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These are the news stories from our pre-wordpress days. It ain’t pretty.

Why you should never purchase an Amazon Kindle

Why you should never purchase an Amazon Kindle

My name is Michael Murphy and I represent Executive Customer Relations within Amazon.co.uk. One of our mandates is to address the most acute account and order problems, and in this capacity your account and orders have been brought to my attention.

We have found your account is directly related to another which has been previously closed for abuse of our policies. As such, your Amazon.co.uk account has been closed and any open orders have been cancelled.

Basically, Amazon can ban you for any reason and not tell you why. When this happens all your books that you paid for are GONE. Investing in a service that can instantly block you from the goods you have purchased is never a smart move.

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Will the NBN kill TV in Australia?

Will the NBN kill TV in Australia?

According to The Cross Platform Report by researcher Nielsen, United States viewers still spend around four hours a day watching TV, barely down from record highs.
Does this make the battered shares of Seven, Nine and Ten cheap buying for potentially-rich stocks? No.
Australian television broadcasters are at the very same tipping point newspapers reached a few years ago, just before their problems became near-terminal.
While new technology is already eating away at TV’s margins, faster broadband speeds will demolish the business model altogether.

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DERP: Haven’t we heard this before?

DERP:  Haven’t we heard this before?

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, “that’s something God intended.”

Mourdock, who’s been locked in one of the country’s most watched Senate races, was asked during the final minutes of a debate with Democratic challenger Rep. Joe Donnelly whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said.

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Morons in Italy jail scientists over earthquake

Morons in Italy jail scientists over earthquake

The head of Italy’s disaster evaluation body has quit in protest against the conviction of seven of his colleagues for failing to warn people of a deadly earthquake in 2009. Scientists all over the world have expressed outrage at the verdict.

Luciano Maiani, the former director of CERN, and the head of the Serious Risks Commission, tendered his resignation alongside his deputy and other senior officials.

“The situation created by yesterday’s sentence… is incompatible with running the commission’s work in a calm and efficient manner and with its role of giving high level advice to the organs of the state,” said Maiani’s statement, which was posted on the agency’s official website.

The amount of stupid over jailing scientists for not predicting this quake is just mind boggling.

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Charlotte Dawson still feeding the trolls

Charlotte Dawson still feeding the trolls

Charlotte Dawson has defended her decision to appear on prime time television tonight to expose alleged social media “trolls”, saying she is looking for “closure”.

PS understands among those being “outed” tonight is a 20-year-old named Jordan who has told friends in recent days that he was followed by a private investigator and then confronted at his workplace by Dawson and a news crew from Seven News.

Dawson, 46, says she has no reason to stay out of the limelight following her August suicide attempt, sparked by a barrage of abuse, mostly anonymous, on Twitter, where Dawson is a regular combatant.

Dawson, who has suffered from depression for 12 years, is continuing ongoing psychiatric treatment as well as her social media activities, despite attracting yet more criticism in recent days.

This will end in tears.

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Next Game From Minecraft Creators

Next Game From Minecraft Creators

Forget about fantasy and those armless creepers. Mojang’s next game is going sci-fi. We’ve already seen one glimpse at an early build of 0x10c, but that one didn’t have sound. The newest video uploaded by Mojang CEO Markus “Notch” Persson lets you hear the blasters and computer interfaces, as well as offering a glimpse at what first-person action looks like in the game world.

It’s early, yes, but it sure makes 0x10c look really unique

AND NOT AT ALL LIKE A LITTLE GAME CALLED DOOM FROM 20 YEARS AGO !!

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Shut-in geeks can go outside !

Shut-in geeks can go outside !

This is the $424 Matt Nylon Hooded Down Jacket. It has a vented hood with integrated goggles (plus a sweet ass pom-pom on top!). Not only will you look cool, but you won’t lose any precious body heat out of your uncovered face and neck. Just don’t burp in there after eating or you might vomit. I suppose you could also use it for a bank robbery but if you already spent $424 on a jacket you should probably save the bank robbing for someone poorer. Don’t be greedy.

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Touching your phone while driving is now illegal in NSW

Touching your phone while driving is now illegal in NSW

Dear NSW drivers — the mere act of fondling your smartphone while behind the wheel could cost you $298 and three demerit points, according to a new road rules document from the Roads and Traffic Authority.

The document, available from the RTA’s website (and apparently FROM THE FUTURE*), details a number of revisions to NSW’s street regulations, though it’s the mobile phone one that demands attention.

The new law states that the driver of a vehicle with its engine running (that is, not parked) cannot use a phone unless its mounted and fixed securely, or the use does not the driver to touch the device.

“All other functions including texting, video messaging, online chatting, reading preview messages and emailing are prohibited,” it goes on to say. You can however touch the phone if you’re passing it to someone else.

I don’t see any rules about touching yourself while driving so I am just going to continue that.

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Software Fixes Unfocused Photos

Ever wonder what those blurred faces the media prints look like, or even what tubgirl is truly packing behind the smudge ?
This app lets you deblur any heavily blurred image just like that.
Even while imperfect, the results are truly astonishing.

Created by Vladimir Yuzhikov — a software engineer specialised in image and signal processing — the SmartDeblur app is truly impressive. According to him, the “restoration of distorted images is one of the most interesting and important problems of image processing — from the theoretical, as well as from the practical point of view.” Even while the maths for doing it started to develop about 70 years ago, he says, it’s only now that we are seeing the results of it.

 

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Twitter may face legal action over anti-Semitic tweets

Twitter may face legal action over anti-Semitic tweets

Following a wave of anti-Semitic posts on Twitter, anti-racism groups in France say they were looking at all legal options to target the authors of thousands of offensive tweets – and possibly Twitter itself.

French anti-racist groups on Tuesday said they were launching wide-ranging legal action following a wave of anti-Semitic posts on microblogging site Twitter.

The move follows an explosion last week in the use of the Twitter hashtag #unbonjuif – meaning “a good Jew” – to spread anti-Semitic jokes online.

 

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Bahrain charges four men with defaming king on Twitter

Bahraini authorities have detained four men on charges of defaming the Gulf Arab country’s king on Twitter, according to the state news agency BNA.

The four men in their 20s were arrested on Wednesday morning after security forces confiscated their computers and other electronic equipment, Mohammed al-Maskati, head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said.

Criticizing King Hamad and other members of the Al Khalifa ruling family is a red line in the Gulf island kingdom.

Bahrain’s public prosecution office had questioned four defendants and charged them with the “crime of insulting his majesty the king on their personal accounts on Twitter,” prosecutor Ahmed Bucheeri said on Wednesday, according to BNA.

 

Don’t get any ideas Julia.

 

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The real life Dennis and Dee?

The real life Dennis and Dee?

Amanda Larrivee, an oncology nurse and native of West Springfield, says the media attention from an “immature comment” made by her 38-year-old brother during an arrest at Samuel’s Sports Bar has caused her family embarrassment and humiliation.

The Police Department’s press release emailed to media, has stated that “When questioned the male and female stated that they were having sex in the bathroom. When questioned further it was determined that the male and female were actually brother and sister.”

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Australia wins seat on UN Security Council

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has thanked Kevin Rudd for his central role in securing a seat on the UN Security Council. Mr Rudd, by proxy, has thanked everybody else.

The Prime Minister, speaking at a gathering of department staff and officials of foreign missions in Canberra, has ranked her predecessor Kevin Rudd first among all those deserving thanks in what she called a long and difficult process to win the seat.

“I’d like to thank in order, firstly, Kevin Rudd for having the foresight as prime minister to put our name forward and to commence the bid process, and then to pursue it so energetically as Minister for Foreign Affairs,” Ms Gillard said.

Earlier, Mr Rudd congratulated everyone involved via a statement released through a spokesman.

 

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LOL Breath testing sign stolen

LOL Breath testing sign stolen

Two police officers gave up trying to breath-test motorists at Robinvale, in north-western Victoria, after their sign was stolen.

The officers had only just set up their breath-testing station last night when a driver raced through the area, running over a traffic cone.

It got stuck under the car.

The police gave chase and found the battered cone, but not the car.

When they returned to their station, they found someone had stolen their breath testing sign.

The officers decided to call it a night and returned to routine patrols.

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Religion of peace totally winning at being all peaceful & shit

Religion of peace totally winning at being all peaceful & shit

Story 1:

HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) – Afghan police have arrested four people who allegedly tried to force a woman into prostitution in western Afghanistan and beheaded her when she refused, officials said Wednesday.

Mah Gul, 20, was beheaded after her mother-in-law attempted to make her sleep with a man in her house in Herat province last week, provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada told AFP.

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Story 2:

A teenage girl in the west African nation of Mali was publicly whipped 60 times by extremists after she was caught speaking to men on the street.

The 15-year-old was allegedly seen standing alongside a group of men in Timbuktu, which is run by the Islamists of Ansar Dine.

Ousmane Maiga, a Timbuktu resident told Associated Press the girl was warned repeatedly by the Islamist police to stop.

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