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Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

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Re: Declared another nefarious deed by PUTIN, out to undermine "faith in democracy"

Oh, downvotes, really?

Well, explain this then:

German leaders angry at cyberattack, hint at Russian involvement

German politicians say action must follow a hack that paralyzed some 900,000 internet connections. Berlin stopped short of blaming Russia, but fears are growing Moscow could try to influence the 2017 German election.

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Declared another nefarious deed by PUTIN, out to undermine "faith in democracy"

Begin headline in 15 minutes!

(Faith in WHAT now?)

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Dumb problems

This is even dumber than the "transgender toilet" bullshit in the US.

This planet is full of animal protein. Deal with it!

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American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

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Re: The motives are many

Or if someone is stil interested in the swansong of the 5th Generation Project: CACM 1993-03 (Vol 36, Num. 3) "End of the 5th Generation Project"

T'was great ;_;

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The motives are many

Greed, Fear, Narcissism & Self-promotion, Nationalism, Hubris, American Exceptionalism, a craven and ultimately doomed desire to remain post-WWII top dog and for some the wish to be at the trough of government largesse (a trough filled with money that doesn't exist) -- all can be detected in the quotes. There sure is interest to Do The Right Thing too, so let's not be too negative.

Ultimately, this is exactly the same show as the run during the start of Japans "5th Generation Project" in the early 80s when AI "was just a decade away" (I think the lead-in images were styled the same as the one see here at El Reg).

A Great Nipponese Leap Forward would be based on powerful Logic Programming systems (actually back then, only Prolog - Logic Programming has been extended by a large set of new tools and logics since). Special hardware would greatly increase the LIPS (logical inference per second) number and open up new opportunities in all technological areas.

US persons of influence heard about this, possibly read some books making great predictions ("The 5th Generation" by Feigenbaum & McCorduck for example), panicked a bit, asked industry and academia, allocated money and voilà - a "Strategic Computing Initiative" was born.

A Great American Leap Forward would be based on powerful LISP systems (Americans didn't like the Japanese-European logic programming idea all that much, LISP was invented here, so let's take that. Evidently Functional Programming has been extended by a large set of new tools, principles and languages since. We even have types now!). Special hardware would greatly increase the beta-reductions per second number and open up new opportunities in all technological areas.

In the end, Japan's 5th generation passed away quietly. Some of the developments were used in industry, especially in the hardware domain, a lot of papers were published, and the consensus seems to be that MITI money mainly subsidized the training of new engineers and academics, and not necessarily in AI technology either.

The US SCI project quickly gave up on LISP & Stuff as the the goals were recognized as far out. It reoriented itself quietly to develop supercomputing, hardware, communications and defense-related stuff (basically using a bait-and-switch manoeuver). The products of this would be used with some success during Gulf War I and that was that.

Europeans had the more civilian ESPRIT set of projects, not necessarily in computing but in science & techology in general, about which I don't know much.

Amazingly I can't remember even a peep from the Soviet Union, I guess they were still trying to get past the "bourgeois science" stigma affixed to Cybernetics and trying to roll out copies of IBM 370 as well as build up the cross-country networks that they were building at the time. They were probably also busy with the repercussions of Chernobyl.

So here we are again. All the talk about "demon AI" is pap, one would think the king had called in the realm's magicians to perform a particularly dangerous summoning. I know that the literature is full of AIs going rogue in quasi-supernatural ways, but the world just doesn't work that way (Frank Herbert's "Destination Void" comes to mind. It wasn't even that good fiction.)

See also:

Strategic Defense Initiative

Fifth generation computer

And especially this book which is floating around on the 'net (or you can get it used for cheap):

Strategic Computing: DARPA and the Quest for Machine Intelligence, 1983-1993

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Re: "on the UK island of Jersey"

Sure is Alt-Right in here.

I approve of this (somewhat)

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Re: What a Pity! On the very day that ...

[citation needed]

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Re: Just thinking

Tabloid headline now! We need to get some head of steam up, here:

"PUTIN'S CABLE BREAK!"

and on page 2:

"NATO CUT TO THE BONE!"

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Not so expensive

So we are looking at 7-figure numbers, max?

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Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Re: Damn!

No, I was actually thinking about anal beads...

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Re: Cant help thinking that a magnetic field that strong

"Cant help!"

It may actually have been prussian philosopher talking about the noumenon (no, not that unsufferable arsehole Hegel)

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'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

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Declared as another hit by at least a friend of a friend of P.U.T.I.N.

Mama Merkel isn't 100% sure, but apparently Russia is involved somehow and tries to undermine democracy by wrecking Freedom Country People's routers!

German leaders angry at cyberattack, hint at Russian involvement: German politicians say action must follow a hack that paralyzed some 900,000 internet connections. Berlin stopped short of blaming Russia, but fears are growing Moscow could try to influence the 2017 German election.

No word about ISPs going full retard with the material they foist on customers and that this could have been done by Trump's 400-pounder in the basement.

Instead we get this pap:

Landefeld says that one of the major problems is that the public at large uses IT technology without sufficient awareness of the risks involved. That's one reason, he says, that there are limits to what politicians can do to minimize the threat of cyberattacks in the short term.

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Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

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Re: This Is Good

Well, people in government or elected reps are not likely to wear explodo-collars to humor the unwashed masses, so what you gonna do?

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Re: Really? Making this about representation?

The Great Liberal White Hope in the form of the Magical Negro let everyone down.

Clinton voters just didn't want to face that fact.

(Before the cry of "racism" comes up, no: the Magical Negro is just a mental aberration of whitey: The Magical Negro is a supporting stock character in American cinema who is portrayed as coming to the aid of a film's white protagonists. Magical Negro characters, who often possess special insight or mystical powers, have long been a tradition in American fiction etc. etc.)

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Why does this happen?

We need more context to eval that affirmation.

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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

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Re: Don't blame Snowden, blame GCHQ

"Blaming" is incorrect, as encryption is good...

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: it is time to start using the secure pub/private key exchange network.

Not at all. Amazon will probably loan out the hardware and AIs for a nominal fee at some point.

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Re: This boils down to a single thing...

Anarchy can be a Good Thing or a Bad Thing depend on the levels of trust and interaction.

A Police State is a Bad Thing no matter what.

And I don't appreciate the false dichotomy between Police State and Anarchy. I think an percussive attitude adjustment is in order.

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Re: The whole thing is total and utter baloney.

> Nuke goes off in London

What. How. Nukes are State Things. They are delivered by ballistic missile, generally. They don't just "go off in London".

> Muslims willing to start World War III?

Who exactly? The only one ready to do so on the latest list was Clintobama (one part of which is kinda muslim, I agree).

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Re: How long until

Meanwhile the Merkel Govnm't intends to go full retardretreat on the customary attention to data protection, I really don't know what's going on: Germany planning to 'massively' limit privacy rights

The bill would also shut down citizens' right to know what data is being collected about them - even by private firms, if releasing that information would "seriously endanger" a company's "business purposes," the SZ quoted the draft as saying. Thilo Weichert, former data protection commissioner for the state of Schleswig-Holstein and now DVD board member, condemned de Maiziere's plans as a "massive" erosion of privacy in Germany.

I feel an Angry Election will be next.

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Re: Sad, sad day.

A great and proud country that used to show the rest of the world how to live with honour, dignity and respect and was willing to fight not one, but two world wars, not to acquire territory, resources or influence, but to defend a way of life.

In spite of recent political tarts' efforts to retcon WWI into a fight for "the freedoms", this is and stays utter ahistorical bullshit and you should be ashamed to be take the history rewriting enema from your masters.

WWI is and stays a war between colonial powers, with the UK getting into it to guarantee a continental balance of forces. That's all there is. Someone in your family died? You have been had. Suck it up!

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Re: thats the polite version

> because our then government had failed to provide the manufacturing capability to defend ourselves

Dude! T'was the British Empire back then, with India and everything, what are you even talking about. And who would have thunk that the UK would enter a continental brawl to guarantee the neutrality of a rapacious colonial midget???

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Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

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Re: Molten chip fat, cold plasma...

Why does that work?

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Re: No US coverage of this

Racist isolationist Nazis, please!

Also, useful idiots for P.U.T.I.N. whose world-takeover plans are reaching high maturity levels as ISIS-provided freedoms of Syria are tumbling!

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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"The above curtailed message was found in a bathub in the basement of a building called 'The Linux User Group'. Nobody in modern times can make sense of it, even the Great NT tried to analyze it but to no avail."

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Re: What happens when a star gets too big?

Best post is best

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Re: You broke it, you bought it.

You have to be swivel-eyed, window licking, barking mad nuts to use an xml parser in your boot process.

Full-on bullshit of the lowest "imma gonna hack me way out of this, in a manly way" sort

At least you can get exact error messages, the user knows what type of value he must and can set in and where (you know, XML Schema, dude!), and the data can be tested against the specs without running the boot process.

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Re: You broke it, you bought it.

How is something that is Apache licensed not permissive enough for a BSD core component???

Unless a "not" has been dropped in brain-to-keyboard translation, there must be huge corn cobs stuck up arses somehwere.

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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Re: RE: Chernobyl wildlife

A pretty good read is "Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl". IMHO.

There is also "Un été à Chernobyl", a french comic about a visit to the zone, where the (green) artist meets up with people living there, then goes out to do paintings.

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Re: Obligitory XKCD refference

Yeah well, you know how the inhalation exposure to radon goes.

It's not good for you.

You have alpha emitters in your skeleton, you better be on the lookout for serious damage soon.

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Re: Twinkle twinkle

Nope, people were admiring the burning wreckage while standing on the nearby bridge while being rained on by fallout and pieces of graphite from the core that had likely popped out of the reactor enclosure into the air and exploded like a fracking claymore.

Then the Soviet Union decided to recycle local produce by "diluting" it with non-radioactive meat and milk....

French news commentary declaring that the radioactive cloud had stopped at their border, no harm done were very confidence-inspiring.

IIRC, even in the mid-90s you could get a good radiation dose by eating mushrooms from some french forests. A submarine sailor could not get BACK on the sub due to high readings...

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Re: Obligitory XKCD refference

Unfortunately having particles rattling around inside your body is bound to cause more problems than that chart suggests. Uranium babies exist for a reason, and it's just due to heavy metal dusting.

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The sad part is how hard it was to find the money behind the sofa to actually finance the new cover.

Things can still go pear-shaped. Ukraine is sometimes ravaged by wildfires. A wildfire in Red Forest will blow the nucleides into the atmosphere and cause definite trouble.

Plus, no-one is talking about the impact on the Belarusian side, which has an even more extensive Zone that, however, is not all too clearly marked and research into it is being a bit suppressed, innit.

While not being interested too much in sociological writings, there is a book I would consider as "not bad" on the nice obfuscation process (likely also practiced by the WHO whose numbers about health effects look suspiciously low, low, low): The Politics of Invisibility: Public Knowledge about Radiation Health Effects after Chernobyl

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I wonder how many deaths would have ensued had the Fukushima power plant been coal, oil or gas fired?

Probably none and it would have been easier to clean up too.

Also dodged a bit of a bullet as the reactors loaded with MOX didn't melt down, it would have been testing time for what happens if MOX transforms into corium.

Then again, Fukushima was an olden US-issued boiling water reactor ... why not use nicely compact pressurized water reactors, or a CANDU reactor instead?

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Re: Ha Ha!

Who downvotes a Stalker reference? Must be another Zone bandit.

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Ha Ha!

Time for Stalker: Cover of Chernobyl!

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'Tesco Bank's major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,' claims ex-employee

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Re: "massive issues with Legacy systems"

> CODASYL-style database

All 64KByte of it, maintained by immortal gnomes!

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: *Godzilla Facepalm*

They are probably psychologically damaged beyond repair already.

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Re: Why 18?

Making an obscene image where the subject is intended to appear to be under 18 is an offence - so a 40year old women on a hen party in a school uniform is child pron

How can a 40 year old woman be made to appear to be under 18? That's just not possible.

Wait ... was that law written by sexually frustrated women?

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The anti-sex league will be in touch. After this message about the war against Oceania.

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Another Canadian uni hit by ransomware, students told to keep Windows PCs away

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Don't give me the US-centric pap of "encouraging"

Such a craven display may have encouraged today's attack.

More likely a spray-and-play attack and someone clicking on something.

No encouragement needed, just Windows.

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Doctor AI will see you now: US military vets will be diagnosed by deep-learning bots

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That's de department that tries to dump veterans by the wayside ASAP

It's like I'm really living in a Philip K. Dick story.

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Speaking of Paris...

> McCain who seems rather tame

Well, that's just like, your opinion man.

McCain was crazy ass bonkers while trying to the presidency. "Bomb this and Bomb that (especially Russia and Iran)" and nothing except confused neocon soundbites. Basically the Clinton hard-on for war from the Repukes' side and not hidden under the leper's clothing of "Progressivism".

Gas!

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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He cared only about his scientific achievements, no matter the cost in life.

He was apparently an all-round PHB. Here's a story from Helmut Hölzer, talking about the design and development of the A4 guidance computer (a world first in embedded electronics), in original Krautlang:

Ich will hier die elektrische Modellgeschichte einmal unterbrechen und später darauf zurückkommen, weil ich chronologisch einigermaßen genau bleiben möchte. Der Grund dafür war ein Besuch von Dr. von Braun’s (1939) in unserem Labor. Er war ziemlich aufgeregt und erzählte mir, daß alle vier Firmen die unter Vertrag waren, eine Kurssteuerung zu entwickeln gestanden, daß ihre Berechnungen zeigten, daß die Steuerungen im Flug instabil sein würden.

Der Grund dafür sagte er, wäre bei allen vieren, daß die Teile verwenden wollten, die ursprünglich für Flugzeuge gedacht waren, und daß einige, insbesondere die Servomotoren die die Strahlruder bewegen sollten, zu langsam waren. Letzten Endes hat die Rakete nur 60 Sekunden zum auskorrigieren einer Störung, während das Flugzeug den ganzen tag hat (so zu sagen). Sie erklärten, daß sie entweder schnellere Servos haben müßten oder die Aufschaltung der Winkelbeschleunigung zusätzlich zu der Winkelgeschwindigkeit, welche von den Wendezeigern geliefert wurde.

Alles dies brauchte erheblich mehr Zeit und Geld beides war nicht da. Von Braun fragte mich: “Sie müssen doch ein ähnliches Problem in dem Fernsteuersystem haben; wie messen Sie denn die seitliche Geschwindigkeit?” Ich muß hier erwähnen, daß zu dieser Zeit die En twicklung der Kurssteuerung von der Fernsteuerentwicklung organisch getrennt war. Ich sagte ihm, daß wir die seitliche Geschwindigkeit nicht messen, sondern automatisch ausrechnen. Er sagte “ausrechnen? Können Sie denn nicht dasselbe tun für die Winkelbeschleunigung? Und wie lange würde Sie brauchen?” Er dachte offensichtlich in Wochen oder Monate. Meine Antwort war: “Es ist jetzt 9 Uhr; wenn Sie mal um 6 Uhr heute Abend wieder hereinschauen würden ...” Er faßte das als guten Witz auf und ging wieder weg. Für uns aber war das alles dank unseres elektrischen Simulators kein Problem und wir fanden ohne tief in die Theorie gehen zu müssen, stabile Bereiche. Abends versuchten wir von Braun zu finden, aber vergebens. Mir fällt da ein, daß wir öfter die Heisenberg’schen Unbestimmtheits-Realisation auf von Braun anwandten: Auf von Braun bezogen, sagt

Relation No. 1: Wenn man genau weiß wo er ist, kann man nie genau sagen was er als nächstes tut.

Relation No. 2: Wenn man genau weiß was er tut, kann ihn keiner finden.

Als er schließlich auftauchte und sah was wir getan hatten, erwarteten wir Lob. Aber alles was er sagte war: Dafür werdet ihr Kerle ja bezahlt. Wo sind denn die Wendezeiger in diesem Aufbau?” Wir sagten ihm, daß zusätzlich zu der rechnerischen Gewinnung der Wendebeschleunigung die Wendezeiger bei diesem Unternehmen auch gestorben seien und daß sie auch durch Computer-Teile ersetzt wären. Kosten: Ein paar Mark gegen ein paar tausend. Er sagte dann: “Oh gut! Ich brauche gerade mehr Geld für Antriebsleute” und verschwand. Er war ein großer Mensch, wir verehrten ihn alle.

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Aaarrrr! Motherland!

This is a good occassion to post soviet-era ballistic dogs and hardware:

1st Soviet ballistic missiles & heroic space dogs in declassified Kapustin Yar range

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Re: Korolev, Challenger, Columbia...

Explain!

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Re: For gentlemen of certain age

Pre-WWII, please!

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: Against British Law

If the UK had stayed out of the continental war in '14, all of this could have been avoided.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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"My lifestyle is being disrespected" Vegan outrage is on a par with Muslim outrage

Frankly, nobody in his right mind cares.

Go back to Vega!!

You will also avoid blood transfusions with human animal proteins.

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ESA: Sorry about Schiaparelli, can we have another €400 mill?

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Re: So, you want an extra €400 million?

Very this!

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