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Friendster wipes data slate clean

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"it will be wiping all existing data on user profiles...

"...including photos, posts, and rants."

Wow! So if you were on Friendster and you posted something you later regret, it *will* actually disappear from the Interwebs instead of being there in perpetuity as per the policy of certain other social networking sites...!

(Deleted and reposted for an egregious typo of "their" instead of "there"!)

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TomTom sorry for giving customer driving data to cops

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Re: Why?

TomTom has a service which monitors traffic speeds reported back from customer units (via their mobile phones IIRC) that is intended to help you avoid jams by directing you to an alternate use. I don't have a problem with that as it's an opt-in (and paid for) service.

However passing that data on (and, indeed selling it) is something I most certainly *do* have a problem with.

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Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

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"The Reg believes that perhaps Barnes & Noble protesteth too much...

"... Software patents may suck, but they're the law of the land. If you play the game, you follow the rules – even when the rules are moronic."

Is this actually The Reg speaking or just Rik Myslewski claiming to speak on behalf of El Reg?

Whatever the case it's a bloody stupid statement as it's saying that you should just shut up and accept the rules of a broken and discredited system instead of standing up to a bully who is trying to exploit those rules for their own benefit and saying "No, we're not going to be held to random and pushed into signing a licensing agreement with a patent troll".

The USA needs to fix its patent system and more cases like this will supply the ammunition to get rid of it.

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Feds move to uninstall bot that hit banks, airports, cops

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"The disinfection involves...

"...tracking down the individual owners and getting their permission to issue an “uninstall” command from the substitute servers."

Dear Computer User,

We have discovered that your computer is infected with Coreflood Malware. We need your permission to run an uninstall program to remove it from your system.

Please click on the attached .exe file to enable this.

Yours Sincerely,

The FBI.

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WikiLeaks releases classified files on Guantánamo Bay

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@Ian Michael Gumby

"When US forces break the law, they are tried and punished. How many countries do that?"

Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!

You keep claiming that people "need a dose of reality", but you seem to ignore any "reality" that doesn't fit in with your totally skewed views!

What, exactly, was the punishment given to the crew of the US Apache Gunship who shot at and killed two reporters, a dozen civilians and *then* shot up the van trying to take wounded to hospital? Oh, that's right, there wasn't a punishment. Only after demands by Reuters was the incident investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own "Rules of Engagement".

It wasn't until Wikileaks released the video of the event (declared "Classified" by the US Military) that the truth came out, but even then there was no punishment.

You need a dose of reality, but it's clearly not to your taste.

PS As with posts from Matt Bryant, I doubt I'll bother posting again in response since you have now stooped to personal insults and ridiculous claims about how I would act or who I would support which I will treat with the contempt they deserve.

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Re: RE: RE: The Guardian a bit hypocritical?

"You're assuming all Gitmo detainees were tortured, that they all lived in horrible conditions, and that they were all inncoent before being detained. "

Really? Am I? Or is this just you twisting my arguments and trying to put words into my mouth to knock down another two Straw Man arguments?

Yes, not every person released from there has claimed they were tortured. That doesn't mean that none of them were tortured.

As for the Red Cross "had to concede that" it was "just propaganda", perhaps I misread this:

"The International Committee of the Red Cross described the treatment of Guantanamo detainees as torture in a confidential report in 2007, according a report on Monday.

The group was allowed access to detainees at the US military prison in Cuba as part of its aid work and interviewed high profile detainees who detailed their abuse in harsh interrogations that the report called 'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.'"

http://agonist.org/20090316/report_red_cross_detailed_torture_at_guantanamo_in_2007

Of course there's the small fact that the US Government only allowed the Red Cross access to the detainees *provided* that any reports they made were kept confidential and only given to the US Government, a deal with the RC usually only has to make with Dictatorial Regimes (thankfully someone had the balls to leak the details to ensure the truth got out).

As for "we have the admissiosn from Taleban spokesmen that many fo their own have been captured, including those in Gitmo" again you skew the logic to assume therefore that *all* those captured, including those at Guantanamo Bay *MUST* be Taliban!

And finally your claim that "People like you are so determined to think the worst of the US and Gitmo that you can't see the facts" is just laughable. It is *you* who are so determined to justify the actions of the US and be an apologist for the treatment of people in Guantanamo that you *refuse* to acknowledge any facts apart from those which back up your view.

PS I've wasted enough time here, feel free to have the last word.

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Re: RE: The British tried it in the 1970s

"Which all kinda neatly avoids the facf that the mainstream IRA eventually realised it could not win a protracted "war" with the UK and eventually settled for disarment and entry to the political system."

Which all kinda neatly ignores the fact that the mainstream IRA only eventually settled for disarmament and entry into the political system when, instead of spouting rhetoric about "defeating them" (the 1970s equivalent of our current "war on terror"), politicians actually started looking for a practical solution.

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@Matt Bryant

"Taleban are out of power and hiding in the hills"

So them breaking into a jail and freeing 100 of their compatriots is merely a statistical error?

Fewer British soldiers have died in Helmand only because they've handed over control to the US.

Military Leaders are worried that the Taliban will resume their actions as soon as the poppy harvest is over.

Yes, Afghanistan has had democratic elections, unfortunately many Afghans are not so happy that they have effected had a US supported and controlled Puppet Government imposed.

If you want to think that this is "success" then you are more naive that even I thought.

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@Ian Michael Gumby

"The point I was trying to make was that if you took your example of 'wrongly detained' and then becoming a terrorist... and transposed it to a situation where a person was wrongly incarcerated and then had their conviction overturned, how many went on to commit another crime and get sent back to the pokey?"

Oh dear, Ian, you are *STILL* totally missing the point. How can someone go on "to commit *ANOTHER* crime" if they were "wrongly incarcerated" and then released because it was later discovered that they had *NOT* committed *ANY* crime in the first place?!

"Presumption of Innocence" does not mean "we just haven't caught you yet!"

"Putting a prisoner in Gitmo isn't going to make that person a terrorist."

So, let's see. By your logic anyone who *was* locked up at Guantanamo Bay and was then released and *didn't* subsequently join Al Qaeda obviously *wasn't* a terrorist in the first place, but anyone who *did* subsequently join Al Qaeda clearly must have been a terrorist!

Unfortunately, the fallacy in your logic, as someone has demonstrated in another post, people who were interned without trial in Northern Ireland as suspected terrorists but were later released *did* go on to join the IRA and other such organisations and commit terrorist acts to get revenge for the way they were treated. In other words they were "radicalised" not by others, but by *us*.

"I also suggest that you look at the programs in Saudi Arabia where they rehabilitate those who were in Gitmo."

Is that the "rehabilitation" which was known as "Extraordinary Rendition" which involved electric shocks, beatings, mock executions and other forms of torture by the Saudis on behalf of the USA who decided that water-boarding and sleep deprivation etc weren't sufficient?

As for "I guess I think all pacifists are silly", you said in another post "I mean Graham is definitely a pacifist who seems to have a non-violence at all costs attitude. There's nothing wrong with that naive viewpoint until you try to enforce your beliefs on others." which just shows that you completely fail to understand me.

I do not have a "non-violence at all costs" attitude, however I believe that if you're going to *use* violence, you'd better have a bloody good justification for it and "trying to enforce your beliefs on others" is not such a justification, in fact that is what Al Qaeda want to do to us! So what *you* are saying is that *we* should emulate *them* to "enforce our beliefs" on others.

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Walt Kelly.

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@Ian Michael Gumby

"Using your logic than anyone in the US that was wrongly convicted and then had their conviction overturned went back to a life of crime."

I think you need to check *your* logic because someone who is "wrongly convicted" ie did *not* have a "life of crime" cannot then "go back to a life of crime" which they didn't have in the first place!

As for: How many detainees were there / are there in Gitmo? How many would fit the description as 'wrongly detained'? I don't know the answer. Do you?

No, I don't and that is the *whole point*! The way to find out if someone is correctly detained is to put them and the evidence in front of a Court of Law and see if they can be Proven Guilty.

And please, stop the ridiculous Straw Man arguments eg about the escape in Afghanistan, they're just making you look silly.

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@9-11

"How about the victims of 9-11?"

How about the families of some of the victims of the September 11th attacks who were objecting to the invasion of Iraq with "Not in My Name" and, more importantly not in the name of their dead loved one...?

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@Matt Bryant

Which part of "Until Proven Guilty" don't you understand?

If you can *prove* them guilty then *do* so. Put them in front of a Court of Law (not some Military Kangaroo Court), present the evidence allow them a *proper* Defence and then if they're found guilty, lock them up.

But holding people without trial and torturing them for information which they may not even have is certainly not the mark of a civilised nation which considers itself to be "better" than the terrorists.

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"you could say...

...that in keeping them locked up, the US is actually saving foreign lives."

You could also try saying "Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty".

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Have you ever considered....?

That if you were someone who was incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, water-boarded, deprived of sleep, repeatedly interrogated to reveal information that you never knew etc etc, you might feel that, on release, joining Al Qaeda would be a bloody good idea!

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Note to Mozilla: We don't get the Firefox billboards

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I'm good...

... but I'm not saying if that's "Good" as in "Virtuous" or "Good" as in "Proficient"...

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'Anti alpha' mirror-matter made from gold in atomsmasher

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"a gnat's chuff less than the speed of light"

Is this going replace the Velocity of a Sheep in a Vacuum as a standard El Reg measure?

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Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn

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"It seems just as easy to draw the conclusion...

"...that mere use of an IP address shouldn't be grounds for armed police to raid a person's home."

Yes, but that would involve the use of a bit of sense!

I have no doubt that the Police took great delight in informing neighbours of the reasons for the raid and the arrest to the extent that many will think "well, there's no smoke without fire" and consider that they should tell their kids to stay away from him "just to be on the safe side"...

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Hubble celebrates 21st with gorgeous galactic 'rose' snap

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Vell look...

... Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Cops refuse to say if they secretly snarf cellphone data

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“Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion...

"...to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,”

And is that "encouragement" something on the lines of "If you decide to insist on your Civil Rights like the Right to Silence, the Right to a Lawyer and the Right of Presumption of Innocence" then we're going to make things really hard for you because we'll assume that you have something to hide and therefore you're guilty"?

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Social networks must police kids' profiles, says EC

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"Just over half of the 11-12 year olds...

"...rising to over three quarters of the 15-16 year olds know how to change the privacy settings on their profile."

So, more children than Adults know how to do this, then...

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Watchdog sniffs Rihanna's 'gently thrusting buttocks'

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@When I were a lad

Actually it was Hot Gossip who appeared on the Kenny Everett Show displaying their "bodily particles" (not to mention Cleo Rocos with her non-bulgarian airbag assets!)

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Internet child porn investigators net South Aust MP

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"such offences invoke an automatic suppression order"

Whereas in this country the suspect's name would probably already be splashed across the front pages of the tabloids such that even if they are subsequently exonerated, their reputation would be destroyed...

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New double-barrelled Taser unveiled

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voice-of-consumer designed taser device

"Yeah, we want to zap the bastards *twice*!"

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SF fire dept lost computer password during massive blaze

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That's what we have pencils and paper for.

And now they'll no doubt be used to write down the password...!

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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Hear hear!

For all those stories from the Department of the Bleedin' Obvious!

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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen dies at 63

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A lovely cartoon tribute from Dork Tower...

http://www.dorktower.com/2011/04/19/dork-tower-wednesday-april-20-2011/

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Bradley Manning to be moved to new military prison

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"mix with other prisoners"?

Whilst the move to a new facility following his abominable treatment by the Marines is welcome, I have to wonder whether putting him in the same room as other prisoners is going to be a good idea because there's more than a chance that at least some of them will consider him a "traitor" and decide to try to mete out their own version of "justice".

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Wills and Kate to wed live on YouTube

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I'm hoping it will be fine weather for the wedding...

... not for the Royal Couple, but because whilst everyone else is indoors watching it, I'll be out having a blast on the motorbike on virtually empty roads :-)

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Scottish news site hit by 'DDoS attack' in run-up to elections

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@fridaynightsmoke

I think you mean "Ad Hominem Tu Quoque" rather than just "Ad-Hom", however the point is that the attack on Nick Clegg at the end is just the No campaign going beyond the bottom of the barrel because they've already scraped a hole in it...

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Slightly off topic, but...

Like many people I've just received the No2AV campaign's latest missive through my front door.

Now read this and see all the lies, half-truths and misinformation it contains:

http://imgur.com/a/hgmbQ

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US proposes online IDs for Americans

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"Although the system proposed is voluntary..."

Ah, "voluntary" a word that is liable to mean "if you don't volunteer, you're screwed, because without this you're not going to be able to do business online"

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Microsoft's Word fight opens in US Supreme Court

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I think what they meant was...

... "Microsoft should be held to a lower burden of proof than anyone else, but only when *they* are the defendants..."

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Pope says gravity proves technology can't supplant God

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@Ivor 1

"I think maybe you just sleep easier when you can write it all off as childish mythology?"

Err, WTF? What makes you think that I lose any sleep over this at all?

It's the "believers" who worry because they have been convinced that if they don't do X or say Y or behave like Z that they're they're damned to some Nasty Place(tm) instead of going to some Nice Place(tm)

PS Try looking at http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sky%20fairy for definitions of "sky fairy" dating back at least 5 years.

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"Man should abandon hopes of being like God...

"...if he wants to have a relationship with God."

So Man should abandon hopes of being like someone's mythical sky fairy in order to "have a relationship" with said mythical sky fairy?

I sense a circular argument here...

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Sony Pictures opens wallet for Bond 23

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I think some people...

... need to go back and read the original Fleming stories before they start talking about "Real Bond(tm)"

At least in Quantum of Solace they got the drink right!

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Middle East questions get under RIM boss’s skin

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Why didn't Cellan-Jones just ask...

... if Lazaridis had stopped beating his wife...?

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MYSTERY of huge Canadian chicken-shed EXPLOSION

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Reminds me of...

...Dana Lyons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMbXvn2RNI

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Amazon splatters ads to cut Kindle price

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"The addition of adverts...

"...brings the price of a Kindle down to $114, a shade over £70, though it will be US-only for a while"

That obviously explains why there was an advert on the back of one of the Sunday Paper magazines yesterday plugging the Kindle for the new low price of £111...

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Indonesian anti-smut MP caught ogling filth

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Howls...

... of derisive laughter, Bruce!

Yet another hypocritical politician who thinks that it's one law for them, another for everyone else.

We should introduce him to Wacky Jacqui...

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Brain boffins in cortex mapping breakthrough

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Was one of the mice...

... called Algernon?

I have some flowers here :-)

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Gov denies special celeb NHS record treatment

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@Sarah Bee

No, I'd want the default option to be "Don't include me on your database" unless I *agree*, whether I have a public profile which makes em "vulnerable" or not.

Even if that wasn't the default, I'd prefer the opt-out to be clear and unambiguous rather than my having to opt out of the NHS Spine *and* the Summary Care Record and any other way they can try to find to sneak my data onto their systems without my knowledge or consent.

Still, as you say, I'm not famous, so why should I worry about my data being put on a USB stick or a laptop which is then left on a train or in a taxi or sent through the post or...?

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"politicians and celebrities will not get an automatic exemption from inclusion"

However all they have to do is say "I'm famous, don't put my records on the system with all the little people" and job's a good-un...

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Windows 7 gets the Star Wars treatment

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Windows 7 was my idea...

... but I gave away the IP to Microsoft who patented it...

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'Thickest burglar' leaves passport at scene of raid

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The police cracked the case in "seconds"...

... but what it doesn't say is how long it took them to actually *get* to the scene of the crime...

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Robo-warship sub hunter: Free DARPA crowdsauce game

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So a few thougths...

"putting up snorkel or 'snort' masts (to run diesels) is suicide as airborne radar can sweep huge stretches of ocean"

Right, so how about creating a bunch of mini-torpedos which you set to quietly motor off in various directions and, after a set amount of time, they stick up a mast with a radar reflector on the top and suddenly you've got snorkels everywhere! (Oh, and add in a sound generator to confuse the Sonarman Jones's of this world ;-) )

As for "Responding manned units starting from the "flaming datum" of the destroyed ACTUV would soon find and destroy the sub as it crept away - all the sooner if it surfaced or put up masts in order to flee more quickly."

Right, another mini-torpedo, but this one's job is, for instance, to latch onto the ACTUV with a magnetic grapple and then steer it off in another direction or just apply reverse thrust to keep it in place for a while then, after a set period of time, explode.

For every "cunning plan" that someone comes up with, there's an equally cunning counter :-)

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Sex Party's down-under struggles with dominant Catholic priests

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You are free to vote for...

... any party we approve of.

If you vote for anyone else you're DAMNED TO HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY, SINNER!!!

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Antarctic meteorite yields exotic new mineral

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Does the number...

... 601 ring any bells...?

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Richard Branson to prowl oceans' hadal depths in flying sub

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Is anyone else thinking...

... SkyDiver: Prepare to launch Sky 1...!

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McAfee recovers from Sesame Street email filter mix-up

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Vun...

.... bounced e-mail. Ah-ha-ha-haaa!

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