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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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Re: Slow it down, speed it up - BobStevens

"It's plainly obvious what the tweet means and this whole article seems to be based around a very pedantic selective quoting of it."

You, sir, are thinking like a Technician.

He, on the other hand, was talking like a Politician. Even if he does know how things really work, he was making a statement for the sort of person who truly believes that those dastardly TelCos can control exactly how fast you connection will be, and that they do reserve entire sections of really high-speed internet for their buddies.

The same sort of person who believes that Microsoft, Google etc put their User's desires above their shareholders' profits, or that all politicians are in the job purely because they want to serve the People (it's human nature that at least some of them are in it for what they can get...).

Of course, I *could* be wrong and he was simply telling the truth as he sees it, but somehow I doubt it...

You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

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I really cannot see a problem with this*

I say full speed ahead because they promised Chip'n'PIN would stamp out any form of card crime and look at the success that has been...

I mean, Chip'n'PIN must be a perfect solution otherwise they would be trying to foist some other dumbass idea on us...

*for a given value of "see"

Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept

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Re: Not sure if they can make this stick....

"But it's perfectly okay to splash their photo and name across mass media, because it's in the public interest to know who has been arrested, just in case."

Or if their name is Cliff Richard and a certain police force with a penchant for publicity are involved.

Black heli for reasons that should be obvious...

Go catch Pokemon in this, nerds: Our space neighborhood of 1.2m galaxies mapped in 3D

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Dark Matter? Modified Newtonian Dynamics?

How about "we really don't have a clue and maybe Einstein wasn't quite the genius we thought"? It seems to have worked fine for people to apply to the now-discredited religious view that Earth is the center of the Universe. For what they could see at the time, the clergy KNEW they were right. For what we can see now, some of us KNOW Einstein is right.

But for some of us, The Truth is still out there and will slowly be discovered as humanity grows up and stops acting like a bunch of petulant children arguing over whose imaginary friend is bigger...

Security gurus get behind wheel of driverless car debate

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Re: Pretty sure..

You're correct, the Jeep wasn't self-driving so the only options were limited to 'keep it running' or 'make it stop'.

Are you really sure you want to add 'steer into oncoming traffic', 'drive off a cliff' or 'head for the nearest crackhouse so we can rob you blind' to the list of choices? If I can think of these, and I'm a law-abiding citizen, you probably won't want to think about what the bad guys would come up with...

No, Google you still can't have dotless, one-word domains

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Epitaph, Part 3?

For some reason, the image of brain-wiped zombies running around a ruined Earth like in the last episode of DollHouse season 1 sprung to mind...

Newly spotted distant dwarf planet orbits the Sun every 700 years

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Re: It couldn't be Mondas, could it?

It's Mongo - see that bloke was right, the hashtag really is #Poke Mongo!

All hail Ming The Merciless! (I claim 'Quisling Traitor in charge of EMEA' - at least until MtM gets bored and Klytus blasts us to oblivion!)

Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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#Poke Mongo?

Won't Ming the Merciless get a bit peeved then come down here and give us a good seeing-to?

Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

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Phones <> Games console

Oh for the heady days of my youth when a phone was a telecommunications device and games were played on computers, consoles or handhelds...

But how long until the first obliviot is run down because they ran in front of a car to catch some nonexistant creature on the other side of the road? Not that it will be the poor little idiot's fault for not paying attention, or the parents who are only too happy to have their darling little offspring wandering the street with an expensive piece of consumer electronics in their hands, or the supply chain who are happily counting their ten pieces of silver while the hapless motorist will once again be blamed for everything...

Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: it is spelt


That was the first time I had thought of that lot and smiled. Although, maybe we could persuade one or more space agencies to supply a spaceship so we can have a new variant on their reality TV show from Mars orbit... unless anyone knows of a local wormhole / black hole instead?

Theft of twenty-somethings' IDs surges

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What's your superhero name?

I have lost count of the number of times one or more of my friends has linked one of those damnable list things where you use (all or part of) your name, address, date of birth or other personal information to chose from several lists to generate your Superhero name, unicorn name, Rock Band name or whatever - so I could, with little hassle, work out almost everything I need to commit identity fraud against them.

(You might mock, but Farcebook provides an easy and quick way to keep in touch with friends and family around the world. All you have to do is be careful about what you share - just because your mate Joe Genaro tells the world he's off to Albuquerque from tomorrow until the middle of next month doesn't mean you need to!)

Plymouth 'animal rights' teen admits Florida SeaWorld cyber attack

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"Seaworld is a despicable slave centre."

And you base this on what exactly? Have you ever been there and seen how it compares to other zoos and research establishments? Of course, *everybody* knows animals are so much better off having to fight for survival in the wild, aren't they?

Never mind waiting until he turns 18 to buy him a pint, how about we send him out to the middle of the ocean to see how whales and dolphins survive in the real world.

England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Errata

"On shore wind is the cheapest Electric generation method we have, build to decommission. "

So that will be why the companies producing electricity this way are complaining about their subsidies being withdrawn then.

If it really was cheaper than other generating methods then the money-grabbing electrickery companies would be beating the living hell out of each other to cover the countryside in THEIR turbines. The fact that they aren't would tend to suggest that the other methods are cheaper and therefore give a better return on their (woeful) investment...

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"Scientific Proof" 101

1.Observe an event.

2.Generate a hypothesis to cover what caused it.

3.Test hypothesis, either in a lab or in The Real World.

4.Observe the result and compare to the original event.

5.Refine hypothesis if necessary.

6.Repeat steps 3 to 5 several times, until the actual result matches the expected output for MORE THAN 2 occurrences.

At this point you have "proof" that your hypothesis matches The Real World.

I eagerly await the Green Lobby showing us their documented evidence for repeating steps 3 to 5 from the start of industrialisation to the present day to get their "scientific proof" that man-made global warming, anthropogenic global warming, or whatever other name they want to give it is really "scientifically proven".

When they manage to provide convincing proof that they have re-run The Real World with and without the Industrial Age etc then they can claim to have REAL "scientific proof". Until then, all they can really do is promote their own particular belief and hope that nobody calls them on it.

Shouting down all those who disagree with them does not make their claims any more valid. Being supported by politicians does not make their claims any more valid. Losing, massaging or "error-correcting" data does not make their claims any more valid.

Earth is not flat.

Earth is not the centre of the Universe.

The climate *will* change regardless of what we do, or do not do. (Or did the dinosaurs die out because, somehow, they knew we needed the oil and gas to burn?)

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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"Minimum recommended spec" and Windows

Given how often Microsoft's "Windows whatever will run on this machine" really meant "Windows whatever will load on this machine but then respond like a deaf dog with only one leg and a ten-ton weight tied to his neck so you may as well go out and buy a new machine now", the only surprise for me is that most people are not reporting the normal sort of problems with Windows 10.

Or is it just that we're so busy spotting all the spyware and privacy invasion that we're not bothering to mention the rest any more?

Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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It is NOT paranoia if they really are tracking you and listening to your conversations...

"And if informed of the disadvantages - lack of security, dependence on vendor maintaining servers, etc - they'd probably be convinced otherwise."

No, they'd probably turn around and tell you to stop being paranoid or a luddite. The problem is not just that these issues exist, but that so few people realise they are serious issues rather than just something that someone (ie you, me, and most people who still care) moans about.

I have no problem with new tech that helps me but when it is - intentionally or unintentionally - designed and built in such a way that it needs to be replaced, reloaded, updated or whatever more frequently than an "inferior" low-tech equivalent whilst not giving me additional USEFUL functionality then I have to question why "they" think I need to replace something that is doing what *I* need it to do...

Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Re: The end of passwords?

I have no issue with technological progress where it improves my life and is not intended solely to allow Google or any other money-grabbing bunch of snooping businessmen to spy on me.

I value my privacy and do not want to walk through some shopping mall where all the adverts address me by name and base what they show on the websites I visit (how many flight simulator programs are there for PCs now, and what the hell would they show me based on the content on El Reg??).

Zilla, did it ever occur to you that its because some people have supported users for years that they no longer think technology is such a great idea? What happens if someone takes over at (insert Supplier name here) and tells you they want you to give them half your yearly earnings or they cut your services off? What are you going to do when you suffer a power cut and you can't speak to anyone or go anywhere cos your fantastic robohome has gone into secure lockdown mode until the power comes back?

Perhaps you would share your own knowledge and experience so we can see how massively we have overestimated our own...?

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Re: Sooo...

Not everybody sees Technology as a god to be worshipped at every opportunity. Technology is an enabler, not the result.

You do know there is a real world beyond the edge of your screen, yes? Maybe 'Golden Age' rather than Stone Age - the Golden Age where people actually spoke to other real, live people and not just tapped a keypad in some filthy little bedsit somewhere (see, I can generalise and be rude too. But I'm not hiding behind the Anonymous Coward shield...).

Given the choice between the chance that some scumbag might bother trying to crack my password or allowing Google to force me to tell them where I am and what I'm doing all the time, I will stick with the password every gorram time.

HPE spins out enterprise services business into CSC

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"It says 'CSC' on the letterhead..."

...so CSC will carry the can when it all goes pear-shaped.

I'm still trying to understand how business analysts, financial market "experts" etcetera all believe that a company splitting part of itself off is doing something good - the only reason a company will deliberately remove chunks of itself is when those chunks are weighing the rest of the company down (in their eyes, at least).

Doesn't matter how they try to dress it up, senior management will never get rid of anything they think can earn them more money. And the better they try to make it sound, the worse it will be for any employees and customers of the parts that get lopped off the main company.

If it was really going to be successful, the Management would be fighting tooth and nail to keep it in-house and not letting anyone else get anywhere near it.

If someone offers you a pig in a poke, beware.

But if someone offers you a prize porker in a Louis Vitton clutch, run like hell...

Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Tom Hidlestone?

Oh, you mean LOKI!! What is all this 'Night Manager' rubbish?

A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Driving licences on mobile phones? What could possibly go wrong?

As a technical type (electronics, electrics, electromechanical, mechanical, and now IT) for more years than I care to remember (and the offspring of an engineer who learned his trade when it meant something, not like currently where kids with maths qualifications can't do simple sums - or any 'working-out' at all apparently - and where those with English exam "passes" cannot spell, write or read properly and most can't even speak properly either - or did I miss the ruling where most vowels were replaced with "O"s and "T" dropped completely - wo'evor, prin'or, etc), I have lost count of the times some bright spark* comes up with a technical solution that fails miserably when there was a much simpler method of doing the same.

Still, I expect the people responsible for this brainwave will be the first to volunteer to have their licences converted and will trial the scheme for a reasonable time to prove it will work for the rest of us plebs. A good three or four years at least should do it...

* I write 'bright spark'. What I meant was the sort of thing that gets publications banned for prolonged and justified use of obscenities...

Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Re: It's not surprising.


They paid, but admonished me for opening other peoples mail.

Under the Postal Services Act 2000:

“A person commits an offence if intending to act to a person’s detriment and without reasonable excuse, he opens a postal packet which he knows or reasonably suspects has been incorrectly delivered to him.”

Since that bad debt will remain on the person's credit history until paid off (and also probably as a black mark against your address you might want to check...), it is in the addressee's best interest that you DO open it so you can either forward it to them or notify the sender they have moved if you don't have their new address.

Not that the sender normally takes any notice. I still get mail from about eight companies for someone who moved away over ten years ago.

But even more annoying are the cretins who keep phoning to speak to "Paul" - I once asked 'Paul who' as I have a brother and a brother-in-law called Paul and there's always the chance of an honest mistake with a phone number. When they said "Paul West" (not the guy's real surname) and I said he doesn't live there they refused to believe me because I asked which specific Paul out of the millions in the Western world they wanted to speak to, and I would only do that if he lived there...

'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Not sure what charges?

I would expect (hope) that is meant to indicate they are pondering what charges from a list of several applicable charges rather then "will he or won't he" face any at all.

Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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"What I say means what I want to say when I say it. More I cannot say."

Before y'all slag off anyone who "mistakenly" thinks 'LoL' is 'Lots of Love' just think on this - the expression "lots of love" is older than "laugh(ing) out loud" so who got it wrong?

Besides, that is just one example of the fun and entertainment you can have with acronyms - take "FLA" for example. To an Airbus engineer it could be the A400M, the 'Future Large Aircraft'. To someone else, it could be 'Free Land Area', Free Land Access' or a 'Four Letter Acronym' (and yes, the irony of 'FLA' being 3 letters has been noted once or twice).

Just because you mean one thing doesn't mean everybody means the same.

Try being a techie in a business review meeting where the non-techies mean one thing and you mean something completely different...

Kepler space telescope spots 1,284 new planets

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Where's my list of 101 Things To Do..?

I for one look forward to welcoming our Alien Overlords, and hereby assume the title of Quisling Traitor In Charge of EMEA. (North America has already been grabbed by someone called Doug who lives in California, apparently...)

F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Re: Hacking opertunities

Alis? Who the f*** is Alis?

(I prefer Roy 'Chubby' Brown's version :-) )

They Came From Beyond Our Galaxy And Landed In The Ice!

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...nehw rebmemer I

This is an old joke... at least, it used to be!

.emit ni sdrawkcab og sreggub elttil ehT

?sonirtuen tuoba dab os s'tahw dnA


?etah stsisiciyhP cimota-buS od elcitrap tahW

Or just really, really fast!

Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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If the 'Truth Tax' (or whatever they call it) is to let YOU see what other people have written about YOU, how does that let everybody read anything posted about you by anybody else? Always assuming they actualy manage to get it sorted enough to be able to restrict access that way.

It didn't say you pay a dollar a day to see what's been written about other people, did it?

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Ad-BLOCKERS are a protection racket??

<<Whittingdale also opened fire on ad blocking companies, comparing them to a “modern day protection racket”.>>

So if I download an Ad-blocker off the Internet that is FREE to install and use, exactly how does that make the provider a protection racketeer? Or is Mr Whittingdale suggesting they will open their blocks to any ad-slinger who pays them, which would make it more sort of an "anti-protection" racket.

Methinks someone has gotten too used to feeding off the public and is a bit miffed that the public are beginning to bite back...

Oh, with regard to the question of would they want to impose a username and password model that would limit their income to the numberof people to sign up, if they go down the route of charging anyone with Internet access who MIGHT use iPlayer they can charge everyone in the country again.

Now, if only there was someone wanted to spy on all our Internet traffic and who could see who was and who wasn't accessing the BBC's "services"... :-)

Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

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"Is it just me, or does this have a lot to do with E-cigarettes taking away a lot of the business of Mar*bo*ro, Be*s*n & H*dg*s, etc? Sounds like someone did some lobbying."

I suspect it has rather more to do with multi-million dollar assets smoking on assorted runways, taxiways and hardstandings around the world's airports than lobbying by tobacco companies.

Regardless of you being able to replicate it or not, these things can and do burn. This new regulation is intended to reduce the chances of it happening while an airframe full of self-loading cargo is out of reach of emergency support, not to protect the pockets of cigarette manufacturers.

Duff French missiles for Royal Navy finally fixed

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"The ABL laser should be mounted on frigates instead of a 747."

Watch out Lewis, someone is after your job! Repeat after me, "A is for '**AIRBORNE**', B is for 'Bugger, didn't think of that!'"

But your comments regarding the efficacy of CIWS is flawed - that ASM will MOVE 50m, not JUMP 50m. That ASM is going to move in a straight line during that second, and regardless of how random the course changes are, the CIWS will (should) be pumping out a large amount of metal and it only takes one to hit the ASM to make a dirty great hole in it at supersonic speeds, or to deflect it and cause it to depart 'controlled' flight and into the sea.

Also, is that 20G turn an instananeous transient or a sustained rate? How much of that 20G is acceleration along the flight path at launch, and how much is "available" for near-terminal guidance/course correction?

Just because something is "old tech" doesn't mean it is useless - something else Lewis seems to forget regularly. Big Guns are still around for a reason - a TLAM may well be able to hit a barn door at 2000nm but it's a lot harder to knock holes in a moving gunboat with one.

Want Olympic tickets? Better get a VisaCard then

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@Andrew Martens

The BBC News website 'magazine' had an article about the world cup 'ambush marketing' stunt by the Dutch bints in orange dresses, and tucked down near the bottom were two lists of "keywords" that companies *not* paying the IOC will not be allowed to use together in advertsiments, marketing or merchandise; these include such unusual words and phrases as "gold", "silver", "2012", "Games" and "London"...

Full article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8743881.stm

UK.gov preps bonfire of the vanity websites

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Are you lot taking the p***?

A website costs £n to create, where n is a number of GBP (probably a stupidly large number for a uk.gov site).

If it has 1 visitor then the effective "cost per visitor" is £n/1, or whatever it cost in the first place. With 2 visitors that becomes £n/2, ten visitors makes £n/10, and so on - the website costs the same, but the "cost per visitor" goes DOWN, not up.

So by doubling the number of visitors you effectively halve the cost-per-visitor, not double it.

They're on about the effective cost per visit to the taxpayer, not how much it costs every time someone accesses the site(s) - two totally different things entirely.

Redback spiders provoke BAE lock-down

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BAe Warton?

Take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.

Spent 3 days there setting up their HellDesk before the Cowboys Screw-up Computers mob came along and completely fracked it up. Nuking's probably too good for it.

US cyber-combat Top Gun training details emerge

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Air VICE Marshall

Mine's the one with the rulebook for 'Spads and Fokkers' in the pocket...

Avro Vulcan - The Owners' Workshop Manual

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@Daniel1 -What are you on?

How many crews, exactly, were lost due to a problem with the rudder? Try and see what happens when you open one side up but not the other in ANY airplane, from something the size of a B52 down to your average Cessena or Beech light twin.

How many crashed simply because they flew at altitudes "where people could see them" and not because the pilot forgot there was a large chunk of steel between him and the ground below? (setting aside the question of how they could ever take off or land if they weren't able to fly safely within eyesight range? And how high would they need to fly for someone with average eyesight to not be able to see them?).

And where the hell did you get the idea a modern delta will only fly if a computer helps out? Do you know anything about aeronautical science, or are you just basing your "facts" on the fact your old man didn't like flying in them?

Things like the Eurofighter Typhoon or the B2 only need computer "assistance" because they are deliberatley designed to be UNstable - the biggest problem with landing the Vulcan was the lovely big cushion of air that got trapped beneath all that wing - but even that wasn't dangerous per se, just a minor annoyance.

Comparing the Vulcan to a Starfighter is like comparing a Mini Metro to a drag-racing bike - one is designed to get you there and back, with an almost useful load, while the other is intended to get you to your destination as fast as possible...

Let me guess, you've never flown a real aeroplane but you're a fantastic pilot in Microsoft's Flight Simulator, or Tom Clancy's HAWX on X-Box. Way to go, champ.

ICO spanks careless Kent Police after data was stolen from car boot

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Graff (It's a title, dummie, looke it uppe)

Just one thing to think about - where do Kent's finest get their money from?

Penalising the taxpayers of Kent because someone stuffed up is hardly fair is it? Far better to take the (ir)responsible officer and shove him in the cells for a couple of nights, with exactly the same treatment given to members of the public.

Taking a dozen bobbies off the beat, or closing down a small 'village' station because some muppet fsck'd up is hardly helping the community, is it??

Antarctic glacier melt maybe 'not due to climate change'

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I claim 'Quisling Governer in Charge of California' (Sorry, Doug)

When I was at school, "scientific proof" involved rerunning the experiment from the same start point and getting the same results - ie heat water, get steam; put sodium in a water dish, get a mini fireworks display; burn magnesium, have bright spots dancing in front of your eyes for hours; sniff amonia, have a clear nose all day.

So how come "scientific proof" to the Climate Change lobby appears to mean "shout loudly, and rubbish anyone who dares disagree". When was the last time some CC "scientist" reran the last 25 years of RealLife(TM) instead of some computer model that has been written to give the results they want?

Maybe they should just ban reality which, ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN DATA, consistently failed to be as bad they predicted.

Hell, the Weather Centre used their **climate change model** to predict the effects of the volcaninc ash on UK airspace and oops, guess what... reality failed to agree with them yet again.

Yes, we can make a difference, and if the ecosystem is close enough to the balance point then maybe we could drive it over the edge. But geological records "prove" the Eart has undergone changes since the mucky mass first showed some resemblance to the planet we live on today - and that was a L-O-N-G time before we came along to muck stuff up.

MoD 'How to stop leaks' guide leaks

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@"I wonder if..."

Excellent!! I haven't laughed so hard at something on the 'Net for quite a while now... especially your critique of LOTR.

Lucky my coffee is still downstairs waiting for me to go get it...

Home Office jumps the gun on DNA research

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You think that's dodgy behaviour, what about this?

My brother - six foot two in his socks, skinny as a rake, balding and 20-something at the time - was invited to take part in an identity parade where the suspect was a long-haired, barrel-shaped five foot nothing "gentle"man of over 50 years...

Baby bro' was also asked if he would provide a DNA sample as well - just for the identity parade, honest(!!). Luckily he said "no" as he was just going back to work but I shudder to think what might have happened if he had not had a "valid" reason to be out on the streets during the day...

Microsoft howls as Google turns IE into Chrome

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Pot, kettle...

Not sure which is funnier, MicroSloth accusing other people's browsers of having holes or Google making a plug-in so Users can experience Chrome via IE...

And surely that last is like the ads for super-dooper high-def TVs showing on normal TVs and idiots claiming they can see a difference in the pictures...

Labour to push for broadband tax before election

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Calling the current Government silly names may well be childish, but since practically every other form of protest is either illegal or "merely" suspect behaviour under the new (so-called) "anti-terror" laws, what else can people do to show their displeasure?

Ford says new Taurus 'is fitted with stealth fighter radar'

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"Enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy"(*)

On the road, EVERY other object is a threat - it's just that some have a greater threat value than others.

"Threats" in an Urban travel enviroment would include stupid 13-yr-old mom about to push Baby Chav's stroller into the road, Lycra-clad Cycling Tart trying to hit the speed of sound in the town center, Doddery Old Couple off to collect their pension (oops, not any more! - didn't the UK equivalent of the IRS insist it all go through the banks to prevent 'money laundering'? Or was that just to make it easier for the gubmint to cream more off the top?), iPod-wearing teen crossing the road without thinking about the gasoline-powered death machines hurtling by inches off her shoulder and petrolhead trying to launch his rocket-powered rollerskate off the nearest road hump.

"Threats" in a non-Urban travel environment include Doddery Old Couple in Decrepit Old Volvo doing just over half the speed limit in the middle lane, Company Rep in his German Bulgemobile trying to shout into his phone over the sound of his electric razor while steering with his knees and balancing his Starbucks on top of his satnav, manic trucker short on sleep and close to delivery time, six-legged demi-centaurs in designer jeans, mass-produced 'imitation real fake leather' dude boots and silly hats hiding behind hedges waiting for the only car currently moving in three counties to come along before they start to trot down the middle of the blacktop (despite the nice wide grass strip not 5 foot away), baccy-chewin' Good Ol' Boys who own the road just 'cos they've "been drivin' since before that gol-durned peanut farmer got in the big house (sonny)", and The Man doing 53 on the freeway and watching everyone's front ends dip like crazy as they realise they've got a county mounty on their front porch...

Presumably the Taurus will have some sort of threat assessment routine built in so it can discriminate between some poor sap keeping to his own lane or the occasional pede who remembers that ROADS are for CARS, SIDEWALKS are for PEOPLE, and anything that looks like it might be heading for an attempted co-location in the physical space-time continuum...

I believe Volvo UK are currently running an ad where some great big frack-off 4x4 narrowly misses colliding with a stationary car because some eejit elephant just happens to squirt water all over the windshield as the tank, sorry *car* is approaching a traffic queue at a stop signal, and all due to it's wonderful inbuilt safety features... wonder what that particular safety feature might be... like a short-range RADAR with command authority over the DECU and ABS, perhaps?. (Digital Engine Control Unit, Automatic Braking System). Not sure why they only seem to fit it to the top of the range road-going tank though, surely if they are really *that* concerned about *all* their customers it should be standard fit on all vehicles at no extra cost, nyet?

(*) Learned in Evil Overlord 101.

British troops get nifty techno-gunsights

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Not "made in Britain"?

Didn't Thales buy a few British companies over the years? Wasn't there a building alongside the A3 in Surrey that used to have something like 'Racal' or 'Racal-Decca' on it that now says Thales? And was there not a story on El Reg a few days ago that mentioned a Thales factory in deepest Wales?

Much of the kit gets designed over here, then some Johnny Foreigner shows up and the Management decide to make a quick buck flogging their shares (and, coincidentally, the IP rights) and the once-proud English manufacturing industry ends up a shell of what it once was...

Other names to conjure with include Hawker Aircraft, sold to Bombardier by BAe as being a "non-core business unit" since they only made executive jets (even though they kept their Property Management company, and Rover who made *cars*), Westland sold to Agusta (who have since sold the results of the British Experimental Rotor Program to practically everyone else!) and numerous electronics companies that *used to be* profitable and responsive until they were sold off to foreign "investors"...

Custard Creams can kill: Official

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Best breaktime 'treat' I know of...

Sucking (hot) tea through a Peng^H^H^H certain choc-covered biscuit snack - heaven! (courtesy of my youngest sister-in-law)

South Africa official calls for 'outright ban' on pornography

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All this has happened before. All this will happen again.

Quotes concerning idiots, history and endlessly repeating mistakes spring to mind. Also, slegehammers and nuts as well.

Mechwarrior maker claims Microsoft 'destroyed' studio's culture

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A New Hope..?

There *is* a new MechWarrior game under development that has not got Micro$oft's sticky fingers all over it. There's an "in-game video" of a Warhammer slugging it out with an Atlas - and this time, they've even got the PPC's barrels glowing from the heat!

Here's the URL for the article over at the IGN website:


Fujitsu cuts 1,200 UK jobs after revenue mauling

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I'm grown up, and here's a question I would like you to answer after thinking carefully; if a (global or not) company wishes to sell products or services to people in the UK - and makes a profit out of doing so - why should all that profit then go overseas? If the workers are all based in, for example, India then all the workers spend their money in India, all the taxes go to the Indian governement and the British economy ends up losing the whole value of the goods or services provided.

Sure, a single PC or printer doesn't cost very much by itself, but if every PC, every printer, all the consumables and any upgrades or replacements are added together, you soon end up with a hell of a lot of money going overseas, and none of it coming back any time soon.

As for insufficient business for the number of staff, how come one of the first things a company does after taking over another is shed staff? Unless both companies were overstaffed to begin with, you now have two companies' workloads and fewer staff to do it. And isn't it strange how Management types always seem to be able to find a new niche in the restructuring but the 'customer-facing' workers - the ones who keep customers "happy" and the business in, well, business, are the first to get the chop?

Part of the reason Woolies "failed" is that they had to pay people like EMI and Sony for the DVDs and CDs bought by their Entertainment UK (EUK) business, but the companies they supplied (like Zavvi) were late paying EUK, so Woolies had to fund EUK and went under - paying for someone else's non-payment. If you had watched the news or actually gone into your nearest branches of Woolies, you would have seen that the bricks-and-mortar stores were doing quite good business - remarkably good in fact, considering the general state of the UK economy.

It's amazing that the Labour government can "find" billions of £'s of taxpayers money to bail out the greedy bastards who caused most of this mess, but couldn't help a major GB employer.

Oh, and one more thing - those banks that "we" so willingly helped? Shedding more UK staff and "offshoring" jobs again. Wanna guess where those jobs will end up? Hwere's a clue - it won't be the UK...

Microsoft's Word patent case to hit appeal court next month

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(an)i4 (an)i?

Will Microsoft be fighting this tooth and nail? Or will they turn the other cheek?

What next, i4i suing anybody else who dares infringe their loosely-worded "patent"? Guess that'll be bye-bye Apple, Linux and anything else that allows data to be used in multiple applications...

I don't normally support Micro$haft in legal matters, but I actually hope they win this one...

Hedgehog quip secures Fringe's top gag crown

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Why did Michael Jackson call his song "Bad"?

Cos the RIAA wouldn't let him call it "Complete Bollocks" and he couldn't spell "Atrocious", both of which would have been far more accurate.


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