* Posts by druck

1532 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Samsung turns to VIA Nano for 12in noteboook-not-netbook

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To Atom or not to Atom

"The implication is that Samsung had to use Nano in order to use a 12in display. Sounds like cobblers to us. Intel seems to have had no problem with Dell's 12in Inspiron Mini 12 using an Atom CPU - and one for handheld internet tablets, at that"

Might that be because they aren't allowed to use the N270 netbook Atom on a 12"?

As its a bit of a strange decision, seeing every other other netbook has gone with the N270 rather than the Z530.

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iPlayer finally makes friendly with Mac and Linux

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Flash elsewhere too

I'm never going to use the download client even if it wasn't DRM infested p2p nonsense, for a start there's not enough storage on the EEE to download anything, and Flash works fine (well just a little bit jerky on this 701 unless I wind the clock speed up to 900MHz).

What I want is the other channels to follow the BBC's lead on Flash not the download element. Channel 4 is still Windows only despite having a streaming capability - why?

ITV use bloody Silverlight for god knows what reason, but then I haven't found anything worth watching on ITV since the last millennium in any case.

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Canada's biggest stock exchange back after day-long shutdown

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What was it running on?

I hope the Canadian xxchange isn't using the same Microsoft shite which knocked out the London SE in September. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/08/lse_down/

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DfT spends £81m to save £57m

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No idea of the real cost

Those in government and the civil service have no idea of what the real cost of the money they are wasting in this case and countless others.

It is the equivalent of taking the tax paid by everyone in my company over their entire working lives, and setting fire to it, just for the hell of it.

You'd like to think that your taxes go to pay for hospitals, schools and even defence of the realm, but in reality a good proportion of us struggle throughout our lives to pay taxes only to fund gross incompetence and corruption.

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Why port your Firefox add-on to Internet Explorer?

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@Joshua Allen

"since the whole point of the web is universal interop"

I see the words, but the actions say something completely different. There isn't even "universal interop" with 100% end to end Microsoft. Even skipping over the blatant sins of IE5,6 & 7, the lastest IE8 shows that Microsoft still just doesn't understand web standards, see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/04/interent_explorer_8_list/

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Datawind PocketSurfer 2R internet palmtop

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Re: I have one

"much better than a WAP phone" WAP? Who even remembers that? It sounds like it isn't even as good as a high end phone with a decent browser. For only slightly more than that ridiculous 200 quid price tag you can get a Netbook for a fast full internet experience on a larger screen.

It attempts to fill a non existent niche between phone and SCC and is a complete fail. It looks like the sort of tat you get in one of those gift catalogues that keep falling out of magazines at this time of the year.

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Indian court urged to 'ban Google Earth'

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Tourist map

Google earth didn't give them much more than any tourist street map in locating targets and the time taken to travel between them. What was instrumental in the attack was the detailed knowledge of the buildings internal layout, which they could only have gained from on the ground reconnaissance, not google earth.

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2008 goes into one-second overtime

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Under threat

Leap seconds are under threat and may be abolished in future years, allowing UTC shown by your clock to drift away from UT which the the time of the day according to where the sun is over the future centuries.

This is being proposed because the earth's rotation is slowing, so soon we'll need one leap second a year, and next century we will need 2 leap seconds a year, later still one a month and eventually one a day. Even in the sort term that means too many changes to clocks in precision systems such as GPS.

However I see it as being a victory for numbers and a defeat for humans. In the past we defined units from practical observations such as a second being 1/86400th of a day, now it is based caesum atoms and cant be changed to reflect the world as we find it.

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Pilots survive night on Hudson Strait ice sheet

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Personal ELBs

It was absolute madness to by flying in that area without having personal Emergency Locator Beacons attached to their survival suits. Even if the plane has an installed ELB, it wont be much use if the plane sinks. Decent personal ELBs with GPS, which can drastically reduce search times, are under $1000.

If anyone does have an ELB, make sure it's one which operates on 406MHz as 121.5MHz will no longer be monitored by satellite after 1st February 2009.

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Fresh blood planned for Sun's board

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In or Out

In these times I immediately assumed "fresh blood" meant someone was being culled.

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RAF in plot against Fleet Air Arm again

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The Battle of Britain

If we were starting with a clean sheet, we might choose not to have a separate air service for good economic reasons. But we aren't, and abolishing the RAF is unthinkable to a British public brought up on the story of the Battle of Britain.

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Intel's 32nm Atom roadmapped

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32nm

Intel may get power consumption down a notch with 32nm, but they'll only have a few months head start before ARM licences are using the same process, then the x86 chips will compare just as badly as against today's highly integrated ARM SoCs.

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Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...

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Arsetard

Ted is talking out of his arse again, most of the people I know with netbooks, and myself included, spend the entire time in the web browser. Open the lid, there's Firefox, shut the lid and it turns off. I don't even want to know what OS it is using, but I think you can guess it isn't Windows.

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Networked multipack cruise missiles in successful test

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@Matt Bryant

"The operator of a PAM system will be just as vulnerable to the same counter-tactics as the Sagger operators were in 1973 - even more vulnerable as it sounds like the flight time will be even longer, giving more time for the targeted tank to find and eliminate the guider."

But as it's GPS guided in flight, you only have to paint the dot at the last possible moment, rather than the entire flight time of a slower moving in field PAM.

My main concern would be the network, the Israeli's managed to punch a hole in Syria's networked air defence system on their recent excursion.

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American 'football' goes 3D

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Where's the technology

Come on forget the difference between handball and kicking it around with your feet, where is the technology?

Is it using red and blue glasses blur-o-vision, alternate frame switching glasses flicker-o-vision, or side by side picture cross-eyed-squint-o-vision?

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HP claims market-topping 2.5-inch storage

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No sense at all

"HP's new 300GB SFF drive will have, it says, 75 per cent power savings over comparable 3.5 inch 300GB capacity drives ... The 75 per cent power saving becomes a 50 per cent power saving when compared to a 3.5-inch 15K drive."

Shouldn't that be; uses 75% of the power of comparable 3.5 inch 300GB (10K) capacity drives, and 50% of the power when compared to a 3.5-inch 15K drive? Otherwise it makes no sense at all.

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Apple more closed than Microsoft

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Openly shite

Who cares about open? Macs are something you choose to buy, Windows PCs are something you are forced to use. At least from what I've seen as I'am not a MAC user, Apple tries to make their closed ecosystem something different and better, where as Microsoft are quite open about screwing over any competition and delivering third rate product following on from second rate product.

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AMD tweaks 2009 chipset roadmap

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WGA?

How many of those 30720 AMD cores are running licensed copies of Windows though? :)

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Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet'

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They all want to be dictators

"You can not say that it is not a disturbing proclamation, given that the only countries in the world where there are filters or restrictions against internet are countries ruled by dictatorial regimes: those between China, Iran, Cuba, Saudi Arabia."

What is disturbing is how all the western so called democracies are so eager to become more like those dictatorial regimes, implementing mass surveillance, extending detention without trail, and now wanting all encompassing censorship of the internet.

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DARPA seeks Hitchhikers Deep Thought program

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Pork based fairy tails

The fact that this is even being considered shows that the intelligence services are buried under the torrent of crap resulting from unwarranted mass surveillance, and completely incapable of making any use of it. So instead of going back to the only affective method of feet on the ground hum-int, they are instead looking to hand out yet more pork funding for a fairy tail generator.

I can just see how it works now; some IT vendor tweaks a data warehouse application designed to spot the relationship between purchases of washing power and chocolate biscuits, to look the NIR all the other intrusive databases. It adds 2 and 2 to make 5127 and spits out a list of foreign sounding names. The next day mass dawn raids by anti-terror police are all over the news, and handily leaked briefings indicate an imminent terror plot and dozens of arrests of highly dangerous individuals. 42 days later a couple of detainees are charged for immigration offences, and possession of extreme porn, while the rest are quickly booted out the back door of the police station at 3am in the morning.

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Tesla exec quits as rival clocks up major deals

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Nice arse, shame about the face

I notice you've only shown it from the rear this time. The boat race aint no Paris.

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Apple tells Mac users: Get anti-virus

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Machine crippling parasites

Mac users certainly want to steer clear of the machine crippling parasites that are McAfee, Symantec etc, I must loose 15 minutes of work a day on to these blood suckers when using a Windows box (not out of choice I hasten to add).

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Hands-free kits make drivers even more dangerous

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Brain capacity?

Do people really have such little brain capacity that when using hands free kit which allows them to keep both hands on the steering wheel and look straight ahead, they can't talk and drive at the same time?

It really surprises me that this is claimed to be worse than having a conversation with someone in the car, where it is a natural human reaction to keep turning to look at the person, to see their facial expressions while talking, thus not paying full attention to the road.

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Top transport plod to probe Tory leaker's arrest

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Transport rather than Traffic

I read that there as traffic police for a second, my experience of whom was "I know you weren't going any faster than other cars in lane 3, but we've got targets, here's your fine". But then again, I'm expect a similar reasoned and fair result to an enquiry of the police by other police, of whatever flavour.

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IAEA calls for mutated supercrops to feed world's hungry

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Monkeys at typewriters

It strikes me to be similar to the infinite number of monkeys at typewriters trying to randomly create the works of Shakespeare. Will zapping them with some gamma rays speed up the process?

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IBM, HP annoy server buyers less than Dell, Sun

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Misleading graphs

Why are the bars in the graphs in reverse chronological order? It makes all the trends look in the opposite direction and is very misleading.

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FCC eyes free puritanical wireless vote

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Whitespace, faith and puritanism

As the FCC have just approved the use of whitespace with religious zeal, relying on faith rather than any working physical proof of concept, it should come as no surprise they are backing a puritanical service which also wont work in the way they are expecting and cause considerable difficulties to legitimate users.

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Biz travelers howl over US gov RFIDs

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The new wall

When the Berlin wall came down we thought that democracy and freedom would spread eastwards, and indeed in most parts it has done. What we weren't expecting was the wall would be put back up in the west, with a virtual cloning of the invasive security and mass surveillance culture of the freedom hating former regimes of the east.

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Lord Lamont joins Phorm board

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Phail

I had previously regarded Norman Lamont as an incompetent fool, but now he really has gone down in my estimation.

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HP cancels Christmas in the UK and Éire

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No bonus turkey

So HP are cutting back and passing on the downturn to the hospitality industry, to add to the Christmas cheer. How about that £35 per head is taken out of the executive bonus funds instead?

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Judge throws out case against journo bugged by police

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Repression without conviction

Even if there wasn't a strong possibility of a conviction in this case, it still achieved the desired repression of a journalist, trying to do her duty of bringing abuses of the state to the attention of the public. Her life has been ruined, spending 18 months fearing conviction, and is seriously considering giving up Journalism according to the BBC. Of course if she does, the enhanced CRB check will ensure she is barred from ever holding a responsible job again.

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UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

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Bad advice and no defence.

So the advice still comes down to whether it would be offensive to a bitter old woman who's judgement is so poor she sees nothing wrong with roughing up opposition MPs with anti-terror police, and an angry grieving mother who clings to the belief that murderous tendencies must be the fault of pornography rather than sick individuals.

Oh, clause 21 means my defence is void, as I'm the author of a disc repair tool, which has the limited ability to recover to deleted data. So if I ever get any extreme porn spam, I have to wipe my hard disc. I better go an add a safe delete feature.

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Snipers - Cowardly assassins, or surgical soldiers?

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Fly eye

You don't need a conventional spherical lens in the nose a bullet to track a laser, think of the compound lenses in a fly's eye.

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Government finally names the day for porn ban

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@Graham Marsden

"The Government have (oh so kindly) offered a "defence" that if you were a "direct participant" in the images then you are allowed to possess them."

So you can have as much extreme porn as you like, as long as you've convincingly photo chopped your own face on to one of the participants? Now that really is sick.

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A reasonable person

AC wrote: "Do you honestly think that the NSFW image that you linked to qualifies for "a reasonable person would consider the action depicted to be real"? I would like to consider myself reasonable, and to me it is obviously staged."

You can never put your faith in a law which can only be judged on the criteria of a reasonable person's views. People have hung on differing interpretations of reasonable, take Derek Bentley and the meaning of "Let him have it" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_Him_Have_It

Re: Sooty, you are right in that this legislation is primarily a catch all. If you should cross any branch of authority you can expect to be investigated on some trumped up charge, which will come to nothing. But rummaging around on your computer is bound to find something chargeable, even if you have gone to great lengths to ensure that no one in any picture could be considered to be under 18, the extreme porn law makes anything else fair game for a prosecution.

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Counter-terror police arrest Tory frontbencher

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Britain no more

It has finally happened, the government using the police to suppress information and political debate. This is no longer Great Britain.

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EU Commission backs Reding on data caps

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Hopefully no more getting back from a weekend away and finding a £108 bill from logging on twice, due to £5/MB data charges.

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Srizbi spam botnet in failed resurrection

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Graphs

Can we have some nice graphs of the spam levels going down and back up with these various events.

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Copyright-bothering web TV outfit rises from the grave

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Catchup?

How is re-broadcasting live streams in any way a catchup?

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Heidemarie 'Toolbag' Piper set for second spacewalk

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Re:Give her a break

Well said.

Its a shame they weren't wearing the orbital manoeuvring packs, as they could have easily jetted off and collected the slow moving bag, to prevent it being an orbital hazard for the next couple of years.

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Asus Eee PC S101 luxury netbook

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Scared themselves

I think Asus scared themselves with the EEE PC, it made people realise that useful computers didn't have to be big and expensive, and although it sold it large numbers it put downward pressure on pricing. Since them they've done everything they can to try to move the price points ever higher and back to full sized laptop territory. However without any sort of sweetener such as a 1280x900 screen, it's just not going to sell.

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Most biometric checks will bypass ID database

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Re:Hitler

I keep misreading that name too, but the difference was that the leader of the 3rd Reich and his henchmen had a very organised plans of how to destroy the liberty of millions of people. This government is rushing headlong in to a fascist nightmare handing out billions to commission systems which they don't have the first clue about. They've got no idea if it will work well enough for the majority of the population, and no idea on what to do about people it definitely wont work for.

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 dual-GPU graphics card

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Spurious results

The two 4870 X2 bars in the charts have the same description, I assume the second is overclocked? However some of the benchmark/timing results for various cards are clearly spurious compared to their overall performance differentials. I suggest you revisit this.

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Geek Wheels touted as the ultimate tech scooter

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Stealth?

What's the point of the two stealth antenna with that fuck off big aerial on the back?

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Three SiPort Inc bosses slain in gun rampage

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@Andy Dodges

"No surprise there with more and more middle class folks losing their incomes while CEO's and other upper management merely forgo their Christmas bonus"

You are joking? Their bonus might be ever so slightly smaller than last year if the company has made a massive loss, but they'll still get it, and it will still be several times the salary of the sacked guy. We can't get guns here, but hammers are freely available.

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Philips Aurea II 42PFL9903H 42in LCD TV

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Just get a larger TV

The ambilighting effect is one thing, love it or hate it, but the screen bezel just about making the screen look slightly bigger. Why not get a TV which has a couple of inches larger screen and a minimal amount of bezel? it will look much better and is probably cheaper than this one too.

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McLaren teams up with chip firm for F1 hybrid tech

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Envirowank

Its just more envirowank for the media bleat on about, while doing nothing to make the sport more competitive and interesting for people to watch.

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DHS robotic airport missile-patrol plan to be shelved

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Free firework display at your local airport

Of course fitting flare dispensers to commercial aircraft means anyone with the right type of laser pointer*, be it terrorist or numpty, can generate a rather impressive fireworks display, and probably set light to the houses of the poor sods living right under the approach path.

* Many automatic flare dispensers have a laser warning receiver to detect laser range finders / designators used by IR seeking MANPADs.

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Police vet live music, DJs for 'terror risk'

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Music today, protest tomorrow, or today near parliament

You have to fill out such a form for music today, but it will be to protest tomorrow, but hold on it's already today if it's anywhere near parliament.

Its just like the form the Chinese had to fill out to protest during the Olympics, automatically denied, and the now spot light is off the country they will be participating in China's much longer version of 42 days.

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Amazon UK pulls Scientology exposé for 'legal reasons'

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The Amazon Cult

'fulfilment centres' 'fulfiment networks'? Amazon sounds just like a cult too.

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