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Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM

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Re: Gigiya the Culprit

Yes, just to clarify this is the guy inflicting unspeakable carnage on the country, not to be confused with the guys fighting him who're also inflicting unspeakable carnage on the country, as well as the country next door, with guns and money the west sent them last year. They also have an active internet promotional effort, which involves beheading western charity workers on video, though all things considered I'd prefer they too just stuck to javascript popups on the Indy.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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should be grateful

The defamatory postings amount to a campaign of anonymous abuse against Hegglin, and include allegations that he is "a murderer, a Nazi, a Ku Klux Klan sympathiser, a paedophile, a corrupt businessman who has accepted bribes from state officials..."

I'd imagine that lot on balance probably results in a net improvement in his reputation if only for distracting people from the fact he's a banker.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

So, this article makes clear that according to these well respected Google engineers, man-made climate change is real and a 'massive' danger.

Interesting.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Horses for courses

Yeah, the first thing I saw was the cross on the front, it looked like a gaffa tape fix to some minor accident to me. A cartoon style bandage.

Nothing wrong with the instrument binnacle for me either, looks quite funky I think, especially for a small functional car.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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ATMs

Last time I was in the UK, I can use my card in most ATMs. And most don't charge me extra for it.

I assume a similar arrangement for mobile operators could also work. It's all a question of ensuring those networks which use another provider's hardware pay for this in some way.

And far from reducing competition as the author claims, it could in fact increase competition. Because it would enable smaller operators to enter the national market without the expense of having to put their own hardware in areas with very few subscribers. For example, those banking with smaller regional banks in the UK can still pull out money through most ATMs from any major bank.

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

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Re: Translation...

I've also found my windows phone does a much better job of speech recognition than my android did, and all that's done by web APIs, not on the device. Seems to me Microsoft are ahead of Google there. But for plain old fashioned search, I still just prefer Google.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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Re: There'll never be another...

The republics of northern Europe also work out pretty well.

Being a monarch basically requires keeping your mouth shut, which the Queen is very good at. Her big-eared son, not so much. That is going to be interesting. I suspect the monarchists are praying for him to die before the old lady.

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Re: There'll never be another...

Royalists always suggest such things, while overlooking the fact that they're picking names they think the public will be repulsed by, while at the same time implying the public would vote for them.

And they seem perfectly happy to use this selection system for the government that runs the country, but not for someone who they claim is just there to cut ribbons and wear gloves to shake hands with the great unwashed.

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21st century

Wow, they've finally caught up with the 21st century.

Next thing you know, we'll be having democratic elections and a written constitution.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

If learning Chinese, you *have* to learn characters, not rely on Pinyin. Simplified or Traditional doesn't matter, they are pretty similar and if you read one, you can easily learn to understand the other. But you have to learn characters, once you can, it's actually far easier to read than pinyin. And you need characters if you ever go to China and need to read any signs, etc.

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Re: "So, kids, keep on learning those verb conjugations "

And no plurals, and no tenses either.

If only they didn't write it in characters and speak with tones, it would actually be a very easy language to learn, even for Europeans.

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Re: difficult to master?

I speak Chinese, when I was learning I thought it was hard at the start. But then someone pointed out to me that everyone in China can speak it, even the stupid people. So it is clearly not anywhere near as hard as differential equations or other stuff which the majority of the population would never get regardless of how many lessons they took.

Languages are not hard, but you need to be there, take lessons and take the time to expose yourself to them and practice.

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Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool

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don't understand the logic

I get people who're selling the benefits of MVC as speed, and they then go and 'upgrade' their db to EF to be down with the kids.

Considering even MS's own figures show it several times slower than the old fashioned route, what's the point? Maybe it makes you seem groovy, but taking such a massive performance hit because it's new and funky doesn't really make sense.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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what's the point

I don't really see the point of all this tracking built into a development version. Precisely because of all that feedback, people aren't going to use it for anything other than kicking the tyres a bit. Nobody is going to do serious work on it, or live with it for several weeks. So what use is all that feedback you collect from a system whose mere presence will ensure that the computer is not going to be used for the normal tasks someone might use it for?

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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Yes, but curiously I have observed it's almost obligatory to reference Android's huge market share in comparison to Windows Phone to prove the inferiority of the latter.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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feedback, do they care?

I remember the feedback/answers site for the Windows 8 beta. The top issues, upvoted by many thousands to the top were:

1. Where the fuck is the start button and menu? I need a start button, not some stupid hover corner and full screen of big chunky squares.

2. How can I remove metro and all that shiznit that goes with it?

So I guess the biggest issue is whether they will actually listen this time, or whether it's still just a corporate exercise to pick and choose and ignore anything that does not fit with what the boss man has decided.

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

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Yes, you can plug in a USB cable and copy photos and videos straight off the file system just like you can with Android.

You can also set OneDrive to automatically upload them through wireless when you're connected and sync your computer with that... I used to do similar with Dropbox in Android. That way, all your new photos and videos get on to your PC without you thinking about it.

As a long time Android user, I didn't find any real problem doing anything I wanted to do on Windows Phone 8.1 with the latest update now that VPN is supported. It also has the Swipe type keyboard which I got so used to on Android and really could not do without now.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Don't forget his sidekick

Whenever I think of Chris Serle, I remember this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SehPOYKmRI4

In our house, to 'Chris Serle' is still a verb meaning to deliberately and blatantly do something extremely badly and ineptly so as to make it look difficult or impossible, normally to reinforce a petty point.

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'Encryption will make life very easy for criminals and terrorists'

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won't someone think of the children

I would like to suggest to the US Attorney General that everybody should be strangled at birth. Not being strangled at birth is playing right into the hands of the terrorists and paedophiles, who are able to go on and commit heinous acts precisely because they had not been strangled at birth.

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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

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Re: I wonder

I imagine the miscreants are already. With heartbleed and now this having been present for 22 years, I suspect there is going to be quite a bit more attention on a lot of software previously assumed to be safe by those with both good and bad intentions.

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: FUD whack-a-mole

"This has existed for 23 years, and nobody has ever written a worm using it! Now, doesn't that tell somebody something?"

Presumably the same applies to Windows XP?

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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what else lurks

After heartbleed and now this, which was apparently lurking in plain sight for 22 years, one has to wonder what else can be found in long-trusted code. I would imagine miscreants will be paying a lot more attention than before to common open source software as it seems it could be rather fertile ground for exploits that have long been overlooked.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Samsung

"Samsung will have the same issue but perhaps only sell 10m phones in a year so it's not going to make the news."

At least as recently as April this year, Samsung apparently shipped more phones than Apple..... and Huawei, Lenovo and LG put together. 85,000,000 smartphones in the first quarter alone.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2014/04/30/samsung-is-undisputed-king-of-smartphones-apple-still-distant-second/

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: Flaw in the argument

He said a 2.5 KG bag of baking potatoes. I assumed therefore he was going to bake them. Don't need to peel or chop them - just a wash and in the oven. The skins are full of vitamins and fibre - best part of the potato.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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good phone

but spectacularly overpriced.

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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does anyone really care for vendor tinkering?

I mean, has anyone ever bought a phone because they actually liked Samsung, HTC or Huawei's 'improvements'?

Having just moved to a lumia 930 after only using Android, the last thing it needs is far-east vendors putting their own warped idea of what looks nice all over it.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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not really a surprise considering how piss poorly run they were

Just last week I was looking for a new phone and found one, SIM-free, unlocked dialaphone.co.uk, a p4u subsiduary.

After we tried several times to buy it using a company credit card, we gave up and called them. On eventually getting through, we were rather rudely informed that they only sell to individuals, and only sell phones with contracts... not sim-free or unlocked.

A simple mistake, I suppose it was a combination of the words 'sim-free' and 'unlocked', coupled with their Ts and Cs and web site which did not state anywhere that they only sell to individuals which confused me.

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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Of course they haven't conducted mass surveillance of their people...

...they've subcontracted the job to the USA.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Not another ipad

So Apple has come out with a watch that looks as crap as the Samsung effort, and technically seems to have all the same problems but is a year later to market.

They've also produced two new phones that have finally caught up with the fact people like bigger screens several years after everyone else went there, and Jobs went to his grave insisting were too big.

Pretty clear that Apple's era of defining the market is behind it and it's basically just following the leaders now.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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Re: Would the US risk a diplomatic incident?

<quote>For the latter, the US would have to provide probably cause in a manner that is 100% compliant with Swiss law</quote>

I wonder if Swiss law is any more robust against political abuse than Swedish law?

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

"We're talking about buying cheap hardware to re-use for different purposes, here."

So, you're saying that if the vendor tripled the price into Apple territory, it would be fine to lock it down for a particular OS as Apple does? But because it's cheap, it's morally wrong to impose such a restriction on it!?

That is a rather bizarre point of view.

It seems to me the real reason people object is that they still regard Microsoft as a monopoly, which with the variety of computing devices available these days, it isn't. I'd argue Apple and Google are equally as bad now, but old heads have not quite caught up to this way of thinking yet.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Re: Not happy with the picture on the mug....

I am sure the residents of Tuvalu are equally concerned about the lack of visibility of their island home on the Lohan mug. What to do?

Can you not move?

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Re: "Seven" and "one"

In mine too. The wife (despite what she claimed during the WC) has no interest in football, but suddenly is the world's biggest fan when the WC arrives. Hopefully that result will haunt them, and they won't be quite as unbearably jingoistic next time around.

Might I also suggest that the Brazil players like David Luiz, if they really have to believe in god, save their prayers for important things like people getting shot in the face in street robberies, and nothing as self-indulgent as a bit of assistance in getting dives adjudged as penalties in a football match.

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

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Re: Vote UKIP!

Rejoice, in an EU-free Britain, the right to parody will be restored!

Unless of course, it's a UKIP leaflet you're parodying... then the freedom-loving libertarians at UKIP will set their masonic chums in the local rozzas onto you to force you to delete your heretical utterings

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-complaint-prompts-police-to-question-blogger-9358634.html

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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Re: Battery clip springs...

put 'em perpendicular to direction of motion?

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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Re: Tony Blair was half right (*cough*)

If Tony Blair has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear.

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It's up to us

You cannot rely on legal protection or rules to protect privacy. We all know that rules are what people like us are forced to adhere to, they don't apply to the governments and rulers. Even if they say we have rights and protections, in secret they'll be doing whatever they can to watch all of us regardless.

It is up to the people to do whatever they can through technical means and behaviour to protect themselves. SSL wherever possible to frustrate pervasive surveillance, extensive use of Tor and obfuscation, encryption of emails between yourself and your regular contacts and so on, even if for trivial matters. None of this will really hold back determined security forces if they really want to access what you've been up to, but it will raise the cost/difficulty of doing so that will force them to focus efforts only on those people they have real reason to suspect, instead of just on everyone. Which is what they should have been doing all along, if only they had not got drunk on power.

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Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

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Re: "1 TB (1,000 GB)"

I recall Stephen Fry explaining the very same on QI a while back.

But despite this celebrity unendorsement, it is in fact correct.

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Re: Don't shoot the messenger!

I have used dropbox for several years. I tried OneDrive after I upgraded to Windows 8.1 and it was baked in. OneDrive was syncing my files at about 10KB/s. Dropbox gives me at least 100x that speed.

Not a Microsoft hater by any stretch, but OneDrive is just too slow to be of any use as a cloud storage system in the 2 weeks or so I struggled with it.

I think we also need to consider too that all these price cuts is just the big boys like Google and Microsoft hoping to put the smaller guys out of business. Remember when Google Apps and email was free for businesses on your own domain. Then it stopped being free for new signups, and soon after Outlook.com was no longer free for businesses either. I fully expect once they've extinguished the competition, you won't get free cloud storage from Google or Microsoft, and everything will be paid-for only.

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

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I just installed chrome 64 bit and to be honest, I cannot tell the difference.

I'd settle, after 4 or 5 years, for being able to move my toolbar buttons around, something chrome still struggles to give me, and it's fairly useless plugin/addon implementation seems to be unable to address too.

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The libraries affected were implemented in accordance with the spec, and then had workarounds for quirks in browsers not implementing it, which included Chrome. This is precisely the problem - if you fix a bug that has been there for 4 years, basically every library will have a workaround for chrome that is suddenly a 'bug' because chrome decided to change its implementation without warning.

Chromium's release system allows plenty of scope for testing if changes to js implementation are not marked as 'trivial' when they are not, and hence sneaked in without warning in the next release.

Browsers should be careful to implement fixes in a way that is conscious of the fact that the vast majority of users out there will have built their code to work as the browser is, not as it should be.

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The chromium team does seem to be pretty sloppy these days... or worse. They've changed various subtle javascript behaviour which has broken a ton of web sites because they've wrongly categorized these changes as 'trivial' and so failed to post notice in advance of deprecating them.

They've then topped it off by responding to any complaints about the issues by saying that they (now!) follow the spec, and all those libraries written and tested against how chrome worked for years don't, so people must bitch at those other developers to 'fix' their bugs and not the chromium team.

It seems this kind of arrogance and expectation that the rest of the web should jump to accommodate the whims of your corporate suits and devs comes with the territory when a browser obtains the largest market share. So much for 'don't do evil'.

Say what you like about Mozilla, but I am not aware they've ever thrown their weight around, especially for corporate reasons (i.e. breaking other people's libraries that are used in competing products), like this.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: um

Why remove an app with 50 plus reviews and less than 3 stars? If someone is stupid enough to buy an app without looking at the rating or reading the reviews, that's surely up to them?

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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release the paedos!?

Are we saying it's not illegal to watch those kinds of videos?

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Football legend Gary Lineker in TWITTER POO TROLL SCANDAL

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I was thinking the same

I guess mrs Lineker is hoping it does get better than a huge semi.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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never going back

I lived there for 8 years. I don't know how, looking back.

It's an awful place.

You cannot gold-plate a turd, although they're desperately trying.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Do you think the Warsaw ghetto uprising was a provokation and a breach of the peace that demanded German forces go in to restore order? Because it really isn't any different. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

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the figures

There are around 1500 palestinians dead. How many of these are civilians you can take the Israeli view (50%) or the UN and others (80%).

On the Israeli side, there are 60 dead, 58 of which are soldiers. Which is about 3% civilian casualties.

So one side is killing 50-80% civilians, the other around 3%.

Remind me which side is doing the 'precision' attacks and doing everything to avoid killing civilians?

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According to Henry Siegman, former executive of the American Jewish Congress, David Ben Gurion instructed his generals to target civilians - specifically to line up Palestinian men against the wall and shoot them, so as to encourage an exodus:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/08/prominent-jewish-leader-israel-intentionally-killed-civillians-1948-engaged-ethnic-cleansing-ever-since.html

As he points out, Israel was founded by terrorists who were essentially doing what Hamas is now, only much more effectively. The people involved in these crimes went on to become leaders of Israel - Ben Gurion, Rabin, etc.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Re: Please

This has nothing to do with the EU, your fault was that even if there were laws to protect you, you were not prepared to go to the small claims court and argue the toss. This is exactly what companies rely on. Case in point, the EU compensation scheme for delayed flights - every airline will claim the delay is not their fault, it was not reasonably foreseeable. Unless you're prepared to go to the small claims court, you'll not get any joy.

And take a look at the British parliament. Let me ask you - do you see a public-spirited bunch of capable, trustworthy and selfless individuals dedicated to make the world a fairer and better place of only the evil shackles of Brussels were removed from their delicate, hard-working hands?

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