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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: just me ??

Nope, there're two of us - I just find a belt clip more practical. The phone doesn't fall out of my top pocket when I bend over, doesn't get scratched by my keys/change in my pocket, doesn't get sat on in my back pocket, and I don't have to constantly move it from place to place to prevent any of the above! It just sits there securely within easy reach. Perfect!

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: 'Absolutely nothing like'

Agree they must have a very different definition of that - they should check out BlackBerry's new Passport for some pointers on differentiation and new thinking.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Transparent aloominum?!

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

Mark Hamill was involved in a car accident between the filming of 4 and 5 and received facial injuries, hence why the wampa scene was written to give it some sort of explanation.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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FAIL

OneDrive...

...Not SkyDrive

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime

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Magic Realms

Much as I'd like to, I can't get myself addicted to another one - I've got Magic Realms on my BlackBerry and it's frustratingly addictive, and I know that when I move house next month and get all my stuff out of storage, I'll find my MTG decks and lose even more evenings!

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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

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Carrier Loyalty?

It's interesting in all of this that the implications are that customers are die-hard loyal to a specific carrier. I can understand if a company has a long-standing contract with one, but is the average consumer rabidly attached to them? I've bounced between Vodafone, Three, T-Mobile and now O2 in the past decade, and can't say I have any particular preference (apart from never going back to Three. Ever); I'll just go with whoever gives me the better deal with the phone I want. Happens to be BB at the moment, so I guess T-Mobile's out of the equation when the next upgrade comes around!

On a side note, I note that BB are starting to sell more SIM-free unlocked phones direct through their website... perhaps this is the start of a carrier-free marketing model? Would that even work, who knows? But it'll be interesting to see if it does.

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WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

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Re: The only concern with BlackBerry is...

I think John Chen was asked that this week, and he said something along the lines of "if someone wanted to buy BBM for $16bn of course I would sell - my first duty is to the shareholders". Can't see anyone making any sort of offer though (no-one wanted the whole company for $4bn remember), and I think BBM will happily carve out it's niche as *the* secure messaging system, as opposed to the one that rifles through your phonebook, links all the numbers with facebook profiles, and who knows what else they'll come up with.

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Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

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Re: Inconceivable!

I've seen quite a few interviews with Chen, and he genuinely seems to different from a lot of the other tech head honchos; he knows full well the position the company is in, and he doesn't sugar coat things, he's simply trying his damndest to get the company back into the black and be a market leader in a niche field (enterprise). He know they can't compete with Apple, Samsung & Google in the consumer area (despite the fact that BB10's latest version is superb and all reviews on the Z30 are overwhelmingly positive), so he's just going to chip away at the mountain and do the best he can.

The main problem they have is reputation and perception; carriers are no longer co-operating, store staff have no knowledge of the products and of course the prevalent viewpoint is that 'BlackBerry is dead and won't be around in 2 years'.

I think if anyone can turn BB around, it's John Chen.

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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

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Meh

Wonder how this compares

to BlackBerry and Windows apps. I know they're a much smaller sample set, but it would still be interesting to see a comparison. I know some of the BB apps I've downloaded ask for various permissions but you can deny some or all of them, whereas the Android ones I've put on the BB have a static set of permissions - take them or don't use it.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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Balanced view

I agree with a lot of people who dislike the thought of being constantly and covertly filmed/photographed for no other reason than that Google wants to know everything about everyone in order to sell more adverts; I would politely but definitely refuse to have a conversation with someone wearing one. However, the technology itself does have potential outside of the advertising/data collection arena; think of partially-sighted people, or perhaps surgeons in operating theatres. It would be interesting (if naively optimistic!) to see if something like this could be developed in conjunction with the medical sector to aid humankind rather than advertisers.

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

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Re: Wait, what movie?

I saw the trailer when I went to see The Hobbit and was p***ing myself laughing and jumping up and down on the chair like a little kid :) It does look seriously awesome!

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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WTF?

Bold, Curve...

Google's going through BlackBerry's portfolio for names now??

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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Re: WP is an albatross @Dan55

Nokisoft?

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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Just curious...

Having not seen any particular specification on the Glass, is it possible to determine at a distance whether or not it's switched on? And surely, while the cop is busy getting out of their car, one could surreptitiously switch the glasses off anyway, and presumably it couldn't be proven that they were ever on. Looks like this judgement is going to set a bit of a precedent.

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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Unhappy

Re: Everything

Well, with this and Google's Nest purchase, I'd say you probably won't have to wait too long. Unfortunately.

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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

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WTF?

Re: Oh dear, what a crying shame.

I see a hint of sanity creeping into amanfrommars' posts... the first 3 paragraphs actually made sense!

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This one time at Apple Camp... Tech titan offers to school US fanbois on coding

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Re: A little information...

like trying to skin a live whale with a plastic tortoise

Have an upvote for that lovely bit of imagery!

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'Fatal flaws' in Google's revised search antitrust overhaul, says Foundem

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Re: Huh?

I just tried that, from London on the Google.co.uk site; typing in GM got me a load of GMail results (BEFORE I'd hit Enter, and the autocomplete showed GMail) then when I clicked search I got General Motors followed by GMail.

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

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Happy

Re: The World of Warcraft episode...

The Guitar Hero episode was the best.

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Twitter to flog IPO shares at $26, eyes $2bn prize ... IBM will be pleased

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Headmaster

Pedant Alert

"its underwriters had seen an increased interest from perspective shareholders"

These are the ones looking at it from a different angle, right?

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

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WTF?

Interesting...

I can see that this would certainly have uses for some people (perhaps wheelchair users or those in mobility frames), but aside from that, wouldn't this require the "system" (ie Apple) to collect lots of data about your likes and dislikes? Does anyone else see the marginal contradiction with the phrase they just used re: information sharing: 'We have no interest in amassing personal information' ??!!

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

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Re: Only 11 actors?

I still count David Niven and Peter Sellers as 'official' James Bonds!

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Got a mobile phone? Then you've got a Trojan problem too

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Re: Awww, did they say something nasty about blackberry?

Heh, no, not really fussed about people I'll never meet having a go at BB (the company, phone *or* OS), and yes, I've seen a lot of abuse levelled their way (I do wonder if any of the abusers have actually tried to use the OS though). I was actually just intrigued that in a pretty level-headed and objective report on the state of things (ie no wild "Android is crap" headlines), he slipped in a cheap shot to BB, who in the context of the article come out on top.

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Objective Viewpoint

>He contends that BlackBerry is the most secure, both in its BB7 and BB10 incarnations – although for security you have to sacrifice the openness of the BB10 system and then you have to wonder what is the point of going to BB10 in the first place.

Wow, cheap shot there - instead of lauding BB's security ethic from an objective perspective, you take the opportunity to stick the knife in. Great journalism, well done.

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T-Mobile pulls BlackBerry products from US retail stores

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Bloody "Analysts"

>"We believe the Fairfax initiative is unlikely to come to fruition and see the next valuation floor for the stock at $5," one Bernstein analyst has reportedly told his clients

This has been going on for years now, with so-called-analysts constantly trying to drive the share price down and assure everyone that BB are doomed. No, they're not in a good place, yes, they missed the boat with apps and the speed with which consumers turned to full-touch-screen and use phones more as a fun tool, but they don't deserve to be constantly ground into the dirt by people saying "BB should just go away and close up shop" - do you honestly wish unemployment on thousands of people just because you don't like their product?? I don't particularly like Android or iPhones, but I'd never wish the companies to go bust!

I like the Z10, I like the BB10 interface, and am very much hoping they can restore some dignity and user confidence back into the brand, and continue ensuring we have a choice in the phone market.

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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

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Terminator

Re: Oh darn, beat me to it, but still.

One shall stand, one shall fall...

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

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Re: Correction

Hear hear!!

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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WTF?

Re: Challenge for new Doctor: TOXIC MENACE

Is it just me, or does amanfrommars make more sense than Eadon??

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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BB10's hub effectively does that, channeling all e-mails, texts, WhatsApp messages etc into one central point, but still with the ability to filter to the specific sources.

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Mushroom

Re: the fat lady is warming up

arnnt nearly as good as android or apple. When you can get BBM on an S4, why would anyone buy a Z10?

Blimey what a ridiculous post! I'll ignore the atrocious spelling and just look at your above statement. Have you used a Z10 at all? I assume your incredibly sweeping and unspecific comment that BBs aren't "as good" as Android or Apple refers to the OS rather than the handset - again, have you used BB10 and looked at it with an unbiased perspective, evaluating its merits and flaws, or have you just written it off and not bothered to actually comment from a position of intelligence and fairness? The second part of that comment seems to be referring to the handsets, and since the Z10s are clearly being bought (in whatever numbers you believe), clearly you're asserting that all those people should have bought an S4 instead (for unspecified reasons), and they're all deficient in some way because of that choice. Well, I had that choice, I looked at both options, chose the Z10, and am very happy with it. So to answer your question, I, at least, bought the Z10 because I liked the overall package (OS and handset) and preferred it to the other available ones.

Never used BBM myself (or Twitter or Facebook), but it's good to see BB exploring their options to try and turn things around for the company.

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Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

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Coat

Re: Bounty Hunter Count

But when they viewed the remastered CCTV footage it appeared that he threw a weak mis-aimed punch first...

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Facepalm

Re: Bounty Hunter Count

Aaah, that's the one /facepalm. So that's 4 who do something besides just standing there; are they saying that they had all 4 actors (including whoever was behind the Greedo mask) at this convention then? Not bad going (if true).

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Alien

Bounty Hunter Count

This year, the convention reunited all four bounty hounters from the Star Wars film.

Old age is clearly getting to me as I can't quite resolve that number - the 2 Fetts and Zam Wessel are the obvious 3 that spring to mind, but then in Ep5 there's a whole bunch like IG-88 and Bossk. Someone please put me out of my misery here...

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BlackBerry's Q5 QWERTY gets flirty with buy-curious teens

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FAIL

Re: Too Late

And just how many "yoof" do you know, that your social circle should be taken as a representative sample of BlackBerry's market as a whole?

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Re: Still waiting for a torch replacement

I had a Torch for almost 3 years and was similarly holding out to see if there was a replacement slider on BB10. Searched Crackberry and other places but could only find rumours and hopes, but certainly no hard evidence to suggest it'd be out soon. I decided to give the Z10 a go, and honestly, the keyboard's very good, and I find I don't really miss the physical one at all.

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BlackBerry: THE TRUTH about that 5.1 per cent UK market figure

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Interesting anecdotes...

I'm always amused by people who say "I know no-one who owns a x/y/z phone", as if that should tell us that their social circle is so huge and diverse that it too should be upscaled to demonstrate the global market share.

I switched from a Torch to the Z10 last week and think it's great; others will hate the interface or the size or the placement of the buttons, and that's their right to do so, just as I wasn't overly impressed by Apple or a variety of Android handsets. My choice as a consumer. What I did appreciate was being able to look at 4 different OSs and make an informed judgement as to which I preferred. If BlackBerry and Microsoft were to bunk out of the market as so many people here suggest they should do, I would have had only 2 to choose between; it seems that there is so much rabid OS-attachment out there that people have lost the understanding of the value of competition and choice.

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BlackBerry OS 10.1 leaks its secret goo over all the web

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Re: My Z10

<One of BB's biggest problems is the shops. The sales staff don't care, and it's difficult to get a proper go on one to see what it's like outside of the limited demo app.>

Completely agree - the missis and I went into an O2 shop on Saturday to look at upgrading my BB to the Z10, and the first thing the sales assistant said about it was that it was a difficult interface - I pointed out that I'd just had a play with one in another shop that had a working demo model and found it to be very easy. You'd think the sales people would reserve their own opinions and give a balanced view to prospective customers! I even bit the bullet and had a go with the iPhone, and tried to open 2 apps at once... can it really still not do that or was I doing something stupidly wrong?

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

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Stop

Re: um

They applied for the trademark in 2000 and it was granted in 2008; presumably Gradiente'll argue that they had 5 years from it being GRANTED to act upon it, whereas Apple will be contesting that they should have had a commercial model by 2005.

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Kickstarter project says open source can blast Death Star costs

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Good luck to him

Got a bit of a shock at the guy's name - I know him from playing Nanvaent MUD in the late 90s. Sounds like exactly the kind of thing he'd do, so good luck to him, and I'm sure all the idlers in nanc will chuck some cash his way!

Maverick/WildKarrde

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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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Re: Anti RIM sentiment

I agree; ever since BB10 was announced there has been a huge amount of negativity on these boards towards a company that's potentially going to give consumers more choice in the marketplace. Maybe these people are seeing it as a genuine contender and just can't stand the fact that it might do things that their prized and beloved OSs can't.

Kinda sad really!

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FAIL

Re: UX - nothing very new here

Hmm, 85 + 6 + 3 + 1 = 95...

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BT's shock new wheeze: Make phone calls from smartphones

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FAIL

"The national telco's SmartTalk service is available for iOS and Android"

What, not available on BlackBerry? Poor show!

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Vodafone goes titsup for BlackBerrys in mobile data outage

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We run a number of BBs on O2 using BES and haven't seen any problems today... annoyingly, I left my personal BB (on Vodafone) at home today so can't compare :-(

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RIM gifts new BlackBerry dev handset to select few

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FAIL

Re: Quality over quantity

*sigh* shocking spelling there - "good" luck, obviously!

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Quality over quantity

I'm just glad to see that someone in the marketplace still values quality and that I won't have to trawl through hundreds of identical apps to find what I want. Everyone seems to have it in for RIM at the moment; there've been lots of comments here saying they should just give up and get out of the business, but I for one think it can only be good for consumers to have more choice. If they give it their best shot and no-one buys their stuff, then that's how it goes, but there's certainly room in the market for more than a two-horse race. Giid luck to 'em!

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RIM sets date for BlackBerry 10 reveal

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Look like I'm the only one

who's actually looking forward to this then. Vodafone called me last week to offer me an early upgrade and were slightly stunned when I said I was going to wait a couple of months until BB10. I guess they don't hear that too much these days!

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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Re: Three trilogies

And that may possibly have worked if not for the books covering the next 40+ years. When the original Thrawn trilogy came out they may have had an outside chance of filming those with the original cast, but I think their best bet is to go for the KotOR era, either basing them on existing games (nice tie-in already there) or new stories in the same era. Who doesn't want to see a mass battle between hundreds of Jedi and Sith?!

Sadly, like most people it seems, I fear for the worst...

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Tesco causes couple condom catastrophe

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@her opinion of her husband

Boyfriend, not husband, but the point stands. Her opinion must also be pretty poor to immediately assume he's cheating rather than it being a mistake...

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Oz Anglicans embrace Darth Vader

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Stop

"Darth Vader doesn't really exist"

I find your lack of faith disturbing...

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