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'ALIEN' LIFE FOUND in California

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HEAR HEAR!

The CAPITALS gag wasn't particularly FUNNY the FIRST TIME.

Now it's just getting TEDIOUS!

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US politician: 'homosexual agenda' behind TSA groin grope

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@DATmafia

"If gays wanted to be taken more seriously they would stop acting like spoiled children when they don't get their way each and every time and learn to listen to those who oppose and work toward a workable solution"

And WTF is this "workable solution" you speak of? Most gays (and, indeed, others who enjoy forms of "alternative sexuality") simply want other people to *MIND THEIR OWN DAMN BUSINESS* and stop trying to tell them what they should or shouldn't do based on the critics' view of what is "right and proper".

The majority of gays don't make arrogant pronouncements like this guy has, they just want to be left alone to live their own lives in peace and quiet, but if some prat opens their big mouth and starts implying that eg gay = paedophile then they get all the derision they deserve.

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Gates: Nothing really new in Wikileaks Bradley Manning leak storm

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"a very junior soldier indeed who holds the lowest rank in the US Army's enlisted structure...

"...shouldn't have been able to trawl as much classified information as he allegedly did."

No shit, Sherlock!

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Feds propose 'do not track' option for net surfers

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Thanks for the list!

I've got most of those installed, but I can see there's a couple I'm missing.

It's just a shame that the *user* has to put so much effort into ensuring their privacy instead of being *asked* whether they want their details and browsing habits tracked :-(

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DDoS attack, sex warrant won't stop Assange's leaky discharge

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"These are classified documents...

"...they are classified because their release could cause harm to the state, and or individuals therein."

I've heard it said (although I can't find a cite at the moment) that the menus for the meals served at Number 10 used to be Classified as "Secret"!

The Yanks are more worried because the release of these documents could cause harm to the careers of individuals in their Government.

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Interpol issues arrest notice for Wikileaks' Julian Assange

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ITYM...

... "England? Isn't that in London?"

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Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D

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As a very short sighted wearer of glasses...

... I'll opt for Contact Lenses any day, but I wouldn't want to swap to a different pair just to watch TV!

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Ransomware Trojan is back and badder than ever

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Re: @Consumer Credit Act to the rescue?

I don't know who has downvoted me, however if it is because I said that the CCA doesn't apply to PayPal, I quote Which? Magazine who point out that: "Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act doesn't apply to Paypal transactions."

See http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/online-shopping/paypal---your-rights/paypal-protection-problems/ for details.

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@Consumer Credit Act to the rescue?

Unfortunately, as with services like PayPal etc, the Card Companies will argue that they held up their end of the deal when they delivered your money to the payment system and anything that happens after that is not their problem :-(

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Apple Facetime flings out frightening random calls

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In Apple Time

California is GMT -8 hours, so 2:30am should be 6:30pm there (assuming no different Daylight Savings in effect)

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Activists say consultation on RIPA was 'secretive and short'

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Heaven forfend!

The "consultation is shorter than normal and is not being run in a way that encourages public engagement."

What? Governments running "consultations" that are rigged to ensure that they get the answer they want? Never!

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Feds seize 70 'filesharing, dodgy goods' sites

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Great idea...

... let's forget about presumption of innocence, let's forget about the fact that hosts may not *know* that this stuff is on their servers, let's not bother with saying "will you take this stuff down?" let's just put on the jackboots and kick in their doors/ take away their domain names and then leave them with the bill for sorting the mess out.

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Absolutely!

Let's take down anything that you and the Nanny State don't like, whilst we Think Of The Children!

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LHC boffins turn lead into quarko-gluotic Big Bang incrediblo-stuff

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Alien

Cthulhu...

... ftagn!

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Canada steps closer to legalising sex work

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"satisfy yourselves that those seeking to place advertisements are genuine concerns"

And how will they get this "satisfaction"...?!

Seriously, though, the sort of nonsensical language coming out of the Met is as bad as the last Government's idea of getting members of the WI to write to newspapers etc as "concerned citizens" worried about whether some of the adverts in the back of their publications might be exploiting trafficked women in the hope that it would deter them from accepting the ads in the first place.

For Richard Martin to say "criminal liability can arise in certain circumstances where evidence clearly shows that the advertising in question supports or promotes offences associated to trafficking, exploitation or proceeds of crime" is a barely veiled threat implying that the publishers will, somehow, be liable if the Police find out an escort agency etc is offering women who are forced into the work against their will, but this is as ridiculous as prosecuting the paper if someone starts flogging stolen goods through the Small Ads because obviously the publishers should have checked to see if the goods were kosher before they accepted the ad...

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"Kids statistically will turn out better...

"if they are the product of a loving family that is united. I fail to see how allowing hookers will benefit our society, for which family is its beating heart."

And I fail to see how this version of the "Won't Someone Think of the Children!!!" argument has *anything* to do with the subject under discussion.

This has nothing to do with children, it is to do with the right of *adults* to make up their *own* minds what they do with their bodies and their lives.

Your comment about "blind liberals" suggests that you're just a "reactionary conservative" who will automatically say "no, no, no!" to anything that you don't like on the grounds that "I don't like this, so *you* shouldn't be allowed to do it" and this is backed up where you claim that "gambling, hookers, drugs" are "common sense bad things" and then claim that "they are proven by studies to cause more problems that solutions" which is utter nonsense.

The only "studies" that "prove" this are ones that have been set up by people like the Poppy Project who have a vested interest (like you) in banning something they don't like and they will use any dubious methodology and skewed results to back up their questionable claims.

"Since when is legalising hookers a good thing"? Since, as with any form of prohibition, people have begun to realise that banning something *doesn't* make it go away, in fact it just drives it and the people involved *into* the hands of criminals and takes away the protections which they should be entitled to under the law.

That is real "common sense", you just cannot (or will not) understand it.

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Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

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Police Squad - In Color!

This show was brilliant, from the death of the famous actor "special guest" at the start to the "freeze frame" gag at the end and not forgetting the Red Rock cider ads that riffed off it years later.

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WikiLeaked US cables link China to Google hack

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@Chris Young

So anyone who disagrees with you is a Daily Mail reader, eh? Yeah, sure.

I think you rather miss the point, though, you say "While we may not like everything our governments do, at least in this part of the World we have the opportunity to say so, publicly." but this is not enough, because they are doing it *IN OUR NAMES* and we should know what they are doing "for" us and be able to hold them to account instead of having it brushed under the carpet with a "Secret" tag on it.

And for you to suggest that Assange should "avoid dark alleyways" just reinforces this: You seem to think that it is OK for our "democratic" Governments to harm those who call them to account and show what they are up to. But I suppose that's ok, because it's for our own good, isn't it??

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Yes! It's the Reg Top 5 FUTURISTIC GUNS Thanksgiving Roundup!

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The future is here...

... if you want peace through superior firepower...

The AM-15 holds up to a 275 round magazine!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU6xam_8CAA

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Monarchist marks fall for faux royal wedding ticket site

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ITYM...

... because of the *other* idiots who think that, by regulating the internet, they'll be able to protect the first lot of idiots who are gullible enough to fall for this scam!

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ISPs under pressure to control online porn

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See...

... Avenue Q for more details!

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Ofcom mulls popular number charge

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Dialling area codes

I use 1899.com (because it's a damn sight cheaper without needing to pay for an over-priced bundle package!) so I dial an area code for all local numbers anyway.

It's not hard.

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Police to get greater web censorship powers

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Nominet said it will consider creating an appeals process

Before they create an appeals process, how about they create a process where they actually *LOOK* at the sites that the Police want to censor and *CHECK* to see if anything illegal is going on there instead of saying "Yes Sir, Three Bags Full Sir, we'll take it down right away on your say-so and then deal with the poor sod on the other end whose business might end up being wrecked"

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Brits blow millions on over-priced ink

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I started using compatibles...

... because of my Epson printer's habit of, even when I select "black only", still using the colour inks (which I rarely use) and I was finding that I was having to replace an entire set of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow cartridges without *ever* printing anything in colour!

I also use a chip resetter because I can get an extra 20-30 pages of printing from a cartridge that the printer says is "empty".

I've very rarely had any problems with the compatibles, if I do, a quick swap to the cleaning cartridge sorts it out and I count the savings...

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USA to bin colour-code terror warning system - report

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This just shows a lack of imagination...

After all there's a whole spectrum of colours, so how about alert levels including Puce, Taupe, Salmon Pink, Tangerine, Tea Rose, Fire Engine Red which would allow precise shadings(!) of meaning of each level!

(Mine's the one of many colors ;-) )

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NHS enables Facebook to track surfers on health info website

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Miss Charlotte T.Harlotte likes...

... Acacia Avenue Genito-Urinary Medical Centre...

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Parent-thwarting bypass tool takes kids to internet badlands

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You've gotta laugh!

On one side we've got MPs demanding that all Net users must provide ID to prove they're over 18 before they're allowed to access porn and now, on the other side we've got crooks who are already *actively exploiting* this sort of nonsense!

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MP wants age verification for net smut

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Laudable?

I think you mean "Laughable"!

It's just the Mary Whitehouse types trying to find any excuse they can to stop people from looking at stuff they don't like saying "We don't like this, so *you* shouldn't be allowed to see it".

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@Inconsistency

"BT are responsible for implementing an opt-in for 'verified over 18s' to telephone sex/chat lines."

This was tried back in the days of 0898 numbers whereby, in order to be able to call these numbers, you had to opt-in by contacting BT and asking them to enable this service on your phone line.

Of course what this meant is that revenue for companies providing these completely legal services suddenly plummeted because few people were actually willing to admit to wanting to access these numbers, but simply resulted in providers of these services moving overseas or shifting to a direct credit card payment model.

You can guarantee that similar things will happen if this new opt-in is introduced, providers will always find a way of by-passing this sort of nonsense.

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Now Oz to ban online cigarette ads

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Is this going to be...

... The Great Smoke Wall of Australia?

After all, there's no smoke without fire...

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Lawsuit says Facebook plunders user names, photos

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@Tempest

Anyone who sends me their "annual Christmas message to friends and acquaintances" automatically gets excommunicated!

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Erotica 2010: One big Teese, and a bit of a flop

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@illiad

You've got a good point, eg the recent Venus and eroFame shows in Berlin were extremely well attended and there was none of the nonsense from this country of Westminster Council demanding that the show pay £20,000 for a "sex establishment licence" for three days, nor was there a doubling of the stall fees for anyone displaying phallic shaped vibrators.

Obviously those depraved Europeans are beyond redemption anyway, whereas we Brits can still be protected from the "tide of perversion" threatening to swamp our green and pleasant land...!

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@Lee

"Do you not think the problem is that the show no longer really has a target audience?"

I think that's certainly a part of it, but it's the fault of the organisers for failing to realise this about five years ago.

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Erotica 2010 - A bigger waste of space than ever...

Speaking as someone who has attended these shows since they started and exhibited leather BDSM gear at four of them, I think the expression needed is "Dead Show Walking".

Standing on the (virtually empty) gallery level and looking down it was clear to see the huge amounts of empty space between the stalls which, ten years ago, would have been filled with exhibitors, because so many of the small niche suppliers have been completely priced out of attending.

There was virtually *nothing* at the show which made you thing "Wow! That's new and different", instead it was pretty much the same old same-old and you found yourself asking what board game designers and the RSPB were doing there (at least they didn't have the "tooth whitening treatment" stalls of a couple of years ago!)

The Erotica show is a shambling mockery of what it was, caused mostly by the greed of the organisers who are more interested in making as much money out of it as they can rather than making it a showcase for the best of the UK Adult Industry.

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How I invented Desktop Publishing

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Not forgetting...

... printed in thirty seven different fonts because, well, they're there to be used, aren't they!

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DHS airport spooks stalk star hacker

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Not only that, but...

... from the line just before the one you quoted:

"One leading manufacturer said today that its scanning machines were programmed to generate occasional false positives in order to keep staff alert."

WTF? Scanners *designed* to create False Positives? And what happens to the poor fecker whose luggage is in the scanner when the machine goes "PING"?

Maybe he finds himself hustled off to a private room to find someone with a pair of rubber gloves and gets a free listing on a "To Be Watched" list...

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@Rolf Howarth

You really can't let this one go, can you?

*Why* FFS do you or anyone else think that harassing this bloke in pointless and vindictive ways is going to make the world a better place? Do you really think that the authorities going on "fishing expeditions" like this in the *hope* that they can find something to convict him of is a reasonable use of their powers?

You seem to be in favour of a Police State where anyone who doesn't behave in the "approved manner" can be stopped, questioned, searched and so on "just to teach them a lesson", I, on the other hand, will leave you with the words of Benjamin Franklin:

"Those who would give up essential liberties for a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security".

Please feel free to have the last word.

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@Rolf Howarth

You are completely missing the point and your comparisons to hardware stores etc is really not helping your case.

Imagine you were that hardware store owner and the authorities, instead of asking you to stop selling the lock-picking kits, started having the Police pull you over every few days to check that your car was "road worthy" or you kept getting pulled in for questioning because "someone answering your description had been seen exposing himself to little girls" or whatever? Would *you* consider that to be reasonable?

Again I point out if someone has committed a *CRIMINAL OFFENCE* then by all means arrest them and charge them and test the evidence in a Court of Law, but to simply harass someone because they're simply doing something you don't like leads us ever further down the path of a Police State.

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@Rolf Howarth

The point I am making is that just because he pointed out flaws in a browser and released tools that could exploit them does *NOT* justify hassling him for wanting to travel on an aeroplane!

Do the Authorities think that, somehow, he's going to hack into the aircraft's computers and take it over and fly it by remote control?!

If they think he has committed a criminal offence, fine, arrest him and charge him then test the evidence in a Court of Law. But for the State to harass someone like this for *NO* good reason is a complete abuse of power.

PS The rest of your arguments read like "OMG won't someone think of the children/ terrorists/ bogeymen who might do bad things with this stuff, so we shouldn't let *anyone* know about these things!!!"

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"make it easier for said attacks to be undertaken"

"That is aiding and abetting a criminal activity"

And I've discovered a way to make cars go faster so they can get away from the Police more easily.

Or perhaps I've released a way to encrypt Hard Drive data so the Authorities can't read it.

Or maybe I've posted a thread on how to use a VPN to stop the Security Services from intercepting and reading my communications...

All of these will, of course, make it easier for criminals to evade the law, so anyone who does the same should be harassed whenever they want to travel by air...

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Twitter 'martyr' takes airport joke case to High Court

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Good for him!

This case has been a ridiculous travesty of justice as a result of a humourless official and authorities who don't like people mocking their Security Theatre, so decided to make this poor sod a scapegoat.

Given that this message was so "menacing" (even though it was originally deemed "non-credible" and the Police said "there is no evidence at this stage that this is anything other than a foolish comment posted on Twitter as a joke for only his close friends to see"), how come all the people who have re-tweeted it under the IAmSparatacus not also been arrested and charged? After all, that's clearly evidence of a mass threat to airport security...!

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Bish says sorry for right royal Facebook rant

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Nauseating tosh?

You mean like the nonsense that comes out of the assorted churches of this world...?

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Tea Party activists accused of rigging Dancing vote to favour Palin

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You should have listened...

... to the girl in the corner who, boy, tried to warn you, that it would turn into a Ballroom Blitz (Ballroom Blitz)!

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Court orders naming of celeb phone hack hacks

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@Eh?

I'm not American and I know that the English Caution runs "You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence."

It does not matter whether he has been convicted or not, he is still entitled to maintain his silence if he believes that to break that silence would incriminate him. This is a right which has been confirmed by the European Court on Human Rights.

For the Judge to issue an ultimatum "give up your right to silence or we'll jail you" is unconscionable.

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So much for...

... the right to silence...

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Berners-Lee: Facebook 'threatens' web future

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So...

... you're criticising TBL for not having a crystal ball which would allow him to forecast exactly how the web would be used 20 years from its inception?

Why not criticise Henry Ford for the mass produced motor car, allowing criminals a method of getting away from the Police or Fox-Talbot for creating a method of photography which would allow child pornography or Alexander Graham Bell for inventing the telephone which would let people make dirty phone calls whilst you're at it???

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Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body

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@being struck off

I know what it means, but it takes something *really* substantial for those who are running the disciplinary proceedings (who are they? Why, I do believe they're *other* lawyers!) to actually use that as a penalty instead of saying "naughty boy, don't do it again".

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Maude: Gov contracts 'made my eyes water'

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So...

... post them on El Reg and you'll soon find out how many problems there are with the contracts!

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Top Ten Arcade Classics

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Got to put in my favourites here which should be on the list...

... many a 10p spent on:

R-Type (Level 6 was always an absolute ba$tard to beat!)

Spy Hunter (Dum dum dum da dum Da dum DAH dum, Deeee dee...)

Q-Bert

Tetris (I once held all the records in our Students' Union!)

Afterburner - For the moving cockpit

But the all time great had to be Xevious, not least because I once managed to play for one and a half *hours* on one 10p piece! :-)

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Oh and regarding Dragon's Lair...

... the only thing you needed to be able to do in this game was remember a sequence of moves and recognise whether it was the "left side" or "right side" version because to add "variety" the game would display a mirror image of the current scenario.

Oh, and there was a lovely money maker if you could do this because if you completed Player 2 before Player 1, P1 would end up with effectively infinite lives, so I'd offer inexperienced players a deal "give me 50p and I'll finish P2 for you..." :-)

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