* Posts by Mephistro

1626 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

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Re: Change in contract terms ?

To those who disagree with Mr. alain williams comment:

I'd be really surprised if the cost of services 'over the bundle' wasn't clearly specified in the original contracts. If this was the case, the contract would be saying, basically: "We will charge you whatever we want for services not included in the bundle", which would make the contract invalid in most (civilized) countries.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Re: Wasn't this done decades ago? (@ YAAC)

Nicely explained!

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Re: "...God has *planted* the evidence."

Terry Pratchett included a similar theory in several of his books.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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"...achieving better penetration and pleasing the customer."

I see what you did there.

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VeraCrypt security audit: Four PGP-encoded emails VANISH

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"...then who cares if Google can read the "Hi Jim, here's the information you asked for" in plain text ?"

True, but if the email's title is "Vulnerability found in module XXX, please fix asap!" or "NSA backdoor found in function YYY!" then "bad things maywill happen".

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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Re: I've been dragging my heels over Skype...

The "Personal" version is free. The free trials are for the "Enterprise" paid versions. Not that this info is too easy to find on their site. ;-)

Crossing my fingers on that they'll keep the Personal version free, though.

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

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Re: Typical specimen is older than America

Totally agreed, but what Iain probably meant was "Typical specimen is older than the USA". That would fit with the sharks "average lifespan of 272 years".* :-)

In a more serious note, I don't think that calling USA's citizens "Americans " is correct or admissible, even if mostly everybody does it.

*: Which was probably the point of your comment. ;-)

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$200,000 for a serious iOS bug? Pfft, we'll give you $500,000, says exploit broker Exodus

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$60000 for a zero day in Flash???

These guys will go bankrupt in three months at most!

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Petty crime

You beat me to it!

" Consecutive: following one after the other in order : SUCCESSIVE *served four consecutive terms in office*"

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Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

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"Never assume malice when a confusing interface will suffice", I guess.

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Russia reports RAT scurrying through govt systems, chewing data

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After reading the description of the malware...

...this sound like something from a state actor. It could be either an American tool -probably outsourced to Israel- or a FSB deployed tool that somehow broke free from its constraints and controls, up to the point that the FSB itself had to address the problem.

In a distant third position, China. :-)

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Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins

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Re: In the middle of the noughties...

That's true, but one would expect the managers or owners to perform some due diligence, find some geek consultant with good references and ask (and pay) for his/her advice. If you are unsatisfied with said advice, you can ask for a second opinion. To a different guy, of course! ;-)

Alas, even doing this would probably give them a 50-50 chance, as lots of the people who claim to be geek wizs shouldn't be left alone with any piece of machinery more complex than a baby rattle. ;-)

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In the middle of the noughties...

... I had a call from a company that had contracted one of these "external support services" for their smallish - ~25 seats - shop. After suffering some issues with their file servers, they called "support" and spent several hours on the phone, to no avail. After several days of tests and checks, the customer called me to be their "interface" with the support service, as the guy in charge of that was more of a power user than a professional IT guy, and paid accordingly (peanuts, monkeys, management cutting corners, ... you know the drill).

I went there, studied the issue for a while and told the customer I could fix it myself, but the customer insisted I call the support service, as that would supposedly save time.

To put it short, their setup included two servers, one of them a Windows 2003 server and the other a Debian file server. The support guy wasn't even aware of the existence of the Debian server (or the existence of Debian OS :-). To add insult to injury, all the bushwhacking with the Windows server had caused more issues. At that point, I told the support guy that I needed to leave the premises for several hours and would contact him later. I was lying through my teeth :-).

I went straight to the management and explained them the issue, i.e. that the "support service" they had hired was basically a bunch of noobs with scarce knowledge of Windows servers and no knowledge at all of anything else IT related. My Unix/Linux was a little bit rusty back then, so I had to google the fixes for the Debian server. It took me another three hours to fix everything.

After being profusely patted in the back by the customer, I advised them to drop the contract with the "remote support". To this day, I still use this as a cautionary tale against those scams "remote support services".

More recently, I had another funny experience where the support service was trying to use Teamviewer to fix a problem with a raid array. I had to explain the poor sod at the phone that you can't access the system BIOS using Teamviewer. :-D

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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Re: Kudos, Kaspersky

"It takes a real human to apologize."

T,FTFY

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

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I'd like to propose a more efficient method.

Instead of drones, that are expensive, complex and prone to self-destruction machines, Amazon should use artillery shells, with containers of various sizes. With this method yo could send anything from a fresh egg to a small car. The cost savings could be spectacular, allowing Amazon to "Create Value For Our Shareholders" (TM).

And a great way of mailing brochures, as well!

But I can imagine the naysayers: ... insurance costs... civil unrest... true mail-bombs... yadda yadda...

Fucking Luddites! It's because of them we don't have flying cars!!!

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Alistair, ...

... this article should be saved for posterity!

Kudos to you, Sir!

Post data: by the way, you owe me a new hernia.

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Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

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Re: Questions

What astonishes me is that CC is the default, instead of BCC. If you use BCC when you should have used CC, you only need to resend the email, perhaps with a small note of apology. If it's the other way round..."It's raining shit, Hallelujah...".

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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"No message from the Druids?"

Fuck the druids! I want to hear the FSM's Church opinion!

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: To think that... (VinceH)

Have you tried updating the BIOS? I remember having read about a similar problem in some forum a few years ago, and the guy fixed it with a BIOS update.*

*Note: Unless it's one of those Chinese no-brand laptops they sell in the 'net, in which case you're probably screwed.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Re: Yikes!

"Looks like our friends over at JAG have got their work cut out with this one."

Yes, they're sending a commando force to Germany! To investigate the matter, honest, Guv.!

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Did mock cop bot trot on fraught tot? Maybe not

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Re: That bot looks suitably menacing

'...why doesn't it have "cop bodycams"...?'

Because the robot keeps disabling them and claiming they're malfunctioning!

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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As some German politician said...

"After this, I wouldn't be surprised if they appointed Count Dracula as Health minister"*

*Or words to that effect, as this is a translation of a translation.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

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"...and it must pay the largest penalty to date for blue sheet violations."

Seven million dollars? You fucking kidding me?

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European Commission straps on Privacy Shield

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"...a short guide for citizens explaining the available remedies..."

It'll be short, indeed!

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Re: Interesting

" ...share where you got that info from."

God told him, obviously.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: Gaping chasm

"...it's full of _____ and ________"

Yeah, the similarities with a brothel are just amazing!

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Re: It's not just Twitter

"...has to be quite deflating to anyone..."

Kudos to you, Mr. Zanshin, for your extremely accurate use of the word 'deflating'!

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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"...so there is not even the hint of impropriety or a question of our integrity."

HA HAHA HA HAHAHAHA etc. etc.

These feckers should leave advertising and go into comedy!.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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The guy is clearly a nutter!

He owned a VW Touareg, FFS!!!

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Maybe China's on to something: Clickbait articles now need to be 'verified' by officials

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Re: Already happening folks!

"Like the story of the ETIHAD crew visiting France..."

I found this regarding that incident. An interesting read. Lots of similar articles in aviation sites, if you care to Google them.

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Re: Already happening folks!

Have you tried the Internet Archive?

Use the date when you read it and some text/names you remember from the article, and please post the link if you find something, and thank you.

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On the other hand...

... Trump and Murdoch would love to have control of this Ministry of Truth.

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Sterling's post-Brexit dollar woes are forcing up tech kit prices

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Re: and yet still (@ veti)

"@Mephistro: nice strategic use of cutoff points there"

Ehh... yes and no. The page only allows for fixed periods of time-day, week, month...- counting back from the present. If you use the sliding bar below the graphic to move/change the length of the time period, it doesn't show on the linked URL.

So I revisited the page and checked again for that time period and... the graph didn't even look like what I remember. :-(

Possibilities, in order of relevance, as perceived by me:

1- First and foremost, I screwed up! If this was the case, it was a honest mistake. Could be that I didn't press the chart refresh button. Actually I was a little bit surprised that the € had recovered so fast, but didn't bother to check the graph's data.

2- Being ~2 AM and in the weekend, the site could be using old data or test data. Next time I link one of these websites, I'll make an screen capture and store it, just in case.

3- The Illuminati did it!

I'll go and commit seppuku now.

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Re: and yet still

Right now (2016/07/02), Euro/dollar exchange rate has recovered the levels it had before the Brexit referendum. It's even higher now!

http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=EUR&to=USD&view=1W

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UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids

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Re: To be honest, who cares?

"If you put her brain into a Jackdaw..."

That's a great idea for a Kickstarter project!

Perfectly doable, as long as you add some padding so as not to allow her brain to bounce too much inside the bird's skull.

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From the Department of Redundancy Department:

"UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids full stop."

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Windows only for games.

ROFLMAO!

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Google Spain raided by Agencia Tributaria in latest European crackdown

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"It's normal that there would be no fine if Google can convincingly claim..."

True, but we'll never know if that's really the case, as the negotiations were secret.

"What is unreasonable is the law that makes it possible for Google to book all their sales in Ireland..."

No bigger truth has been said. But these loopholes have been known for years and the Powers that Be don't want to close them. :-(

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"In cases like the UK one, I'd have little doubt that Google simply tries to apply the rules as best it can. Any savings are minimal (what's 13M to Google, after all, over 10 years !) and the cost of working through the case with the IRD possibly exceeded any potential savings."

Perhaps you'd like to amend that paragraph, or delete your comment, as it shows that you have no effing idea of the issue discussed. For starters, it's not "13 millions over ten years", but 13 millions for each of those years, totalling 130m. To add insult to injury, this is not the amount Google should have paid in taxes. That amount is a variable whose value is unknown, as the UK govt. and Google made a secret agreement that resulted in the 130m from where you, somehow, took your figures. Yep, 130m in taxes for many billions in sales, and no fine nor a comprehensive investigation on the means by which Google managed to pay such a low tax. Sounds about right, doesn't it?

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Re: why tax corporations at all?

"Just have the stock-holders pay tax on the dividends as 'income'."

That'd be fine, were it not for the fact that your suggestion would work a charm for syphoning tax money from the country where the money was earned -e.g. Spain, France, 'Murica or the UK- to the place where the stock-holders "reside" -e.g. Bahrain, 'Murica or Bahamas- without accounting for the use by Google of the infrastructure -e.g. legal frameworks, police, transport, health, education...- provided by the country where the earnings were made without paying a dime for the privilege. What could possibly go wrong, eh?

And by the way, here is a badge of honor for you!.

HAVE a nice DAY!!!

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

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Re: Mabe we could try for Europe Version 2 (TL;DR)

A few important details:

"Of course that means tearing down the stinking corrupt edifice that was built for the aggrandisement of failed politicians and being content with our own local stinking corrupt edifice for some time"

For decades, most measures proposed for making the EU corrupt edifice less corrupt were frontally opposed by the people in charge of your local corrupt edifice*. So, instead of acting locally first and electing a government intent on putting pressure on the EU to fix the issues, 'you'** chose to rage quit without anything remotely resembling a sane, informed debate on the consequences of the Brexit or its alternatives.

Germany and France, 2017...

That was far more probable before the Brexit referendum. Right now EU citizens -including UK citizens- can see more clearly the consequences of such a populist measure on their everyday lives. I don't think anybody is queuing up to organize a similar referendum, except those types whose contact with reality is mostly orthogonal, like Le Pen and their ilk.

When a major EU politician refers to the referendum result as a contagion...

...he/she is wrong. See the paragraph above.

But yes, the Brexit will set an example for the rest of Europe. A powerful negative example. Thanks for that!.

As for the actual notice, I'd wait until after the next general election...

The European commission has already stated that they themselves will invoke Article 50 if the British govt. drags its feet for too long, so as to minimize uncertainty and economic harm caused to the EU by the delays. So you can wait till hell freezes over, but in the end it won't matter, as others will take that decision for you.

Disclaimer: I think there is still hope for 'us'***, but lot of people will have to back-pedal and do a lot of hard work to undo the damage. It goes without saying that both British and Europeans are needed for this difficult task. And if they succeed, it may help bring about all those changes to the EU workings that most Europeans want.

Note*: Who have been blocking any proposed changes to the workings of the EU that would make it more democratic. E.g. tax havens in Europe (of which the UK owns several), a different method for electing the EC and many many more examples.

Note**: Here, when I say 'you', I mean the UK government, the UK political class, the UK media and the UK public.

Note***:'us' with a similar meaning to the above note, but replacing UK with the EU, of which the UK is still an important part.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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He, you beat me to it!

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@ Ol'Peculier

Marmite, peanut butter and plutonium.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: Loving windows? (@ Charles 9)

That still means you need a Win7 install for the machine..

Yes, the one you already have, plus another one from a retired PC (lots of those out there, if you know were to look), or a discounted one from some vendor getting rid of their stock, or in desperate cases one of those 'activators' (illegal, but what the hell!).

Plus more games going forward will be oriented toward DirectX 12, which is Win10-ONLY.

Only three years ago many games suffered the consequences of jumping to DirectX 11 too soon, and I don't think the game makers have forgotten that expensive lesson. And take in account that DirectX 12 support doesn't only depend on having the right OS, but also on having the right graphics card.

most games REQUIRE Internet access to run (usually because it's an online-oriented game)

A set of firewall rules allowing the system to access only the affected game servers and game update servers will fix that part.

...you're one smart vote surrounded by ten stupid votes...

Yeah, but regarding this issue, smart votes count much more than stupid ones, as these smart votes belong to power users and IT professionals, the guys that give advice to users and enterprises on IT policies and spending. As proof of my statement, please consider the market penetration (<20%) of W10 after one year of MS giving it away for free, FFS!. If Satya Nadella was Japanese he'd have committed seppuku sometime around February this year! :-)

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Re: Loving windows?

"When there are more mainstream GAMES for Linux than for Windows, THEN they'll pay attention"

No need for that! Linux, a windows 7 VM without access to the Internet for most 'serious' stuff and lightweight games, plus an alternative Windows 7 boot without Internet access for very demanding games and you're good to go until 2020 at the very least. And thanks to MS and Windows 10, by then many many more serious apps and games will have been ported to Linux.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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@ Timbo

"I've yet to see a "speaker cable" that uses optical technology"

Optical fibre "sound cables" are quite common. Not sure about 'speaker cables', though.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity(@ Conrad Longmore)

Why all those downvotes? Unless all the parties involved act as responsible adults -something really difficult in this context, as has been already demonstrated to exhaustion with all this Brexit brouhaha- the best you can expect a priori is a chance similar to flipping a coin.

Please consider a similar scenario, where Scotland leaves the UK. Would be Scottish citizens allowed to use UK passports in the remaining UK territories? Same thing here.

And before someone starts talking about the economic interests involved, please take in account that all the parties involved -leavers,remainers and the EU itself- have shown a marked tendency to shoot themselves in the foot, repeatedly.

Of course, an easy solution to this issue would be the UK govt. swapping the old EU passports for the new UK ones for free and with minimum hassle for citizens. But again, past experiences don't give too much hope of this happening.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Visiting America?

No, never!

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Lingua Franca

"Vietnam for one"

Hence the expression "too beaucoup".

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@ T_o_u_f_ma_n

"Sadly other countries still struggle with even bilingualism"

In Spain nowadays children are taught English since the nursery, and some time around age 12 they have to choose a second foreign language, usually French. Sadly, these programs begun just a few years ago and the results will take decades to become noticeable, but even so, it's a good start.

And I'd be really surprised if the countries you listed weren't doing the same thing, with the possible exception of France! ;-)

A question: What's the French word for 'chauvinism'?

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