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Pluto probe's comms FREEZE temporarily ... will icy dwarf planet flyby still happen? YES

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because of the nine-hour delay for communications

BOFH: Right, I've sent the re-boot command so I'm off down the beach to catch some rays. Bye y'all.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Re: Kobo keeps you free

"I went for the Kobo because they don't seem to cage you nearly as tightly."

Although a Kindle user myself, that's pretty much what I took away from this article too. Amazon are an e-book seller who will sell you a device to access their Library. Kobo are an e-book device seller who have a library but are happy for you to buy/borrow from elsewhere, DRM not withstanding.

Of course, either is ok when you have a PC and calibre, but for the "appliance" market they are differentiated by their attitudes to 3rd party book suppliers.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

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Re: Northern refinement

"Weird, I have been up North, and I'm positive I've seen knives and forks there :)"

You're right. We do. It was my turn to have them last week. I'm still too sure what the one with the four pointy bits is for.

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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

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Re: Security by Obscurity wins out again,

"Correct me if I missed anything."

Open source projects jointly worked on by people all over the world. Finding and fixing OpenSSL vulns is probably the most obvious example currently.

For that matter, companies like MS and Google have programming teams all over the world. If an MS bod in Reading, UK finds a bug/vuln in code written in Redmond they can't inform Redmond but might be able to fix it and send a patch but can't tell them why.

Oh what a tangled web we weave when the law of unintended consequences comes into play.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: A Victory for the Terrorists

"Regardless of the pros & cons of Uber, it looks like terrorists have actually scored a victory with terrorism. -1 for the rule of law in France. :("

You're right about the rule of law in France but not for the reasons you think. Uber was ruled illegal in court and again on appeal. The "law" wasn't being enforced by the Police who should have been arresting Uber drivers continuing to work illegally.

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"If they cause an accident, then I am left to sue them for the repair of my vehicle and personal injury, which means they will probably just file for personal bankruptcy..."

You claim on your own insurance and they try to get it back from the other driver. Your loss is higher premiums, not the cost of a written off car and medical bills.

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Re: Correction, here ...

"However, it is not true the service is illegal in France. This is up in the air at courts."

It was found to be an illegal business practice in a court of law.

Uber appealed to a higher court.

It was again found to be an illegal business practice in a court of law.

Uber are appealing AGAIN to a yet higher court.

This smacks of "keep spending until we get the right answer".

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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

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WTF?

"EE generated the most complaints for its broadband and mobile phone service as a proportion of its customer base during the first quarter of 2015."

"While this in no way excuses it, it is important to note that we identified issues in our complaints handling and began our programme to tackle these problems head on in 2013, before Ofcom started its investigation. We have made considerable improvements since then."

Does anyone see any disparity between the above two world views? Or is just that they are now very shitty instead of extremely shitty?

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David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

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Re: The small print

Apparently that's an improvement over other contracts where everything is an "extra".

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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"Ian Malcom: But your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.

Michael Chrichton - Jurassic Park

At least someone got the memo..."

...and he was far from being the first. Authors have always postulated situations and then gone on to discuss the morals and philosophy behind the alternative answers going back to at least the ancient Greeks. "modern" SF is probably the most obvious current outlet for this type of speculative philosophy dating back at least to Jules Verne or Mary Shelly.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: As a 20 something

"missing it wouldn't of made a big difference."

missing it wouldn't ov made a big difference.

FTFY

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Re: Don't forget

"52 episodes of Clangers"

I was one of those adults! But based on watching that first "new" episode I did wonder why they made a new series instead just showing the old ones again. It wasn't really all that different.

Something childrens TV producers/broadcasters seem to forget is that children grow up very, very quickly and move on to another channel aimed at their ever advancing age group. re-showing the same childrens shows on a one or two year repeat cycle would probably work just as well and be significantly cheaper than making/buying new stuff. My 5yo grandson loves the old Trumpton/Camberwick Green/Bill and Ben/Hectors House etc. He doesn't know or care that they 50 years old.

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Re: Hmm

"Did you see The Honourable Woman?"

I found it tedious and pretentious,

There is the odd thing like Countryfile which I will record and watch

And there we have it. Totally different tastes. Even the BBC can't be all things to all people so why should they be scrapped just because not everyone likes all of their output? There may well be other reasons for changing the funding model or even scrapping the BBC altogether, but just complaining that they "never" show anything "you" want to watch and then saying you do watch some of it after all is not a good reason. Especially when the BBC still get significant viewing figures for many of the their shows, whatever you or I may think of the quality of Eastenders.

A poster further up just linked to 10GB of classical music. So? I like a bit of classical now and then. But I also have Motorhead in my collection. And everything in between.

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Re: Apart from sport and a massive news story, nothing needs to be watched live

"when most people are actually home from work. I can hardly watch something live at 7pm if I'm still on the feckin tube!"

Most people are home by 7pm.

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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Re: value of class A network on resale market

"this unnamed company"

How Perceptive of you sir, have an upvote.

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Re: Canecutter - 2 things wrong with IPV6

"Isn't this a waste?"

In so much as it's like giving everyone a bag of sand from the beach when they only need a handful, yes, I suppose you could call that a waste :-)

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"20 year old hardware will be end of life and out of support. It should be changed out before it goes wrong anyway!"

Like the COBOL code that probably runs your bank account?

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

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Re: Stick form factor

"A Windows-in-a-Wall-Wart box would probably be ideal."

To be honest, if you want to do video transcoding on a low power device you really are better off with Linux or FreeBSD. Plex server AFAICS will run on a headless box with no GUI running so you minimise CPU & RAM overhead and you manage it remotely from it's own web server .

My own non-exhaustive testing tells me FFMPeG can transcode about 8-10% faster on a command-line-only Linux box compared to the same box with KDE loaded and running in default config but otherwise idle.

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This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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Re: Missed a trick........

"drive round the urban roads at night mostly hidden under parked cars."

All the ones I've ever seen tend to be quite loud. Not really stealthy enough for sneaking around at night when it's dark and quiet :-)

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: Volunteers often get suckered.

"I'd say all the CyagenMod dev volunteers mainly got suckered too so it is certainly not an uncommon thing."

Not even a new phenomenon. AOL Message Boards. Although at least AOL doled out free accounts to many of their volunteers.

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Facebook prepares to STRAFE the developing world with FRICKIN' internet LASERS

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Re: Are these the kind of lasers that cause problems for pilots when they hit the cockpit window?

Laser eye surgery on the side?

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It's always sunny in California...and everyone knows the rest of the world is just like "home"

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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"Come on, El Reg, it's not that hard to implement!"

It's an anti-spam measure. For the same reason commentards can't post HTML at all initially, and then only a small subset. The more posts you make the more HTML you get to use. And as an IT/technical website, commentards are expected to be able to cope with a little manual HTML if they think their comments deserve it.

"You can add hyperlinks in your post - once you have had 100 posts accepted for publication. We have set the bar high to deter spammers and enable us to assess use. We will review this bar from time to time."

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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Re: My solution:

"Does that include accounting for your own time at a decent rate?"

People who have fun in their lives and like to spend their recreation time on hobbies don't think of a monetary return on the time spent. Do you claim travel expenses based on the cost of the mode of transport then add your hourly work rate on top? How much do you charge yourr wife for taking the rubbish out? How much does she charge you for cooking? (stereo-tping, I know, but hey!)

Not everything has a monetary value. Not even money.

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Original LIZARD JESUS is found in Wyoming

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An interesting article...

...which made me look up plate tectonics to find out if Wyonming was much closer to the equator at the time and searching lead me to this very interesting article

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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Freedom of Panorama?

Nooooo.....

Freedom of Horizon!

Freedom of WORLD IN ACTION!

FREEDOM of CLANGERS!!!!

FREEEEEEDOMMMMMMM!!!

<Yeah, the tartan one>

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Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

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Re: " the ICO said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to safeguard privacy."

"Why is it okay to heavily fine hospitals for breaches, but try not to hurt commercial organisations? This stance reeks of corruption."

Govt. have promised not to reduce NHS budgets but have invented a way to claw it back. Budget reduction by the back door.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Re: Goodness.

"What I'm trying to say is that to most of the population, a command-line is about as inviting as a swimming pool with a shark in it. The mistake that Linuxistas sometimes make is to dismiss this type of user as ignorant or stupid. The fact they have different life goals and interests and computers are not interesting gadgets, just the tools they're forced to use."

Alternativley, he could have written it as:--

ssh -X me@wifeslaptop

and then run whatever the GUI upgrade programme is. Or better, just sat down in front of his wifes laptop and run the GUI from there. Just like Windows. But he wanted to make the point that it's also simple to do remotely.

I have XUbuntu on this laptop and I don't think I've used the command line at all when it comes to upgrades either for the software or the OS, including full version upgrades, not "just" point upgrades. It does keep nagging me to upgrade from 12.04 to 14.02 but this is an old laptop and won't do it.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: Bah!

"Of course, this dissemination of the image and tag is more likely to happen if one takes to twitter to complain instead of contacting Google directly."

Yes. I don't doubt the person who posted to Twitter was outraged and/or offended but instead of complaining to Google he decided to stir up more outrage by Streisanding the incident. Now that poor woman has an unflattering picture scattered all over the place when it would normally have only been seen by her own circle of friends.

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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

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Re: Screw Christmas

Humbugs are cheap this year!

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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Re: vendor pools

Mine does, but not by DHCP - ntp.virginmedia.com

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Aiming Error

"and then climbed in a way it no right to do so!"

Absolutely!!! I've seen it at three air show over the years and also was working in York for a week recently when I heard and "unusual" noise, look across the fields and there was the Vulcan doing a performance over an ex-airfield (Elvington?) and I swear it did an Immalman! That was a really nice surprise in the middle of a shitty week.

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Re: Use the Force

"then you can press the button to shock some other poor hapless learner."

...and as a worldwide app the results would end up like Eurovision voting :-)

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

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Re: You didn't publish the best part of the decision...

"I waited a few minutes, didn't see anything posted,"

I noticed similar problems last night. Posts were appearing in "My Posts" but not in the comments section of the story. I usually like to proof-read (again) after I posted but last night none of the posts were appearing on the comments page before the 10 minutes were up.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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Re: As usual the french make up the law as they go along

"I remember some senior management of one of the gambling firms being arrested in the USA, on the basis that they took bets from Americans."

Yes, IIRC it was a Brit operating an online gambling site from Costa Rica and he was just "passing through" the US when he was arrested for the crime of allowing US residents to place bets. None of the operation was on US soil (I think). There have been other similar cases, it's neither new nor unique to one jurisdiction.

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Re: About time

"one of the reasons is to protect the people who work for them."

Enron? Guiness? Guess what? "random" employers were not arrested and charged. Just people at the top who broke the law. Two French courts have ruled Ubers business model illegal so now two top execs have been arrested for continuing to run the business. At the very least that's contempt of court and most courts take that VERY seriously. See the AssangeTM debacle for how courts treat contempt.

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Re: refreshing

"allegedly broke the law. The trial hasn't been held yet, it's a bit soon to pass sentence."

Although strictly correct, Uber have been told by two courts that their business operation is illegal and those execs have continued to operate the illegal business. In most peoples books that's pretty cut and dried, even if there is still an appeal to see if Uber can convince everyone they are legal and cuddly. while awaiting the result of that appeal they have to abide by the law which says Uber are wrong.

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: Michael Green

Maybe Andrew took "stick with which to beat him" a bit too literally in terms of forms of justice?

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Re: Ahhhh. The Guardian

"the vast majority of it is opinionated lefties moaning at each other and puff pieces for Apple."

Hang on! I thought we were discussing the Guardian not the BBC!

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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Re: @John Brown - having a "feel" for your speed

Although I understand and agree with pretty much everything you say, my point was in reference to "constantly" watching the speedo and as the driver, you have much more feedback than a passenger. You know which gear you are in and you know where the accelerator is. Any sudden change is obvious since the driver caused it. Gradual change can happen but that's why the driver glances at the speedo for a fraction of a second every now and then.

This might feel different in an automatic, which I understand is the norm in the US, but here in the UK a manual gear box is the norm. I've driven an automatic and it does feel very different, but I only had it for one day so not long enough to acclimatise to the new experience.

For reference, I average about 1000 miles per week so my car is my "office". People who drive a few miles to work, then back at the end of the day and barely manage 100 miles per week might not be able to judge things so well.

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Re: Wrong question

"people need to watch their speedo"

Any reasonably decent driver should have a good "feel" for their speed without constantly watching their speedo. That only become necessary if a driver is treating the speed limit as a target such that the slightest lapse in concentration might mean going over the limit at the "wrong" moment.

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Re: Learn from aviation

"If you really need green arrows pointing the way around the car in front, you shouldn't be driving."

Judging by the view out of the windscreen, which is what the driver should be using as the primary information source, I'd say that green arrow in the picture is a turn or lane assist notification. The clue is in the road signs on the gantry. It never even crossed my mind that the car navigation system might be telling the driver when and how to overtake.

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Re: DOHH

"How can anything be "slowed down (judgement) by “as much as 200 per cent”.

Maybe it was an Italian tank. One forward gear and 6 reverse. You need to picture the graph plot of velocity with a negative axis.

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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"Pity we aren't allowed to have the money to put up the British equivalent of Space-X - the Skylon...."

IIRC they don't *want* Govt. money and the strings that come attached to it.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Maybe they could sell an island to Apple...

...and sell them full sovereign rights to it. Next one over could be sold to Samsung. Another to Google and so on. I'm sure there must some with extinct volcanoes for Musk etc too :-)

Apple could then sell all it's products and services through it's own Appleania Government and tax itself. Win win!

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Re: Islands

"I think before actually handing Hong-Kong back, they should have been given the chance to vote for independence OR rejoining China"

I'm sure if they had voted for independence and China said "no, it's ours, we only leased to you so you can't just give it away", we'd have sent the entire fleet of UK aircraft carriers armed with "phantom" jet fighters to defend the new burgeoning democratic state from those pesky rice farmers, yes?

ok, ok, so at the time we did actually did have a couple of aircraft carriers and actual planes that could fly off them at the time, but that wasn't as funny an image to portray

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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"Now we are all middle aged with reasonable jobs, the terrifying price tag seems less important."

Not if you take inflation into account. When you were a spotty teen drooling over a BBC Micro, mum and dad had all the expenses which you incurred and a BBC micro was the price of a decent second hand car. In perspective, that's probably 2-3 grand or more today so not all that less important :-)

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Re: @ AbelSoul - So.

"That kind of event could be effectively mitigated with proper asteroid tracking."

For something in the kiloton or megaton range, that's a bloody huge region to evacuate. Even with fully tracked and known orbits, we still can't be very precise about where a de-orbited satellite is going to come down or how much might make it ground level because we don't fully understand what will melt or drop off in the atmospheric entry and change it's trajectory. Now try that with a big rock of unknown shape, composition and spin. Yeah, it's moving fast so can't change course much but will it blow up at 30 miles altitude? 20 miles? 10 miles? 0 miles?

That recent one over Russia travelled a loooong way inside the atmosphere before it blew. A slight difference in size or composition would have affected where it exploded along that path.

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Re: @ AbelSoul - So.

"If the theater is on fire, you don't whisper "fire" once; you shout it and you keep shouting it until everyone is out."

That's true. But if your village is near a forest and someone once saw a wolf there, you don't go around shouting "WOLF! WOLF!" just because there might be more wolves that you've not seen yet.

Signed

Peter (Yes, that one.)

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1,000 years to find one million NEOs that potentially threaten the Earth

Oh dear, here we go again with big scary numbers implying facts but with fudges like "potentially"

This brings back memories of when a certain woman spouted the claim that "all men are potential rapists. While true, the likelihood is approaching zero, so a pointless statement.

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