

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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I hope...

... they didn't leave the engine running, otherwise some chav might take it for a joyride...

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The NSA's hiring - and they want a CIVIL LIBERTIES officer

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The only reason...

... they want a Civil Liberties Officer is to make sure that they have a "cut out" should anyone try to exercise their Civil Liberties and try to find out just how much inforamation the NSA are holding on their own citizens.

The job of the CLaP Officer will be to endlessly repeat variations on "I'm sorry, we cannot discuss that for National Security reasons..."

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Firms fined $350,000 after yogurt sting uncovers review rigging

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I had an e-mail recently...

... from a company I'd never heard of, thanking me for my custom and inviting me to put a review on their site.

The e-mail was sent to <company name>@mydomain, however the company name in the e-mail address was a different company (I use this to see if someone is selling my e-mail details), so I took great delight in giving them a one-star rating and a comment slagging off both the original company and the one who asked for my review whilst salting the review with plenty of keywords to help it appear if someone searches for either business!

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Re: Just a drop in the ocean

I looked at doing some work over the summer via services like Textbroker.

However not only does it only pay a derisory 1p per word, some of the assignments were inviting you to write blog posts praising products you'd never used or, even worse, saying how you'd made loads of dosh through a Make Money Fast scheme!

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Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead

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Hmm...

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

Show me your tits,

Fancy a screw?

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USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

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I'm surprised...

... the US hasn't demanded that this be banned because it lets whistle-blowers illicitly download files even quicker....

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Mini-Me, stop humping the 'L-A-S-E-R': New 3D tech can make a Mini-You

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@Don Jefe - Re: Inferior

And, as the old joke has it, it was produced by unskilled labour :-)

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

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This reminds me...

... of many years ago when a local computer shop had a Hangman demo program written in Basic.

It was dead easy to go in, edit the word list to include certain *other* words that appealed to my schoolboy sense of humour at the time, and then wander off to the other side of the shop whilst keeping an eye on the next person to give the game a go...

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Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?

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Incoming text...

... Your iPhone has been infected with a virus. Send $500 to this anonymous e-mail address or we remotely wipe it...

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Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'

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@noominy.noom Re: Great Moral Compass, There

"He's just saying that people didn't care about FB privacy cock ups."

No, he's saying that Facebook doesn't care what people think about their privacy cock-ups.

Remember these are the people who change all their your privacy settings on a whim and, when you complain, say "you can always leave Facebook..."

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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Arr!

Bravo me buckos!

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Leaked docs: NSA 'Follow the money' team slurped BANK records, CREDIT CARD data

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"we are not aware of any unauthorised access to our network"

Hmm, nice bit of Double-speak there from Visa! What about *authorised* access (which, of course, being a US company, they're not allowed to talk about...)

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Angry Brazilian whacks NASA to put a stop to ... er, the NSA

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What next...?

NiSA supermarkets?

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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There was a line...

... in one of Tom Clancy's stories about the Security Services complaining that TV Shows and Movies had better control centres than they got in real life...

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Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims

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Verifone VX 670 withdrawn

I used to take card payments with a VX670 I got through Streamline, however they were withdrawn earlier this year.

I don't know if it has any relevance to this story, nor what they did with the old ones, but I thought I'd mention it.

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