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2228 posts • joined 8 May 2007

RIM tells users of bloodied BlackBerry to disable JavaScript

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better advice

Better advice for their customers would be "if you wish to browse the web, get a better phone with either Android or iOS"

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Asus Eee Pad Slider

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deja vu

it's a Psion Series7!!!!

god i loved my Series5

but that was because it would fit in my jacket pocket and was very easy to type and navigate both while holding in the hands and lying on a table.

I'm pretty sure the Series7 didn't work because it was too big to work well as a hand held unit, just not portable enough.

and i wonder if that will be the same problem with this Asus. Just too big to be a portable tablet, so why not just get a netbook instead, and have the easy of a full OS and a mouse pointer?

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Apple sells 500,000 iPads, runs out of stock

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in fact, 49% were PC users

Actually, apparently the "buyers were split almost evenly between Mac and PC users (51%/49%)"

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/13/piper-jaffray-ipad-2-totally-sold-out-70-to-new-buyers/

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Apple bans iPhone 3G patch omission talk from forum

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5 years after end of life?

So "end of life" doesn't actually mean end of life? If a product is EOL'd, doesn't that mean that it's no longer supported?

Besides, if you're _that_ worried that the websites you visit are going to be maliciously crafted to pwn your iPhone then you should pony up and upgrade to a current model like the rest of the world has.

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Xperia Play gets UK debut date

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meh

i'll wait for the NGP

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iPhone 5 design drawings spied on web

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faceplate

the fact that it uses the same faceplate as the recently leaked one makes no odds. you'd be able to fit that faceplate on an iphone4 style back or an iphone3/ipodTouch type back.

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Microsoft pushes back cut 'n' paste update

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funny

I remember the incredulity displayed on the Reg comment pages when there was no cut/paste on the iPhone.

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Apple frees iOS 4.3 two days before iPad 2 Arrival™

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Found your problem

"on the pc"

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re: Charging money for tools

valid point, but it seems where Apple goes, the others follow, so for how long with the dev tools for other systems remain free?

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Microsoft to Apple: 'Oh, yeah? Well, your font is too small'

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@kain preacher "never seen a product called windows"

Really? I've got loads at home. I use it to let outside light in so that I don't have to keep the lights on all the time during the day.

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BBC to take cautious approach to 3D 'hype'

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good news

i'm not sure i want to watch Rastamouse in 3D

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Kinect connect rate outstrips Sony PS3 Move

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personally

Personally I've been waiting until I get Killzone3 before getting a Move controller.

There aren't any Kinect games that i'm interested in playing yet.

So that's one more sale to Sony coming along when March payday rolls around.

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Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion

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Rosetta killed so you need to find new equivalents

surely you've had plenty of time to find a replacement in the YEARS since they provided Rosetta.

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iPad 2 launch could be delayed by two months, analyst says

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So seems this rumour is false too

I guess that's the trouble with reporting on rumour stories, they are, afterall, just rumours.

Seems the "delays" aren't going to happen and everything is on course.

Does anyone else get the feeling that perhaps these analysts were just trying to move the stock market prices for themselves?

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/22/rumors-of-iphone-5-ipad-2-delays-called-untrue/

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stupid analysts

It can't be delayed when there is no release date.

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Apple 'greed' tax spreads beyond music, movies, magazines

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stop scaremongering

You see what you've gone and done now?

The article is inaccurate and wrong and as a result you've raised the blood pressures of all those 'droidtards above.

You're killing your readship y'know, slowly by slowly, day by day.

(Actually, I've no problem with that - the world would be a nicer place with less bile-spitting Android fanatics and more happy Apple enthusiasts, but this method is surely going to take too long to bear appreciable results)

For what it's worth, not that anyone will read this, SaaS apps aren't included in the 30% subscription tax

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/21/steve-jobs-email-suggests-in-app-subscriptions-dont-apply-to-software-as-a-service/

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does not apply to SaaS apps

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/21/steve-jobs-email-suggests-in-app-subscriptions-dont-apply-to-software-as-a-service/

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Steelseries World of Warcraft mouse and keyboard

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space bar?

why is a split spacebar a problem though?

you're still going to hit it with either your left thumb or your right, and it makes no difference which half of the spacebar that you hit, does it? it still triggers the spacebar keystroke.

it's purely asthetics as you'll end up resting one thumb on the split between them i guess

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Coming soon: Die Hard 5 - The Zimmer Frame

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i liked DH4

Admittedly, it did seem a bit daft and over the top at times the first time i saw it, but the second and third times i've seen it i really enjoyed it.

I also enjoyed the A-Team and Wolverine though - i wasn't expecting amazing pieces of cinema from them, and what i got was an enjoyable film.

So I shall expect no more from DH5 and see how it turns out.

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Re: Sequals? Are you sure?

"They did make two excellent Alien films though, but luckily stopped before ruining the series"

so you haven't seen Alien 4 (which did ruin the series), or AVP or AVP2 then?

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Samsung readies Android-based iPod Touch killer

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fail

friend of mine had an old 1st gen ipod touch for playing games on the train to work and when looking for a phone got the Galaxy S as he figured he could play games on that and only carry one device

he still uses the old ipod touch to play games each day, because even on the old machine, there are more games worth playing on the ipod touch than there are available on the android platform. he's been patiently waiting for the marketplace to improve, but so far he's still having to carry around two devices.

when his contract is up on the Galaxy S, he says he's getting an iphone next.

so while

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Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for ... everything

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@Ian Wellock - Re: Alas, not so

"but I think few end-users will see the choice of 'click here' versus 'go to your web browser and type this address in, and then go through hoops' as being competitive"

No, end-users won't consider the competitive issue at all, we just want our content. We'll choose the easiest path to get it. If it's a single button click inside the app, that's perfect and a lot easier than mucking about on some website.

But also - if the only way to get the content is to go to your website and go through hoops, then we'll go get the content from another provider using their app that does allow for single click access, because that's a lot easier than the going through hoops.

Apple care more about the end users than they do about the publishers and that's just horrific isn't it?

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iPhone 5 rumors: bigger, smaller, cloudy, keyboard-equipped

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nano

if there is an iPhone nano, it's not going to be as capable as the main iPhone.

and i'm not sure that you'd be able to play games on a 2/3 size screen, let alone a half-size model. the screen can shrink and the pixel density can increase, but your fingers are still the same size and will get in the way even more.

Angry Birds will be impossible to play on a smaller screen, because you won't be able to get the same accuracy.

So i'd see the iPhone nano being vastly reduced in capability of running apps - and for that, perhaps it would work with a cloud element - but it sounds to me like the cloud rumour is mixed up with the one about MobileMe allowing cloud access back to our iTunes collections.

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Enough with the Apple App Store apathy

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Sony propaganda?

"If this is bringing you flashbacks of another technology company's anti-competitive practices, well, maybe it should." followed by "This isn't the same as what Apple is doing"

if it isn't the same, why should it give us flashbacks?

i think perhaps you've bought into Sony's propaganda on this issue.

The Sony App was blocked because it _only_ allowed users to purchase from outside the Apple system. It was rejected because it didn't allow the users the choice of purchasing ebooks in-app or from outside. So it's Sony that was being closed here, but forcing users to buy their books from where they wanted them to.

to quote Apple spokesperson: “We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase.”

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'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON

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OMG!!

we're all gonna die from lunar triffids!!!

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Don’t Look Now hailed top Brit movie

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re: The Italian Job

Your reality, ma'am, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever.

it's an awesome movie, endlessly entertaining, and thankfully missing a holywood feel-good ending. and it's a damn sight better than bloody Kes (although, admittedly, got to give some thanks to Kes for it's influence on the League of Gentlemen sketch with Dr Chinnery... but i digress...).

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BBC iPlayer iPad app out this week

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airplay?

can I airplay it from my iPad to my AppleTV and so watch it on my telly?

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Fanboi king hails Apple 'love affair with open web'

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how does the app store threaten the web?

i thought the app store just supplies applications?

there's more than just apps on the web isn't there?

or will you be releasing an El Reg app in the near future??

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O2 to fling out free Wi-Fi for all

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only one device then?

so is it a one off thing? will their network remember the phone number - MAC connection, or will you have to re-register each time?

cos if it remembers the connection, then it's only possible to use mobiles? i can't decide sometimes to connect on the phone (when in a department store perhaps) and at other times to connect with my tablet (when sat down in starbucks or a supermarket cafe)?

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Case cut-outs connote iPad 2 SD, HDMI connectivity

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rear-camera

I was talking to someone about that and they pointed out that the cost involved in the manufacturing process to include a rear camera is probably negligable, especially when the economies of scale kick in and you order enough cameras for all your ipads and iphones being made this year.

Even if no one ever uses it, it'll still shut up half the commentards on El Reg who would bemoan the absense of a rear-facing camera if given the chance.

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Boffins play 'Pac-Man' with tiny living organisms

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two paramecia enter, one paramecia leaves

Listen all! This is the truth of it. Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up, and everyone talking about hard rain! But we've learned, by the dust of them all... Stanford learned. Now, when men get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two paramecia enter, one paramecia leaves...

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Watson beats humans in Jeopardy! dry run

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theme song?

can we have the Wierd Al song playing as the soundtrack?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvUZijEuNDQ

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Apple posts dev-only iOS 4.3

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Hotspot Wi-Fi

i tried to enable it, but it refered me to O2 'modem' page that tells me i need to add the tethering bolt-on to enable it.

so while it's awesome, it'll also be expensive at £7.50 per month on top of my monthly contract.

isn't Three offering free tethering?

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Seagate sees big drive capacity jump coming

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2TB to 2.6TB?

From a user point of view though, this doesn't seem like much a difference.

For me, I like the Western Digital MyBook range, and I've got a bunch on 1tb ones from when they were about £90, and then when the 2TB ones came down to about 90quid last year, I got a couple of those.

So I'm not likely to buy any more at 2.6gb. I'll be waiting for when the 4tb external drives come down to 90quid before I next buy disks, and by that time, perhaps the SSD tech will be affordable?

So while it's great news for anyone buying a new machine this year, or just now thinking about upgrading their internal disks, I don't see that Seagate are going to get a massive increase in sales, this increase in capacity is not enough to encourage people to upgrade their storage, they'll just make do with what they have for the moment.

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DisplayLink tools up iPad as wireless Windows screen

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idiot

for those of us that already have an iPad, then the cost of using it as a second monitor is only 1.99 which is a fraction of the price it'd cost to go out and buy a second monitor

i don't imagine for a minute that they are pitching this as the sole reason why someone might buy an iPad

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Ptable: It’s all about the interface

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missing the point? or just being pedantic?

i think the point of the post is that ptable is created using simple web tech, and yet it looks flash and dynamic to the lay-person. and that's the point. to create a good looking website that delivers a lot of data easily, you don't need expensive solutions and you sure as hell don't need to build it in Flash. you just need html5, css3 and a bunch of jquery

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Mac App Store giving away pay apps for free

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Angry Birds vendor now even angrier?

if they're angry, they've only themselves to blame for not following the guidelines

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Palm Pre 2 WebOS 2.0 smartphone

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exactly

for a 4-day battery in a smart phone, it'd weigh a ton and be the size of an 80's mobile phone brick. and while you might be willing to buy it, i'd suspect you're the only one

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Becks offloads Posh Porsche on eBay

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but if in include depreciation?

but he's still up if you consider the amount anyone elses car would have depreciated after 2 years

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Apple unwraps app store for proper computers

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why so?

You state: "take-up of the Mac apps store might prove more difficult" than it was for the iOS store, but what's your reasoning behind this?

From what i've seen, most developers are pricing their products very close to their iPad prices, which are low enough that everyone will try them out. In most cases, they're asking for less than a cheap shareware fee.

While it's questionable if you'd ever purchase the likes of Photoshop via the iOS store, for many of the smaller utilities and particularly short-term games, I can see the store doing quite well, in much the same way as it has on the iPhone.

And if it does, we know Microsoft will follow suit in about 5 years time once they've realised.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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so now i need two chargers?

one for my iphone and one for my ipad?

is this smartphone's only? so there's still billions of unsmartphones that'll need seperate chargers?

or is the idea that, being usb, we shouldn't need chargers because we can just hook it up to our computers at home and at work... except, at work, we're so security paranoid that any usb device that is connected gets wiped and some encryption software applied to it which blitzed all the data on people's Android phones here. so we'll still need to use a stand-alone charger anyway.

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LG uncloaks six-foot 3D TV

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Tron

go see Tron in an Imax

the glasses are like Oakley ski sunglasses, they're very funky and don't fall off your face

plus, the film is frikken awesome on the huge Imax screen

that said, I'm also going to be getting it in 2D when it comes out of blu-ray/dvd

there's no need for 3D that requires expensive glasses in the home - I'll wait until they make it work without the need for glasses

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Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live

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no thanks

i think i'll use my 40 quid a year to buy another game each year instead of paying to be allowed to access online gaming

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Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D

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awesome

i bet the performance is much snappier than 2D displays

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Sony pips MS with 4.1m motion controller sales

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Kinect can handle up to 4?

in the advert, the game clearly shows only 4 players doing the Michael Jackson dancing stuff.

But there's 5 people dancing in the room 'playing' the game...

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Apple Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

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only if you want a media server

You're description of a NAS suggests you're only thinking of it as a media server type device, and for purely streaming music, a NAS is probably the best option. But the Mac Mini is better suited as a full server, hosting web domains and email accounts. Instead of a rudimentary web interface of a NAS box, you'd remotely connect to it via Screen Sharing and use it like a normal desktop machine. If you wanted it as a media server, you can load iTunes with all your music/movies/tv-shows and then stream it all to your AppleTV.

And how many more network connections do you really need than wi-fi or ethernet?

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macminicolo.net

They're called macminicolo.net

I've been using them for years, because I thought it'd be a laugh to have a personal server to host my website and email on. I'm still using an old single core Mac Mini, both for my personal use and for hosting websites that I'm building and are in development.

Can't recomend Macminicolo enough.

They're extremely helpful. I think their prices are very good, especially compared to the alternatives. I don't think I've ever experienced an unscheduled outage and even then, I think they've only had a sheduled outage once in the last 5 years and that was only for an hour I think. If you need to have a server that is entirely under your control, but want it in a secure and power-managed server room, I can't think of a better option.

I think they're a great solution. When there's been major OS releases that have required full installs they've offered discounts to their normal charge and roll out the upgrade to all the clients that request it in a single weekend. They also provide the option to have a remote connection to the power supply that your mac mini is connected to, so in the event of a complete crash you can power cycle the device (1st Rule of IT Support - Switch It Off Switch It On).

As I say, been a very happy customer of theirs for years. Highly recommended.

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Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

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Police Squad

sadly, Police Squad wasn't at all successful when it was first shown. US Tv execs apparently claimed that it didn't work "because you had to watch it" and no one pays attention when they watch tv. But I loved the show when I saw it as a kid. However, probably a good thing, because otherwise they wouldn't have turned it into the movies.

The man was a legend who made so many people laugh so much.

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Apple I goes for twice the price of an Enigma

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so do i

I'd be willing to sell my AppleII for £129,998.99 :) :)

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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Darwinism

this is just a phase of evolution that the human race is going through

eventually, after all the people who are stupid enough to use a mobile while driving are removed from the gene-pool, we, as a species, will be better off, and safer on the roads too.

it's all about the eggs and the omlettes

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