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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Titsup

I though aircraft went "unserviceable"

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Re: Where's me 12-bore?

"Git orrf moi land airspace" ?

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: Are they killing more people in Dr Who now or am I just being more observant?

More deaths than recently perhaps, but not than in the classic period.

Personally I'm wondering if the new series can manage a Horror of Fang Rock type body count (100% of supporting cast) or a Terror of the Vervoids (total sentient species wipe out)

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Re: The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

Not necessarily killjoy, comes across as more unrepresentative of the broader opinion .

It strikes me that the three of them are similar in outlook on the series.

To paraphrase Perkins from MotOE - "can we get another reviewer?"

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: A NEW HUDL2 HAS ONLY 9.25 GB AVAILABLE TO USE NOT THE 16GB TESCO CLAIM??

You want the Consumers Association not a scurrilous tech news site. www.which.co.uk is thataway -->

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Dichotomoty I just spotted

"I would argue immediately that voting should be mandatory and it should be online"

Says someone who has been appointed to a position of power and influence in an organisation of unelected individuals.

Not that I have any particular problem with the idea of an assembly made up of the wise (actual levels of wisdom may fall as well as rise) to act in a consultation or advisory role to an elected body, but when you are a member of one you should be careful choosing your words re voting.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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Re: When archeologists aren't quite sure

Stop messing about! You're having a navy Lark.

It's quite obviously an ancient warlord's Bentley. Perhaps he discarded it due to some problem with the mechanism (Binding of the axle after ending up In The Marsh) Or to prevent it falling into his rivals hands - not wanting them to Take It From tHere

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Well received in some quarters

On Gallifreybase (other fandom websites are available) 80% of those contributing to poll (1900 votes) placed it as "8 It's certainly worthy of very high praise!" or better, 90% as "7. Well above average" or better.

I think the 12 giving it the lowest rating "1 I'd rather listen to a tape loop of leaf blower noise" might be the fewest I've seen for that rating recently.

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Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

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Re: ROTM

Things you could try

1) You could paint your drone a shiny silvery colour to scare birds off - but beware of the solitary corvids (though I have seen a blackbird drive off a jay)

2) Fit a bird scarer - but the neighbours won't be happy, and the recoil won't help straight flying

3) admit that since the disappearance of the flying 'saurs, that birds are the masters of the air

I wonder what a fight between a herring gull and drone looks like....

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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Re: Just a thought...

I'll agree with the basic premise of removing that which is not required is one answer to improved security. And I know of some organisations that operate a basic image and any extra software needs to be justified. (eg a default setup of Word and Lotus 1-2-3 - it was a while ago - but Lotus couldn't handle scientific graphing resulting in a sizeable number of installs of Excel )

Unfortunately I know of at least one organisation where the process to request anything other than a non-standard image is flawed, and/or the people handling the requests are not up to the job of evaluating and delivering on the request even when it is identified as a genuine business need.

So before you can introduce a system, of no admin user rights, and turning off stuff, there needs to be a good system for providing them when they are required. Which might add to the implementation cost, but will carry opinion with you rather than turning everything off and waiting for the shouting to start to find out what's been missed.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Re: 6 GB free

What happens if your don't have a computer to even consider installing iTunes on - because now tablets,and to some extent phones, have replaced computers for everyday tasks such as doing emails and browsing the web etc?

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: Enterprise? Not yet...

I'm interested and also puzzled by this interchange

When dealing with Exchange search, what are you searching if it isn't a mailbox?

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design name

I must say that when I see "Fabula" I read it as "Fabuland" which is/was a Lego theme (related to Duplo I think). Might explain the colours.

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Re: 8gb? really?

Windowsphone 8.1 supports installing apps to the removable storage (though not all apps may offer the choice and certain functions seem to be part of the OS rather than a distinct app). I think also the only way to move an app between the two is to uninstall/reinstall which might be awkward if the settings aren't kept, but I haven't investigated. Certainly it's meant my phone (a 625 with 8Gb internal, and a 8Gb SD card) run without running out of internal storage and needing a reset. Better temporary file handling may also have played a part.

Maps for Nokia Drive is 530 Mb for the whole of the UK, but if you only wanted say Wales that is 110 Mb or so.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: Regenerating The Doctor

"Fortunately most actors have as little knowledge of the gemre as the writers appear to have"

A lot of the writers, actors and production team all grew up with or have previous experience of DW.

Capaldi is a long term fan, as was Tennant, Moffat and Russel T Davies too. Phil Ford (Into the Dalek) wrote for Sarah Jane Adventures, and the Doctor Who Adventure Games. Gatiss (Sherwood) wrote Doctor Who short stories in the 90s too. Gareth Roberts (Caretaker) was writing Doctor Who novels in the 1990s.

Basically the fans have taken over the asylum. Gatiss is good with reworking and pastiche (if you note his involvement with H G Wells adaptations, Quatermass etc)

Since I mentioned actors. Tony Osoba (the other other member of the shuttle crew) has been in Doctor Who twice before, though for more screen time than he got this time around.)

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Re: I will watch it eventually

Gallifreybase "rate and review poll" 1800 votes when I checked just now 24% rate it 9 out 10 ("excellent") and 75% rate it 7 ("well above average") or better.

On that unscientific poll, fandom is fairly happy with this episode.

Overnights: 4.81 million viewers, 21% of audience, there was a shift of audience to ITV at the end of Strictly (which had 44% of audience at one point)

Overnights have been level from episode to episode so far. So no sign the average viewer is giving up on it either.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Re: Sack Moffat.... Please!

Don't viewerships of around 7 million count as mass entertainment these days?

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Re: The problem is Moffat

You forget that Doctor Who differs from other shows in that THERE IS NO CANON.

For historical reasons as much as anything, there being no "show bible" written at the start to set out what the show had to include, no recordings to review and see what had gone before, and only memories to work from (the continuity background to Attack of the Cybermen from Tomb of the Cybermen is based on what one person remembered - Tomb was not rediscovered until 6 years after Attack was shown).

The programme evolved as circumstances and tastes changed: no bug-eyed monsters - until Daleks were a hit; one actor for the Doctor - until they found a way round it, accurate historical and educational stories - until they went the way of all things, filmed location and videoed studio - until Sontaran Experiment, filming on location - until inflation led to CSO for Underworld, an arbitrary 12-regeneration limit used for Deadly Assassin - and then sidestepped one actor early in Time of the Doctor.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Not in the small print

I presume that it wasn't mentioned anywhere in the terms and conditions, which might be a bit of mitigation they could plead. Even if it was, would it have been in a 4 pt cursive font at the bottom of the last page?

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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Re: How about a war metaphor

hitting search engines is more like taking away every signpost that points to the hypothetical city (with a similar effect to ripping up the roads and railways) until all that's left is a few locals that remember "there used to be a city over that away".

That said, the target of the defamed person's ire ought to be the site with the actual data on it, and then google's cache etc

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

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£2 to do the same for lesser phones

Or in fact any phone (including iPhones) in the UK

http://www.nmpcu.police.uk/buying/ (advice and a link to CheckMend)

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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connections

Issuing a tax disc includes a check on the insurance database and MoT database - was there a problem there as well, or purely on the "customer-facing side"?

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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Re: Vodafone

The difference is between

An agreement at the start that Company A would only pay X% in tax, and Company A paying just that amount while others had to pay Y%.

Finding out that Company B ought probably/would have been nice to have paid Y% but had only paid X% in effect and then accepting that it wasn't worth the effort (definitions of effort may go up as well as down) to get the full amount back and so settling for a potentially embarrassingly small sum.

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Good news for the companies if it comes out as illegal state aid, they can claim to be the innocent dupes of cynical and duplicitous politicians, rather than being avaricious and duplicitous businesses.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Re: WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Two points

a) city centre, Norwich is a city, so we say "I go down city yisty" not " I went into town yesterday"

b) it's in the Chapelfield Mall, and the Big Issue sellers are found near the market (I think it used to be said because that are was closer to the train from London)

Perhaps this came about because Norfolk people are inherently suspicious and doubt most things - save that the sun will rise and rain will fall, and NCFC will do both.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Engine under lid in boot

Rather a Hillman Husky (estate version of Imp) vibe there.

Though I notice there's a hefty dose of sealing , which means you don't get the problem we had with ours of fumes etc.

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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

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AOL?

I thought they'd gone the way of all things a while back.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Confusingly phrased

Comparing apples and oranges?

An orbit-only mission to a double orbiter and lander mission 40 years earlier.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Proof

Good to know we are not alone.

now is there any chance of meeting those 7ft-tall silver-painted superwomen that Charles Chilson pretended were fictional?

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Saw similar problem on a pair of compact binoculars

Parts of it had a soft rubber finish. After a few years - kept in the provided faux leather softcase, and generally in car glovebox - these areas became tacky.

Removing these parts I found that they were not rubber all the way through but a very thin layer over hard plastic. so I turned to my available selection of solvents.

No. 1 choice, the "universal solvent" had already proved inadequate, but the second choice - meths - did a fine job of lifting off the layer leaving the black plastic underneath only slightly whitened.

Which was good as my next choice would have been petrol.... dissolves rubber but the smell seldom passes.

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Open source and the NHS: Two huge disorganised entities without central control

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Re: they've been 'suggesting' using NHS number for years

The Scottish NHS has a different number, the " Community Health Index " CHI number, but it - a bit like a driving licence - has the patient's date of birth in it. In clear.

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they've been 'suggesting' using NHS number for years

from 2008 http://npsa.nhs.uk/corporate/news/nhsnumber/

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: as someone who'll be an observer at the count

"had a MASSIVE voter registration program running "

Well everyone is affected, so they ought to have their say. Of course the increased registration may have made sure the Noes turn up as well.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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on the other hand "I aint dead yet might" be the case

"Bondholders offer Phones 4U write-down to make firm 'viable'"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29250079

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: Apple is the reason some stuff happens

I had a form of wifi calling on an iPhone 3. A BT app which used your wireless connection to make a call.

Obviously BT put the cost on your (home) phone line account but I figured if I ever found myself low on credit, it might be useful.

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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phrasing

"ballooned 150 per cent "?

If that's what someone thinks it takes to make a balloon of something, then their party decorations must be rubbish. Though its not clear if its a 150% jump on last year or since 2009.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

"thay have armed border guards at every crossing?"

Not these days, but I remember the news during the 70s..

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Re: As an Englishman...

can I state that, as an Englishman, @Lost all faith is not speaking on my behalf

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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What they really need

Is to find the manual for it.

I believe a few talented individuals have constructed fair representations of the mechanism from the analysis of the parts found but do they know what it's actually for?

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Don't follow the way this works

I know I'm slowing down with age but...

Apple allocate a number of phones for sale prior to announcement.

(these are for retail sale, sale through other shops, sale online, sale other online etc)

Said electro-goodies are then piled up in warehouses ready for dispatch.

A number of people unable to get to (or not wanting to be seen in?) a queue outside a shop, place orders online.

These orders >> number allocated, so all orders delayed?!?

You'd think that those who baggsied a phone first in pre-order before the allocation was reached would get theirs when it was available. Everyone after then has to wait until the next load arrive on blighty's shores.

Is there something I'm missing, save a few neurons?

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: If

"Maybe we need a corollary to Godwin covering the use of cars an analogy"

That'd be Goodwood...

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Scotlands Last Chance

It's not the last chance of independence. The last chance of independence is the one where they vote for independence and then go independent.

There's nothing stopping another 5 or 10 years (or however long) passing and if there's a political will for another referendum, then there will be one.

By comparison, the bid for Irish home rule (a devolved government) started in 1880-ish. It was in 1922 that the independent Irish Free State was created.

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Plenty of job opportunities

While Scotland may already have regional offices for many functions carried out across the (current UK), they will need to create head offices for those organizations based futher south.

They'll want their own: DVLA (Swansea), UKAS (not the university one), IPO, Companies House, MHRA (all London), HSE (Liverpool), Space Agency (Swindon?), Ordnance Survey (Southampton), Met Office (Exeter), Medical Research Council, UCAS. So many acronyms and abbreviations needing an extra "S"....

They'll also be able to nationalise the railways - all change at Carlisle and Berwick, something that may or not be called "Royal Mail". And other fun stuff.

They'll also want a Staff College for their armed forces as they are staying in NATO.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: The numbers don't add up

Some stuff will be entirely internal to the surgery system.

A GP could have a consultation, write a prescription, book the patient back for three more visits and it could all be internal up save the prescription being sent to HSCIC for the central records eg the GP Presentation Level Prescribing Data (available for download in monthly chunks if you fancy flicking through it)

But initiate a scan, or some tests and the messages are sure to start flying....

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Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge

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Sending the wrong message?

Not commenting on the specifics of this case, but in general

If a banking executive or other money handling organization can make a problem disappear through the application of money, then isn't there going to be the temptation of taking a chance in the expectations (hope?) that the funds accumulated can be used to avoid prison if it gets found out.

Would the guarantee of a prison sentence if convicted of these sort of "white collar crimes" be more or less likely to keep people on the straight and narrow?

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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Re: Next up: flying in circles

from same website http://www.vc10.net/History/incidents_and_accidents.html#XR806 Brize Norton 18 December 1997

interview without coffee for culprit(s)?

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: I still think of the local shop

Just for safety's (and privacy) sake, you could make the drone follow the line of the roads so that it doesn't overfly anyone's property and cause annoyance etc.

Don't forget to put some wheels on it for soft landings. In cases where trees and other overhead obstacles compromise flying it could then use the wheels to do part of the journey on the ground. Don't forget to make it a strong colour so it can be seen - yellow or red are good.

To be more cost and routing efficient you could make a bigger one to carry more parcels and packages, though initially the rotors might not be up to the job and it would need to use the wheels. Tell you what, take off the rotors and give it a new name - how about "Van"

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bread and circuses?

A completely unjustifiable thought no doubt, but could this be a bit of distraction on google's part.

Electric cars, delivery drones, and the like. Some of which work, some of which won't but all publicly burning up cash.

So when the man in the street asks his neighbour, "what does google do with all that advertising revenue?" His neighbour says "driverless cars". "Oh, really", says the man, "did you watch the game last night"

Meanwhile, somewhere underneath a dead volcano, google execs are assembling the progenitors of the master race......

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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The protection comes across as an exception from the ability to interpret someone else's work if the "parody" is used in a manner that may be an offence.

But then I'm not a lawyer, so what would I know...

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