* Posts by Mr Sceptical

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Re: Counterproductive..

Exactly my thoughts!

A rain of Pi's with LCD display and solar charging kit all in one might change the nation.

Alternatively, even some LW radios (+headphones to avoid the giveway sound) might do the job.

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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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Black Helicopters

Surely microwaves?

Just need a bloody powerful, not particularly accurate microwave array.

Point in general drone direction, whack up power to 'roast swan' level and watch the drone flip out/short circuit/turn into firework display - at the distance they'd become a threat to a warship, should easily be in range.

Could you retask some of the comms gear for this function?

Icon for drones too!

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Re: Sheer Heart attack

From what I remember from my last first aid course:

If you're on your own doing CPR, the priority now is chest compressions as they also force air in & out of the lungs as long as the airway is clear (it's the Airway part of the ABC).

If you've got assistance, they can do the breathing, then you swap places when you're knackered from the compressions. Then keep that up until help arrives or the patient starts to breathe on their own.

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FCC taps the brakes on fudging US broadband speed amid senator fury

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FAIL

Morons!

That is all.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: @Ledswinger Dual accounts?

Dunno about the rest of you but I block FB with Privacy Badger / No Script.

That and utilising FB 'stealth' mode where I haven't used it in a decade....

Simples.

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Crowdfunding scheme hopes to pay legal fees for Marcus Hutchins

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Re: No travel insurance?

Good point - would be a typical insurer trying to wriggle out of a payout.

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No travel insurance?

Serious question:

Did he REALLY go to the US without travel insurance? There's no way I'd even consider it, mainly because a simple hospital visit could bankrupt you with ease. Not that I've been there this decade or planning to either but I always took out cover in the past.

Most policies will include legal expenses cover, so did his not include that? Considering how litigious they are over there and what line of work he's in, wouldn't that be a sensible precaution?

Chalk it up to the innocence of youth if he had no insurance, but bet he will if he ever goes there again!

Saying all that, I'm hoping 'justice' will be done in the way we're all hoping and he's safely back over here soon (no doubt working under the oversight of the hobnailed boots of GHCQ).

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Inherited wealth doesn't prove a thing...

Correct me if I'm wrong but she's the offspring of a billionaire? In which case, unless she's also made her personal $1,000,000,000 fortune, then she's no more brilliant than the office junior in my book.

Unless everyone thinks Bernie Ecclestone's daughters are also world class dealer makers? (clue: they're not).

If you can't walk the walk, don't talk the talk.

Perhaps her dad can foot the bill and save NYPD blowing all the taxpayers cash?

No, what can one do with 36,000 lightly used smartphones?

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Western Digital hauls out weighty tome with 20TB external storage

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RAID 0 - really?

So you've got 20TB of storage - how many people are going to use this as a cache and how many will consider it permanent storage?

My guess is most will be the latter and will then be totally gutted when one drive hiccups and they lose 20 TB of data!!

RAID 1 or JBOD are the only viable choices for me unless you need a ridiculously big external cache drive. At that point you might as well put them inside a PC so this is only really useful for laptop based video creators or Mac users (how many extra drives can you install in most Macs?)

My review: Meh.

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NotPetya ransomware attack cost us $300m – shipping giant Maersk

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Re: He says he learned that there was nothing that could have been done to stop the attack

The cleaner?

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Disgraced US Secret Service agent coughs to second Bitcoin heist

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Big Brother

One way to pay off the National Debt...

Hang on, did I read that right - "US government seizing 1,606,6488 BTC in November 2014" - that's $71,046,009,936 in today's currency!

I'm sorry, but when exactly was that much monetray value mined into existence?!?!

And weren't the original owners (miners?) compensated for state seizure?

PS. That bitcoin eh? Totally untraceable so perfect for crims, I think not...

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Sweet Christmas: Micron more than triples SSD capacity with 9200

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Unhappy

If you have to ask...

Icon as I definitely can't afford one!

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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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Alien

I hear...

...ET is looking for a way to hail a ride home?

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Hackers could exploit solar power equipment flaws to cripple green grids, claims researcher

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Re: Lack of competence

"Well, installers install. It really isn't a credible expectation that they should become ITSec configuration experts, and for smaller installations you can't expect that one should be brought along as another expensive body visiting the site."

Well, that might be OK for a one-man band lashing together solar kit after an internet training course to power off-grid stuff, but that's not acceptable in the commercial space. Customers are paying for the expertise to install AND configure kit correctly, otherwise they'd just get their regular sparky to do that.

Gone are the days you can be a credible installer without knowing how to optimise the configuration afterwards. If you can't do that, you're just a 1st fix / 2nd fix fleshpot pair of hands, you're no commissioning guy. Got to move with the times or get out of the game.

A little ignorance goes a long way in creating unintended future f*ck ups I'd say...

* We do security systems but the same principle applies to power, seen to many 'installs' by companies that don't understand the IT aspect of current systems - even the big boys fail miserably to train all their engineers.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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Extreme data-analysis?

At the top of a waterfall, with a mains powered laptop? Whilst ironing?

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

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Pint

It's quiet here...

...is everyone over at the Full English breakfast debate comments??

Anyway, Happy Sysadmin Day everyone!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Happy

BEANS!

I'm with you on the mushrooms, they grow on dead things for crying out loud.

However, fried tomatoes are OK, as long as you're using olive oil to fry in.

And I gently fry my baked beans every morning to get a nice thick goo. After years of testing (yum), I've come to the conclusion Tesco beans are best value for money & taste. I dabbled with Branston ones for awhile, but they were too salty to eat daily.

Sausages should always have 85%+ pork content, that's why I avoid them when staying in most hotels....

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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Re: Built in Timer

Err, doesn't virtually every BIOS in existence have the ability to wake a PC (or laptop) at a set time...???

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Halon

Yep, back in the mid 90s I had a temp job at British Gas in Cardiff. One of the old server rooms was being used as a file store for old customer records and I had the incredibly exciting job of spending my days looking for microfiche records in there.

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: Anyone still using TPB?

Three words: Opera Turbo Mode.

That is all.

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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WTF?

Taylor Swift & Katy Perry?!?

Who are these people, devs or script kiddies??

I need a bit of tempo to code to: Offspring, Green Day or the like. Occassionally a bit of electronica for variety.

Plus, it blocks out any distracting conversations nearby.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Soylent Green is...mmmphhh!!

Help, some goons in black are supressing me!

People - it's people! Arggggh....!

That't be the scenario if we really want to "remove material that governments and police forces disapprove of."

SAD - as President Drumpf would say...

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Radiation sensitivity

Err, I can actually feel when a phone is transmitting on GSM or Edge - I get a horrible tingly sensation on that side of my head above my ear. For that reason, I do use the phone on speaker so nothing unusual for me there.

Thankfully, now we're mostly on 3G or better I can happily irradiate my brain without being aware of the effects...

Icon because speakerphones avoid discomfort.

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AWS launches celebrity-spotting-as-a-service: What a time to be alive

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Terminator

Re: Faded celebs too?

There'll be some kind of ranking system in effect, so results will be returned in order of social meeja standings....

e.g.

1. Sebastian Vettel (F1 driver)

2. Philip J Fry (Futurama)

Personally, I think Seb is Fry's German accented, racecar driving alter ego, but I can't prove it yet!

Icon because Bender.

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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Black Helicopters

Extreme networking!

Climb up with the router & mains extenstion cable to lay a vertical network, then do a follow-up test on the tensile strength of CAT6 and if metal jacket RJ45 connectors are strong enough to abseil on - enquiring minds want to know!

PS. I'm not liable for the mountain rescue/coastguard helicopter/hospital bills if it turns out the answer is no...

Heli icon cause you may need an airlift home.

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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Re: "The former policy wonk -

+1 I was effing and blinding too - good thing no one paid me any attention or I'd have been pulled over!

PS. Thankfully, El Reg covered this - I was going to have to start cross posting in another article if it wasn't!

PPS. Actually, I'd be DELIGHTED if all communications were tapped 100% of the time if the penalty for the slightest misuse of that information no matter how minor was slow, painful public execution Pour Encourager Les Autres...

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

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Paris Hilton

@ Sauraus - ye Gods!

£249.99 for a battery powered 1080P camera!! Did they price this back in 2012 when IP was ££££? Seems an absolute ripoff to me based on the specs and design.

How exactly do you adjust the pan and tilt so you can mount anywhere other than directly infront of what you want to view? At a bare minimum a camera should allow 3 axis of movement so it can be positioned where it can see the whole required area - this only appears to have 2 axis adjustment. The shape also makes it really easy to push out of line with a stick, which you can't do with a dome camera (or decent box camera housing).

Save your money and buy a 4 camera Hikvision kit (other makes are available) with NVR thrown in for half the price. It's pretty much plug and play.

You just need to run the CAT5 - granted this can be the real reason why people buy these toys.

Paris - cause she's just a good at making money from nothing too...

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America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

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Re: Proper standards of weights and measures

Frozen turkeys @ x velocity to the face?

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: going to KiwiLand?

My vote is via Singapore:

1) Take a flight arriving Singapore in the morning & freshen up at the airport bathrooms

2) Spend the day sightseeing

3) Enjoy the food

4) Take the overnight flight to NZ after enjoying the airport facilities again - have a swim if you want

5) Arrive NZ in morning, no jet lag - sorted...

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Re: I wonder if there's an opportunity

Pretty sure Breaking Bad wasn't written as documentary but there can't only be one dodgy lawyer out there. Same goes for 'Security Consultants'.

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Better still...

they can keep all their profits, but only in the form of burning tobacco, inhaled by the Executive Board in a sealed chamber (don't want to pollute the atmosphere after all). They can leave once the last flake burns out. The addition of Oxygen to the chamber is optional, their choice.

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Brit upstart releases free air traffic app for drone operators

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Mushroom

Obligatory bird kills plane clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN_Zl64OQEw

Bird vs military trainer - so not a flimsy civilian craft either!

Icon for what was left of the jet...

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

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Re: No problems here...

Same here, no issue at office in Southwark or DR site in Maidenhead. Both on FTTC.

No issues with their service so far either. A better service status page would help more technical folks but the average consumer would say meh....

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

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2012 again?

Nah, they've just been staring at the London Olympics logo and decided that while they couldn't copy the Lisa Simpson idea directly, they could just go with a blocky, one-colour mess...

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

DAMN YOU, DEATH!

My thoughts exactly - FFS GET YOUR BONY HANDS OFF MY FAVOURITE WRITERS! ;-((

If William Gibson suddenly croaks it, I'll know there's a supernatural conspiracy against me.

Like all here, my deepest condolences to his family - I'll raise a glass (or two) in your memory tonight.

I second putting his ashes on LOHAN, it is the only suitable send-off, but they'd need to go into orbit, not return to this vale of tears...

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Can any of you feel 2G/GSM radio?

Slightly off topic - am I the only person who can feel (as in a distinct sensation in the side of my head) when my phone has dropped to 2G? It's quite unpleasant, therefore I tend to use a bluetooth or wired headset if it's not 3G. If it's a long call on 3G I tend to use a headset anyway as I can't be bothered to hold the phone up till the blood drains out of my arm.

FYI - I get a sensation on the side of my scalp above the ears on the side I'm holding the phone after a few seconds exposure. Maybe I'm just sensitive to my nerve endings being microwaved...

Tinfoil sweatband time?

On topic - my commute from Wimbledon Common to Waterloo (train from Putney) has several distinct areas of no signal, for no obvious reasons such as obstructions. Rubbish networks the lot of them. I'm on Vodafone at the mo.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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Re: Point of order

Hang on, back in the 90's I'm sure Silicon Graphics did some even bigger VR headsets for their fantastically expensive kit. In fact, I almost had the chance to try one for a student project at uni, only to find it was broken by the time I got my turn. ;-(

It was an experiment on how people navigated in VR environments and after too many hours of Doom in our computing lab, I was happily strafing round corners which was a shame as there were no weapons in the VR model...

We need a BFG icon!

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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@ RyokuMas

Err, we already did that; re-read the sentence, I said we upgraded it. Normal auto-fire rates were waaay slower, hence the mod. It basically maxed out the input and there were no gaps in the stream of fire at all!

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Re: you couldn't maintain the rate of fire required without them.

Ah, you could, with a little soldering (see my post below)... All you had to do then was steer.

I can still hear the soundtrack in my head, awesome for a game back then!

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Early hardware modding for Xenon II on the ST

Reminds me that my brother did a mod on one of our joysticks to upgrade the auto-fire to 255 shots per second. You ended up with a hose-like continuous stream of shots up the screen and gave you awesome firepower. It did make it rather easier to finish the game and saved yet another busted joystick fire button - happy days!

Think it involved changing the resistor the auto-fire used and we'd seen it in one of the gaming mags IIRC.

There was a PC port of Xenon II I downloaded awhile back too - only 320x240 though. Could do with a full HD resolution version & multi-channel sound to bring it up to date..!

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Huge new airships for US Army: designed in Blighty

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Grenade

New type of suicide bomber!

You've had explosive belts, bikes, cars, buses, vans, trucks and planes - bring on the era of the suicide balloonist*

Stick a man in a basket with a load of helium balloons, a large fan and a one way ticket to paradise and they'll be floating up to an elevated launch platform to shoot at the big floating infidel in the sky. A couple of RPGs and they have air-to-air missiles!

* I didn't say this would be likely to work - it would be total luck if they got within a 10K of an airship, even if they knew where it was first.

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Ofcom smites silent callers

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Boffin

How did you get the CLI to work?

Tried enabling CLI on our office Asterisk, but just ended up borking the system with each mod.

As I understand, the UK uses a wierd CLI setup compared to most others, so you need to set specific settings in the config files.

Tried the various suggestions, but no joy yet. Got a 3 port TDM card for our BT lines and all works OK, apart from the CLI...

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Blunkett threatens to sue for £30 ID card refund

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@Jim Morrow - no hindsight required!

Actually, | recall at the time several articles pointing out it was bloody stupid to announce to the World + dog the UK was about to flog half its gold reserve.

Other nations sold some of theirs at around the same time, but had the good sense not to announce it first and drip fed it into the market.

Brown's stupidity was to dump it in one go, thereby getting the worst possible price - same as happens when there's a surplus of oil on the market > price goes down, simple economics of supply & demand. Doesn't take a genius to work that out, and as I recall GB went against the direct advice of the Treasury...

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Mystery fungus smacks Afghan opium poppies

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Black Helicopters

bio-warfare 'R' us

The biological warfare method was suggested in the press years ago, and I thought at the time we should have just gone ahead and done it. Looks like they finally got the green light - any crop-dusting drones out there?

It's a naturally occuring infection of poppies and far more targetted than an agent orange type mess so you don't end up with mutated wildlife...

For health use, they just need to quarantine a region and pay the farmers the going pharmaceutical rate for it. The rest can be guided towards growing something more beneficial to all.

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Boffin

@Coca infections

... my microbiology is a bit rusty but unlikely the same fungal strain as infectious organsisms tend to be quite species specific. I haven't checked what species the fungus was, so I could be wrong.

It's why 'flu strains don't generally infect all animals, just the one species.

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IWF: Good on child abuse...

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More details please...

Ignorant? Or just a different point of view? ;-)

Right or wrong depends on your frame of reference. And the world's a pretty varied place...

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Big Brother

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

There's a saying, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" and depending on your cultural and religious upbringing, some UK norms could be considered obscene, bizarre or disgusting. And who the hell are the IWF to judge?! I don't remember voting them into government - did the rest of you?

Until they subject themselves to full public scrutiny and respond to the public will, they aren't anything but another special interests group regardless of what good they are trying to do.

In an environment as diverse as the internet, to accept the blinkers of one organisation looking from a specific point of view strikes me as short-sighted at best, bloody stupid at worst.

Like the great firewall of Oz, stupidity knows no bounds. We're heading for a society where you can't look at naked pictures of yourself as a baby cause they're now 'child porn' - idiots!

Context, context, context people, that's what determines what is 'child porn' and what are merely embarrasing photos of your childhood.

And until they put thoughtcrimes into UK law, they can kiss my ass if they think I'll change they way I tell good from bad.

The producers of actual child porn make very good candidates for castration by wooden spoon though...

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Robot cars can now do a Rockford into a parking space

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Terminator

...and so it begins...

Also, is there an app for that?

You could have a hot-key on the dash - "Extreme Parking!"

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Robot mini space shuttle is go for April, says US air force

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Terminator

@Yannick

Quake II of course. Had a fantasic 3d engine with solid explosions (no overlays) and was a railgun frag fest online back in the late-90s...

Would have loved to see the super-nailgun from Q1 in all the other versions though! Mind you, the grapple-gun from QII was ace for sniping from ceilings.

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US Army moves rocket-buster raygun from lab to firing range

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Forever more...

...that's how I'm going to picture him!

Available from your nearest Dr Evil retail outlet this summer...

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