* Posts by Chris G

1485 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Darien Gap

For any LandRover enthusiast or for that matter LandRover knocker have a look at this and then buy the book.

http://www.4wdonline.com/LandRover/RR1/Darien.html

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Wouldn't have a rice burner

I currently have a Disco 1, 23 years old just passed 300k klicks, dead reliable and all but indestructable here where no car looks good after a couple of years with locals using your car as parking guide ( when it touches you know you are there).

When I lived in the UK, I had for 13 years a IIA 1964 rag top petrol 109", I admit it was never fast but pulling a two horse trailer with it most weekends meant not driving fast anyway. Even with 2 horses on board I never had a problem pulling the trailer through axle deep mud and the couple of rare breakdowns I did have I repaired with a leatherman tool and a screwdriver.

On tickover the engine was almost silent and never lost a half shaft due to fitting Derbyshire Landrovers replacements when I bought it ( older Landys had a groove milled around the halfshaft just outboardof the spline presumably so that the shaft would go before the diff , the Derbyshire item did away with the groove negating that problem. The diffs are pretty hard to break anyway short of allowing all the oil out of them.) A heater from a mini installed inside the centre seat bulkhead in addition to the Landy item kept your legs warm in the winter. Only got rid of it because it was not baby friendly, I PXed it for a Dodge Ram six pack with a lovely gas guzzling 5.2 V8 which oddly enough did about the same 20MPG as the Landy with a trailer.

The Dodge didn't have a hope in hell plowing through muddy fields though.

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Do svidaniya Roscosmos. By the way, any idea where that 92 BEEELLION rubles went?

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Re: The wonder of it all

To date the yanks have lost 24 astronauts in the space programs compared to 8 Russians, the russians still have a more or less working launch vehicle the Yanks own launches are mostly carried out with Russian motors.

I dare say there is as much graft in the American system as in the Russian system. It just goes to show how good NASA is that it can carry on and deliver as well as it does.

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

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Re: Hot meat pies?

And named meat at that!

From what I have just read, most of the wildlife there is at greater danger from tourism than the volcanic environment it has evolved in, although I can't picture how a large tortoise can outrun lava.

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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Re: who was first?

A quick Google show dozens of ideas for the same thing, they actually have working flooring to generate electricity in a Tokyo station at the turnstile area. I am sure the first I ever heard of the idea was in the seventies in a New Scientist article. There was also an installation at Stanford University in a student canteen or something.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Where's the astronomy angle

I remember watching his films on TV as a kid on wet Sunday afternoons some real classic comedy.

I read all through the article expecting to learn more about his astronomy about which I knew nothing...

and still don't.

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Channel Changer Furby

Presumably it also logs said sprogs media preferences for the benefit of Sales Propagandists

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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Re: Super!

Pretty sure it was both and Sterling too 'Operation Bernhardt', apparently the best ever forgeries of British notes and the reason why the old white fivers were taken out of circulation.

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'The Google execs, the journalists, plus Brit and US spybosses in a cosy mansion confab'

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How do we know

That the Duncan Campbell that went in is the same one that came out?

Lizard in a Campbell suit for all we know!

Still, if you are not doing anything wrong;

Encrypt and VPN it anyway

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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'Boys'

A few years ago my step daughter was 17, I got her a Saturday job in a Bike Breakers shop in Palma as she like bikes and had ambitions to be a bike mechanicby the time she had been there 3 months she was going out with the Pres' of the locals Angels chapter and borrowing his 1000 Blade. Once you got past his rough exterior he was a nice guy and she was certainly not at risk from any other boys, well, not if they wanted to carry on breathing at any rate.

N.B.No donkeys involved but I did get discount on spares for my old RD 350 Powervalve.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Hmm, for a Mac pro and Final cut ProX you will pay about the same pricer as your set up in'97, the Mac book Pro doesn't make such a satisfying crash as the old monitors when you kick the bloody thing off the deskbecause it's...crashed again.

I had forgotten just how bloody awful Pinky and Perky were, I hated them when I was a kid and now I find I still do.

Muffin the Mule was okay though. Always liked a bit o' muffin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spQY2FbCUtM

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Water is key

The UK in 2013 used 21.9 million tonnes of petrol and diesel which roughly is equivalent to 8 million tonnes of H2, to produce that much H2 with electrolysis would at 100% efficiency need about 2 billion gallons of DISTILLED water, so we are not only talking about the 40kWh to electrolyse the water, we need to distill it first. In addition there is the 1100 gallons/ Kg need for cooling in the production stages. I think if the UK goes hydrogen powered there may well be a hose ban.

If I read it right, numbers based on this: http://phys.org/news/2007-10-analysis-requirements-hydrogen-economy.html

Also consider when your hydrogen has been used each Kg of gas will make 9.6 litres of water (a Kg of H2 has about the same energy as 4 litres of petrol) so London fogs could make a comeback on a chilly day with all that water vapour condensing in the rush hour.

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Okay I'll bite! Have you got one? Is it working for you?

I have a pair of anti gravity boots with extra strong laces: if I pull on them hard enough it lifts me off the floor.

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Call girl gets six years for Googler's drug death

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Dumb and dumber

If you are hellbent on using recreational chemistry it would be a good idea to know as much about it as possible and not to administer it to others as is the case here you leave your self open to a murder or manslaughter rap.

If you are hell bent on using recreational chemistry it would also be a good idea to administer your own doses based on a good working knowledge of how to use them and their effects. In both cases there appears to be a fair amount of dumb; leading to death and incarceration.

I think I'll stick to the odd glass of wine or a mojito or three in the hot weather.

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Look for the justice

Why the case was brought up was a cry for justice but the judicial decision was based not on justice but the law. Courts don' t really do justice much nowadays, for that you need a guy or a girl in lycra and a cape . Anyone expecting a business to exercise morals and ethics in preference to profit is going to be disappointed.

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

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Re: Cube swarms in space...

I'm on a similar wavelength , I was thinking they should be modular and h!ave an ability to reintegrate to use their combined processing to be something greater..... And call it Borg

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Chris G Armed response in Northumbria?

Matt! next time they loosen the buckles and you go out, you really must think about getting a sense of humour.

Gun crime is actually worse since the pointless knee jerk reaction/excuse to ban handguns in the UK, now only criminals and trigger happy cowphobic cops have them.

The circumstances in Utah (in 2000) were after a series of brush and forest fires when a lot of cattle had gone astray, a cow with a calf in the brush IS a very different circumstance from a dairy cow ( used to being handled) in the UK or any other UK cow, but because humans are predators and cows are herbivores it is not too difficult to assert authority over them. Of course shouting with a loudhailer

" PUT DOWN THE HORNS AND COME QUIETLY AND IT WILL GO EASY FOR YOU" doesn't really cut the mustard with a cow, you have to use it's personal space and control it's direction or just put a headstall and rope on it.

Sorry for the late reply been busy. By the way I am a Brit kept horses and a couple of cows here but lived in the states for a bit so I do know about British cows as well as the wild and woolly yank beef .

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Armed response in Northumbria?

Why do they have really wild ducks up there?

Oh wait, the cow must have been a mooslim extremist!

I have helped on horseback to round up semi wild range cattle in Utah, the only guns needed were for rattlesnakes.

I bet that cow was the first chance the plod had ever had to shoot anything that wasn't paper.

My mate's 5 year old daughter used to lead his bull (named Bruno) and sit talking to him, perhaps she could do some training courses for them. Bunch o' townies!

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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

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Re: Another wrong place to look for AI

"*The traits I'd expect in a practical AI are curiosity, an ability to learn and remember, and self awareness. I'd posit that self awareness implies either self preservation or suicide, and an AI that immediately terminates itself could hardly be called practical in evolutionary terms."

Unfortunately a couple of the most likely traits given the nature of the beast will be lack of empathy and inhibition, two of the primary aspects of psychopathy, so the case where the occurrence of true AI (whatever that actually is) and self awareness is spontaneous rather than developed under controlled conditions with a learning process that imbues morals and ethics will likely be potentially the most dangerous. How would you teach empathy,something that animals and humans evolved, to a computer?

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Pundits ponder perilous placement of STANDING STONES on Comet 67P

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Tread carefully

An old tradition in Ibiza was when a camposino (bumpkin) took a dump in the country, he would pile up three stones as a warning.

I suggest a search for organic compounds and goin by the size of the stones, don' t pick any fights.

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ATTACK of the DINKY DRONES! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

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If you really want

To combat terrorism, fit the things with a decent selfy camera and a farcebook account. Those that don't waste too much time to fight will give themselves away.

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Border Force bureaucrats become super-spooks

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Re: For a country started by criminals...

The British Government ' started' Australia but due to a lack of interested emigrants they started to transport criminals to provide a slave/labour force. Often it was something as small as stealing a loaf of bread that could get you a one way cattle class ticket down under.

Before the population were criminalised for the smallest reason to get people there, now it looks as though they may criminalise the population again for little reason. Perhaps they are going to bring back bondsmen to save paying wages.

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

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It's Space Sharks

With frickin lasers what are doin' it!

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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One simple fact

If Win 10 as a service means what everybody thinks it does: a rental, I and a few million other people will be gone.

I will be having a play with some alternatives in the next few weeks so I may go anyway.

The constant "You must upgrade to the latest 'Washes whiter than white more than ever before'" soap powder style of marketing that Microshaft uses has become a little more than annoying.

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Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

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Bond Mini

A mate had what I think was called a Bond Mini in the '60s, it had I think a 198cc Villiers two stroke in it and to start the thing you had to lift the bonnet, put your foot into the engine bay and kick start it.

Aye, them were the days! Especially if it was hammering down with rain and the bloody thing was being temperamental.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Bob!

I have worked on two or three jobs with a preponderance of Bobs similar to a Not The Nine o Clock News sketch ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU-tuY0Z7nQ

But the best name story for me was a Hungarian mate I worked with in the '70s, he was married but had at least one other girl a week or more. He called them all Babe, when I asked why, he explained that he talked in his sleep and one night awoke to being hit by sundry household items being thrown at him by his fiery Irish wife. After that he immediately forgot any girl's name and called her Babe thereafter.

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Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

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Hyperlapse

Sounds like some horrible bowel syndrome!

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: Surely this is self defeating?

"If they push this insanity through, they will be banning themselves."

Dave: I am making this Prime Ministerial announcement that I am having myself arrested for being extreme and inciting hatred of people who incite hatred.... of people.

Also it is clear that I have been inciting hatred and have had an extreme attitude toward other people such as immigrants who are not very British or not at all British.

I am however appealing on the grounds of diminished responsiblity and expect to be back at Number 10 shortly,I know how much you need me.....us...the Conservative Government so I have instructed my...our judges to be lenient with me.

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The Bill Follows On

From the recommendations of The Extremism Task Force!

Who are : The members of the Extremism Taskforce were:

the Prime Minister (chair)

the Deputy Prime Minister

the Chancellor of the Exchequer

the Secretary of State for the Home Department

the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

the Secretary of State for Education

the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

the Minister for Schools

the Minister for Faith and Communities

the Minister for Government Policy

So the recommendations are simply their own opinions reinforced with a title.

Since Thatcher ( or maybe before) nearly all of our Prime Ministers and party leaders seem to suffer from Messiah Complex trying to save us allfrom ourselves.

This latest crap from Dave now he has been 'mandated' for the second time is yet another nail in the UK's coffin.

Political correctness and extremism have been slowly eroding the freedom of speech in the UK for years now Dave has become fed up with waiting for it to disappear entirely so he has effectively come up with a law that will basically gag you based on someone's opinion. I didn't see anything about defining what exactly you will have to do to receive his intolerance but I bet it will be a bitch to get out once they have carted you off to the Ministry of Love.

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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It's generally considered that a combination or various combinations of some or all of the stressors for bees are behing declining bee populations. There are so many stressors including parasites, diseases, pesticides and antibiotics amongst others that bees have a lot to contend with, occasionally it becomes too much in an area so bees decline.

I have been reading about it since the nineties when a friend kept a few hives, I don't think there are many more conclusions now than then.

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Drone penetrates Virgin's shapely space arse

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Lady parts

The hangar looks like one of Zahar Hadid's designs she has a penchant for organic looking architecture such as the Qatar Football stadium (http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/28/zaha-hadid-stadiums-vagina) but apparently Foster& Partners built it so they must have similar interests.

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: American Pop music history has been marked by three distinct revolutions

So the punk concerts I bounced ( door security not pogoing) at in the South Eastern UK from '76 on wasn't punk and the thousands of fans weren't punks?

Who'd have known?

Incidently Siousxie from the Banshees was hot and a nice girl to chat to.

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Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

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The Holocaust was not only Jews

The Nazis wanted to get rid of all Untermensch, the Jewish peopel were probably foremost but the Slavs,Gypsies, anyone not European,and the disabled, mentally and physically were all slated for extermination or slavery under the Nazis ill informed notion of eugenics.

If they had won people like Steven Hawking would not be here, and everyone who has a child with a genetic disease would lose the child and most likely be restricted from further breeding. My daughter has a genetic disease because a 1 in 400.000 chance of me meeting my wife who carries the same rare crappy gene was realised, and we all carry crappy genes which is why incest is a crime and everyone would be a potential target for the racial purity police.

A good reason forkeeping the extreme right loonies at bay..

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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Democracy WTF's that?

So Terweasel May doesn't think Democracy applies to her? Having had the SC thrown out once she will continue to push it until she has HER own way. Who are the clowns that voted for her?

Ah! Of course! None of them are doing anything wrong.......

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: On second look

Road Kill Cafes are a terrible idea; encouraging drivers to swerve all over the road just to ensure dinner!

as an aside when I lived in N.Cal the commonest road kill there seemed to be skunk, appetising would not describe it well.

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The only bit I liked

Was the squashed flat and the spuds, I tried rat on a survival course in the army, it was okay but something I would not choose as a staple. This guinea pig just looks like a chubby rat to me, if my life depended on it I would eat almost anything but with a choice and being in the Andes, I may prefer a slice of one of my companions.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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By the time Dave has his referendum I will be one ofthe pensioners being dumped back in the UK along with the 1.8 million Brits living and working in Europe and who will have to make other arrangements such as visas or proving that we have a right/need to stay where we are.

Europe is far from perfect but will the UK become the Eden so many think it will once it has cut it's political ties to Europe? Based on the performance of Blair, Brown and the Cleggeron efforts I doubt it. The UK would do better to put more effort into playing a stronger part controlling EU legislation and less time being 'special chums with the US.

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Like a Dell factory but what comes out is a LOT more fun: We visit Aston Martin

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A battery car

Really, the whole car will have to be one big battery to turn out 1000BHP.

I drove a Tesla S a couple of years ago for about 5 minutes and was impressed by the performance and the very comfortable seats, looks good too, I can't imagine just how good an Aston is going to be but I bet it will cost a bit more than the €83K that the Tesla cost (2013 price).

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: The art of travel....

A good camera that really does get close to the do anything claim, a wide enough angle at 25mm and with 400mm at the other end no need for a kilo of detachable zoom that would normally come with a DSLR.

I generally dislike the higher MP models because of excessive noise but Panasonic seem to have adressed that problem and significantly reduced the problem. And cheaper than the excellent RX10 from Sony, plus I seem to get better customer service from Panny.

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Re: The art of travel....

Ditch the zoom lens and get a Panasonic FZ1000 these bridge cameras have great Leica lenses and the 2014 FZ1000 has a bigger CMOS sensor than previous models, you get up to an equivalent 400mm at full zoom with stabilisation built in.I have the older FZ48 and the results from that are pretty good whether I opt for Intelligent Auto ( point and shoot for dummies) or opt for playing with the million and one possibilities using all the other possibilities and programmes.

I do have the hots for one of the Panasonic 4/3s compacts that can use virtually any lens but for simple convenience and pretty much do it all ability the FZ has pushed most of my other cameras out of the bag and into a drawer.

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Blogster Dabbsy

I think with your dry ascerbic wit and observational skills you might get quite a following screwing up tests on new products. After all it is as important to understand the minuses as much as the plusses on anything! new before you buy it.

You could call it the shitfuckarse blog!!

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Re: Discount Cards

Do the T&Cs for Loyalty cards allow the grocery store to use extraordinary rendition, lock you up without due process and then use waterboarding or other torture if you break any of the T&Cs?

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@ naive, well at least your choice of user name is close, perhaps though you should have been more pedantic in your choice and gone for 'no fucking clue'.

There are tens of millions of Muslims in the south of the Med as well as at the Eastern end and other places, many of these 'Quran wavers' come to Europe to live and work, they for the most part work hard and if you work with them you willfind they are good hearted, hard working, generous people. Branding them all because of a few fundamentalist loonies is the same as branding all Americans as Republican Right Wing Nutters who believe all furriners are evil incarnate because of a comment by a twat like you.

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: Don't blame me

For anyone who thinks voting for the other lizard club might have been better; don't forget they were going to flog you £60 ID cards from your local corner shop while spending a cool £5.3 billion to set it up .

Interestingly, I just compared photos of Terrorsaw May and Jaqui (exes) Smith and I think they may be sisters ( or clones).

It is entirely possible that Dave's lot will reintroduce the idea once they have passed the Snooper's Charter.

Who knows, being the trendy lot they are, they could let you have your ID card as a tattoo...on your forehead.

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FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

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Re: Youlgreave

Yeah! selling this stuff is hard but plenty of tips!

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Mac Happy Book

I just can't get rid of the mental image of a freebie full of clown pictures that comes with a Happy Meal whenever I hear MacBook.

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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I would like to know

When the Highway pilot is switched on, does a beer bellied, baseball capped inflateable driver pop up?

With a handy reinflation device for when he has a leak.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: For Sale: One Bridge (slightly used)

Ooh! ooh! I'd like one with an opening roadway if you've got one; it's for a theme park I'm building.

Perhaps in part exchange you would be interested in shares for my self butchering pig project?

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: re. Someone won against Microsoft

Satan works for Murdoch, but he had to sign the contract in blood before Murdoch would give him the job!

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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Personally I would recommend actually voting for Screaming Lord Sutch,on the basis that the only good politician is a dead one.

Some of his policies were better than many of the people he ran and lost against too.

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