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ASA bans Samsung's 'misleading' free Galaxy Tab 2 ad

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Re: A Better Sentence ...

Your point may be true, but your childish tone and use of "Scam$ung" completely undermine it. The effectiveness of a message is *what* and *how* the thing is said (and sometimes who said it).

Have a downvote for frothing unnecessarily.

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

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Complicity

With a complicit government, willing to turn a blind eye to certain "irregularities" in documentation, Mr Snowden, ex-employee of Booz Allen, could now be Mr Bond of Universal Exports (or any other name you care to apply). He may not even be travelling by air - an unwarranted assumption if ever there was one.

The US administration is rapidly finding out how little pull it has with the other big players at the moment - Russia don't care, and China has the whip-hand in terms of damage that can be done to the US economy. There will be a lot of people with dangerously high blood-pressure as a result of realising how impotent they are - and I am enjoying the schadenfreude! The US* is realising that it has no moral high-ground from which to preach any more (everything has been done that it criticised Russia and China for doing), and now it has no bargaining chips. It is just another bully in the playground.

*and other countries, but this is about the USA

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Steelie Neelie eyeballs ENCRYPTION PLAN for telco data breaches

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Re: "The providers should be obliged to report the breach regardless."

I think the proposal as it stands is a way to encourage data-storers to embrace encryption, but it is insufficient, and conflates (at least) two very different problems: loss of data and ability to read it. Both need reporting, as they refer to two aspects of a company's security that customers need to be aware of - I'm unlikely to go with a company that is losing data (even if encrypted) on a regular basis.

In addition, as others have said, there needs to be a minimum level of encryption specified, and yet we know that the minimum will become the standard. This means the black-hats will have incentive to break it within a very short time - and I'm not sanguine that they won't. Combined with unreported data-breaches (so I don't know to change passwords (or data-storer), this is not good for me as the consumer.

The idea is well-meant, I think, but it fails to address the issues properly.

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Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

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@Mad Mike

Look up "actus reus" and "mens rea" - you might be surprised about what you think you know.* I believe the concepts apply in Sweden as well.

*The latest Sexual Offences Act in the UK is a pile of aggressive feminist-driven shit that overturns years of sensible deliberation in order to put men in the wrong. It is totally unbalanced and fails to recognise the practicalities of life in favour of "sex as a contractual relationship".

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Re: Growing up... @ Scorchio!

" Fortunately they are unlikely to be anything more than statistical outliers in the Gaussian distributions of political thought, paradoxically afforded the comfort of a stable society in which terrorism is largely speaking handled with care and adroitness, punctuated by mistakes following which bits of human flesh are left hanging from lamp posts, other street fixtures, from passing vehicles and splattered onto innocent passers by, to say nothing of the innocent victims themselves."

Terrorism is so rare that it doesn't figure in my consideration, to be honest. The deaths of a handful of people only trouble me these days because I know that some name-making twat is going to use it as the justification for impeding my liberties even more. Law-making for tiny, tiny minorities (people killed/injured by terrorists, children abused or killed) is the bane of modern life. By all means put in measures, but don't start treating everyone as a potential risk. The world doesn't work like that. I personally do not give a toss about dead or injured people who I do not know, and I will never wail "Why wasn't there a law to stop X?" if someone I know dies or is seriously injured as a result of a minor variation of blind chance (or if I am seriously injured in the same way). A missing child in Devon is not national news - a missing child in the next town isn't even headline news. Bombs on the underground/outside a Mosque are news only for the fact that people need to change their travel plans. Bombs in US cities are barely news at all, and yet we were all treated to fear-inducing coverage of highly dangerous pressure-cooker bombs that hardly did any damage at all. It is time to move away from the politics of fear.

There are limits on what a reasonable society should accept, and what a reasonable government should try to get away with. The line has been crossed, and it is time that the reasonable ones amongst us stand up and tell the "pragmatists" like you that enough is enough, and we want change. That means having a real national *defence* strategy that doesn't include marching into other people's countries. It means not spying randomly on everyone in a given population. It means being generally honest about the larger part of governmental activity. It means government not treating the people as a threat to its existence, and knowing when to change to avoid a threat to its existence, or reap the rewards of failing to listen.

Wow - that didn't start out as a manifesto, honestly!

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Apple's Tim Cook: I'm risking my own MEELLLIONS if we sink

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Re: Wow

Unless his losses would put him in the position that reduces his annual income to the same as being unemployed in the USA, he isn't gambling anything. Hell, if he said that he'd only take the amount of the average earner in the USA I'd be impressed (and even then, with savings etc. he still wouldn't hurt).

Until these fucknozzles are likely to have the same downside to their actions that a worker that stands to be made redundant as a result of those actions, then this is just posturing.

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

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Re: Aw, they want more money

Yep - insanely rich people claim that they aren't getting richer at the same rate. Do they not realise they undermine their own argument every time they bleat?

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Re: Music was the Greatest Bubble ever...

True about Mozart - he died wealthy. But he died wealthy without multi-decade copyright ...

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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

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"I wonder what they ... would have had to have done to actually be investigated."

Stop paying.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: Its "deeply troubling" @ Voland's Right Hand

Yes - the response of the EU and our (NATO and other) "allies" is going to be a treat to watch. I'm expecting any country with a west coast on the Atlantic to be getting a lot of new business building and operating trans-Atlantic comms cables (I have always thought it odd that the UK was allowed to have the lion's share of that business in light of the well-documented WW1 interception of German traffic).

This is likely to be good, long, popcorn-eating session.

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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Re: " I don't think that's anti-freedom. I am happy with this being illegal."

Then you REALLY don't grasp the realities of the situation. If no harm is done (and a drawing causes no harm), then there is no need to prevent it. If we could get the lawmakers to realise this, then we'd be a lot better off.

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Re: Very good!

I'm confused - the "no crime" AC seems to want a job as Home Secretary, but can't really want that, because he hasn't put his name to it , so can't want to be a Home Secretary ...

Ohhhhh, got it - he wants to be a civil servant in the department of minding everybody else's business. Still a tosser, though.

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Re: Watch out, there's a D Notice about

The BBC are considered to be untrustworthy by all sides, so they either a) try to be meek and mild (but still get criticised for not reporting the "right things", or b) make sure that they are still around in 20/30/40 years' time (the events regarding Greece's national broadcaster will not have gone unnoticed). I don't care - at least it isn't owned by Murdoch.

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US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

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Re: Not exactly... @ BornToWin

OK - I'll bite. If you are not a troll, explain how you see the situation such that the government is right, and Edward Snowden is wrong. I'm always willing to be educated, and I'll keep checking back for 24 hours to see if you have replied.

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Re: As ye sow... @ BornToWin

I suppose you think that all the people that fought for the downfall of the Iron Curtain were also wrong, and that the Soviet governments had the right to existence. Nothing should change - the government is always right.

I just cannot put myself in the place you are coming from - if there is any logic, it defeats me, since "my country right or wrong" isn't logical.

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

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Re: SETEC ASTRONOMY (See 'Sneekers')

Lech Walesa's actions were illegal in Poland at the time - what's your point?

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Re: It's all good

You forgot to use the word "perp". Now go away and try again ...

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@ Pet Peeve

Let me guess - you think that a person is either for you or against you.

You are wrong.

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Re: Oh dear.

Now, I dislike the current US regime as much as anyone, and I think that they would stoop fairly low to protect whatever it is they think they are protecting, but killing a plane-full of passengers to get at one person - that requires too many layers of tin-foil to the hat even for me ...

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Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging

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Re: When they @LarsG @ James Hughes 1

Only the bit about the two very small batteries. The rest is quite sensible. I expect to get at least 300 miles out of a charge without degrading the battery significantly - the same as I get out of a tank of petrol in my Subaru.

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

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Re: It's a Garage 56 Car

Errrrrrrmmmmm - "to garage" *is* a verb. (http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/garage_2)

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Re: Amusingly, the hardware reliability is where the EV wins

I agree with Richard - I'm in a position where an electric car could be useful for my wife's current transportation (fairly frequent short journeys against the clock). Leaving aside the cost issue (basically, we can't afford any electric vehicle at the moment - waaaaayyyy too expensive), they are all converted IC cars. I want independent motors per driven wheel at least - no heavy driveshafts with complex joints.

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Re: It's motor racing

"[motor racing] achieves nothing except bring a bunch of drivers back where they started,"

I think you'll find that describes most travel - even the daily commute brings drivers (or, indeed, users of whatever form of transport) back where they started. There are approximately no people that keep travelling from place to place with no base to return to.

Given the Luddite attitude of the Swiss to cars in general, and motor-racing in particular, your name doesn't exactly make you worth listening to on this topic.

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Re: Yeah, sure, good luck with that battery thing.....@Mr Xavia

You get ~55mpg in a Jag? Which one, and how??

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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@ Destroy All Monsters

Yes, because the USA does so well on national health indicators vs GDP, doesn't it? There is a graph on the web somewhere that shows the USA as a dramatic outlier to the right of the graph showing that it has terrible outcome:expenditure ...

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Cultivated dope-smoking Welshman barred from own shed

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Re: Somebody told me

Thanks, Trevor. As always, most informative. Whilst I can't think that I'll start on cannabis this late in life (hell, I don't even like being slightly drunk), at least I am more educated on a matter I've always been too paranoid to look up (you never know when an innocent search will come and bite you).

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Re: Good story @ Chris G

You may be confusing cause with effect there - they may use cannabis *because of* ADD. There is some evidence that it helps to slow down their thought processes so they don't become overwhelmed by stimuli.

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Re: Somebody told me

I also thought it was the leaves. What is the "smokable stuff" then? (Genuine question - I honestly don't know.)

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Can Jonny Ive's new 'iOS Vista' SAVE the BBC's £100m BRAIN? Yes!

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@AC

You don't get it, do you? This is satire.

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RBS Mainframe Meltdown: A year on, the fallout is still coming

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Re: GreyWolf AC: This wasn't a hardware flaw. This wasn't a mainframe flaw.

For the record, I'm the one agreeing with Matt. I therefore want to insert that disclaimer that I don't work for RBS, I am merely a customer that can't see that any of the banks are any different, and so stay where I am and take the free insurances offered through my account.

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Rise of the Machines: How computers took over the stock market

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Re: @SysLoll - Radical solutions needed @AC 18:27

Please don't feed the libertarian. He'll come back and tell you that law and order isn't actually needed, it can all be dealt with as civil law, with paid-for services. He'll also say that, again, you can pay for the best contract for you for fire (remember the first fire-services (in the UK) were provided by insurance companies, and if you didn't have the right badge on your house, the firemen would let it burn to the ground). The military, equally (the libertarian will say) was run on the basis of mercenaries for far longer than the standing-army system, and that it prevented wars (though a look at the history of Europe between, say, 800 and 1800 proves what bollocks that is).

in the anti-tax libertarian (actually, anarchist) point of view, there is no such thing as a free lunch, and taxation is all a way to keep the weak poor living off the deserving rich , and ... oh, I can't be bothered any more. For an idea of how such a system might work (if you have money), have a look at Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"

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Re: @InLog @ ShelLuser

If those profits and losses were borne only by those actively playing, I'd agree with you. However, these greedy, panicky fuckwits affect *my* life, and I do not gamble with my money. I therefore agree with the OP that there needs to be a brake on the system.

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Re: Oh dear...

What's all this about "electrons" and "wave fronts"? I have been reliably informed that it is all down to Magic Blue Smoke ...

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Gartner magicians conjure technological TUBE MAP

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Re: Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy

That planet was, of course, Earth. I'm not sure that's what you had in mind with your comment ...

On a serious note, who *are* Gartner, and why does El Reg seem to hang on their every word? Is there an ... unhealthy ... relationship there?

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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

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Re: Said it before...

Agreed. I'm not sure it is the best model for the consumer - "let the producers set the price" always ends up with more expensive goods* - but, without the MFN clause and a bit of humility it could have allowed the market to settle somewhere between the two. The producers would have had to adjust their prices to what people are willing to pay, and Amazon might have realised that they could get away with making more money by charging *just* less than the Apple/publisher model. Win/win, I'd say.

I'm very concerned about the influence of Amazon on the book market, and would have supported both Apple and the publishers if they had done this properly. As it is, I despise them all.

* However, "let the retailer set the price" also tends towards screwing the consumer too, just in a different way.

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

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Re: Some examples of what is and is not prosecutable might help

Robin Hood Airport is nominally Doncaster (the ex-RAF Finningley, a Vulcan base), not Nottingham. I do seem to recall that at some point in its inception it was referred to as "Doncaster Nottingham Airport", but that thankfully got lost. According to the airport's website, it is now "Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield", presumably to cover up the fact that Sheffield no longer has an airport (though some would argue that that the one it did have was little more than a tarmac landing strip).*

*However, I understand that Boeing are a bit pissed off that the airport closed just before they finished their tech centre at the side of it - I wonder why (innocent face).

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France gives Google three month DATA PRIVACY DEADLINE

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Re: Google should be kicked out of Europe. @ Colin Camper

You expect anyone to take you seriously when you use words like "plonker" to anyone that disagrees with you? Sorry, I don't. I suspect you are trying to build up an Eadon-like persona for whatever reason.

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Google staffing boss: Our old hiring procedures were 'worthless'

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Re: World's cleverest company states the obvious @AC 06:50

You've found HR to be remotely useful???? You must work in a charmed environment ...

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Ex-HTC execs launch UK-based smartphone maker Kazam

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Re: own goal ..

Yes, no, absolutely!

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CLOUD TO SUCK UP ALL YOUR CASH: Govts around world slash IT spending

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Re: Cloud cover @ Jim O'Reilly

Wow - that was the most blatant canned statement I've seen on these boards! Do you work for Gartner, or one of the cloud* providers?

*And we all know that clouds are just vapour ...

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Boffins build headless robo-kitties

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Re: Not bad for a first attempt

No, but it does sit on any piece of paper you have put on the desk and are trying to read.

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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Re: Why?

Yes, but Human Rights legislation means that you'd never get 'em out by Friday ...

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NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

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Re: Spies spy on people shocker.

No-one here is surprised, but I suspect many, like me, are relieved that people like you have to resort to new phrasings of our sanity, rather than just saying we are conspiracy theorists. No longer can the apologists of over-reaching security get away with saying "Nah, they wouldn't just take all data!", because this shows that they do, and that those of us that knew that they could and would have been vindicated.

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Re: It's true

Trolling should have some finesse if it is to get a reaction. Do try harder, old boy.

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NSA: We COULD track you by your phone ... if we WANTED to

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Re: Pretty much the definition of over-reach.

The problem is, these people are taking a long view. At the risk of seeming to be a bit of a nut, there is a finite risk that large numbers of the population are going to become the sort of people that the governments will want to have a handle on. Stocks of food supplies are very small these days, and a global bad harvest, such as we could have this year, may lead to food shortages. Surplus electricity production is very low in many countries due to lack of investment in the right places, and gas stores have been run down. Another bad winter such as the one we have just had could lead to power cuts. When people start to lose access to food and heating, they have a tendency to become restless. Governments have fallen for less.

Much of what is being done seems to have the underlying assumption that the people are a real source of threat to the powers that be. I don't like it, but I can't entirely say that I wouldn't be doing the same in their position.

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Re: Not really bothered,

Forgive me, Maharg, but I regard you as an enemy of freedom. People with the "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" mindset harm all of us. You are all hypocrites - you know that there are some things that should be hidden from certain people/organisations. There is a great deal that should be hidden from governments, probably more so than any other type of organisation.

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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Re: It doesn't usually make big news when...

Whilst I do feel sorry for Sheffield - it still has quite high unemployment - there is a lot more unemployment up here in Scotland.

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Re: You did know there are English people in the SNP and the other parties?

As posted elsewhere, I'm from England now in Dundee. I am tempted very much to vote for Scottish independence next year unless there are some very serious changes in how Westminster is going to relate to Scotland. So much here is done so much better than England (e.g. no NHS Trusts, so the service actually works!) However, if I'd been given the option, I'd have voted for Yorkshire to be independent. The current setup is too biases towards the South-East and a bunch of people that have no clue what the effects of their decisions are going to be on those in different areas. I can't see any *really* negative effects of being independent of London.

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Re: Anybody who uses 'transition' as a verb ...

Right - I'm from a place near Sheffield, and now live in Dundee - I think I have something to add to this. Dundee is worse than Sheffield in several ways. Sheffield, even when it was going through the bulk of its post-steel depression and reinvention was always a very safe place to live - the universities there made a big thing of how few "no-go" areas there were in Sheffield, and especially for foreign staff/students (I think you were more likely to be given some bother if you were a southerner).* Dundee, on the other hand, going through its post-industrial change now, is a city full of no-go areas, often next to very nice areas, with no way of telling the difference as a stranger. It is a place that should be so much better than it is - lovely location by a huge estuary and close to the sea, surrounded by very nice countryside. However, it is a bit of a shit-tip in all respects - it is no secret that professionals who work in Dundee (health service, university, police, legal services) rarely live in Dundee, preferring Perthshire or places in Fife. When we get round to looking for a house of our own, it won't be in Dundee, that's for sure. I have rarely lived in a place where people are so fucking rude as a default - and no, it isn't "working class bluntness": remember, I'm from South Yorkshire. People here in general seem to resent every other person in the world, especially those with non-Dundee accents (so that includes people from Perth and Fife!).

On a different topic: shitwit AC bringing up the "Muslim hordes" argument - ODFOAD!

* This has changed a bit, but regrettably to say that there are some areas that Anglo-Saxons should avoid, though Asians are advised not to go to some areas where African/Afro-Carribean people have settled, and vice versa.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Re: keen.

IMHO, food should be merely fuel, sex should be merely mechanical procreation. I hope for a future in which we don't *need* to eat, drink, breathe, have sex. I really resent being at the mercy of my biological body, and like like to believe that humanity will be free of it eventually, turning all these things into pass-times, not requirements.

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