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Mosley thrash'n'tickle vid case against Google opens in Hamburg

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@Mystic Megabyte

Whereas, I would be proud to have him as one of my customers because he's standing up for the right of people who may also be my customers to engage in consensual and legal activities *without* having the gutter press sticking their prurient noses in because they can make up an "isn't is shocking?!" story which has *NO* benefit to the public, but only to News International's coffers.

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"sordid sex pantomime."??

Has El Reg started employing someone who used to work for the News of the Screws? Do the readers need your sub-editors to put in judgemental comments like this because they need to be told what their opinions should be?

These were *consenting adults* engaged in legal, consensual sexual activities which were the business of NOBODY but themselves, unfortunately one participant decided that picking up a big cheque from the gutter press was more important than respecting her client's (and her fellow worker's) right to privacy and thus engaged in completely unethical behaviour which in no way is justified by any phony "public interest" defence.

There was no benefit to the public for her to video the session and sell it to the NotW, the only benefit was to News International who think that splashing people's private business all over the pages of their rag (no matter how illegally it was obtained) is a good way of making money and we've seen from the Leveson Inquiry et al how wrong that was.

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Democratic congresswomen 'less feminine in appearance' than Republicans

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"Attention all women...

"... if you want to be elected, it doesn't matter what your education or background or political views are: If you aren't good looking, you have less chance of being elected!"

WTF???

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New Zealand Prime Minister apologizes for Dotcom spying

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Bravo the NZ PM!

Can you imagine *any* other Prime Minister or National Leader (especially one from the UK or the US) being willing to stand up and say "sorry, we got it wrong" like this?

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

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Terminator

Afterwards...

... did it say "By your command!"

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Rolling robot avatar trumps telecommuting

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@Phil O'Sophical...

"please reboot me"

Was that sign stuck on the back of the bot...?

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Space Station ready to SWERVE sat junk hurtling towards it

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"Helm...

"... Evasive manoeuvres!"

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Google spikes old MS file formats

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"stick-in-the-muds"?

If you have a product which does the job you need and works fine, why should you need to upgrade (and probably pay for the priviledge) to the latest shiny, whizzy piece of bloatware or be derided for not doing so??

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Blazing new comet may OUTSHINE THE MOON in 2013

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Re: No doubt everyone will being going outside to have a look.

... And make sure you've got rid of any large, walking plants...!

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Skydiver sets date for 'supersonic' edge-of-space PLUNGE

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Impressive...

... but where's he going to find room to put the full orchestra?

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: Five years? They're on crack

"You think they're pushing to put these into mass production but didn't do any testing apart from on quiet dual carriageways?"

No, but some American roads are vastly different from some British roads

.How do you think one of these would cope with a "Single Track Road with Passing Places"?

What about those "Unsuitable for HGVs" roads that idiots still drive lorries down because that's where their Sat Nav said to go?

Can the computers read "Road Closed, Diversion" signs?

If the navigation data is wrong, will the computers be able to cope with the changes?

Don't get me wrong, I do like the idea of these vehicles and I think they're excellent for urban/ motorway driving etc, however there's still a lot that needs to be taken into consideration before they're ready for a world-wide roll out.

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NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past

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Re: This is a tiny patch of the sky

That's no...

... oh, sorry, yes it is...

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Re: So

"the only image we have of it is from a long time ago in a galaxy far far away (etc)"

It's so tempting to photoshop some scrolling text across one of the distant galaxies...!

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@NukEvil - Re: Yes, feeling very small!

"Some could argue that they haven't really seen any intelligent life inside our solar system, either."

Grams - Monty Python : The Universe Song :-)

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Curiosity rover blasts, grabs and fondles its first Martian rock

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Re: On behalf of the Matijevicians...

... but were unexpectedly swallowed by a small dog ;-)

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

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I think...

... someone's in line for an igNobel award...

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Re: Oxymoron?

And Arnold Rimmer found that in a past life he was Alexander the Great's Chief Eunuch...

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Most biofuels fail green test: study

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Y'know...

... you can use fuel and energy more efficiently *without* needing to put on a hair shirt and walk or cycle everywhere...

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NZ spooks acted unlawfully in Megaupload wiretap

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Big Brother

But... but...

.... the Yanks *told* us to do it, so it *must* have been ok!!

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French Skyper freed after accidentally hacking bank's phone system

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FAIL

Remind me...

..to change the combination on my luggage!

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

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Alien

O O "This is the voice of the Mysterons...

"...we know that you can hear us...

"OUCH!"

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'People will give you their data if you don't do nobbish things with it!'

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"It is not always appropriate...

"...for companies simply to offer consumers a choice between opting-in or opting-out of information sharing in its totality"

Absolutely correct, the DEFAULT should be "Opt out", offer me that and *then* I'll consider what benefits might be offered by opting in to e-mails, data sharing etc on an item by item basis!

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Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress

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Meanwhile...

... I'm sure that lots of other actually exploitative ads still appear, but since they're nothing to do with sex, they're ok in the eyes of American politicians.

And of course the fact that many of the ads that are being banned are placed by women who can work independently *without* having to deal with pimps and thus are safer from exploitation etc is ignored...

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Zuckerberg loses $8bn in Facebook IPO fiasco

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Re: I'd like to know why the price is rising

It's known as the "Dead Cat Bounce" (ie it's said that even a dead cat will bounce if it falls far enough)

There's always someone willing to look at the long term investment prospects and consider a share like that worth a punt even if it takes several years to recover its value.

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Gigantic Roman bathtime-fun mosaic found under Turkish field

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@Goldmember - Re: "Buried treasure, me hearties! Darr, there be no gold here"

Arrr, well that be because I'd not seen those when I'd posted me comment, me bucko!

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"Buried treasure, me hearties! Darr, there be no gold here"

Is this merely a co-incidence or because today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties?

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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Re: @AC He's not a deity...

If you'd try doing a bit more research and looking beyond the headlines you might find the answers you demand I present you (but do you *really* want to find them...?)

In any case, it's clear there's no point in carrying on trying to have a reasonable discussion with you on this, so feel free to declare victory and keep on enjoying your prejudices.

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@AC Re: He's not a deity...

"Sadly the majority of muslims do behave like the person who killed the US diplomat"

Really?

Islam is estimated to have something over one and a half *BILLION* followers world wide, around a fifth of the world's population.

If the "majority" (defined as > 50%) of Muslims behaved the way you claim, I think we'd have noticed it a bit by now.

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Re: He's not a deity...

Oh dear, and so we see the usuall trollish comments about Mohammed and Islam from ignorant idiots who believe what they read in the Tabloid Media without bothering to open their eyes (or minds) to any other point of view.

Can you not get it through your heads that a few fanatics are *NOT* representative of the whole religion of Islam any more than the idiots who made this film are representative of Christianity?

I have a Muslim family living next to me and I've not had problems with them diving over the wall wearing a Semtex waist coat and yelling "Allahu Akbar!" it's usually just their kids saying "can we get our ball back"...

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NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

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Re: Where can you get Exotic Matter from?

It's called Unobtainium :-)

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In the year of thirty-nine...

Assembled here the volunteers

In the days when lands were few

Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn

The sweetest sight ever seen

And the night followed day

And the story tellers say

That the score brave souls inside

For many a lonely day

Sailed across the milky seas

Ne'er looked back never feared never cried

Don't you hear my call

Though you're many years away

Don't you hear me calling you

Write your letters in the sand

For the day I'll take your hand

In the land that our grand-children knew

- Queen

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Forty Canadian birds BONKING against windows EVERY MINUTE

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When I was a kid...

... we used to live in a house with a big picture window facing west and at certain times of the year in the evening, birds would see the reflection of the sun in it and fly straight into it thinking they were going in the opposite direction.

I'm just wondering if the same sort of thing is happening in Canada.

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Monster camera preps for dark energy search

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"TARDIS-sized"?

Is that outside or inside?!

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Users told: Get rid of Internet Explorer (again)

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Pardon me...

... but what is this "again" business you refer to...?

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Microsoft bod dreams up 'Star Trek holodeck' games console

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Prior art...

Sounds rather like a Camera Obscura which would project an image onto a surface.

They've been around for rather a long time...

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Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

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Holmes

"For the first time...

"...we have evidence that blocking Pirate Bay had little effect on BitTorrent downloading"

And we've also found that the Pope is a Catholic...!

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EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture

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@Pylets - Re: taking the bike prevents the owner using it

"enables you to offer reasonable terms to obtain a share of the proceeds in order to keep the matter out of court"

How many people can afford to take on the sort of companies who want to abuse copyright by saying "well we looked (not very hard) couldn't find who owned the image, so we went ahead and used it"?

Unless you can get someone to take the case on a "no win, no fee" basis, you'll end up paying your legal representatives more money than you could ever gain from licensing your Intellectual Property even if you did win.

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Oh it makes it hard for document(ary?) makers, does it? Well Boo Hoo!

If they want to use something and they can't find any copyright data on it they should assume that it *IS* copyright, not least because anything that *has* been released into the Public Domain probably says so pretty bloody clearly!

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Cambridge boffins: Chip and PIN cards CAN be cloned – here's how

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Re: There was another -hidden- reason for chip-and-PIN - and not in your favour

@AC - " there are plenty websites on the Net which demonstrate that practically nobody checked a signature"

I always used to and, in fact, I *still* check the signature strip even now.

I notice that a lot of US citizens who buy with a card in person don't bother to sign the card and automatically hand over another form of ID (eg Driver's Licence) even when it says "Not valid unless signed"!

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Re: 'We've never claimed chip-and-PIN is 100 per cent secure'

Welcome to "Chip and Spin"!

And, of course, if you're the victim of a fraudulent transaction, we're going to claim (illegally) that it was *your* fault, that *you* were careless with your PIN and *you* have to prove your innocence...

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ESA preps space junk radar

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@Alan Brown - Re: All very well tracking it

Good idea, you start - http://news.discovery.com/space/could-space-junk-leave-us-stranded-on-earth-110902.html

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Congress report warns: drones will track faces from the sky

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Ah...

the "Spy in the Sky" mini-drones from Judge Dredd will soon be putting in an appearance...

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LOHAN straps on satellite comms capability

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@Elmer Phud - Re: "two-way chat"

"I'm trying to work out how that's possible"

With careful design ;-)

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"two-way chat"

So it's a double-ended strap-on then...?

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Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster

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It has to be pointed out...

... (although I'll probably be downvoted into oblivion for this) that it's not really a "car", more a giant rollerskate with a jet engine bolted on top of it!

The fastest car actually driven through its wheels is the Spirit of Rett which achieved an average speed of 414.5mph at Bonneville Salt Flats on September 21st 2010.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Re: Probably not such a great idea

"We are charged per bag os it's a cruder form of being charged per kilo but is much cheaper to implement."

I don't know whether my neighbours think we're charged by the bag or something, but frequently when I put my rubbish out at night I find a couple of bin bags stuck in front of my wall.

I don't give a damn at the moment because there's no charging for rubbish disposal, but if I end up paying for it I can see a game of "musical bin bags" in the future...

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Thomas-Rasset faces $220,000 file-sharing bill after losing appeal

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WTF?

"it points out that...

"...the maximum fine per track for willful copyright infringement established by Congress is $150,000"

And since she wasn't fined the maximum or anything near it, she should be a *happy* little pleb when she thinks about what they could have done to her!!

The fact that the punishment is totally disproportionate to the actual damage *caused* is, it seems, completely irrelevant.

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What a card: Brit boffin Alan Turing stars in Monopoly tribute set

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Re: Other board games are available...!

I'm not sure if you're trying to be funny, but anyway...

Carcassonne is a tile and meeple (small figurines) placement game where you're trying to build walled cities (as the original city) and roads and then place your people to control them. There is a range of expansions, but you don't need any of these to play the basic game which is family friendly (it's from ages 8 upwards, but it's not a "kids game" by any means).

You can pick up a new copy for around £15 and it's well worth a look as a good "gateway game" to get people into the idea that there's more to gaming than "roll the dice and move a counter"!

See http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/822/carcassonne for some more details.

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Other board games are available...!

Unfortunately if you say "Board Games" to most people they'll think of Monopoly, Cluedo and... well, that's pretty much it.

Try Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Alhambra or Stone Age to mention but a few and you'll find that family board games can actually be enjoyable instead of being tedious and/ or ending in an argument! :-)

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Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time

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Bravo!

The cookie law is another example of well meaning but completely ignorant Eurocrats trying to pass a law to control something which they don't really have a clue about and then the British Government trying to gold-plate it and tell everyone "this is what you must do because we have to show the rest of the EU how it's done!"

Meanwhile, of course, much of the rest of the EU is looking at it and thinking "Sod that for a game of soldiers, ignore it if you like", so we end up wasting money whilst they just get on with business as usual.

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