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Blizzard exposes real names on WoW forums

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And...

... so is your wife!

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Fusion reactor eats Euro science budgets

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Many of the world's problems...

... could be solved or mitigated by the availability of truly cheap power, so whilst it's a shame that other research projects may have to be put on hold, I think that putting the money into fusion is worthwhile.

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ATM hack presentation ditched after legal threats

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Was that the sound...

... of stable doors being slammed as the horse disappears over the horizon...?

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First true submarine captured from American drug smugglers

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Prior art...

... watch Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for one example!

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What a waste of money...

... on both sides.

This whole fiasco could be ended if politicians had the guts to put their hands up and say "ok, we admit it, we cannot ever win this phony war on drugs, so we'll put the barons and the dealers out of business by decriminalising the product and getting the pharmaceutical companies to turn it out in clean, uncontaminated retail quantities (which they could do easily since they already produce it for the hospital market, eg what do you think diamorphine pain killer is?) and save a lot of suffering all around.

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BT strike ballot halted over possible 'technical breaches'

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Headmaster

AC for obvious reasons

... those obvious reasons being the lack of proof reading of your post...?

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Scotland allows collection of children's DNA

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Bravo for Scotland!

I have fundamental objections to the UK DNA database and its related nonsense because it treats *everyone* as criminals, whether innocent or guilty.

Scotland, however, has done some joined up thinking and is only holding the DNA of children if they are *convicted* of an offence and if they want to keep it, they have to demonstrate a need for it to be held for more than three years.

That is a sensible use of DNA and model that the English Government should consider copying.

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Home Office promises spycam review

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@Why the fuss?

You could have saved yourself a lot of typing if you'd just posted:

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!111!!oneoneone!!111

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the kind of things you might sort out in the very early stages of a project

Remember this was a New Labour project we're talking about...!

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Beware of cold call scammers pushing rogue antivirus

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Perhaps...

...not everyone is as clever as you.

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Beeb dubs Facebook users 'saddos'

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More evidence...

... following "Tea-boy Photo Gate" that there are certain people at the BBC who read El Reg.

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World Cup meltdown fails to materialise

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WTF?

"Tweetstorm"

Is that like Twatdangle?

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Facebook apps must now seek permission for user data

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Re: The Scrabble facebook game.

Of course if you use AdBlock Plus you just get the countdown which you ignore for 44 seconds or less and then play the game :-)

(You could always come and visit the Gamehouse Scrabble Forums whilst you're waiting!)

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And about time too!

Why should an application need access to all my personal data simply to allow me to play a poxy game?

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The 3G coverage picture that can't be published

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Excellent article...

... factual, informative and rational and no personal attacks.

Perhaps someday all El Reg articles will be written this way...

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It's non-stop fun in Zero Carbon Britain, 2030

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WTF?

[ad hominem snipped - Andrew]

You what? Andrew Orlowski is now not only moderating posts in response to his articles (can you say "conflict of interest"?!) he is also *EDITING OUT* bits that he doesn't like.

It seems that it is ok for HIM to call people names, but when the boot is on the other foot he can't take it.

Talk about an abuse of power!

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Ah, the movable goalposts are out of storage...

[ad hominem snipped - Andrew]

So let me try again, Andrew: Please will you answer the following regarding the creation of synthetic crude:

How much biomass or energy is used to create that synthetic crude?

Will it be self-sustaining?

Will it require turning more and more of the planet's ecosystem over to growing the biomass needed?

And please don't try to fob off the questions with "don't you worry your pretty little head, we'll come up with some clever technology sometime to deal with it" nonsense this time.

As I said in another post "Now hopefully, yes, we will come up with a new technology that will solve the problem but until then, how about we just start acting a little more sensibly and try to use the energy that we produce in a more *efficient* manner to put off that crisis point a bit?"

Again I ask "Is that too hard to accept as a reasonable argument without resorting to personal attacks?"

How about some answers, Andrew?

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Re: "We can synthesize crude already"...

"You need to think in terms of available energy and how well we can harness it, and turn it into useful things."

Please, Andrew, tell us the difference between *available* energy and *usable* energy. (Hint: An atomic bomb produces LOTS of energy, but exactly how much of that is usable?)

It's all very well posting clever pictures of "this is how much energy we use and this is how much is available", but it doesn't say how much energy we will have to *expend* in order to get that, does it?

"Now we may or may not be doomed - but we're certainly doomed if we follow you. We wouldn't be here today if our ancestors had. Simple, really."

Oh dear, Andrew, another personal attack, one of many you use when you have no way of countering an argument that you don't like.

You keep making comments about "bedwetting" (do you really think they add anything to the validity of your points?) yet you keep reaching for your security blanket of "we'll be able to sort this all out eventually" and pulling it over your head in the hope that it will make the nasty bogeyman of increasing usage versus limited production go away and stop scaring you.

What my argument actually is (as opposed to your Straw Man caricature of it) is that we, as a species, are using more and more energy and at some point we *WILL* reach a point at which demand will exceed supply.

Now hopefully, yes, we will come up with a new technology that will solve the problem but until then, how about we just start acting a little more sensibly and try to use the energy that we produce in a more *efficient* manner to put off that crisis point a bit?

Is that too hard to accept as a reasonable argument without resorting to personal attacks?

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Your point...

"My point is that the transition to synthetics will not require us to live in yurts, or whittle, as the Peakers want"

... is a ridiculous Straw Man argument.

You might like to look it up on http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/straw-man.html and, at the same time, look at some of the (many) other fallacies ("bedwetting" = Ad Hominem) that you've managed to use in place of actual reasoned debate.

Do you really think that that sort of thing adds any credibility to your arguments?

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"We can synthesize crude already"...

... but what that site *doesn't* say is how much biomass or energy is used to create that synthetic crude. Will it be self-sustaining? Will it require turning more and more of the planet's ecosystem over to growing the biomass needed?

Perhaps Andrew Orlowski could take time out from making ridiculous ad hominem attacks and address the errors in his logic?

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Cumbria massacre top cop also patrols cyberspace

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"everyone has a responsibility to protect themselves and their children"

I had to read that twice to make sure it didn't say "the government and everyone else have a responsibility to protect all children everywhere..."!

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MIT boffins exhibit self-forming 'programmable matter'

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It's a boat, it's a plane...

... but it's got a long way to go before it becomes Optimus Prime....!

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Confidential report reveals ContactPoint security fears

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Misunderstanding the point

How many extra Social Workers would that £224 million pounds have paid for along with the £44 million running costs every year?

*THAT* is what this money should have been spent on and it would have meant that the overworked and underpaid and demoralised people who are trying to do their job with totally inadequate resources and backup might be able to protect the children who so desperately need someone to look after their needs, rather than a Big Brother database which can record in exquisite detail how the system failed them...

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Microsoft's Windows 8 goals revealed

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Err...

... and what happens if you leave your phone at home or it gets nicked...

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Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI

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That's amazing...

... I've got the same combination on my luggage!

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@Uhm... No.

I think you need to re-read that with your Irony Detector switched on...

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Secret ancient code, basis of all modern civilisation, cracked

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Jesus' diary:

... Dinner with the lads tonight. Not sure if I should invite Judas...

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Notorious Kraken botnet rises from the ashes

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Yes and...

... commentards shouldn't be allowed to post on El Reg's forums if they don't have the faintest idea of what they're talking about either!

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Yes, software can be patented, US Supremes say

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"much money has been wasted and much innovation obstructed"

And that pretty much sums up the idea of patenting software.

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Observer columnist in online porn mixup

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Ah, it's another of those irregular definitions of "Freedom of Expression"...

Barbara Ellen says "When did porn (watching strangers shagging) become a basic human right?" perhaps it is really that that she thinks that because *she* doesn't like it, nobody should be allowed to see it, in other words "Freedom of Expression" really means "Freedom to look at things that Barbara Ellen likes, but not otherwise"

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Obama Twitter hacker avoids jail

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Of course...

... had it been the UK, he'd have been extradited for Threatening US National Security and be facing 50 years in Maximum Security...

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England versus Germany: Quaff real ale

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Whilst most people are watching...

... a bunch of over-paid prima donnas getting kicked out of the World Cup...

... the roads should be nice and clear, so I'll be having an enjoyable bimble along the twisty bits :-)

Mine's the bike jacket...

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Council of Europe condemns teen-bothering Mosquito

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Stop

I'm 45 and I can hear the noise.

So if a business wants to lose my custom, please, go ahead and use them...

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The Brown Note is a myth...

... as Mythbusters demonstrated.

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Info Commissioner must justify why stats data are personal

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I have to wonder...

... whether someone has an axe to grind here and what they're really saying is "kiddie fiddlers shouldn't be able to hide!"

This could become the first stage in sneaking through a version of "Sarah's Law" where one piece of information on its own isn't sufficient to identify someone, but combined with other pieces of information which also, on their own, aren't sufficient, *could* be used to identify a sex offender and let the lynch mobs get to work...

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.XXX to get ICANN nod

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@Aculeo

Follow this through: I already have affordable-leather.co.uk if I then register affordable-leather.xxx what's to stop someone (probably in the USA) saying "Hey, this is an .xxx domain yet they're trying to sneak one past us by having *other* versions of the *same* domain! We should make the software block *all* versions of that domain!"

Sure, it's not sensible, but that never stopped the Moral Minority, did it?

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Cue a lucrative "land rush"...

... as the cyber-squatters try to grab xxx.xxx fuck.xxx sex.xxx and so on.

Meanwhile legitimate adult (but non-pornographic) businesses like mine have to decide whether we should go for the .xxx version of our domain *as well as* the other ones we already have resulting in extra costs and possible censorship of our domain and loss of customers or not getting it and seeing someone else grab it, possibly taking custom away from us...!

Damned if we do, damned if we don't.

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Middle-aged sex: The X-rated photo guide

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I just had to give this article...

... one up!

(That's one upward rating...!)

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Cybersecurity bill clears Senate committee

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Mister President...

... we have to be able to shut down the internet!

Why?

Well, imagine how bad it would be if *someone else* did it...

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Redback spiders provoke BAE lock-down

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Begins with s...

... sheep...?

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 2: Preparing to dual-boot

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Reboot to make sure everything still works...

... of course the instructions do say "BACK UP YOUR SYSTEM FIRST!", don't they...???

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No secret to stopping XSS and SQL injection attacks

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Welcome

May I be the first to welcome...

... little Bobby Tables...

http://bobby-tables.com/

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Avro Vulcan - The Owners' Workshop Manual

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"Assembly is the reverse of disassembly..."

... so that tiny spring will *leap* from wherever it vanished to under the car/ workbench/ dog and land neatly in place...

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Garage card scammer jailed

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Chip and Spin

I'm sure APACS will still be telling us just how "safe" Chip and Pin really is...

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Mobile phone masts not such a menace

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@Teenagers

I suggest you look up the expression "post hoc ergo propter hoc".

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

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So, no answers yet...

... three up votes, one down vote (Why, FFS? Just because I asked??) but nobody can actually *tell me* what I need to know.

Ho hum, looks like I'm stuck with XP.

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All I want to know is...

... will whatever version of Linux I get *work* with my system!

Twenty five or so years ago when I had plenty of time to spare, I was quite happy hacking through code and using CLIs and playing with stuff just to see what happens.

Now I've got other stuff to think about, I don't have the inclination to mess around like that, so unless I can get a simple answer to "will it run the software (and hardware) on my system* without lots of hassle?" much as I'd like to try, the fact of the matter is that Windows *does* do that.

*Most used programs: Firefox, Thunderbird, Photoshop, MediaPlayer Classic, Word, Excel, hardware: USB Scanner, Epson Printer, TomTom USB interface.

Also will it read data from my windows partitions without hassle and can I use Acronis True Image to back up its partition.

I'm no fanboi of any type, just someone who has other things to use his time for, so if someone could actually tell me I'd be grateful!

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Video calling impresses Brits, if it's Apple video calling

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I'm ON the TRAIN!!

LOOK, HERE'S the TRAIN I'M ON...!!!

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US attacks Europe's perv-scanners

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@Idiot

Are you one of those selfish people who think that signs saying "No Mobile Phones" and "No headphones" in the Quiet Carriages on trains don't apply to you? And then get all stroppy when somone points out that sign as if the person *complaining* about the selfish idiot is doing something wrong??

It's just a shame that the Guards on these trains don't actually bother to "walk through the train" as they claim they'll be doing and do their job of telling selfish idiots to move or shut up.

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Government delays ContactPoint closure

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Smart move??

"After the massive investment there are few savings to be made by scrapping it because the cash has gone."

That sounds as ridiculous Alan Johnson's argument that the Coalition should not scrap the ID card scheme because of all the money that has been spent on it already...

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