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Polish lawmakers don Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA

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@Tapeador

If that was supposed to be irony, I suggest you take some lessone from The BigYin...

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US lawmakers question Google over privacy policy

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"Why isn't there a "do not track" checkbox on my profile settings page?"

Because it should be an opt-in "please do track me, but only if I say so" checkbox.

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NAO: British bobbies wasting £80m BlackBerry stash

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Typical managerial incompetence...

... How could something like this go ahead without someone saying "Ok, we've got X many Officers in this area, so we need X BlackBerrys"??

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Boffins make graphene micro-distillery

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Drinkable water...

... is still in short supply in many places in the world either due to lack of treatment plants or because of wars, natural disasters etc

If this technology pans out and provides a reasonable flow of water it could save a lot of lives and hardship.

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Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

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51st state??

'Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means'.

—United Nations, Outer Space Treaty Article 2

The US signed and ratified this in 1967, but it seems that Newt doesn't consider it to apply to him.

"All your Moonbase are belong to us!"

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@51st state

No, we're Airstrip One...

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Untangling the question of antimatter mass

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@Andrew Orlowski Should Not Be Allowed To Write Articles Unless He ALLOWS COMMENTS

If I could update your posting name I would!

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UK probes Snickers over 'celebrity' Twitter adverts

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Reminds me...

... of the old Topic advert "What has a hazlenut in every bite?"

To which, at school, we'd respond "Squirrel shit!"

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Google emails Virgin Media subscribers ... about privacy

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@Shades

"Its an email"

So is spam...

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Two million-degree matter from SLAC laser

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Meanwhile...

.... in his secret underground lair, Mad Professor von Krankenbrain is preparing his Atomic X-Ray Laser intending to hold the world to ransom!

Will our heroes be able to stop his villainous masterplan before millions die...?

Tune in for the next exciting episode!

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O2 apologizes for 'unintended' number-leak cockup

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“certain trusted partners”

ie those who we trust to pay us for giving them your mobile number...

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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

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Re: Magnolia...

... Magnolia does have its place, especially when most of the interior rooms in the house you've just bought were painted Terracotta!!!

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Re: "Get a life"

What, you mean become a mindless drone assimilated into the mass collectivised culture rather than trying to be an individual?

Hmm, that's an interesting thought, I wonder where I've heard it before...?

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Iranian coder faces execution 'for building smut websites'

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"beating televised confessions out of people"

No, the West prefers to do that in private in Guantanamo Bay or by shipping (sorry "Rendering") people off to countries who don't have problems with torturing suspects to extract confessions from them because we don't want to get our hands dirty...

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Re: "a politician is trying to hang someone

" (an innocent man at that) to boost his* campaign....."

Still, at least nothing like that would happen in a civilised country like America...

... erm...

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Facebook, MySpace, Twitter expose Google's 'evil'

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@johnny19

Except that, as that article points out, you have to go into the settings to make the change permanent instead of just having to select it once and that's it.

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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

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@Martijn Bakker

"I never was a big fan of jury trials."

Really? So you prefer, instead, a kangaroo court or lynch mob where the defendant *may* get a chance to protest their innocence before they're "given a fair trial and then hanged"?

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@LordBrian

So you're in favour of scrapping the concept of Presumption of Innocence and instead going for a system of Guilt by Association??

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Dinosaurs were super mums, nest find proves

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How do you get down from a duck...?

... Why are you up on a duck in the first place?!

DARFC :-)

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What's that...

... in linguini?

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MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

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Thanks...

... to everyone who resisted the temptation to downvote me for the terrible grocers' apostrophe in that comment!

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Shock horror...!!!

And I always thought the American definition of an Honest Politician was "one who stay's bought"...

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YouTube tops one hour of video uploads per second

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This just goes to show...

... the sheer futility of expecting content hosting services to screen uploads for copyright violation before they're put online.

Of course that won't stop the MPAA/ RIAA bought and paid for politicians from trying to push this nonsense...

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Redmond campaigns for gay marriage rights

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WTF is "gay marriage"?

[I forget where I saw this quote, but it runs something like...]

"I don't want "gay marriage" any more than I want gay people to wake up in their gay bed, have gay breakfast and drive their gay car to their gay work. I just want everyone to be able to wake up in bed, have breakfast and drive to work and, if they fall in love, to get married."

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Congress puts PIPA and SOPA on back burner

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Lamar Smith...

... should be more careful...!!

http://www.vice.com/read/lamar-smith-sopa-copyright-whoops

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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

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@kraz

ITYM it was unexpectedly swallowed by a small dog...

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Zombie Olympics ticket resale site resurrected TODAY

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@Winkypop

Yeah, but imagine the Zombie marathon! We'd still be waiting for them to finish by the 2016 games!

(Troll Icon because there's no Zombie one...)

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First ever private rocket to space station in launch delay

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Re: Cheese!

Cracking!

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Flog secondhand MP3s at your peril - law guru

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Alternatively...

... the media companies could just sell the product at a *reasonable* price in the first place such that a second hand market wouldn't be necessary as it would be just as cheap to buy an original.

(Yes, I know, it's a silly suggestion...)

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Angry Brides lob stilettos in dowry shakedown takedown

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@DragonKin37

"Why such a backwards system of treating women is allowed in this day and age is beyond me"

Usually such things persist due to lack of education where tradition ("well, that's we the way we've always done it!") trumps the law, especially where the "elders" make the decisions.

Such things can and do change, but it can take a couple of generations for it to happen.

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Pollution-gobbling molecules in global warming SMACKDOWN

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@TechnicianJack

Sure, we can then go back to squandering finite resources at our usual profligate rate instead of considering how we might use energy more efficiently which will have long-term benefits for everyone...

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UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

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@InsaneGeek

"Please feel free to backup your statement with some actual documentation that it is *not* illegal"

Perhaps you've never heard of the expression "Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty"...

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@AC

"extremely destructive and morally atrocious"? "large scale wrongs"? "Huge economic harm"?? "wreckers"?! "destroy industries"?!?!

Good grief, man, try stretching *your* brain around the concept of "sense of proportion"!

Yes, I "concede" that, "in the UK there would be a case were a civil suit filed against this person", so why do those who consider themselves wronged not avail themselves of UK law and *bring* that suit here instead of using a law designed to deal with *terrorist* suspects to try to extradite him to the US to bring *criminal* charges against him?

Your ludicrous hyperbole suggest you have no idea or what "justice" actually means, or you're just some sort of shill for the MPAA/ RIAA et al.

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Re: @JGH

Yes, but imagine what would happen if you show those DVDs to more than a few people or on an oil rig or in a prison or any of the other places where you're not allowed to play them!

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"Proper justice"???

Just because something might be a criminal offence in the US does not make it a criminal offence anywhere else in the world. What happened in this case, in this country, was, at best, a breach of civil law and is thus *not* a justification for extradition.

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X Prize: Build a Star Trek 'tricorder' and win $10m

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Simple solution...

... give the patient a kick, if they don't say "Ow", print up a message saying "He's dead, Jim!"

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Scammers punt bogus pink Facebook makeover

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I'm a pink facebook...

... you're a blue facebook...

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Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy

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@hi_robb

"You'll have had your tea, then?"

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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@AndrueC

Does your Sat Nav not have the ability to set Waypoints so that you can *tell* it you want to go an alternative route??

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@SJRulez

"you still don't know where your f**king going!"

You clearly don't ride a motorcycle.

One of the best things about biking is getting off the beaten track and exploring some of the B and C roads, avoiding motorways and built-up areas, and finding there's actually still some beautiful countryside out there.

And if those roads happen to be nice and twisty too, so much the better!

Once finished having fun, just tell the Sat Nav "take me home" and you're sorted.

It's about the ride, not the destination.

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@Wize

It would help if people could put their brains into "On" mode and look at all those road signs saying "Low Bridge" or "Width Restriction" etc which the Highways Agency have kindly put there to warn them of potential problems ahead, instead of just blindly following the Sat Nav...

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Apple legal threat to Steve Jobs doll deemed 'bogus'

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@AC

Apart from the aforementioned Plan 9 there was also The Crow, for instance, where Brandon Lee's face was added by CGI onto the body of a stand in after Lee was accidentally shot.

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@Dave Bell

"There are actors who have died during the production of a film, and some ingenious work done to finish the film--voice imitations, careful use of long-shots, that sort of thing--and protecting a likeness does set out the basis for dealing with these things."

There was also Plan 9 From Outer Space...!

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Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits

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@Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Has anyone scientifically proved that posting to El Reg is completely safe...??

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Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream

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I've got a nice hot cup of tea here...

... anyone got a Bambleweeny 57 Sub-Meson Brain and an Atomic Vector Plotter...?

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And some said that...

... coming down from the trees was a big mistake!

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Boffins hack evolution, create SUPERSOLDIER ANTS

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I just want to say...

THEM!

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Amazon says soz for foisting mag sub onto Kindle-touchers

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Optional...?

That word implies some sort of pre-medidated choice on the part of the *customer*, rather than a decision by the supplier to opt them in, hence why the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act in England makes such things illegal.

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Apple said to threaten legal action over Steve Jobs doll

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Well of course...

... after all, this doll is copying the look and feel of the real Steve Jobs...!

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