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Crematorium to heat council swimming pool

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@AC "How very clinical"

"I wonder if you'll find consolence in your words when someone close to you dies."

You mean like when my father died of a brain tumour when I was 16?

I could see it happening. I knew it was going to happen. Yes, I was sad, but I was old enough that nobody tried to "sugar coat" it by effectively denying what was happening or saying "he's going to live with Jesus".

I'm now 45, older than my father when he died, I know I'm mortal. I know my mother and sister are mortal, I know at some time we're all going to die. That doesn't mean I won't be saddened by their deaths, but neither does it mean that I'll try to ignore the fact.

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Death happens...

... deal with it!

Why are people so squeamish about the end of a natural process?

People are born, they live, they die, that's the way it's always happened and for most of human history it's all happened in one room, so when granny pops her clogs it's no great shock.

But now we seem to want to deny it happens, people don't die in their beds, they die in hospitals and we tell kiddies that granny has "gone to live with Jesus" or some other nonsense to stop them getting upset (we're Thinking Of The Children!) and so anything to do with death is seen as "creepy" and sensible ideas such as this get to be big news because, well, it's icky, isn't it?

(Should I use the Skull and Cross Bones Icon or the Flames Icon on this post...?)

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Beeb say sorry for Stephen Fry A-bomb quip

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@Lee

"I suggest you need to do some more research."

Why? Because I pointed out that your "explanation" for WW2 was simplistic and overlooked major causative factors?

As for your suggestion that people weren't lobbing nukes because "everyone had seen what they were capable of", I suggest *you* look firstly at the US use of Napalm in Korea (far more than was used in Vietnam) which in large quantities had effects very similar to a nuclear strike and secondly consider that MacArthur wanted to use them to blockade the border between North Korea and China to prevent them getting supplies and reinforcements by using radioactive cobalt in a "scorched earth" policy, risking potential like-for-like retaliation against US targets.

Had there not been that risk of retaliation, that war and the world could be a very different place.

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@Lee a History Lesson for you...

"one of the reasons for WW2 was that the German army was allowed to march home intact after WW1, rather than in disgrace as a conquered army."

The Treaty of Versailles restricted the German army to 100,000 men and drastically limited military production, so hardly "intact" and Germany was forced to admit guilt and sole responsibility for starting the war, this after they'd laid down their arms and accepted the Armistice proposal based on Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points" which was considered a betrayal of their honour.

Oh and of course WW2 was nothing, of course, to do with the crippling reparations that were demanded by France and its Allies which let the Nazis use the rallying cry of "Freedom and Bread" to raise support for their cause...

As for nukes, McArthur wanted to use them in Korea and it was only because Russian had managed to make their own atomic bombs that he wasn't allowed to.

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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@alannorthhants

"without clear guidelines as to what constitutes "extreme porn", potential perps may be able to get off by simply saying "how am I to know I was breaking the law"

You are exceptionally naiive if you think that is going to happen! As has already been shown in England (eg with the "Tony the Tiger" case) prosecutors will push to the limits of the law (and beyond) in order to get a conviction, their argument will simply be "ignorance of the law is no defence" (the fact that they were ignorant of what the law says because it stipulates that someone should consider an animal to be *real* or that it was a *joke* wasn't important to them!)

PS As for "someone being prosecuted for having a copy of Mayfair, it could happen simply because before the last Government changed the law, it was legal to print porn showing girls who were aged 16, but now the law says that the definition of a child is age 18, so some back issues have been rendered illegal.

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"We do not publicly disclose our prosecution policy"

Paging Mr Kafka, Mr Kafka to Scotland...

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Next smartphone tech? Predator style thermal cameras

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@James Hughes 1

Or you could try the old analogue method of licking a finger and moving towards where it feels coldest.

(Hang on, wouldn't that be "digital"?!)

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iTunes gifting scam plunges Reg reader into the red

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@Test card numbers which pass the validation process

4111 1111 1111 1111 works for Visa cards

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Facebook tightens privacy after friendly warning from Germany

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Perhaps...

... Facebook could also stop lying about claiming that "These friends of yours have found other friends".

One of my friends has an FB account which, after setting it up, he's never used, yet somehow I keep getting told that he's used their "Friend Finder" and so should I...

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'Personal Air Vehicle' VTOL jump-copter in key flight test

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"owner needs a 45-foot-wide space to park it"

So, about the size of an average American family's 4 car garage, then...

(Ok, that does leave the problems of where to park the cars!)

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ICO slaps NHSBT for wrong organ donor data

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"donations of 25 people had been affected"

But in which way?

If they failed to take organs from those who wanted to donate, that's a tragic waste.

If they took organs from those who had not wanted to donate, that's a crime.

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Lawyer wants WikiLeaker kept off suicide watch

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Suicide watch...?

How many people, if treated in that way, would be seriously thinking about suicide after only a few days???

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Mozilla blocks Firefox-breaking Skype toolbar

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You think you've got problems...?

Have a look at this toolbar madness!

http://www.planitagency.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/too_many_toolbars.jpg

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Texter who fell in fountain threatens to sue

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@Push 'em down!

I don't know if it still happens, but a while back there was a spate of thefts from idiots who would immediately stop outside the Underground station to check their phone and the thieves would be waiting to simply grab and run...!

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I'm glad...

... you mentioned Streisand along with all your mentions of Cathy Cruz Marrero...

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FAA to pilots: Expect 'unreliable or unavailable' GPS signals

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@Better not fly to Florida.

I tried, but I ended up in Cuba...!!

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WikiLeaks accused of tapping P2P for secret docs

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So once again...

... it seems that TPTB in the USA are trying to make the story about Wikileaks and, once again, glossing over the *staggering* failures of their own security!

Oh deary, deary me.

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Google gins search formula to favor its own services

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@Tigra 07

I find it ironic that you call "fail" on my post when you *failed* to read the end of my post where I said:

'the obvious reply is "Fine, if they *admit* that they're doing it, instead of claiming that it's all fair and above board and there's no preferential tinkering going on behind the scenes!"'

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@paulc

"Basic Set Theory, which should be explained to all numbskulls when they can't find what they want in a search engine..."

How about Basic Fair Competition? Why do you think Microsoft got into trouble for pushing IE at the public and now has to provide links to other browsers as well?

Why should Google not be obliged to give equal prominence to other map providers?

Why not just have a link at the top of the page to "Maps of Gloucester" which takes you to a page where there are links to GoogleMaps, Mapquest et al available giving the user a *choice* of which one they pick instead of having GoogleMaps pushed down their throats?

Google claims to be a "search engine" not "an engine for pushing Google's own services". If it is the latter, at least they should be honest about it.

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@it is the way I would like it to work

Unless, of course, you're running a company that is in competition with any of Google's services.

If you want to look up something on MapQuest instead, but are given a Google Map at the top of your page, which are you going to use?

Naturally the immediate response is "why should Google not promote their own products over others" but the obvious reply is "Fine, if they *admit* that they're doing it, instead of claiming that it's all fair and above board and there's no preferential tinkering going on behind the scenes!"

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Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

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@LB Some reasons why your objections won't work:

1) Batteries, when being replaced/ recharged can be assessed for charge capacity and any that aren't up to scratch can be returned to a central depot for reconditioning or recycling.

2) Storage space isn't a problem if you rip out one of the underground petrol storage tanks which hold (according to a quick bit of searching) upwards of 45,000 litres of fuel.

3) The changing process would be mechanical, you wouldn't have to carry the things around yourself. It would not be difficult to design something with connections sturdy enough to handle being swapped in this way. All it requires is cooperation from the manufacturers.

4) I'd take a guess that all petrol stations already have three-phase AC connections which would make charging easier and quicker.

5) With battery swapping you would get a typical extended day's journey, especially if combined with hybrid technology which would carry 3-4 people with luggage (although how many cars actually *do* that in the course of a year?!)

All of the above can be made to work, people just have to *want* them to work.

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So why not just change the bloody batteries...!!

I had an electric car when I was a kid. I'd run it round and round the carpet and then, when it stopped, instead of plugging it into the mains to charge, I'd just take the old batteries out and put in a new set of HP7's!

So why this nonsensical assertion that you need to recharge the battery *IN* the car? All that is needed is simple bit of cooperation between the car manufacturers to pick a standard battery format/ layout, drive up to the garage, park in the right place and mechanical systems unplug the old battery (which is taken away for recharging), plug a new charged one in and away you go!

Charging up your battery "at the pump" makes as much sense as refining petrol at the garage!

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Police DNA test plan to put off prostitutes' punters

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@For f##ks sake

Whilst I agree with your sentiments, as I've pointed out in previous posts on this subject, prostitution itself is *not* illegal, it's just so much that surrounds it that is.

The fact is, however, that kerb crawling, especially when it happens in or near residential areas, is a problem for local people, but the solution is not to criminalise the women or the punters, but to make it easier for women to be able to advertise their services via the web etc and allow them to work in premises with appropriate protection and security to ensure their safety thus making kerb crawling unnecessary in the first place.

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New Taser made to take down angry bears, moose

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Or...

... ones that are Smarter than the Average Bear...!

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Or...

... Guinea Pigs (qv) ;-)

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Shaun the Sheep shorts to lure kids to Nintendo 3DS

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@Tony Chandler

If you think Shaun the Sheep is aimed at kids, you don't know what you're missing!

Log on to BBC iPlayer and if you're not laughing within a minute, have someone check your pulse :-)

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More privacy for the Queen, less for everyone else

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"include the Association of Chief Police Officers"

And about time too!

Although I can see that going down like a lead balloon at the next Freemason's Dinner...

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ASA goes online to swing stick at new media advertisers

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"the ASA has no legal remedies in such a case"

In other words, they're a toothless watchdog who can do nothing more than wag a stern finger at a an advertiser and say "tut, tut, that's naughty".

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Eyeball camera zooms into focus

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But...

... does it make that cool doo-d-d-d-d-d-doo-doo-doo-doo sound effect that always accompanied Austin's use of the zoom facility?

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Europe bites Hungary over media and internet censorship

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Sorry, Baroness Ludford, but...

... saying “The EU cannot stand idly by while fundamental liberties are being undermined within its borders” rather over-looks the fact that the EU *has* done exactly that and continues to do so, the UK "Dangerous Pictures" and "Dangerous Drawings" Acts are just two of the latest examples.

However at least the noble Baroness is making an effort to ensure that they *can't* simply let this sort of thing slide, the problem is making sure that it doesn't keep on happening.

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No, *you* don't understand!

The arguments you put forward are the same ones which allowed the USA to try to censor adult material by deciding that "local standards" (even if they're the local standards of Bigotsville in the Bible Belt) should determine what *everyone else* in the country should or should not be allowed to read/ see/ view.

You list things that *you* want and then with sheer arrogance, decide that because *you* think those things are right and good, they must be right and good for everyone, so everyone should agree with you.

Sorry, you don't speak for anyone but yourself here, so don't assume that can tell everyone else that you have the right to decide this matters for them.

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Shocked mum muzzles foul-mouthed toy mutt

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Exactly.

If you're not pre-conditioned by the story to hear "f***" then it's obviously "bark".

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Or..

... get them to read out the name of the "Isle of Ewes"...

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Pavement hogging Segway rider convicted

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The only reason...

... that Segways are not legal to use on the road is that they are not constructed in accordance with BS6102 part 1 which are the regulations that govern the use of electric bicycles, nor are they classed as either Class II or Class III Invalid Carriages under The Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways Regulations 1988.

Of the two, the latter (especially class III) are by far the more dangerous (and certainly more dangerous than a Segway) because they are allowed on the pavement and you can have 300kg or so of machine and rider capable of traveling at 13kph being driving by someone who may not have the best visual acuity or mental faculties and, indeed, they have been responsible for a number of deaths and injuries.

So before you start taking the pi$$ out of Segways and saying that they shouldn't be legal because the riders look ridiculous (or some other spurious BS such as you didn't like Lembit Opik) try looking at some facts.

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Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power

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@what a load of rubbish

Please, don't spoil a good Tabloid Frothing at the Mouth Rant (and the subsequent Frothing at the Brain comments) by actually introducing *facts* into the topic!!!

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@Lucky Buggers

Yes, we should send them all back to breaking rocks, because that worked so well in reducing the re-offending rate back in Victorian times, didn't it...?

(Cue all the Downvotes from Daily Mail reading commentards)

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Galileo euro-satnav 'driven by French military', says sacked CEO

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Once again...

... Lewis Page gives us his standard "Why would anyone want anything that isn't US manufactured and supplied and to which they have the keys to?" spiel...

Here's a hint, Lewis. I'll sell you a car, but reserve the right to tell you when and where you can drive it if I feel like it.

Is that ok by you?

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Prosecutors opt for 'malfeasance' over DPA to charge officials

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Better not be...

... Really Undesirable Malfeasance in Public Office!

(Ooh missus ;-) )

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Now that's what I'm talking about!

Whilst I'm not generally in favour of vague and ill-defined laws (mostly because they're used to criminalise innocent members of the public for doing things that The Powers That Be don't like) this one definitely seems to redress the balance of "One law for them..."!

Forget about piddly slaps on the wrist from the DPA legislation, *THIS* is something that should make those in Public Office really sit up and take notice that there is something that can and will be used to penalise them for being negligent with the public's data.

So if the Police, Council, MOD, whoever has a clearly stated policy of eg No e-mailing spreadsheets, no data on USB sticks, no unencrypted laptops, no posting insecure CDs full of data etc and someone breaks those policies it *won't* simply be a case of "naughty, don't do it again", it will be "You have been found guilty by this Court..."

That should stop such slip-shod behaviour from being so common place!

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Volvo demos automobile auto-pilot tech

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@This is a technology for motorways

I'd like to see it tried on the M25 where a gap of more than a vehicle's length is immediately filled by *another* vehicle...!!

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No court order against PlayStation hackers for now

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"That would mean the entire universe is subject to my jurisdiction...

"...and that's a really hard concept for me to accept"

Wow! An American Judge who actually understands that there are *limits* to her powers!!

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Sarko to use G8 presidency to promote net regulation

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"How do you respond to the problem...?"

Why, by State Control of the Right to Freedom of Expression of course!

And by bringing up the bogeymen of paedophiles and terrorists it just makes it so much easier because we're Thinking of the Children!

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Assange vows to drop 'insurance' files on Rupert Murdoch

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thumb drives with a copy of the Bill of Rights encoded into the block device

Now that's got style!

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ISPs battle EU child pornography filter laws

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"filtering reduces the risk of abuse by...

"...preventing internet users from being accidentally exposed to child pornography."

Right, because we're all such weak-minded and morally bankrupt people that if we were to see this sort of stuff we would immediately think "Gosh, I must go out and abuse a child!"

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Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm

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"No guinea pigs...

"... were tasered during this operation" a Police Spokesman announced...

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MP says she was misquoted over DNA test call

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"slightly naïve politician"?

Any politician is naiive if they're gullible enough to be suckered by a newspaper's weasel-worded question.

One that starts eg "Do you support..." or "Do you think..." or "Would you say that..." should be treated with utmost caution because it's almost guaranteed that they're looking for anything they can hook an accusation of "MP says..." onto it.

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Fire safety gaffe knocks out Webfusion data centre

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Does anyone know...

... if they have a BofH working there and, if so, were any managers trapped at the time...?

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Facebook worm spread via photo album chat lure

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Generalissimo Francisco Franco...

... is still dead!

Click here for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalissimo_Francisco_Franco_is_still_dead

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Man charged in bizarre EXPLODING VIBRATOR plot

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@Sarah Bee

You should be able to figure out the answer to that question from previous posts I've made, but if not, ask Jane Fae :-)

(And it's only icky if someone consents to it being icky!)

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