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Are there sounds on Mars? NASA launches audio athenaeum

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Favourite

My favourite audio quote is the one from when the Mars Climate Orbiter was on final approach: "****, ****, **** - what do you mean they were using metric?"

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Re: Call me sceptical

Perhaps its showing what the speed limit is, rather than a snapshot of the sign it last read...? I've never seen a speed limit road sign with "mph" on either, yet that is on the HUD.

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: Sigh......

Well, if you must work from home...

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SAP commits to mobile marriage with Xamarin: All for one, and one for Android, iOS, Windows

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Sybase 365?

I presume SAP have decided that all of the tooling that Sybase had when they bought them is not fit for purpose, or at least fit for this purpose?

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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Private Eye References

For all those confused by Private Eye references, their glossary in each issue can be found on page 94.

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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

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OpenDNS

As a first step, how about Sky allowing its customers to change the default DNS providers on their routers, so OpenDNS can be specified (rather than the roundabout way you have to do this currently, which families that just want a service out of the box are unlikely to be able to configure - i.e. an independent DHCP service running on a different machine in the house).

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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Wait and see?

"Sony...can afford to wait and see what its arch-rival will come up with"

Right, because it takes no time at all to develop a new console?

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Pocket Wi-Fi hotspots paralyse Chinese metro lines

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The Other Side of The MiFi

I'm assuming that the 3G part of the MiFi isn't interfering with the signal, but the WiFi side of it is?

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Big labels try for ISP blocking on 3 more 'pirate' sites

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Re: Really?

7Digital?

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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Re: Won't be selling many of these...

"All that's needed is some kind of OCR that can convert scanned sheet music into a midi file..." - what, like SharpEye?

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

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Re: Eeek!

That's the best chuckle I've had in ages

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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Re: Making a version number part of the name...

That spoke to you, as well. I remember using one as a pool car - very advanced for its day, even if somewhat gimmicky. Who would have thought that people would like to have "digital" dashboards and be able to have the car communicate with you?

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Apple boss Cook may have stumped up $60m IPAD pay-out

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If it were true...

...I'd love to see the expenses claim!

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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

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Re: SAP ... name rings a bell

Oh, you mean the Personnel Manager?

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

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Metric vs Imperial

Let's hope that NASA have remembered the difference between metric and imperial measurements this time, and that everyone is working on the same basis.

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Siri subtly shifts smartphone allegiance

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I'm assuming that the Nokia still comes out as top phone for inmates? What about for the rest of us, that want a mobile phone, rather than a cell phone?

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US, Euro e-car makers back 'standard' AC/DC jack

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What was wrong...

...with micro USB?

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Star Wars set to expand into Disneyland

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They certainly need to do something at Disneyland Paris. It's all a bit tired now, or is that just me as I'm getting older?

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Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'

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Crash!

...and I remember having a letter printed in Crash magazine - I was so proud. For some true nostalgia remind yourselves of the covers by Oliver Frey: http://www.oliverfreyart.com and Crash magazine itself: http://www.crashonline.org.uk

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More memories

Many years ago, when I had a Saturday job in Dixons, I remember selling most of what is listed here: http://www.amstrad.com/products/archive/index.html

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

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...with the RSI inducing "cheat" of using a table-tennis ball when doing the 100 metres!

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

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Take a look yourself

Instructions on how to dump your log in to Google Earth (if you're on Windows) can be found here: http://bit.ly/hZKaMu

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A fifth of Europeans can't work out how much a TV costs

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FAIL

Total price, all in

...some reviews of products don't help - for example 3DTV's where you don't get any bundled glasses, and yet this doesn't feature in the headline price or perhaps get taken in to account in the final review score.

You wouldn't know of any reviews that fail on that test, would you El Reg?

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LightSquared squares off against GPS worriers

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The Terrorists Solution...?

Fantastic, now terrorists can deploy their own base-stations, which they can use to make calls on AND block GPS. Great, no risk of incoming missiles whilst planning something on the phone. Perhaps Afghanistan will see the first wide-ranging deployment of this?

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Amazon Kindles cash from Wikileaks

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Not quite...

Quote:

Please note:

This book contains commentary and analysis regarding recent WikiLeaks disclosures, not the original material disclosed via the WikiLeaks website.

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BBC One HD launch date revealed

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EPG

Great - can we now be given the option to update our EPG's so that where a channel simulcasts, we can see the HD channel by default (e.g. I want to see ITV HD listed where ITV SD currently is within the EPG), rather than having to skip about the EPG finding the HD channels.

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London Transport plans Oyster bypass

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Just as worrying...

They may operate it much like any other company that takes your card info before you have used their service, and reserves/blocks an amount that _they_ consider sufficient to cover your likely spend (think hotels). Once you've finished using the service, they then apply the actual charge and [are supposed to] release the reservation/block on your funds. Problem is, these companies reserve/block far too high an amount, and it never seems to clear at the point you actually pay them. So whilst you think you've got x amount of available credit/balance on your account, your bank/credit card won't actually let you use it (because of the hidden blocks).

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ITV preps pay TV service

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FAIL

How appealing...

No matter how high the definition of a picture of a turd, it is still a picture of a turd. Exciting though, because now there will be more opportunities to watch a wider variety of turds in higher definition - although no doubt trying to use the same amount of bandwidth as the pixelated turd channels.

What's that you say, they want to charge you _extra_ for it?

Turds.

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Amazon takes Kindle to the UK

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Unhappy

The best eReader and store launching...

...er, just after summer - so for all of you that might have been seriously interested at this price point to take your summer reading away with you, sorry.

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Skype to start charging for iPhone VoIP

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FAIL

Because a VOIP call using 3G whilst roaming would be cheaper...?

This is a misnomer - when do you actually use Skype for voice? For me, it's when I'm travelling and want to make cheap calls home, rather than paying exorbitant roaming fees; I make those calls either from my hotel or a local café, to make use of free wi-fi - it would be even more expensive to make a VOIP call over data when roaming than it would be to make a standard voice call. The only other time I would be sat in front of my laptop anyway, and could make the call that way (looking handsome in a headset - at least its in private). Skype to Skype calls would be the same, and I'm not expecting to completely replace all of my telephony requirements with a single iPhone app anyway.

However, _if_ you didn't pay for the data usage, and only paid the call cost, and _if_ that was at the same rate that Skype charges for calls to phones (landlines or mobiles) then yes, I would use that whilst travelling - as it would be a lot cheaper than making the mobile call (and often quality is better as well). However, I don't see Skype having a relationship with every MNO to enable a revenue share arrangement, and if they did it's unlikely to be at their standard pricing levels.

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Feel.me up for grabs in dot-me domain auction

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Thank-you for this insightful and useful article.

I feel that you've really broadened our horizons.

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Workers scared to befriend bosses on Facebook

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Personal v Business

Facebook = personal

LinkedIn = business

We need to educate both ourselves and our children about what 'public domain' means.

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Brits are HD TV numpties

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What is HD?

In response to some of Sky's early advertising around HD, I lodged a complaint with Advertising Standards, who bounced it on to Ofcom. My complaint was around the number of hours each month that Sky had HD programming. My argument was the same - that for it to be considered HD then surely it must be filmed in HD.

The response was:

"We would not dispute that much of Sky's HD output is up-scaled standard definition programming rather than content filmed in HD. However this material is still being broadcast in an HD format (720 or 1080 lines) and would therefore be correctly regarded as HD."

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Google says ad blockers will save online ads

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If people are lazy...

"Like we said, people are lazy. They don't go out of their way to use anything other than what they already have."

So they won't be installing Chrome in the first place. Which is a shame, when you think of what they'll continue to use instead...

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Gervais pic used in amusingly rubbish failed bank fraud

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What does gold bullion look like?

Oh - thanks "Sun", for qualifying the article with a picture of gold; wasn't sure what it looked like.

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Apple Magic Mouse

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WTF?

63 comments on a mouse?

OK, 64 now...

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UK gets final warning over Phorm trials

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Conflict with anti-piracy legislation?

If one side of government is pushing to have snooping on our traffic made de-facto, in the name of anti-privacy, how will that co-exist with this legislation?

@RegisterFail - you're correct, this is exactly why we need Europe - in this instance. You might be arguing the opposite if HMG were resisting deep packet inspection of ALL traffic to benefit private enterprises and it got foisted on us by Europe.

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Scientology seeks to squash anonymity

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Don't Single Out Scientology - Abrahamic Faiths

All of the Abrahamic faiths have great similarities with Scientology. Based upon a story that an individual came up with, containing quite unbelievable tales, all require money from their devotees (in CofE parlance its called a 'tithe'). None of them like being criticised, and all - really - believe other 'religions' are false. Note that you don't have to believe in an ultimate deity to be a religion (e.g. Buddhism).

Amongst all of their variances however, they do all have one big thing in common - they are all a load of made-up make-believe cobblers.

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Hubble back in form with stunning new images

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Alien

All very good until...

...the Interstellar Police come knocking on Hubble's control centre's door, and arrest everybody under the pretence of the "Interplanetary Prevention of Terrorism Act". "Sorry sir, you may think you're innocently taking pictures of the cosmos, but we think you're behaving suspiciously. And besides, you may not recognise them, but you've captured a photo of my colleague and that's not just suspicious, that's a crime against humanity (and all other living sentient beings)."

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Dixons blames PC World for falling sales

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Allocation of Cash

The Rights Issue was to cover two areas - the 'regeneration' of its stores, and 'upskilling' (i.e. training) its staff [to greatly improve perceived product knowledge].

Of the £350m raised, £349,985,000 will be spent on the store makeovers, leaving approximately £5 per member of store staff. A copy of "The Bluffers Guide To Computers" costs £3.99, allowing £1.01 to cover the cost of the "I've been trained and I'm happy to help" badge that each member of store staff will be required to wear.

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Met warns officers off photographers

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Everybody take photos of police

As often and as obviously as you can, and publish them widely; they'll soon tire of it then.

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Ofcom coughs 3G coverage maps

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3G coverage vs 3G devices

It's a shame that an operator with one of the worst 3G coverage gets first dibs on certain handsets that benefit the most from 3G (iphone/pre).

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Anonymous digs ahead of more assaults on Scientology

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Not so different?

Comparing just two religions...

One believes in a fantastical all-encompassing being, that directly affects everybodies lives, which when examined logically is somewhat crazy and certainly cannot be proven, and stems from a book that was written. The other is Scientology.

One religion attempts to extract as much money as possible from its followers, typically 10% of an individual's income. The other is Scientology.

One religion does not believe in the scientific theory of evolution, and is so blinkered in its views that the 'most powerful' country on the planet prevents the theory from being taught in schools. The other is Scientology.

One religion attempts to cover up the wrong-doings of its members, even when those actions are the exact opposite of what it preaches, and can cause permanent physical and mental damage to those affected. The other is Scientology.

One religion tries to convert non-believers to its way of thinking through aggressive tactics, using one of many 'Armies' that it has in its name; some variants of the religion do not allow you to leave once you have joined, employing strong-arm tactics especially against the vulnerable. The other is Scientology.

And I could go on. By the way, I support Scientology no more than any other religion, which is diddly squat, but it does get to me how many of the arguments become very blinkered and people are ignorant of the actions and perceptions of their 'own' religion.

Flames, as no doubt I will burn in somebody's hell for this.

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Blu-ray to rule by 2011

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@jess / @monkey

I think you'll find that a 1080p plasma is the same resolution as a 1080p LCD, and a 720p plasma the same as a 720p lcd.

re disc cost - I bought the Bladerunner 5 disc set for £11.99 and I am legend for £9.99 - so it is possible to get the software at a reasonable price.

My main concern is the mix of platforms in my house now - I had to invest in a BD reader for my PC to enable me to backup films to DVD so that my kids could watch them on their portables (I consider this no different to buying a Vista licence but actually installing XP...)

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Apple is Fisher-Price of sound quality, says Neil Young

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Unhappy

So what we need...

...is an online store offering the user a wide choice of formats/encodings/bitrates in which they want to receive their music - the higher the perceived quality the more you would pay.

Drum roll, in through the door, may I present to you www.allofmp3.com - ah, snag, sighs.

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Google evaporates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud

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Still Beta?

So MuleSource are dependent upon a third-party BETA product, as when I just checked it Docs were still marked up as being Beta.

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BT and Siemens slammed over prisoner call rates

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My heart bleeds

So, its not OK for prisoners to have to pay excessive call charges, when they are where they are as a direct result of their own actions, whilst it is OK for hospital patients to be completely ripped off on call charges when many are where they are through no fault of their own?

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New mobe operator slash Wi-Fi hotspotter launches in UK

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Rabbit

Do you remember those?

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Cotton Traders mauled by hackers

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No of cards affected

I was unfortunately having to deal with a CC company yesterday, having found that some third-party had tried to pay their bank account £1800 from my account. Whilst on the phone to their investigations department, I mentioned the Cotton Traders report, and he laughed, saying that it was around 85,000 cards at his company alone.

Somebody is hiding something here - why are Cotton Traders not being forthright about the numbers involved...?

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Teen battles City of London cops over anti-Scientology placard

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Bias

Having been exposed to Scientology, but in no way believing in it (I was a local councillor in a town where many Scientologists live, and commute to work at Saint Hill Manor (http://www.sainthillmanor.org.uk/), and got involved in numerous 'disputes' locally on the issue (for example - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/4446572.stm), I find some of the comments above rather blinkered.

Let me say again, I in no way believe in or support scientology, before I hear cries of CoS In The House or similar.

Why blinkered? Because people are always reticent to draw comparisons between their own 'religion' and that which scientology 'sells'.

Take the issue of money, for example. People bemoan the CoS for the way in which members have to keep contributing to its coffers. But this is no different to the CoE, for example, except here its called a 'tithe' - you speak to your local parish church and the recommended 'contribution' level is 10% of your income, plus you're expected to dip your hand in your pocket every time you go to a meeting (sorry, service).

How about their recruitment methods? Absolutely, the CoS aggressively recruits people in to its folds, and once in they'll never let you go. Compare that with the Jehova's Witnesses. It took some rather forcible phone calls from myself to one 'church' for them to stop harrassing my mother-in-law. She had been 'recruited' but decided after a few meetings that she no longer wished to go - they didn't like that idea at all, and their behaviour reflected that fact.

But what about all this Thetan nonsense, doesn't the CoS believe that we are ruled by aliens that live in Jupiter or Saturn? An old rumour this one, but let's take it as fact. What they would be saying is that they believe that some 'superior' being, that lives beyond Earth, controls our lives. Sound similar?

What about some of their other beliefs? To me, a lot of the CoS beliefs are complete and utter nonsense. They could not possibly prove that some of their statements are true. Take the above example, they're not about to prove - scientifically - that what they are saying is true. Surely they're not implying that we just have to accept what they are saying, are they? What basis is that for a 'religion'? Oh - the same as every other religion out there - its fundamentally based upon faith, not fact.

But look at all the money that they are making, its disgraceful. Absolutely - but again, let's check some facts on our 'own' religions. The church of england is something like the third biggest landowner in the UK. Regular church attendance is dropping. So why don't they rationalise the churches they have got, and use that land to offer to people something that is really needed - affordable housing, green play space or youth centres? Not going to happen is it?

What the police did here is absolutely wrong, but don't get carried away and jump on the bandwagon, and please take those blinkers off - after all, the opinions being shouted here aren't very 'Christian', are they?

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