* Posts by Greg J Preece

2323 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Facebook invites users to vote away voting rights, some privacy

Greg J Preece

Re: Phantom voters are phantom users

In fairness, the dude is just taking cues from the governments around him. How many petitions on the official UK or US government websites have actually been acted on?

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Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

Greg J Preece

Here's a notion

Rather than punishing companies for moving their profits out of the country to where taxation rates are less insane, how about making the taxation rates here less insane and encouraging international business in the UK?

Just a thought...

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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"On what grounds??"

"It's written on your trunks."

"That says Speedo. My hand was covering the 's'!"

"There's no smoke without fire!"

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

Greg J Preece

Re: Sex offenders should be public knowledge

OK, pop quiz. How does this:

They most definitely should post the names and location of sex offenders to protect society who's interest comes before convicted paedophile's "rights".

Work with this:

Vigilanty activities should not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Without even reacting to my pet peeve of seeing "rights" in quotation marks, how does publishing names and addresses of convicted criminals assist anything other than vigilantism and persecution? The aim of the justice system is to rehabilitate as well as punish. I'd love to know how that's going to happen when they've got a big marker over their head. You might as well give them armbands to wear.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Blight?@ Greg J Preece

Where did the OP state that?

You're right, they merely heavily implied it, on a thread directly discussing it. How could I have ever made the connection? And if your justification for mounting the high horse is : "you swore, so you're wrong, but I'm condescending, so I'm right", then I have bad news: the OP also cursed. I think you need to go back and call them pathetic.

Also, I love the inanity of naming several famous serial killers (who received no leniency), and then talking about how the justice system is too lenient.

The OP was implying that persecution of those convicted should continue after their punishment, which was my actual argument if you'd bothered to read my post before turning your nose up at my language. And that kind of thinking makes me angry enough to use phrases like "fuck off into the sun." Geddit?

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Greg J Preece

Re: Tabloid Brains

Oh FFS, are we descending to the level of Have Your Say when people start posting shit poetry?

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Greg J Preece

Re: Blight?

As a matter of fact, let's just realize that some crimes should never be forgiven by society. This is one of them.

And that makes vigilante mobs OK? Fuck off. Just, fuck off. Out of the country, off the planet, and preferably into the sun.

We have a justice system because (we pretend) we're not a bunch of savages. They make un-emotive decisions, appropriate punishments, and abstract the entire thing away from the kind of cretins who would approve of mob justice. Once someone has gone through that justice system, it has not got a fucking thing to do with you.

Does anyone remember when the focus of our justice system was rehabilitation and reintegration, rather than the whims of shitheads like this?

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

Greg J Preece

What's Nightingale then? :-p

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Greg J Preece

God, it's ugly. I can't be the only one thinking that, can I? I've spent years wondering how Apple's default selection of greys gets called "beautiful", but when MS do it, it's ugly. For simply playing music, Songbird looks and works better than this, and that's a FOSS Mozzy app!

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Bungie talks up 'genre-defining' Destiny shooter

Greg J Preece

Bungie have cited Niven...as inspiration for...Halo

No kidding? I was wondering if they'd ever 'fess up to that whole "Ringworld" thing.

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Greg J Preece

Re: But but but....

BF had vehicles first.

I think you misspelt Starsiege: Tribes... Or perhaps Terminator: Future Shock. Either way, Battlefield was nowhere near the first.

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Greg J Preece

Uh-huh. A "genre-defining" shooter from Bungie, eh? That's bloody terrifying. The last one was over-hyped, over-marketed mediocrity that set shooters back nearly a decade. We're still suffering from it. I look forward to watching the hype machine spin up well in advance.

Oi, Bungie, how about a sequel to Oni?

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

Greg J Preece

Re: In the same way Linux runs faster than windows on the same h/w

Yeah, sure. You obviously haven't tried a modern Linux distribution like Ubuntu, other wise you'd have known that such general statements are plain BS.

Actually, I'm thinking the same of you. Every machine I have dual or triple boots, and Linux is always the fastest system by light years. I though Win7 was snappy on my desktop, then I installed Kubuntu, and it's crazy fast.

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Greg J Preece

Re: If anything

Just because the PC is 'higher spec' doesn't mean that the game would look better on it than on a console.

Yes and no. You can get more out of dedicated hardware in a console than you could with the same hardware in a PC, yes. The problem is that a modern PC's hardware capabilities often greatly outstrip what is necessary to run the basic OS (and Windows has gotten faster in recent years). If you look at the processor in a 360, it's seriously old hat at this point. Every PC I ever lay hands on is way more powerful. You can stretch that chip as far as you like, but it has a limit.

The other problem is that games are developed to be cross-platform. Games that have to be released on PS3, 360 and PC are hampered because the 360 can't do anything above DirectX 9. (Windows fecking XP!) Dedicated PC games, on the other hand, can ditch the out-of-date graphics libraries, cross-platform abstractions, etc and just go all-out.

Trufax: inFamous 2 was supposed to be a cross-platform release, but Sucker Punch tried it and said "sorry guys, the X-box just can't do this well enough."

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Greg J Preece

Re: I disagree

Big money in them thar handhelds.

And as I said, nowhere near as much money as BLOPS2 made in one hour. Besides, did you see the number of projects Rovio released before they made it big? And how many others have made it as far?

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Greg J Preece

Re: I disagree

Those who consider themselves serious gamers are now in the minority. The mobile and Wii and Facebook and BigFish and Flash gaming crowd - we'll call them "casual" for simplicity - are a much, much larger market than the codbloppers. Even larger than the Haloites.

Perhaps in terms of numbers, but in terms of money? I can't see Angry Birds doing a $1bn midnight release any time soon.

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Greg J Preece

Re: If anything

Try that with a PC and most (note, not ALL) modern games and you'll be lucky if it's even going to work in noddy graphics mode 3 years down the line.

Sorry, got to disagree with you there. There's this odd myth that old PC games don't work on modern systems. That's true with some games (Deus Ex 2 being a prime example), but they're definitely the exceptions to the rule. You can connect to Steam today, download Half Life 1, and it'll work, despite being 14 years old. I've been playing Wing Commander 1 from 1990 on my quad-core Win7 box, no worries.

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Greg J Preece

Re: If anything

Sure, you can connect a PC up to these bits of kit, but them you have to factor in keeping a PC in the living room.

With things like the Windows 8 interface and the new Steam interface tailored for large screens, won't this be exactly the same as keeping a console in your living room, except it can do a shitload more with less hassle? I've been a PC and console gamer for 20 years, and it's only recently that I've finally considered hooking the PC to the TV.

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

Greg J Preece

Patent? Come on now, surely that's a trademark at best?

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Ten PlayStation 3 games you may have missed

Greg J Preece

Re: Okami

You died? In Okami?? I can't remember dying outside of a devil gate cave, ever. Did you not have an Astral Pouch or something?

In fairness, I did hear that the Wii controls sucked. I played PS myself.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Whatever any PS3 owner does this year...

Another vote for Okami HD. The PS2 version was great and the HD remaster only improves thinga. One of the finest, most original and imaginitive games I've ever played. Blows the Zelda games away.

In answer to the box speculation, I believe it came out boxed in Japan.

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Plan your BLACK FRIDAY CHARGE: Google shop maps go desktop

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Joke

Re: My prediction

Haven't Apple just finalised the designs for their new building? Bet they've patented walls.

But not Windows, boom boom!

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APPLE reveals complete updated blueprints of SPACESHIP JOBS

Greg J Preece

Buddhist?

Every time I look at a top-down view of that thing, all I hear is a posh English voice saying "you may fire when ready."

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Firefox and Opera squish big buffer overflow bugs

Greg J Preece

@Doc

That's how it used to be before Jetpack plugins came along. If you're using old pre-Jetpack plugins, you will still have that problem.

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Greg J Preece

With seven major releases this year alone I suggest the secret to eliminating all of these damned bugs is slowing down and getting it right.

So you moved to Chrome, who have had how many major number releases this year?

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BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

Greg J Preece

Re: Hopefully he will do something about their tech "journelism"

Their tech journalism is pretty pathetic. The number of inconsistencies, mistakes, and misunderstandings is pretty bad. It's Gadget Show level.

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Microsoft dragging its feet on Linux Secure Boot fix

Greg J Preece

Re: Interesting approaches to monopoly

Not quite. You can only run MS-approved software on any (non-Apple) hardware.

Not quite not quite. You can run MS software on Apple hardware too. ;-)

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Ten Linux apps you must install

Greg J Preece

Re: nano

Another vote here for nano. Its ease of use is what got me using it in the first place, but it's also got everything I need for general server admin/text editing stuff. No switching between input modes using batshit keyboard shortcuts that aren't explained, no having to constantly check the man page, just write the bloody edit, save, quit, run.

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Greg J Preece

Though to contradict myself for a moment, GParted is superb. I use it from SysRecCD a lot and it's the best partition editor going.

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Greg J Preece

When we've finished arguing over what grok means...

I concur with a lot of this list, except for Shutter and the quick-search doodah, mainly because equivalent tools come as part of KDE. All the little gadgets in KDE don't seem like much, and then you try to use something else. It's that moment in Windows when you hit print screen, expecting KSnapshot, and nothing happens, that you start cursing and wanting your old environment back.

And that's what I love about Linux: proper computing innovation, rather than re-packaging something and calling the design innovative.

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Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

Greg J Preece

Re: Snarf

Wilykit and Wilykat?

</too_many_cartoons>

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Greg J Preece

Re: Lynx → Linux

...I believe that's the accepted practice...

Nah, the accepted practice is to deliberately alter the appearance of what you're claiming is a copy to make it look like a copy, then sue based on that. So you'd just write Lynx with an i.

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Greg J Preece

Re: I'll switch to OSX

Ubuntu meanwhile prepares to release Raring Ringtail. Oh dear.

That would be the same Ubuntu who previously released 10.04, better known as Lynx. Huh...

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Judge confirms Google's miserly $22.5m Safari privacy FTC payout

Greg J Preece

Re: February 2014??

They said they would have the cookies disabled on users' machines by then. I'm thinking that the cookies will naturally expire at the beginning of 2014 or something like that, and they'll delete them when they see them between now and then.

Just a guess, but possible.

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Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY

Greg J Preece

A "your mum" retort? Really? Actually, given the age of a lot of CoD players, why am I surprised?

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Greg J Preece

Re: Bo-ring.

If you don't like it, quit crying about it and buy Serious Sam or Painkiller. No-one's forcing you to play COD.

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Greg J Preece

For a COD fan, you sure don't seem to be aware that Soap isn't in Black Ops...

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review

Greg J Preece

That sounds a bit hard to balance. I imagine some loadouts will be nerfed in short order.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Really?

You enjoy the single player on these bags of shite? What's wrong with you?

I enjoy flying helicopters upriver machine gunning people to death while listening to Jimi Hendrix. You act as if that were odd somehow. And you're not honestly going to try and tell me CoD4 had shit single-player, are you?

I'm not interested in the multiplayer, mainly because of the player base. I prefer to play solid co-op games online. Killing Floor is a good example because it forces the players to work together, rather than act like dicks and hurl obscenities at each other all night.

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I'll be buying it when it comes down in price a bit. No interest in the multiplayer but I've yet to play a CoD single player campaign I didn't enjoy (or love). And despite being able to call the original BLOPS storyline miles in advance, I enjoyed the game way more than MW2, which just got silly trying to outdo itself. The Vietnam level in BLOPS was all kinds of awesome.

I do like the branching idea, too. That sounds like it could be fun.

The series isn't perfect, and I personally wish they'd tell the 360 to piss off and make a newer engine (never gonna happen), but given the previous games I'll still be checking this out.

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Nintendo Wii U set to out-sell predecessor at launch

Greg J Preece

Re: Shooting game gun

I want to try one

Credit where it's due, it's a very well put together piece of kit. Relatively comfortable, ambidextrous, lots of buttons. Downsides are that it's pretty costly, the buttons can't be dynamically reassigned and with both controllers in it can be a little front-heavy on the balance. I still use it though. It's great for games like House of the Dead.

The downside is the Move itself, which in some games behaves itself and in some games is an absolute shit (Do not buy Dead Space Extraction on Move. Get the Wii version if you want to play it. Shaky aim, but no drift.)

a friend with one is no. 421 in the world

On Time Crisis 4, I was number 7 at one point. ;-) Think I might still have the fastest international time.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Consoles are losing their lustre for me

Keyboard and mouse is much easier to use for FPS games and much more accurate, yes. A gamepad is also superior in that same sense to a steering wheel and pedals.

I have a 360 pad and a steering wheel for my PC. :-p

My argument wasn't that KB/M is better for all games, but that calling it archaic is really dumb, when a KB/M player can run rings around anyone on anything else.

It's 2012. Video gaming is well over 30 years old. Shooting games should have their own equivalent of wheel and pedals. The nearest we have is the pointing device supplied with the Wii. It was more involving and more challenging. It will also still be used on the Wii U.

As a high-level light-gun gamer (I would call myself hardcore but I'd sound about 13) I can't tell you the number of times it's been previously done, or how shockingly bad the Wiimote is at it compared to just about anything else. If there's one thing I can do, it's aim, and playing gun games on the Wii makes me feel like I have Parkinsons.

Yeah, the day when we have steam on Linux.

Eh? Sorry, didn't follow that. Anyway, I play across console and PC, and I get treated better on PC. Your savvy console gamer needs to follow feeds to find games cheap. Your average PC gamer gets the game ten quid cheaper in the first place, and if they wait as little as a month or two, gets it for a huge discount online. (I bought Max Payne 3 back in the summer for a tenner new, and got the new Spec Ops for five quid.)

And then you get your console game home, and find that it needs online validation, and a local installation (which on a 5400rpm laptop drive takes around 6 weeks), and then it needs a mandatory patch or six, and you start to think: isn't this how PC games used to be before we improved things?

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Greg J Preece

Re: No must buys here

The Wiimote was also a pointing device, like a mouse.

Except that it was shit, or are we forgetting the Motion + (that then never got used in-game because developers would be excluding customers)?

FPS games were more challenging...using the Wiimote

A control input makes a game harder to play, and that's a good thing to you?

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Greg J Preece

Re: Outdated by what?

New gamers arriving on the scene, as they hit the right age to ask for a console for Xmas, aren't going to care so much. There aren't many games that are not rehashes anyway or don't pull their ideas from the Golden era in the 1980s.

Aaaah, so we shouldn't try? We should buy the Wii U because all games are shit anyway? As a gamer, get lost. As for the "new gamers" argument, gaming is the largest entertainment industry on Earth. I am willing to bet that there are way more existing gamers than new ones.

Ironically, the the most powerful tech we have, is used to play the same old games over and over on the PC, just at a higher resolution, seemingly more lifelike graphics and higher frame rate.

So utterly stupid I barely know how to respond to it. Are you honestly trying to tell me that Doom and FEAR are the same, because they're both in the same genre? How about Condemned? Exactly the same, just different graphics? Did they all pull their ideas from the golden age (which for PC games was in the late 90s - the 80s golden era refers to arcades)? It's increasingly obvious you don't know the first thing about games.

You talk about the Xbox 360 offering more

I never mentioned it.

I wonder how many kids simply just put a Disc in and play in the traditional way? Using controllers that have their DNA at Nintendo. Not to mention the old school gamers who only want to do just that.

Are you planning on approaching a point? Or should I get comfortable?

Nintendo SNES and the first Playstation on their releases, were out of date according to your logic

Are you drunk, or just trolling? The SNES entered a 16-bit generation as a 16-bit console with new games. The Playstation came into the fifth generation with equivalent specs and a great library. How exactly do these compare to what I said before? The equivalent would have been a company releasing several incrementally upgraded consoles with poor game suppo- oh, wait...Sega. Yeah, and how did that generation end for Sega again?

To not be out of date, Nintendo would have to use a i7 3960X and GTX690.

Putting aside the fact that your specs are drivel, if it's so impossible, how come their competitors are designing said machines?

Most importantly, what control system would be used to play the games?

The control input for a game should be competent, and increase immersion. Beyond that, who cares? The control input is the least important part of why a game is fun. The gimmicks put out by Ninty in recent years fail on both points. Constantly removing your hands from the controls to piss around, or flailing around with a Wiimote that doesn't work properly increases the gap between thought and action, reducing immersion. Read that last sentence a few times so it sinks in.

300 $US

First result on Amazon is £300. Nice try. Sure, that's the premium pack, but try using all their oh-so-amazing new features (read: a half-competent online service) for any length of time with only 8GB on board. Download one decent game and you're done. I downloaded 10GB on my PS3 today alone. And the non-premium pack? £250. The 500GB PS3 costs less and does more.

It's not far off half the price of an iphone. Cheaper than an ipad. Cheaper than a Surface PC. Cheaper than an average TV set. All things kids will be getting for Christmas and birthday presents.

And all things that aren't consoles. Just because it's cheaper than something Apple makes doesn't mean it's cheap. See above.

You also realise Microsoft's Xbox division has barely made any money from it's hardware?

You realise that's intentional? (And ignores a teeny tiny $1bn manufacturing fault.) No, of course you don't. Because you clearly don't know the first thing about the gaming market.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Consoles are losing their lustre for me

Back to the PC for archaic and un-involving Keyboard/Mouse gaming

You mean back to the PC for cheaper games, better consumer rights, no online passes, easier distribution, better sales, etc, etc, etc? Man, how archaic.

And yes, I'll bite. K/M combo > thumbsticks.

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Greg J Preece

Re: No must buys here

Can't believe we've had to wait so long for this type of advance. Watch the other 2 big players copy Nintendo once again, but cater for gamers with egos.

I love how your entire argument comes down to ego. Oh most humble one, am I allowed to criticise the Wii if I also own a PS3? Because I do, and I'll tell you straight up which one gathers dust. You know why I didn't like the Wii? The games were crap. I can't even list 20 that I thought were fun, let alone original.

The game I enjoyed playing most on the Wii was Eternal Darkness, a GameCube game ( so a Wii game, basically). The graphics look like hell these days, but I don't care. It is not a game that would have been improved in any way by adding a touchscreen

I couldn't give a rat's ass about graphics, but touchscreen controls are shite 99% of the time. No, really, they are. I know you think they're amazing and futuristic in some fashion, but they really suck. Watch this week's Jimquisition first for a summary of why. That's not the kind of "innovation" I want.

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Greg J Preece

Re: Outdated by what?

how can *custom* hardware that's been designed with certain tasks in mind, at a low price point, be out of date, lol.

How is £300 a low price point? And stating that technology can't be outdated because technology advances? Ummm....you realise how stupid that is, right? There was a time when my PC could only display 2 colours, but I still expect my current (7 year old) machine to be able to run Crysis as a bare minimum.

It's outdated because for far less than the money being asked you can buy something that does more, from the previous generation of consoles. It's also outdated because half the initial launch lineup is games that came out in that previous generation, games that are a year or two old.

They're launching a console with last generation's hardware (which they last did at the £130 mark), but they're also launching it with last generation's games. You don't think that's outdated?

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Greg J Preece
Meh

Still don't think I'm going to buy one. More than twice the price of the predecessor, yet still outdated the moment it lands. And I've played the same Zelda and Mario remakes enough times, thanks. There was a brief moment, when Namco announced Tank! Tank! Tank! for the U, that I considered it, but it passed quickly. Might get one next year when everyone's stopped caring about it, like I did last time.

The Wii did eventually give itself reason to exist, but man did it take a while. It did have the first ever console ports of Ghost Squad, Gunblade and LA Machineguns, plus the best House of the Dead game ever made, but outside of the arcade stuff, I'm really struggling to think of a game on the Wii that I enjoyed. Sin and Punishment? Hell, that was an N64 virtual console download!

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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

Greg J Preece

Re: Excuse me, I must...

Indeed, and the petition site has the usual get-out clause that all government petition sites do; we don't have to respond if we don't want to.

How many of the petitions on the UK gov site have actually resulted in action? Same as any other attempt at real democracy, I'm guessing.

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