* Posts by Hollerith 1

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Ex top judge admits he's incapable of reading email, doesn't own a PC

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Don't know whether I sought applaud or shake my head

I rather admire his antediluvian lifestyle. No one needs to bow to the World of Digital. On the other hand the waste of time and the ineffeciciency of having one's emails printed out (and presumably writing or dictating replies, which someone has to type in and email) is really not acceptable. He seems a little, well, past it. Or clueless. Or maybe just a rugged individualist who gives a scornful laugh if anyone suggests he is costing the public purse more than the usual judge.

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In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

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Re: Poorly thought out attempt at Bitcoins?

"Rednecks" is a term for people (men, usually) who work out of doors, usually in economically stagnant areas of the sourthern and southwestern USA, and who come from communities, more often rural than not, that have historically always been poor or disadvantaged. Their local culture can be racist, can be violent, but I do get tired of 'redneck' being one of the permitted terms of abuse. I have spent time in "Redneck country" and have received nothing but hospitality and courtesy.

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Uber pulls up to the bumper, plonks Jeep hackers into driving seat

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Why get driveless cars from Uber?

Given ZipCars and so on, why wouldn't they do the same as Uber is doing? We could all choose a company whose rates we liked and dial a car to come pick us up. Rather than it bein a quasi-taxi service (Uber) it would be a short-rent vehicle hire service, and I would hope I could call up a small van or large people-mover or whatever. The rich and old-fashioned would still prefer to have a real driver up-front, I suspect, but eventally the roads would become safer and better regulated through a driverless system. Except for the cyclists.

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Re: Prompted a memory

One of many degrees you can take in the Arts is Philosophy, specifically, ethics, and how to intuit moral and immoral outcomes. Or History, to see how things were done in the past and if that worked or not. Or law, which teaches you to argue from evidence, logic and reason. Or Literature, which opens to you the vast ways humans have communicated ideas, stories and beliefs throughout our existence on earth. Or Fine Art, where the craft of the beautiful, the sublime, and the disturbing is studied to see how humans can create something that stops us in our tracks. Or Political Science, which analyses how people use and abuse power.

Now why the heck would anyone want any of those? Why would that be good for humanity? Why can't it just be engineers, as was so often suggested from about 1880 to the 1960s?

As an Arts graduate now in IT, I do get really tired of guys who studied computers and only computers all their life and have never actually been exposed to much else, and their curled lip of contempt for anything outside their specialty.

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Can analyse but not predict

Stochastic, unlike chaotic, can't predict the way [whayever it is] will end or evolve, but you can get probabilities. This is not a hard concept.

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Re: Er, but...

@AC - the story you tell us is tragic, and this should never happen, but I don't think throttling access will solve cyber bullying, because creeps are often happy to pay to be able to wreak their havoc. This girl needed protection and help outside of the interent.

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Re: "How you spot an arts graduate in a tech debate"

Acutally, arts graduates are probably running the company you work for. Check out the CVs of your CEO and so on. They might have an MBA, but some might be analysts or financa/accountant people, or even English majors. It's a fox and hedgehog world and, while hedgehogs can do one thing well, they mostly can only do one thing.

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Re: @DavCrav - take the road network for the UK.

Thank you Mr Marsden and all others who have made this point. It is easier to sneer at 'arts graduates' and their pathetic lack of understanding of 'packets' than to grasp what their argument is about, which is the grabbing of what was a 'fair and open to all' (as much as that can ever exist) system and changing it for the benefit of big business. Because that always benefits everyone, doesn't it? As in, nowhere.

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Microsoft issues first SharePoint 2016 preview

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Re: Sharepoint is the new Lotus Domino

Don't. Get. Me. Started.

Every time I see an intranet running on SharePoint I knwo that IT has overreached itself, and has given themselves a Big Boys' Toy that fits right in their comfort zone without a care for the the absolutely crappy user front-end. I have turned down juicy consulting jobs when I saw SharePoint in their headlights, or already on premises, because it is impossible to deliver a quality product with it. Yes, youc an spend £4m and get is to 'work', but by do that when you can get something really superb for a comparative song?

When IT colleagues start telling me how they could really add value to the business if only someone listened to them, I ask if they would implement SharePoint for anything other than project management and, if they say yes, I make Note To Self never to ask their input on any business-related thing.

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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Re: Why does The Register still use flash?

oooo, home thrust.

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Re: It was dead but it didn't show...

Mr or Ms Behemoth, well said. I have been waiting for the Powers That Be to get their heads together and give us animation tools that every browser, even MS will accept. I keep circling round SVG waiting for it to grow up. Who put it on hormone blockers??

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Re: It's a start...

I got a new PC an dloaded up the usual, and for some reason didn't deal with Flash. Firefox blocked, I thought 'let's see how this goes' and I find I am quite happy to live without it. When I come to a site where it's required, I click away with an 'thanks, bye' and, stangely, my life remains unimpinged.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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Re: When someone says "Privacy and security of our customers' data is our highest priority"

"It's our priority to break it and crush it to sand beneath our feet."

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Re: As good a reason as any to keep on ripping CDs

Ms Kerr, first, bloody brilliant. Second, will you marry me?

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Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders

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Re: Super Model fallacy

And the lucky lady presumably keeps pace with the young fella who slowly becomes corpulent, then beer-bellied, and finally that old guy whose shirt doesn't meet his trousers at the front. Sadly seen on high streets everywhere on Saturdays.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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Re: Never used Spotify...

Yep. Every once in a while a friend would enthuse and I'd look at it again, ponder, and decide, 'nope'. And now I won't have to ponder. If I want to hear music, there are lots of online radio stations, and I just need to jot down the name of tracks I like and go buy.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Re: BLEEP. “Help is coming.”

I was being served at a staffed till when the BLEEP help is coming was heard and the person serving me stopped serving me and walked around to help the person who had opted for self service. This is one way to train your customers that self-service is always the better option. Rather than waiting, I left, popped into the local petrol station and got the milk and cheap grated cheese I was needing. Now I go there a lot: stuff seems OK, quick turn-over, and I am always served by very nice people. That and home delivery have made groceries nice and easy.

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Re: Fucking self-scan tills!

Until I understood that not a single staff person would go to the tills and serve me, I was always turning up late at M&S, getting a basket-full of quick to eat (= expensive) stuff, and getting to the tills to find I'd have to do it myself at which point I would put down the basket and walk away. Behind me, the staff person watching me would then pick it up to reshelve the items. I didn't want to keep being mean tot hem (they are only doing what they are told), but I totted up what I would have spend those four days and figured M&S didn't think £86 was worth it.

I refuse to use them. I figure I am paying for the staff time calculated into the prices. If they gavce me a 27% discount or whatever figure it is that cover staff time, I'd be willing to serve myself.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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[ THUMP here ]

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: Get a grip

This little cluster of brain cells (99% of a full brain, the article says) was not taken from a fetus. There is no suggestion that they will get a five-week old unborn child and experiment on it.

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream? @ Big John

I am pro-abortion (or, as I call it, anti forced-pregnancy), and I first paused at reading of this, but realised that 'human' comes when the mind has developed enough to be able to have thoughts and feelings, and we don't actually know if even children at, say, eight months have thoughts and feelings, although their mind is working, in that there's some evidence that they can hear music in the womb and it is stored in their memories.

It might be that this new 'grown brain' can (if it allowed to develop) help us establish exactly when a cluster of working cells is capable or holding and developing the sort of brain activity we would identify as human. This would be fraught with ethical problems, and I can see scientists stopping short.

I wonder why you assume all people how, as I do, hold that a woman should be able to choose to abort her fetus are knee-jerk idiots and just noise. At least do us a courtesy by assuming that we've thought about it.

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Yes, I am troubled by this

Mumsnet is for mothers who want to shar einfo, have a moan, etc., just like they do in real life. A site called 'Mumsnet' is hardly the bastion of axe-wielding lesbian separatists, and yet the scorn, contempt and attacks made here suggest that their attackers are not some lunatic fringe bunch of guys (and I'll bet money theya re guys), but just next door to the regular bloke on the street.

It kinda suggests the feminists are onto something, eh?

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OpenOffice project 'all but dead upstream' argues prominent user

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Like both

I like LibreOffice for everything but writing. For that, I use my elderly OpenOffice 3.0. LibreOffice's writing bit is very frustrating: I can't do a lot of things I prefer in OpenOffice, such as viewing margins in documents. I just wish they could take the best of both.

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Billionaire Soros 'likes' Facebook to the tune of $212m; Alibaba out of favour

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Re: Still waiting for Mr Soros to choke on the £25 Billion he took from this country.

Your patience will never be rewarded. Soros took the UK Govt for the chumps they were. He didn't have to have insider info: anyone astute enough and with daring enough could have done the deed.

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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Of course I'd escalate to HR

I'd sincerely and helpfully escalate that sort of thing to HR once I had an offer in writing from my new employer, and the reference was already in the can.

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

I have said a few things at exit interviews, very carefully worded, and knew the minute I left the notes would be filed in the round bin under the desk.

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Re: This is exactly the Amazon I know - As a customer

My mate, a publisher, says that Amazon visits him every year and leans very heavily to get more % shaved off from what he gets and onto what they get. Since he is a decent bloke and keeps the royalties as per contract with his authors, he himself has to take the hit. His opinion is that Amazon does not give a rat's ass for books, which is heartily confirmed by umpteen other news stories I've read. As a near monopoly, Amazon can simply squeeze publishers until the pips squeak, and if a small publisher goes under, who cares?

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Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

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Re: Business must be brisk

I think his political overlords (AKA leaders) aren't actually doing the shooting and shelling of their constituent members themselves. I think this might be being done by a neighbouring country.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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"Violated"

A cock pic from an unknown man it taken by pretty much every woman receiving it as a message saying, "I want to rape you."

There is no such thing as "it's just a cock pic" if the man and the woman are not in a relationship. It is always a threat. It doesn't have to mean that an attack is about to come, it just says, "I can rape you."

The men who do not get this are seen by pretty much every woman as one of the men who will sens cock pics to women he doesn't know.

Because it's never "just about".

To know so little about how women operate in the world and what is a threat to them is worrying. You might think that the poor dears are fraidy-cats and not willing to have a laff, but men don't grow up in a culture of constant threat. Count how many girls and women have been raped and killed this year alone, compared to boys.

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Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

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Civilisations?

Trevor, I don't think history will bear the message that civilisations work collaboratively for the good of their people. Civilisations such as the Assyrians and the Greco-Roman civilisation and the Mayan civilisation were not good places to live in if you were, say, a slave, poor, etc.

What I agree with is that sometimes people ahve to take a stand. The dissidents in Communist Czechoslovakia, the dissidents in Russia and PR of China today, and I would include Snowden and others who deliberately seek ways to expose and therefore (they hope) stop evil.

To stand up, at personal cost, to be counted, to say 'the shit stops here' is to be a hero.

We in the west have had it good for so long that I doubt we'd recognise a barricade if we saw one.

I salute you, Mr Potts.

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Techies! Shadow IT means you need to up your game

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Re: Hardly a rebellion

Users are the people you are hired to support. Who are running the business and making t eprofits that pay for your wages and kit.

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Re: It is possible to eliminate shadow IT

I must have worked for your company or a clone. And I ended up doing a lot of work from home via my own PC, using stuff online and various things I downloaded. Because while my own IT were locking everything down, they also brought everything* to a halt.

*Wild exaggeration, but not insanely exaggerated

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Re: Yes, well, guilty as charged.

Yep, me too. I finally went to SaaS, doing my utmost to lock down, secure, etc etc, stuff that was still not much of a risk. Got told off regularly by IT. Told them that I had to deliver to CFO, COO, CEO, and when I asked them they did not know what could do what I needed, so I asked the c-suite is they would approve me going off-piste and I would have something for them in three weeks. Approval given. Delivered in three weeks. Kept notes and manual to hand, plus email of helpdesks, just in case IT wanted to step in at any point. They didn't.

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Re: Clarifications requested

Someone with a BA degree has fille dout a lot of forms, and successfully, because they have a degree. That suggests they can read a form, understand it, fill it out, and submit it.

It doesn't prove they can, but the degree is strongly supportive of the thought that they can.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

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Re: No thanks

Mr Harvey, I concur. I have had to invent a rigid naming convention to make sure no device plays random movements, and that all parts of a suite stay in the right order. Imagine my dismay when, trying out a music service, I found Albertini cozied up to Sibelius etc. Canceled, wiped, restored, and now rely on various internet radio stations (BBC3, Klara.Continuo, etc) to be introduced to new music, which I then usually buy on CD, rip and feel safely provided for until I finally pop my clogs.

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Pentagon email hacked, Russia already blamed

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Re: The Hillary Option?

It worked for her.

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Re: From COCOM dom to collar-wearing sub

Nope, I'm still happy to call it bullshit.

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Happy birthday! Rosetta starts second year around comet

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Let its summer be more exciting than ours

@Christoph, yes, we can hope for a lot of activity even past the peak heating-up phase, and if Philae can keep getting power, I hope we will continue to have our minds blown by the data coming back. This is, quite simply, f#cking awesome.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: wow

So they finally make a

somethign that people pretty much like, ending the sh~tstorm that was Windows 8/8a, and then they put the shotgun firmly against their other foot and pull the trigger.

They really do need a Devil's Advocate Department that asks "what could go wrong here?" in every scenario and have the power to be heard.

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How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

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Re: Any good stuff?

ArrZarr, you'll have to do better than that if you want record downvotes. But nice try!

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Former GDS chief Mike Bracken joins Crystal Methodist's old firm

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This might be the straw

I have been havering over whether to move away from the Co-op, but it's not so bad as to require the effort. Now I will be on the alert for technical idiocies and will be on my toes.

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Drone delivery sparks Ohio prison brawl

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Re: Not hard to beat

{cue music} "It isn't raining rain, you know, it's raining violets"

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: "It sounds terrible. I'm going to have to go to another room."

Sorry to hear you say that. I guess not all is well in the house of Tomislav? The last thing I want is my wife to leave the room: she is very comely and one of my main pleasure is resting my eyes on her. Also, she is the wittiest person I know, so I am always having fun.

I guess these speakers are for you.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: I like the new menu. Very easy to get as you wish.

I'm glad it's working for you. Seriously: there are a lot of things that I fidn frustratign that people really love, as I am glad W10 isn't driving everyone nuts.

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Re: Windows 8 isn't a good comparison -- and welcome @stamminator

Welcome to our friendly community, Mr or Ms Minator, or may I call you Stam?

"logical and objective" when you agree with it, "illogical and subjective" when you don't.

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Linux for geeks, yes

My sister, who has a mathematical backgroudn and is pretty good around computers, got interested in Linux and gave it a go. A week later, fed up and raging, she ditched it. If Linux wants to be a competitor, it cannot stay as it is. It's just too bloody hard for the normal punter. Of course, it doesn't have to want to be a competitor, but it would be nice if there were something out there people like my sister could use.

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Clinging to the start menu (@Kurt 4)

Certain things get adopted because we either get used to an early version, even if crap, or because the early version got it right, or because it works just fine and the labour to learn the new version doesn't bring equal rewards.

I do not want to learn how to use every new system. I need totopen up and get to work. I do not have time for a learning curve. I have adapted the older way of doign things to something useful for me and now it is as engained as playing the piano. Keyborards have remained Qwerty for almost 130 years because they were just this side of good enough.

The change has to be gaspingly wonderful for most people to decide that the cost of learning is worth it.

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Cop shops mock cop for cop stop flop: He'll cop it for copping it up - top cop

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Re: Who read that bit....

...just you, then.

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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I still wake up nights screaming

Two years of hell first trying to stop Oracle being brought in by themanagement lads that wanted Big Kit, and then trying to get it to do what we needed it to do (a zillion kilometres of bespoking) and watching the money in the budget evaporate into Oracle's coffers while we limped on... I left, underwent intensive therapy, and am a abetter person for it (the twitches are pretty infrequent now).

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

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Re: Ah

Sometimes the dogooders feel better for a reason, or do you not think the huge drop in malaria was worth the effort?

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German prosecutor given Das Boot over Netzpolitik treason charge

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Maybe in Germany

"Either the government is full of incompetent people, which I can’t really believe, or there is a cover-up,” he said.

Maybe nobody can believe the German government is full of incompetent people, but here in the UK, I doubt many people think otherwise of their own.

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