* Posts by Busby

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Charlies Angels 2, was forced to sit through it once have managed to block most of it from my memory but can recall how I felt after seeing it so that's enough for it to be high on my list. Have never actually watched any of the 3 mentioned in the article though and consider that a good thing.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Forget surgery the obvious use would be to make incomprehensible ikea instructions easy to follow!

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

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By other people's attempt to steal bandwidth do you mean customer attempting to use the service they pay for?

Very good that you have found an ISP that your happy with but that's no reason to turn on the rest of us. If the ISP's are offering unlimited packages why is that the fault of someone like me that signs up for it? I think your ire is directed at the wrong target it's the companies that offer packages they can't deliver that are at fault in my opinion.

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Whether it's this time or on the 50th attempt it seems the snooper charter will not die and is bound to be passed eventually.

It's disgusting that they always use the latest tragedy to justify more powers for the security service and Cameron, May et al should be called out publicly for it at every opportunity.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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The danger with these unlike a standard military exercise taking place in the middle of no where is it could actually impact on civilians quite easily.

Wouldn't surprise me if orgs on both sides of the pond end up having outages as a result. I would imagine that isn't the intention of the exercise but could easily see it happening. Not sure how happy people will be if friendly activity by an ally results in a major outage at their bank or something similar.

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Re: Bummer

Yep the thing travelled an immense distance taking more than six months and then something went wrong at the last minute. I bet the people involved are still absolutely gutted.

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'American soldiers, we are coming...' US CENTCOM military in Twitter hijack shame

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Nice to see that talking heads on the BBC comparing this to the Sony hacks this morning, as if hacking a twitter account is on par with what happened to them total muppets.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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They also said no frontline cuts, no top down NHS reorganisations and no VAT rise, I wonder how that lot worked out.

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After pretty much every attack the government want more surveillance and storage powers. Yet in most cases the offenders were already known and weren't being monitored correctly. What exactly does he think this will achieve other than giving the daily fail & mumsnet lot the illusion of something being done?

If the government could show any evidence that new powers would help they would, instead the default response to any crisis now seems to be more powers for the security services.

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In the EU? Setting a 'retain that data' rule? Better comply with e-Privacy

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Good job we are on track to leave the EU and safely ignore those pesky laws. Can't have anything interfering with our surveillance state now can we, everyone knows we need to retain everything forever to protect the kiddies.

Wonder how this will go down considering the French & UK authorities seem to be ready to step up monitoring and retaining data since it worked so well in stopping the latest atrocities.

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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

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I may be missing the obvious but why are the US so upset. Sony as far as I know aren't a US organisation. Yes I'm sure they employ plenty of people in the US as well as many other nations but I thought they were a Japanese company.

Why then are the US imposing sanctions against one country for action taken against a third countries organisation? Should Sony not be lobbying either the Japanese authorities or whichever Island state they claim is their head quarters for tax purposes to take action against the nasty Norks?

I obviously don't understand the whole globalization thing as I can't see why the US feel the need to be the ones responsible for responding to the hack.

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End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all

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What's the bet that in a decade or so the only way they could get the rights holders on side is by agreeing to extend the length of copyright even further under these new harmonized laws?

Might actually be an incentive to a lot of orgs in around that time to try & extend further as there will be a lot of stuff nearing the end of the copyright period. Heaven forbid something should actually enter the public domain.

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'Apple of China' Xiaomi: Yep, we HAVE just bagged $1.1 BEELLION

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Looking at the valuation and comparing it to Apple's you would think they have a chance of really closing that gap. Can't see them coming near it but if sales continue to soar as they expand they could be on their way to being a big player.

In my opinion it's not Samsung or Apple that are worried it's Sony, HTC etc who you could see being overtaken by Xiaomi soon.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: Can they not use their powers for good?

Not sure about bankers, it would be popular but the far more popular choice would be for them to start monitoring all the FIFA execs.

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Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

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Re: Questions to those opposing care.data

Care to inform us which private health care provider you work for? Posting AC to criticise someone wanting to protect their privacy yep that makes a lot of sense.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Sure it will have been mentioned previously but I do miss the most commented option alongside most read. Overall though relatively happy with the redesign but I would prefer something with less glare than white for the background.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: Sony should stop whining

I agree with most of what you are saying was certainly naive or irresponsible to expect the Nork's wouldn't respond. Would have to disagree with you saying it isn't costing them a penny, even if this film goes on to make Avatar money which comedies never do I bet the losses due to this long term are still far higher.

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European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

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I still don't understand why these clauses are allowed to exist as to me they can be interpreted as price fixing.

Doesn't matter if it's Amazon with ebooks or booking.com with hotel room the only reason they exist is to limit competition and make sure the middle man takes theire cut.

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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What's the ginormous tablet in mission control and where do I get one?

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Nice now I wonder if the lifts will be working correctly as the HR heavyweights leave the meeting

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Assuming nothing more material was said on Facebook etc.

Would what they are asking for even be legal under current UK law.

If they are suggesting that technology companies pro actively screen every conversation/post for potential illegal activity and then flag to the relevant local authorities would that not fall foul of RIPA?

Warrantless surveillance of everyone is what caused such a backlash recently these clowns need to stop requesting more powers and get on with their job of protecting the country instead of invading the privacy of every citizen.

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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Kill them with fire, I'm not against right holders enforcing copyright but the actions of this firm are abusive they are trolls pure and simple.

Has anyone successfully challenged any of these in court? I suspect every case has been settled before reaching a trial not sure if an IP address would be enough evidence to win a case.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Since it seems Nasa are being forced to outsource a lot of future missions does this not make sense?

I can be as anti Google as many people but I don't see the issue here as opposed to the fuel deal which definitely seemed suspect. If Nasa weren't going to use the site and it wasn't being maintained why not let Google spend 200 million upgrading the site and putting it to use?

Can understand people not wanting a historic site to be in private hands but unless Congress decides to properly fund R&D and future missions for Nasa I would expect more deals like this, I wonder how much they want for Cape Canaveral wouldn't mind having free roam of the Kennedy centre.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Why would anyone pay any attention to a word that man utters is beyond me. Hard to think of many ministers from the Blair era with a lower reputation. Not exactly shocking that he is spreading FUD around a move that has been almost universally received positively by everyone other than the security services.

All the encryption does is restore some semblance of privacy that Blunkett's government did more than most to erode.

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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Re: spoonerism?

Yeah pretty sure they mixed the titles up there have sent an email to their corrections address.

Pretty unsurprising study though, makes sense if people have a harmless outlet then for the majority that can only be a good thing.

Probably still a tiny minority that could be tipped the other way though.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: Not about revenge porn

"And on the subject of names - check out the other ammendments banning pseudonyns."

Since that particular piece of legislation is now hurting the mumsnet lot expect call me Dave to repeal it faster than they can cash an oligarch's cheque.

By they I do of course mean all three main UK parties.

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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This made me chuckle "comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond" would love to know their definition of healthy media. I for one don't see the current situation largely driven by Murdoch of a small number of people owning so many newspapers and TV stations as healthy for anyone other than the media barons. Perhaps if he had bought Google instead of blowing the cash on myspace he would be singing a different tune.

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Boob Tube BOFFINS finger Red Button, trigger TELLY MAYHEM

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Until someone manages to create a botnet of TV's mining for digital currency I don't see the issue.

That's assuming most people are like me and have completely ignored all the"smart" features of the TV hence no data to harvest.

As it's unlikely hacks will yield anything useful such as bank log in details what's the point in targeting TV's?

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Bitcoin ransomware racket makes bank

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"smart enough to have backup is smart enough to avoid scamware"

Apologies in advance as I'm sure to give offence but that is one of the most fucking idiotic comments I've read this month.

I can assure you intelligence has SFA to do with being stung. Don't get me wrong stupid people are probably more at risk than average joe but I've seen plenty of people I consider to be very sharp caught out.

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Kim Dotcom: You give me proof of govt corruption in my case, I give you MEELLIONS

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Re: UKIP ranter I expect

Sources please? That there are serious questions for Kim to answer regarding copyright infringement, the tax dodging claims seem to be something new and from what I see I suspect an organised campaign.

Can you provide links detailing charges for tax evasion or did you pull that one out of your arse?

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Re: Desperate criminal

So you're advocating those found guilty of copyright related crimes should be starved?

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Re: UKIP ranter I expect

"In addition to defrauding artists, Mega defrauded the tax payer."

Haven't seen that on the stories I've read about dotcom's legal woes. Have you got a link regarding charges he's facing for tax evasion as I understood all the legal issues were copyright related I didn't realise that he also wasn't paying taxes?

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Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

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Shaming the sponsors may be the only effective way of cleaning up FIFA. Whether true or not it's currently seen as an incredibly corrupt organisation with completely ineffective leadership. Launching a DDOS attack against sponsors isn't the right way of doing it though.

These companies need to be publicly shamed for enabling FIFA's behaviour so while I salute the intentions I think the only outcome here is likely to be a few script kiddies being picked up.

As I understand it though both the IOC and FIFA are beginning to worry about future bids as countries don't seem quite so keen of flushing tens of billions and re-writing their legal code for the sake of a months sport.

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New XSS vuln hits eBay as rubbish passw0rds persist

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Why aren't the ICO fines capped on a per user basis. Say at 10k per user and if you really mess up that is the maximum you would face. At least then these massive corps may take security seriously.

Unless the fine is set per user/customer exposed then Ebay Google etal can afford to ignore security safe in the knowledge any fine will be peanuts

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Microsoft to release epic Xbox One update in June

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If they are sorting the UK TV stuff it might be worth digging out the IR blaster I bought but haven't bothered hooking up. According to people beta testing the firmware it plays nice with sky so interested to see how much use kinect will get then.

Just wish there was more decent games available Ryse is far too short and bored with Titanfall. Probably pick Wolfenstein up next week.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: Bah!

Sorry even on here a pun that bad deserves a downvote

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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Wii sports was the only thing that pushed wii sales in my opinion.

Once people got it home and realised beyond the (seemingly) amazing bowling there wasn't anything else it became a dust collector.

I genuinely could weep, some of my fondest childhood memories are of nes and snes games. But come the wii they could do nothing with that enormous IB.

Lego Universe please come to another system I beg, your wasted there.

Really think they should go the sega route now. PS4 and XBOXONE fans would lap up Zelda and Mario Cart I promise.

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Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters

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In the Corpotocracy that is todays US I fully expect these "terrorists" to feel the full extent of the law.

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Re: "A teardown report on Google Glass"

Not sure if your post was a joke or not so apologies if it was.

Assuming not then you would appear to be one of many that feel EULA's and the like can say anything while ignoring things like consumer protections and first sale doctrine? You can put anything you like in your terms and conditions but they don't (yet) override the laws of the land.

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Death of data retention directive: What it means for OTHER data laws

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Another sensible decision from the European courts which will be ignored. Even if it gets to the stage of being fined for non compliance I can't imagine the government relaxing the data dragnet.

Convenient that the government wants to negotiate which EU laws they can ignore at will this is bound to be somewhere near the top of the list. Entire data retention policy is ridiculous there is no need for everything on everyone to be held for anything more than a month in my opinion. Even one month could be considered excessive but if for nothing other than billing purposes some data needs to be retained for a short while.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Surely there reaches a point where the diminishing cost of providing support is offset by the amount of business it loses you. Left Pipex a number of years ago after there once excellent support was outsourced after being bought out. Couldn't get them to understand the most basic of issues and they wanted to send a BTengineer (which I would be billed for if no fault found) when the issue was clearly there end.

Also left giffgaff and BT for similar reasons. When staff are only able to deal with issues on a list and your problem falls outside of those it becomes it's own version of room 101. A swift legal threat in one case got me a refund and away from one. The filing of legal papers got me released from the other. If nothing else at least legal teams seem to have a little more sense but it shouldn't have to come to that to get the most basic of service.

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'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

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Re: What fools

Obvious trolling and I shouldn't bite but...

If you genuinely believe governments should be monitoring all electronic communications what the hell have you been smoking. How about in real life, lets imagine for a moment ten years down the line there are another series of leaks outlining how the government is using microphones and cameras on every connected device to monitor all conversations would you also think this is something they should be doing?

I take it you view 1984 as an instruction manual rather than a cautionary tale?

Sleepwalking into a total surveilance state has gone on for too many years mainly down to idiots parroting if you've nothing to hide then nothing to fear. Since your so certain no one is interested and theres no harm would you mind popping your email address and password on here?

Just to clarify the reason governments aren't volunteering details on surveilance methods isn't because of clueless sheeple instead as we have discovered due to Snowdon it's because they are either illegal or a totally unnecessary invasion of privacy.

How do you feel about the US monitoring all european communications, or if your that side of the atlantic how do you feel about GCHQ in the UK monitoring yours?

AC because you work for who exactly? Guessing it's a company that makes a lot of money from selling the kit necessary for the monitoring or your an out and out shill.

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ICANN boss: 'Russia and China will NOT take over interwebs'

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The sooner the US are not involved and don't have oversight the better. But I really doubt anyone is seriously worried about another Nation being able to wrest control. Even if it was a serious risk I'm sure most of the planet would prefer it wasn't the US or UK down to NSA/GCHQ games. Why not give it to the swiss to run?

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iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

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Re: @Busby

Not sure what business your in but I think any company would find it benefitial to get a peek at competitors plans. You dont need to be copying products there are plenty of ways to leverage an advantage beyond stealing technology. I only raised this as a possibility personally think its unlikely to have gone down this way.

Brings me back to a point I raised earlier though it goes beyond sloppiness for this sort of error to appear currently. All technology companies are well aware of the growing backlash against NSA / GCHQ even the appearance of cooperation is enough to lose what little trust remains. Any inbuilt weakness similar to those previously engineered by the NSA is going to be jumped on publicly.

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Re: Apple just isn't world class in security, and never have been

Is it really beyond thinking the NSA could have made a you scratch my back reciprocal deal? For example by agreeing to hand over to Apple anything they can find on a certain Korean firms future plans. Not so long ago this type of thought would have fallen firmly in the tinfoil hat area. These days though who knows, that type of spying for US companies has been rumoured since the early days of echelon.

Sloppiness around this sort of security is inexcusable for a company with their resources. Even if unintentional people are likely to assume otherwise in the current climate.

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Deliberate or accidental? Not beyond thinking at the moment to wonder if this could have been deliberate or that they received some form of payment or other advantage for doing so.

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IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

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Re: It's what a witch would say

Its not just that they may want to lie but legally they may have to. Current US law means no one can be trusted to tell the truth which is bad news for everyone, mainly the consumers but all parties suffer.

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

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Ah gay Paris, no one has realised it's nothing to do with industrial pollution. I'm convinced this is purely down to Gitans.

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The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

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So pretty much like spotify free, after trial period anyway. Except Spotify is available in this country.

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