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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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Re: bootnote blessings

While the Editor is enjoying that beer,

Savvy advertisers would surely place their messages here — admittedly at somewhat greater cost — rather than flick them alongside their pennies into the dark Facebook well of nothingness and despair.
savvy advertisers might notice the point of view overwhelmingly provided by this site’s readers here (and the actions taken by them as a consequence) before deciding to Regwardly redirect their pennyflicking.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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You can’t make an intention illegal

Tom 13, I can’t speak to Canadian law, but in the States, 21 USC §846 makes a conspiracy to commit any federal controlled substance offense in 21 USC chapter 13, subchapter I, part D subject to exactly the same penalties as actually committing that offense. Unlike other conspiracy crimes, the US Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Shabani that a 21 USC §846 conspiracy does not require an overt act to be taken in furtherance of the offense; thus, the mere agreement of intent between two or more people to commit such an offense, without any action taken on that intent, would meet the definition of a 21 USC §846 conspiracy.

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Re: I’m lovin’ it

Ralph B, why shouldn’t we celebrate complete ingredient disclosure? People who have whale testicle allergies can make a fully informed decision on whether to drink this beer or not.

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

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Re: Silly Hats

DanceMan, that would be gratifying to the indigenous troops of 19th century Italian East Africa, whose military hats were brimless.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Hot Spanish tongue action

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over Leftpondia way

Any delicatessen deserving of the name will sell tongue (usually pickled, occasionally corned), from which delectable sandwiches can be prepared.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Time delay

Lost all faith…, which “you” are you addressing — Gavin or The Jon? (No region of Australia follows GMT.)

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: “delicious” drinking water?

GBE, if the goal were for drinking water to be completely bland and tasteless, then (certain) bottled water companies wouldn’t add minerals to the (municipally sourced) water that they purify via reverse osmosis.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: A different model …

Charles 9, where was it argued that someone is above the law? What does a NDA being used to cover up a criminal act have to do with the comparison of a NDA to a contract for mandatory arbitration? Again, you’re using the phrase “taken away” to describe something which in this comparison is being given away; please note that “taken away” ≠ “given away”.

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Re: A different model …

Charles 9, if the contract is voluntarily signed without coercion, then why should it be unenforceable? The right to sue would be given away by the signer rather than taken away from him. Compare such a contract to, say, a non-disclosure agreement; what is a NDA but a voluntarily signed contract that limits another fundamental right, one’s freedom of speech?

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Re: So if I have this straight

Anonymous Coward, by “USA has maintained an immense oil reserve”, did you mean the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? If so, note that it was established after the 1973–1974 OPEC embargo, not after the 1956 Suez crisis. Also, its current stock is well above zero.

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Abenomics bra

Chris G, I presumed that it has something to do with Japanese quantitative easing.

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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It was a Thing.

Andrew,

People still like that Thing – they hanker after that familiarity and dependability and nerdish functionality. Tinker with it at your peril.
keep these words of yours in mind regarding El Reg’s site redesign.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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Re: A question …

LucreLout, speaking entirely hypothetically, the answer is yes, though the response to a writ of habeas corpus (for those nations that have it or its equivalent) would reveal any secret law that the accused was charged with breaking. If habeas corpus were suspended, or the response to such a writ could be evaded or obscured, then the secret law could well remain secret. Historically, I doubt if all trials in the Court of Star Chamber were a matter of public record.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Spelling

Glenturret Single Malt, benifited is not correct spelling anywhere. Benefited is probably the most widely accepted spelling, although benefitted can be acceptable in US English.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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yet another viewpoint

First, some history: the article about El Reg’s last redesign can be read here, and a follow-up to it after five days can be seen here. Don’t forget to review the comments to those articles — plus ça change and all that. Like at least one other commentard above, my preferred design was the one that was replaced in 2008.

Regarding this redesign, my least favorite aspect of it is the increased presence and larger size of pictures; for me, each picture has a worth nowhere near a thousand words. Although I only use the Print Article feature rarely, I do in fact use it, unlike Top Stories, Most Read, Most Commented, Spotlight, Don’t Miss, and More from The Register, none of which I use. The stark monochrome of bold black text on a white background could do with a bit of softening. I don’t know if the masthead is a brighter shade of red than it used to be, but it certainly seems brighter against the new monochrome, and I wouldn’t mind it being darkened somewhat.

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US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

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[…] that the internet community would have free reign to decide […]

Kieren, it’s free rein, not free reign.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Typo

Dr Taylor, another handy °F-to-°C phrasebook-style scale translation is -40 °F = -40 °C. Combined with knowledge of the proportion of nine degrees Fahrenheit to five kelvin, deflummoxation is certainly within reach.

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Re: their pint only contains 16 fluid ounces

kleinman, yes, the US gallon is really Queen Anne’s wine gallon, which was established in England and its possessions in 1707 (Scotland had its own system of measurements) and was replaced by the Imperial system there in the 1820s.

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Re: Typo? No, they use Fahrenheit

PNGuinn, the reason we became monetarily heretical was because by the time the Treaty of Paris was signed, we had five different £sd systems in place among the states — as with regional measurement systems in many European countries, it was easier to adopt a new system than to reconcile all of the old ones. There were still $-to-£sd tables published into the 1850s, as people even then still tended to reckon in their state’s particular £sd system, and new states often adopted the system where their earliest anglophone colonists came from; Texas was the newest state that I’d seen with a $-to-£sd conversion rate (it followed the system of Virginia and New England).

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Re: Fahrenheit

PurpleMoneky, the US fluid ounce is slightly larger than the Imperial fluid ounce, so a closer rule of thumb would be six US gallons to five Imperial gallons.

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

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Re: Apart from that, he doesn’t do impressions.

Darryl, do proper Englishmen pronounce “flaw” as “flar”?

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Apart from that, he doesn’t do impressions.

Alistair, perhaps you’d meant Apart from that and “Well, hot-dang, hoo-whee and yeefuckinghar”, he doesn’t do impressions.? (I’d recommend -haw rather than -har for more effective rootin’-tootin’-ness.)

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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Re: Joker in French is just “joker”

regadpellagru, my guess is that vestibuleurs de consommation is Registrais for “consumer watchdogs”.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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… in whom we trust

Destroy All Monsters, In God We Trust was put on the larger denomination “real money” silver and gold coins in 1866, just after the slaughter of 1861 – 1865, well before the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. Money of any form whatsoever will continue to be “real” as long as governments are granted the power to tax and those taxes can only be paid in those forms of money.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Good stuff.

Anonymous Coward, you’re correct, I don’t travel enough. That’s why I’d limited my remarks to the situation in the States — because I have no idea what the market penetration of high fructose corn syrup is elsewhere.

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Re: Good stuff.

Tim, yes, US raw sugar price is usually around twice the world raw sugar price — on the order of around $0.50/kg in the US vs. $0.25/kg elsewhere. The nominal price of raw sugar in the US in 1974 was higher than it is now, and manufacturers of soft drinks, candy, &c. still managed somehow to remain profitable without resorting to sugar substitutes. The Secretary of Agriculture can adjust the amount of raw sugar importable at the lower tariff rates (for July 2014 through June 2015, about $0.0366/kg for beet sugar, about $0.0146/kg for cane sugar) at will; it mainly doesn’t happen because of political interests and lobbying by the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association.

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Re: Good stuff.

Tim, the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup as a sugar substitute in the States is probably due more to subsidies for US maize producers than to restrictions on sugar imports. (Another effect of that policy is the widespread domestic use of ethanol from maize as an additive to gasoline/petrol.)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bryndzové halušky

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Re: Bryndza

Frank, apparently butyric acid is a notable component of the flavor of bryndza. (Butyric acid might be better known as a notable flavor component in Hershey’s milk chocolate.)

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Re: Bryndza

Grave, if you’d meant kyslá smotana, then that would translate as “soured cream” (UK English) or “sour cream” (US English). Smotana would translate simply as “cream”. Cheddar curds might be the usual choice of squeaky cheese in the “anglosphere”.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Muscle, not fat

keith_w, gold is weighed in pounds troy, so a pound of gold weighs less than a pound of muscle, fat, lead, or feathers.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Panic!

Flatpackhamster, again, if you don’t find the taste of turkey to be worth the effort of its preparation, then don’t prepare it; sit back and enjoy your beverage while your goose cooks. I like the taste of properly prepared turkey as much as I like the taste of goose, so I’m willing to make the effort. (Where I live, the cost of goose per unit of mass is considerably higher than the equivalent amount of fresh turkey, so that influences my choice of bird; I usually select a goose only once my jars of goose fat are emptied.)

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Re: Panic!

John 62, rendered goose fat is something to be valued. Pour it into jars and keep them in your fridge; it can be used as a spread for toast or for cooking (potatoes roasted in a thin layer of rendered goose fat are particularly good).

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Re: Panic!

Flatpackhamster, if you don’t like the taste of turkey, then don’t eat it. I like the taste of properly prepared turkey, so I do eat it (and cook it). Different horses for different courses, and all that.

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Re: Panic!

Lostyearsago, yes, it makes a difference; brining a pre-brined bird will not improve the final result. I’m referring only to fresh turkeys.

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Re: Panic!

Bear, start with a completely thawed and thoroughly rinsed fresh turkey. (Kosher and “self-basting” turkeys are pre-salted, so brining them will have no effect.) Dissolve one cup of table salt per US gallon of cold water (9.5 oz per Imperial gallon, 60 g/l); two US gallons (1⅔ Imperial gallons; 7.5 l) of brine typically suffice. (More salt is needed if kosher salt is used rather than table salt; the amount of kosher salt depends upon the manufacturer.) Submerge turkey in the briny deep; ensure that the brine remains below 41 °F (5 °C) for the duration. After a minimum of fourteen hours’ soak, preheat your oven to 400 °F (205 °C); line a large V-rack with heavy-duty tin foil* and use a paring knife to poke a couple of dozen holes in the foil. Put the V-rack in a large roasting pan. Remove the turkey from his bath, rinse him well, and pat him dry inside and out with paper towels. Melt four tablespoons of butter (three Australian tablespoons, 60 ml) and completely brush the turkey’s skin with the butter. Set the turkey on the V-rack with his breast down; roast for 45 minutes, then flip the bird and roast it for an additional 50 to 60 minutes (if the bird is 12 lb to 15 lb [5.5 kg to 6.8 kg]) or 75 minutes (if he’s 15 lb [6.8 kg] to 18 lb [8.2 kg]) with his breast up. Set the turkey onto a carving board and let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.

If you have a turkey over 18 lb (8.2 kg), the cooking instructions vary; don’t follow the cooking instructions above.

* — Yes, some foil is used, but not as much as would be needed to wrap the entire bird.

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Re: Panic!

Billa Bong, tin foil isn’t needed for moist turkey. The easiest way to ensure moist turkey is to give it a 24-hour salt water bath (salt to water proportions available upon request), then rinse it off, pat it dry, and cook; no tin foil required. The cooked meat is moist and not oversalted at all.

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Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

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Re: Hmmm…

WonkoTheSane, Apple has never supported TRIM on third-party SSDs. Third-party SSD support on OS X has only been provided by third parties, typically by binary edits of the Apple driver to remove its Apple-only check. The change in Yosemite to refuse to load modified Apple drivers can be seen as either bug (to prevent the TRIM hack) or feature (to prevent unintended driver changes from being executed). My understanding is that this Yosemite change can be undone with a change to a NVRAM setting, restoring the pre-Yosemite behavior, if the TRIM hack is deemed more important than preventing the execution of modified Apple drivers.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: The bible is a book ?

Crisp, pedants would say that the count depends upon which canon is used; for example, the Protestant canon has 66 books, the Roman Catholic canon has 73 books, and the Eastern Orthodox canon has 78 books. (I think that some of the other Catholic and Orthodox churches also have their own canons.)

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Re: Just brilliant

Nigel 11, are you saying that the ESA uses hedgehog genitalia for navigation?

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Nuff said.

russell 6, I disagree. With surprisingly few changes, Melville’s original text can become positively Lovecraftish:

A gentle balefulness — a mighty mildness of repose in swiftness, invested the gliding whale carcass. Not the white bull Jupiter swimming away with ravished Europa clinging to his graceful horns; his lovely, leering eyes sideways intent upon the maid; with smooth bewitching fleetness, rippling straight for the nuptial bower in Crete; not Jove, not that great majesty Supreme! did surpass the glorified White Whale as he so undyingly swam.

On each soft side — coincident with the parted swell, that but once leaving him, then oozed so wide away — on each bright side, the whale shed off enticings. No wonder there had been some among the hunters who namelessly transported and allured by all this serenity, had ventured to assail it; but had fatally found that quietude but the vesture of tornadoes. Yet calm, enticing calm, oh, whale! thou glidest on, to all who for the first time eye thee, no matter how many in that same way thou may’st have bejuggled and destroyed before.

And thus, through the serene tranquillities of the subtropical sea, among waves whose hand-clappings were suspended by exceeding rapture, Mouldy Dick moved on, still withholding from sight the full terrors of his submerged trunk, entirely hiding the wrenched hideousness of his jaw. But soon the fore part of him slowly rose from the water; for an instant his whole marbleized body formed a high arch, like Virginia’s Natural Bridge, and warningly waving his bannered flukes in the air, the grand god revealed himself, sounded, and went out of sight. Hoveringly halting, and dipping on the wing, the white sea-fowls unwillingly lingered over the agitated pool that he left.

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Alibaba reports China's Singles Day is the world's biggest orgy of shopping

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5.7bn yuan ($9.3bn)

Iain, did you mean 57 G¥ rather than 5.7 G¥?

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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Re: But American utilities such as water and electricity are privatised monopolies

Charles 9, where did I state that all US utilities are publicly owned? Please review my comments above; the water and electricity utilities where I live in the US are publicly owned.

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Re: But American utilities such as water and electricity are privatised monopolies

Charles 9, is this an instance of two countries separated by a common language? The water and electricity utilities in this village have never been privatized; they are, and for their entire existence (since the late 19th century) have been, publicly owned and operated. Since the choice of whether to have a second set of pipes, wires, &c. running to one’s home has never been available here, NIMBYism has nothing to do with it.

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But American utilities such as water and electricity are privatised monopolies

Andrew, the village where Deficiency House dilapidates has municipally-owned and -operated water and electricity utilities; they’re public monopolies in this rural corner of the US.

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

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local shops

alpine, are you saying that before eBay, local shops used to be where you could find all of those things that you couldn’t get locally?

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LOHAN test flight: Results in from Oz jury

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Re: Units

Phil O’Sophical, rather the land of US customary units; we’re still using William III.’s bushel and Anne’s wine gallon here rather than George IV.’s bushel and gallon.

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Piketty-Poketty-Poo: Some people are JUST ITCHING to up tax to capital ...

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Re: If r>g then...?

Tim, new land is occasionally made (e.g. Flevoland in the Netherlands), but its land tax distortions would be minor. Not surprisingly, cultivation by the steamship and the train remained less efficient than cultivation by the plough. ;*)

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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[…] since the Lib Dems and Tories were lumped together.

Since they’d lumped themselves together to form their coalition, the passive voice wasn’t appropriate there.

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: European ruling

Anonymous Coward, perhaps because Google Inc. is incorporated in California, which causes it to prioritize US legal requirements?

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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Yosemite […] also rhymes with shite

Scroticus Canis, how many syllables are in your pronunciations of Yosemite and shite respectively?

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