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Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet

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an M-class dwarf star

Ok, thumbs up all those of you whose minds were automatically expecting "planet" instead of "dwarf star" when they read that? :-)

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Facebook warns investors of potential SPAM DELUGE

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"Because of our prominence...

"... we believe that we are a particularly attractive target for such attacks"

And there was me thinking that the risk was from your "let's change the default settings to make everything public and *then* tell people what we've done" policies...

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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@Because it is backwards?

Making it much easier to hear those messages from Satan...?

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French court lays le smackdown on Google Maps

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@Bakunin

Try searching on google for a street address, town name, country whatever. At the top or within the first few results will be a google maps image.

There might be other mapping services available, some might even be more suitable for your use, but they're probably not going to get a look in because google is prioritising its service over any others.

That's not success, that's abuse of a monopolistic position.

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ENORMOUS BACKSIDE FILMED FROM SPACE in moon flypast

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Anyone else think...

... that the prism shaped Grail mission logo needs a beam of white light coming in from the bottom left and a spectrum coming out from the right hand side...?!

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Facebook IPO: Boom or bubble?

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WTF?

To paraphrase the Hitch Hiker's Guide...

"If it comes to a choice between spending ten billion dollars finding that out that the entire internet is being run by a bunch of maniacs, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise!"

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Facebook files for IPO, seeks $5bn

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"giving people control over what they share"???

This from the guy whose attitude has always been "it's easier to get forgiveness than permission"?!

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Researchers pitch switch to electronic prescriptions

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Sounds like an excellent idea!

A while back I had a prescription which neither the Pharmacist nor anyone else could actually decipher and they had to phone up the doctor's surgery to find out what was actually prescribed!

Now they just need a system that can deal with typos...

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Microsoft ad campaign savages Google over privacy

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Howls...

... of derisive laughter, Bruce!!

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OFFICIAL: Smart meters won't be compulsory

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Won't be compulsory, but...

... I bet that, like with Water Meters, once one is installed in a property it cannot (or will not) be removed.

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Cosmic rays blamed for Phobos-Grunt fiasco

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New Product....

... Tin Foil Hats for Satellites!!!

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Serial killer PYTHONS stalk Florida's Everglades

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Road surveys...?

Or Road Kill Surveys?

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@send them to Australia

Right, because that worked so well with the Cane Toad...

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Zuck plots carefully considered Facebook IPO

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Remember...

... LostMoney.com (sorry, wasn't that lastminute?)

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Expert to finger air steward commentards who 'harassed' pilot

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"many of the allegations" levelled at Patel were "unfounded".

That's "many", not "all".

So I hope that if this goes ahead, *all* of the allegations will be investigated to see if this guy is "fit to be a captain".

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NASA: Solar system may have alien origin

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@Peter2

Well either he sub-contracted the job or it's all just scenery...

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Google dings missive to lawmakers: 'We're misunderstood'

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@Dear user

"What we would like from advertisers is money, as such, all your data, search queries, location information and anything else we can mine from what you do with any Google products online is fair game for us to sell to them.

"Your privacy? Oh, you give that up when you use our services."

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NASA launches Facebook game for space nerds

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"Space Race Blastoff"

Good grief, that sounds so 1970's!

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New Blighty crime map will track crooks' punishment

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@The BigYin

But think of the opportunities for targetted ads for burglar alarms, security lights, private guards...!

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SpaceShipOne man, Nobel boffins: DON'T PANIC on global warming

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Here we go again...

... let's stop getting into the "Tis!" "Tisn't!" "Tis so!!" arguments and just do our best to use *ALL* our energy in a more efficient manner, that way we stop chucking out CO2 (and other pollutants) *and* extend the availability of fossil fuels whilst we put serious money into alternative methods of energy generation.

Win, win.

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Google spews out 'privacy' email to Sky punters too

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This is the future, get used to it...

Given half a chance, Google are going to be linking *all* those e-mail addresses and all the e-mails and everything that you do with them together.

Kiss goodbye to your privacy.

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Star Trek tractor beam to save Earth from asteroid Armageddon

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Re: what we need to do is attach engines to the EARTH

Hmm, sounds like a Feersum Endjinn to me.

(Personally I'd prefer a GSV!)

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Re: A dangerous science...

And making a sharper carving knife also makes a better dagger...

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Re: Dinosaurs are still around

They're just very good at hiding behind the furniture.

Right, Bob?

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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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