* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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"You can argue it all you like, but somewhere it has to stop. Or we'll be walking around with 10" phones soon."

If *some* people want to buy them, why is that a problem to you? It isn't as if phones at the small end of the market are vanishing, so you buy what you want, and let others choose according to their own needs.

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone @ OP AC

Well, I have a Galaxy Note 1 which I have made *even bigger* with an Otterbox case which fits to a lovely belt-holster. If I'm going to be in a situation where that might be difficult (wearing a suit with no belt loops or loops only for a narrow belt), it comes out of the case and then it fits in a shirt or jacket pocket. The only time it becomes a bit difficult to carry is when I'm out running, but I simply wear a money-belt for that. I hope your head* hasn't exploded at the sheer un-coolness of all that - no that's a lie; I sort of hope it has.

Please guys and gals, remember that different people have different requirements. For me, it is to have a phone that fits comfortably in my big hands (especially now it seems I'm getting arthritis in some of my knuckles), that I can comfortably read e-books on, and which has a pen. I have never been [what I regard as] silly enough to text or dial one-handed - a recipe for dropping a phone if ever there was one - and I always carried even chocolate-bar phones in a holster on my belt because it seems the most sensible place to keep a phone. Substance over style should be the keyword here, not what the idiot marketers make you think.

Oh, and the Mega 6.3 - if it had a pen, I'd be seriously considering it.

* and all the other fashion-police commentators on here.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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Re: Who..?@ Stevie

"Why do morons think it is cool to carry a dozen keys and a bottle opener dangling off one hip?"

It isn't cool, but it *is* efficient. My keys are attached to an anodised bright red carabiner (with a torch in it!), all the time. In the house they are hung up in the same place. Out of the house they are on my belt (unless I'm dressed up, in which case in my computer bag or suit pocket). No-one else in my house does remotely the same thing - guess where the delays and panics come from when keys can't be found? I then get told off for being grumpy due to basic inefficiency.

I do take care not to scratch people's cars though - mainly by not squeezing through gaps between them!

To cut a long story short - you'll prize my keys from my cold, dead belt-loop!

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DARPA calls Big Data boffins: Help us lock up everyone's privates

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Re: Lay down your life for another

Leaving imaginary beings out of it, I sort of agree with you. The trouble is, I doubt the (putatative) powers of totalitarianism will be so crude as to mere kill these days. There are ways of hurting that don't kill, and leave all involved ruined. I won't go into detail - I doubt I need to.

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Court hearing on Icahn's Dell buyout block set for Friday

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"I prefer F*&^&*g C*&t!" So do most men, but presumably not whilst thinking about Carl Icahn. That would be a very odd perversion ...

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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Re: Pop quiz: What did Obama promise before the election and what did he do after he was voted in?

"If we don't like what NSA is doing, we can just get rid of the government and put in a different government."

I'm intrigued by that statement - is he following the fallacy that electing people who have been chosen for not rocking the boat (too much) will actually be able to do anything useful against the entrenched civil servants, or is he advocating something a bit more ... revolutionary?

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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@Destroy All Monsters

"Hell, let's outlaw being rich."

For certain values of "rich", yes, certainly.

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

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"... el register no longer provides links to related stories"

Yes, this is irritating. Please fix it, guys!

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Re: ...and leave your house and car unlocked while you're at it

I'm not sure what you are getting at, Don. I switch off everything (GPS, wifi, mobile data) on my phone unless I actually want any of those things - basically, most of the time it is just a mobile phone (or as close as I can make it). I also have a passably good lock on the home-screen. Does this make me someone with a "serious underlying condition" too? If so, which, and why is it a problem to you?

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Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

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Re: If you ask me

Except in certain situations, such as near an airport, what other "dangerous" situations do you consider GPS blockers cause? I'm also intrigued as to what you think is "antisocial" about them.

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20 injured at LG phone giveaway as PR stunt turns into freetard riot

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Re: PR @ Lusty

Two things worry me about your post:

1. That you *care* that they may be a difference between those three things

2. That you think anyone else cares about them

No matter how you dress it up, anything other than respectable, trusted word-of-mouth recommendation is a form of fraud.

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Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

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Re: Fake Story

Ummmm ... what?

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Re: Will TSA tubesters ride with you?

No, but threatening to blow it up would get attention fast. (Wasn't there a Thunderbirds episode with something similar? If not, why not?)

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I can add Scotland and the Czech Republic to that list. Without satnav or a competent navigator, getting to somewhere you don't know in either of these places is ... interesting.

However, on topic, and probably mentioned further down (and if so, apologies), I'm not sure I'd want to be travelling 700+mph on something supported above ground that tends to move as much as it does in California ...

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Mozilla links Gmail with Persona for email-based single sign-on

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Re: Single login? @roomey

"Unless of course you have a different email account for each website.... But what happens if you reset them email account passwords"

I'm not sure if you are asking what I think you are asking, but I have specific e-mail addresses for certain accounts, all of which forward to another account that I monitor regularly. All password request changes go to that account too. I know about any changes without actually ever visiting the accounts ...

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Re: The power of TV

"I expect that another 9/11 type event will happen on American soil so that any remaining opposition will be quashed forever."

The major highly-publicised panic about a non-event in Yemen is all part of this. The drip-drip-drip of doom-laden news is going to increase, and people like Snowden and Levinson are going to be made out to be enemies of "the people"*, as is anyone supporting them.

* without ever actually defining who "the people" actually are, of course.

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Re: nowhere to run @AC

Talk is easy - where's your evidence?

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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

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Re: If I were to get a phone for my kid

I find this conversation amusing because we didn't have a fixed-line phone in our house until I was about 14!

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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

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Re: Edgy and bloody for sure

Now ^ that is one hell of a troll! Well done, AC!

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

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Re: I hope so

Fortunately, BTW, no-one give a flying fuck what you hope ...

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Re: "picked out things that wouldn't harm anyone or endanger national security"

Which just goes to emphasise that there must be a public interest defence and a proportionality test for cost:benefit in any of these situations. It also shows that the whole idea of a separate legal system for one set of citizens (the military) is completely flawed, and military law must be got rid of. All citizens should be entitled to a jury trial, and in these days of rapid transport, there is no justification for it not to happen.

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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

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Re: What's not to love?

If the device is as awful as that website, I'll not be buying!

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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

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Re: Everything should be as accessible as possible.

This is a poor argument. You have said that your ereader assists you by allowing larger text - it is, therefore, doing what it is designed to do. What more do you want? If you want something that does text-to-speech, then an ereader is not the correct tool - you need something else. In essence, a text-to-speech device for the visually impaired would be wholly different from an ereader - no screen, for instance.

You seem to arguing that every ereader should have a speaker and software that most people will never use, at the expense of the people that will never use it. This is wrong. There is absolutely no reason that a simple device should be encumbered with stuff that the majority will never use merely because it makes the life of a small minority easier, and when reasonably-priced alternatives exist. What next - every phone has to come with giant buttons so that people with visual impairment or lack of mobility in their fingers can buy the same as everyone else?

There is a huge difference between ensuring that ramps are available for people with mobility problems, and special surfaces exist for visually impaired to help them identify crossings etc (though they cause problems for people with mobility problems). It is something entirely different to demand that the manufacturers of goods to to fit the needs of all disabled people.

Out of interest, have you read Harlan Ellison's "Harrison Bergeron"?

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Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

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Re: "mobile market share" matters, "smartphone market share" does NOT

"Bit like comparing sales of Mercedes or BMW with those of Skoda. They all sell cars, but BMW and Mercedes aren't in the same market as Skoda."

True - Škoda are better :-)

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Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

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Re: Data Driven?

Is there any evidence anywhere that changing a logo affects anything except for the earnings of a bunch people who want to be artists but aren't good enough at it to succeed? When do we build the "B" Ark?

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Nokia Siemens Networks to 'axe 8,500 jobs' amid biz gobble

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Re: Some things you should know

Thanks, Christian - that's interesting, because I've been trying to make sense of the system at my wife's employer, where , upon starting, she a) had to apply for a phone for her desk, which took longer than getting a computer, and b) then had to go through a separate process to get answering-machine facility on it, for which she had to make a case or have her wages docked a silly amount for the privilege. When she calls people from the phone, it comes up with one of three or four different mobile-type (i.e. 07xx) numbers on caller display, none of which actually allow you to simply ring back. I'm not saying that it is the NSN system that you refer to, but your comment does fit with the idea I'd had that there are some really piss-poor systems in place!

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: He got something right!

Well, if we consider "aliens from Mars" to be like those in "War of the Worlds", then yes, it is my considered opinion that the Republicans represented by Limbaugh tick all those boxes. Do his listeners realise what he called them?

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Re: I think Rush needs to get out more

I always have trouble remembering - which is the really smelly cheese: Limburger of Limbaugh?

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

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Re: Why? @TonyJ

"Quite right Dave and why should they? They're a business, not an individual and businesses exist to make money for shareholders ..." and therein lies the problem with the world we live in. Companies are expected, and indeed required, to act unethically and selfishly, instead of having consideration for the society in which they operate. They attract the most predatory psycho/sociopaths into positions of power and then not only reward them for being bastards, actively encourage others to act the same. Some countries then give them the same legal standing as individuals (USA, I'm looking at you, you silly country), and expect everything to be alright.

What a mess ...

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

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Re: Solution is Easy

Yay! for neo-puritanism.

I take it "John 104" refers to some ramblings in Ye Olde Book of Desert Fairy Tales (c)

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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"better than capcha!" Not from the point of view of the complainers, I'm afraid. It is still highly visual, and, on the demo I just took, it adds movement to the problem of very small graphics. There is no way I can see to make an audio version, for instance. And the amount of permissions I had to give to enable it to work was scary,

Personally, I find it worse than Capcha, but then I only rarely (perhaps only twice in the last 5 years) have any problems with the wobbly-text ones.

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That was my first thought. Not a bright idea ...

As partially disabled myself, I should have more sympathy with the campaigners, but I don't. Stop trying to bring the whole world down to the level of the least able, FFS!

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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

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Re: This is funny

It is too much to expect an AC troll to explain their point of view, I suppose?

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Re: ...and?

Just because it doesn't come as a surprise doesn't make it less shocking. Law enforcement should *not* use illegal means to achieve its aims. The whole concept of the Rule of Law as supposedly practiced in the USA/UK requires a clear evidential trail so that it can be examined to ensure that the defendant is indeed guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.*

It is good that this has come to light, and it is no longer merely a supposition. The battle lies in how to change it, and to what.

* (though juries clearly don't have a clue what that means when they are finding people guilty of crimes committed decades ago).

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

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Re: @NomNomNom

If it were other than NomNomNom, I would have been tempted to say the same, Boris. Unfortunately, this is a commenter who has form for being as objectionably diametrically opposed to whatever is being discussed as s/he can. It seems unfair to me that Eadon got canned from the boards here when he was no worse than some others, including NomNomNom.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Re: WTF?

Why are so many people taking the word of an extremely vocal dissenter to the ITC decision at face value? Pinkert does make a case, but he does not seem to accept that the other five members of the panel disagreed with him.

Certainly, sometimes the dissenting view may turn out to be the right one in hindsight, but rarely on a 5:1 decision. What exactly makes Pinkert, and those supporting his view, think that he has some specific insight into the law that should be preferred over five other people hearing exactly the same evidence? Remember, exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence, and being the one dissenter out of a panel of six means that his view requires a hell of a lot of evidence ...

... but then, this is a country where almost a third of the population believe in creationism. What does evidence have to do with it?

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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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Re: I'm so glad..

If you want things to "just work", then your iPhone should be replaced with:

Pencil and paper

Simple mobile

Cheap MP3 player

Portable FM receiver

Small LED Torch

GPS unit

Games console of choice

All these individual units will work better than the phone. I'll stick with Android because, if it has a problem, someone out there has a fix for it. As I've said before, some people want a Rolls Royce, others want an ancient Land Rover. I prefer the latter, because at least they have a realistic expectation of reliability, and won't get some twat telling them that such-and-such a problem can't possibly happen to this device ...

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Re: Word has it

Last line is scrambled - should read "What do you have against multi-tools?"

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Re: Word has it

"What next for Android, a built in Leatherman Tool or Swiss Army Knife?"

And if it did, I'd buy one! You can never have too many Leatherman/Swiss Army knives on you (I have two Swiss Army knives on my belt whenever I leave the house - a third phone-knife would be a bonus I'd appreciate.)

What doe have against multi-tools?

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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Re: Great

I'm not sure if you are joking, AC101, but I've downvoted you just in case your comments encourage Lucas et al to produce more in the same vein (though my hopes of anything good from the sequels are small ...)

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@JDX

Since, in my opinion, StarWars episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the only good one of the six made so far, I am in the strange position of agreeing and disagreeing with you at the same time.

However, there is no excuse for further Smurfs in Space films - if they are like the first one, then they will involve piss-poor, plagiarised versions of semi-good stories with less-than-cutting-edge animation.

I will not be watching them at least until they come on TV, and probably not even then.

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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

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Re: The news we need @ Ossi

So, Ossi, tell us what we should be reading that would fit with your idea of the "right" sources.

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Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

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"" it's an offence to wear anything that might be remotely misconstrued as a police-like uniform"

Same in the UK but the only other bunch to try it are the Sally Army"

Nope - private security staff, traffic wardens, Highways Agency staff and others dress up in quasi-police uniforms. I've long thought it should be either banned, or, if the law actually exists, prosecute under it, especially the private firms.

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Re: @Jim Booth @AC

There are two types of "should": the one that accepts the reality of the situation as it is, and the one that implies that an effective body would be doing the job it is supposed to do. I think Jim was referring to the latter.

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Re: F**k the RSPCA

As long as the NSPCC, Oxfam etc get similar treatment, I'm with you on that.

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Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

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I'd definitely consider one if other specs were suitable (screen size, pen input etc)

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Galaxy S4 FIREBALL ATE MY HOUSE, claims Hong Kong man

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A consumer electrical device without a removable battery is worthless. No changeable battery (and/or no SD card slot) and I don't buy the phone. I only just tolerate no changeable battery on my e-reader because it is not likely to affect my life desperately).

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: I thought about filtering

Nice "Blake's 7" reference, sir!

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Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

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Re: Hope this stupidity is defeated

Perhaps, but maybe that's because we aren't given the information to be other than "naive". It seems to me that we have a small set of people who have set up their idea " the operations of the world and their security", and don't actually want to see how the rest of us view the world.

To put it another way - I don't want the world run by a bunch of paranoids who think they know better what is good for the rest of us than we do. If there is significant risk from somewhere, everyone should know about it so that proper oversight can be made of political and other action. I do not consider that there is any risk from any other government or other organisation that requires action so quickly that it cannot be properly debated. I do not live in fear.

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Boffins DREAMING of a WHITE CHRISTMAS ... on MARS!

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Re: Thunderbolts Project... Arrrgh.

I've just checked it out too. All I can say is "damn" ...

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