* Posts by Mahatma Coat

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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

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Re: Cost of collection

In my view it should be funded out of general taxation and the costs of collecting and maintaining licences should be saved by both the BBC and taxpayer.

You need to visit Aus. The commercial channels are shit. Really shit. The BBC's non-commercial counterpart down here is funded from general taxation and, generally speaking, the only programmes worth watching on it are made by the BBC.

Something else to consider: a county tends to export its best TV programmes. That means we get David Attenborough in Aus and send you Neighbours in return.

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Firefox CEO BLASTS Microsoft over Windows 10, Edge shenanigans

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Re: In other words...

Edge behaves the same way Firefox does

On the last clean install of Win7 and Firefox I did a few weeks ago Firefox asked if I wanted it to be the default browser.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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its not Chris Evans

If today's news stories are to be believed Evans' co-host is Jenson Button.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: I wish politicians would learn...

the Internet is trans-national

I seem to recall that gov.au banned the hosting of titty sites in Aus some years ago. Local smutcos simply moved their content to US servers. Two things ensued:

1. Aus hosters lost a load of business.

2. Everyone in Aus still looks at pr0n.

Governments are even more stupid than we think.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Re: Just one thing left to make it good

I wish they would put Quick Launch back in

I use a little system tray launcher app called SE-Tray Menu. I keep my most used items in that.

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I've reserved mine...

...and now I feel dirty.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: I sort of agree

While I'm not big on the whole gun thing

Same here. I'm about as far from the "cold dead hands" mob as you could find but I did feel some sympathy for this bloke. When I use my quad it stays over my house and doesn't even point at my neighbour's place. I make sure of that.

Much as I'd love to fly it for fun there isn't a suitable flying area anywhere near me that isn't also a public place so the quad stays in the man cave. There's little enough privacy as it is without me making it worse.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Re: Why's this a story?

do you think your readers are stupid?

Yes, he does. Remember his "arctic ice returning therefore there is no problem" story a few days ago? He's in good company with the Mail and Telegraph.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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I think the main reason that it was so popular in the 60s was because Alf said what most people were thinking, at least that was what my family and I thought.

There were a lot of ignorant bigots around back then and still are, it seems.

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Vive le Act Patriotique: Liberté, égalité, fraternité, pick any two. No, not those

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"Dutch MEP Sophie in ’t Veld"

Are you sure she's not from Yorkshire?

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: Awesome! TOTALLY Awesome!

Now how do we get to it to screw it up?

Meanwhile on Kepler 452b the scientists at KASA announce that they've found Kepler 2.0 aka Planet Earth. They take one look at the current state of the place and then point their telescope in the opposite direction hoping to find somewhere less fucked up.

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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Re: Tierra del Fuegans

There are no more original Tierra del Fuego peoples any more. What did for them is the diseases brought by the missionaries in the mid 1800s

I remember reading about this a while back. The last indigenous Tierra del Fuegans with a connection to aboriginal Australians died only a few years ago. If I can find the story I'll add a link here.

Edit: Here we go, the article from 1999.

The interesting part:

But how could the early Australians have travelled more than 13,500 kilometres (8,450 miles) at that time? The answer comes from more cave paintings, this time from the Kimberley, a region at the northern tip of Western Australia.

Here, Grahame Walsh, an expert on Australian rock art, found the oldest painting of a boat anywhere in the world. The style of the art means it is at least 17,000 years old, but it could be up to 50,000 years old.

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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The petrol station business model of the near future

1. Quick recharge of your electric car's battery.

2. Install OS security patches.

3. Update the car's anti-virus defs.

4. Buy stale sandwiches and overpriced fizzy sugar drink*.

*Some things will never change.

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Pirates also buy content legally, Australian gov study finds

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Holmes

"those who consumed 100 per cent of their content illegally spent the least money"

No shit.

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Australia to run first robo-car trials in sleepy Adelaide

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"Telstra is providing connectivity"

lol

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Whitehall maps out Blighty's driverless future

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"Cars should be immune to hacks"

It's hard to argue with the sentiment. The reality will be somewhat different.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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Sorely missed

Legend is a much abused description these days but entirely justified in Hicks' case.

"I'll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. 'I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.' 'I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.' 'Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding out both puppets!'"

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Wicked WikiLeaks leaks considered harmful: Alert over malware lurking in dumped docs

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"a video posted on Fox News will not contain an embedded script"

A video posted on Fox News will not contain any news either.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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Re: Open up BBC TV to the world

For a moderate fee (comparable to the License Fee), allow anyone anywhere to subscribe to all BBC TV channels.

Yes, this. For years I've been saying that just the ex-pat market alone could probably bring in a sizeable boost. In 2012 there were roughly 4.5m British ex-pats in the top 10 destinations. If my maths is correct that's a potential UKP650m just sitting there.

Look in any ex-pat forum and there's inevitably a "what do you miss most about life in the UK?" thread and the BBC is always in the top two or three.

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nbnTM plans for future backhaul upgrade to FTTN cabinets

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Pint

peak time usually between 5-7pm when most folks get home from work!

In the Netflix era we have the data equivalent of the six o'clock swill.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Balanced article

And at the risk of being seen as picky about an otherwise fascinating article I'm sure the banks of the Thames have been inhabited for more than 1500 years.

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FLASH MUST DIE, says Facebook security chief

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A message from Mozilla

If you carry out a plugin check it says:

All versions of Adobe’s Flash Player plugin are currently vulnerable.

They need to add:

And always will be.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: "...mockery..."

I could drive for two days in the UK

Two days in London and not get very far. I'm a Londoner by birth so I feel your pain. btw, just for the sake of perspective, the nearest conurbation of consequence to me is roughly the same distance as London to Bristol.

It's not how big a place you live in that counts, it's how fast you drive

I agree. The problem here is that the main road up the east coast, the Bruce Highway (our equivalent of the M1), is one lane each way with a 60 mph (100 km/h) speed limit and few places to overtake. It's crawling with speed camera cars, large wandering marsupials and pensioners towing caravans. It should have been called the Highway To Hell.

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Re: "...mockery..."

It's also about two days to get to the further east point in Newf. And it's about two days from Toronto to the middle of Canada at Winnipeg. Let's review. If you're already two days from the extreme east, and you drive two more days then you'll reach Toronto, which is about two days from the middle of Canada. Big place.

Pfft. I can drive for two days from my home town in Queensland and I'm still in Queensland. Bigger place.

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Re: Are they (the agencies, etc.) really afraid of terrorists, or citizens?

Terrorists will be easily able to subvert any government instituted program

These clueless politicians only need to look at recent history. This is Bruce Schneier writing for CNN a few years ago:

In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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Re: Don't fix what's not broken

it's fast and quite efficient on memory

Exactly. I'm fed up to the back teeth explaining to whingers that their resource issue is very likely to be some badly written extension or plugin.

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Firefox 39 bites four critical bugs

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Thigs move on

I came here to exactly the same thing. It's a browser, not an OS.

Browsers aren't supposed to be media players either but 100s of millions of people do that every day.

Phone aren't supposed to do email.

TVs aren't supposed to used for viewing Web sites.

Etc, etc.

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Hacking Team havoc shows even 'security experts' suck at security

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Big Brother

Bangladesh

I'm sure recent events in Bangladesh are entirely coincidental:

What secular thinkers in Bangladesh, concerned about their own safety, find most worrying is the way the bloggers are being identified, tracked and attacked.

Someone has blood on their hands.

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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16 hours? When I were a lad we could only dream of 16 hours.

When I lived in the Aus bush and regularly flew back to the UK the journey was a nightmare. 24 hours on a bus got me to Brisbane. 24 hours and I wasn't even in another state, let alone another country. The bus arrived there a couple of hours after any planes left for the UK so that meant a night in Brisbane. 24ish hours in the air (with a couple of hours on the tarmac at Bangkok) and I was in Heathrow. Then it was a mere 20 minutes on a bus to the nearest relative where I could doss down.

The return flight was even worse. It didn't go Bangkok/Brisbane. It went via Bangkok, Melbourne, Sydney before landing at Brisbane which adds another eight hours to the flight.

Worst thing was that the plane would fly over my final destination in Aus on the way to Melbourne but it would be close to another two days before I'd get there.

I have done one worse flight.

During my time in the same remote town I decided to visit my bother-in-law who was running a biz on a Thai island. On the map it was a relatively short trip. I called my trusty travel agent and asked for the cheapest ticket. The agent found me a ticket with Royal Brunei. It's a dry airline but Darwin/Brunei/Bangkok was pretty much a straight line so it looked good on paper. It didn't, however, look so good when the tickets arrived and I looked at the times and dates.

To cut a long story short, it was 22 hours on the bus to Darwin, overnight in Darwin, three hours on the flight to Brunei, overnight in Brunei, five hours to Bangkok, overnight in Bangkok, day four was a shortish local flight to my destination.

Saving a few quid on tickets rarely pays off.

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Re: Save time by flying

A jacket potato take 1.5 hours in an oven or 6 minutes in a microwave

Microwaved jacket spuds lack crispness for my taste so I use this method:

1. Turn oven on and let it heat up

2. While oven is heating put the spud in microwave for 10 minutes.

3. Remove spud from microwave and place in over for another 15 minutes.

Doesn't take long compared to a full oven job but the results are similar.

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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FAIL

Meh

Andrew Orlowski's articles have a larger percentage of bollocks.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Re: "reliable, rugged, versatile all-terrain transport, you buy a Subaru."

Down votes? Euclid would not be amused.

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"reliable, rugged, versatile all-terrain transport, you buy a Subaru."

All-terrain, I assume, doesn't include mounting a kerb.

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Oi, UK.gov, your Verify system looks like a MASS SPY NETWORK

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Re: Looks like, walks like, talks like...

I used the equivalent Bulgarian system for 5 years or thereabouts as it was the only means to get to my bank account

Is it just me or...

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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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Other privacy-friendly search sites are available.

It's worth a look at unbubble.eu and Motherpipe.

Disclaimer: I have no idea if they are what they claim but that's true for all search engines today.

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British Library publishes Digital Magna Carta – written-by-web-vote because it's 2015

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That last famous clause - which was used two centuries later to create trial by jury

Ummm.

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Wikipedia to go all HTTPS, all the time

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Re: Will there now be a "cash call" for implementing this?

Seems like every time one turns around, they're asking for money

One could read the article and one could also read the blog post that it references but I suspect one just wanted to whinge a bit about a very useful free service.

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

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It's a useful metric

When you see search toolbars on a punter's browser you immediately know it's going to be one of those days.

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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Some things things I will never do

Eat shit.

Vote for an authoritarian political party.

Drive the wrong way down a motorway.

Jump out of a plane (with or without a parachute).

Trust Google with anything.

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Shine a light on the rogue IT that hides in the company shadows

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"you risk legal issues"

An IT friend has recently had this very thing to deal with. One dept bought a cloud-based CRM and didn't bother asking IT or legal about any potential problems. The biggest single issue is that customer data is stored overseas which just happens to break local laws. The idiot dept is also tied into a long contract too.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: "with feeds fed to a multi-track recorder,"

Multi-tracks where huge in the 60s - in fact they where mostly huge in the 70's and 80's too.

You beat me to it.

"Hey, Pierre, slip this into an overhead locker, s'il vous plaît"

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

...and puts a few gauges over on their side of the dashboard.

Nice motor, though.

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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Re: Official Title

"Medieval butcher bastards ISIS"

This rag-tag army of 30,000 medieval butcher bastards is doing a pretty good job of avoiding complete destruction by billions of dollars worth of western might. The last couple of times the west steamed into Iraq they defeated the 200,000 strong* well-armed and trained Iraqi military in a matter of days.

* I can't be arsed to check the exact number but wasn't Iraq supposed to have the fifth biggest army on the planet?

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Patch-crazy Aust Govt fought off EVERY hacker since 2013

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What's that smell?

Ah yes, the smell of bollocks.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Re: safety

The last LR I had to put up with was a series 2 back in the early 80s

A car that went out of production in 1961. Good comparison.

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

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Re: Adblock and NoScript

Essential, but too much for the masses. I has a sad

Have a look at Bluhell Firewall instead of Adblock Plus. Totally idiot-proof. Install, forget, enjoy.

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UK data watchdog: Massive fines won't keep data safe

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Money is no object

12 months in the Scrubbs picking up the shower block soap for Big Jim may have more impact.

Also imprison a few bankers and non-dom newspaper proprietors for good measure.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Re: Memory for names

I've always had a shocking memory for names.

About half my working life in the UK was as a freelance with about 100ish clients most of which were very small outfits but kept me busy for 60-70 hours per week. Come the Xmas piss up season I'd bump into most of them at various trade parties along with many other freelances that I'd occasionally work with. As a name-forgetter it was a nightmare. Eventually I figured out a method of avoiding social embarrassment.

Some total stranger would approach and say "Hey, Mr Coat, haven't seen you since that Merc production. How are you?" This person was probably a production assistant that made me a coffee on a half-day gig some 11 months earlier and I'm supposed to remember their name.

To avoid looking like a twat I'd just say "I'm good, thanks. Remind again me what your name is". They'd reply "Jim" or whatever so I'd say "I know your first name's Jim. How could I forget that when we had such a laugh on that gig? It's your second name I can't recall. I'm terrible with second names". The coffee-bringer then tells you their second name.

In a couple of seconds you've gone from socially incompetent tool to having their first and last names and restored your reputation as that nice freelance with the great social skills.

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Turkey president: Nuts to 4G networks, we're cutting straight to 5G

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Re: I see your 5G

and raise you 6G.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The numbers all go to five. Look, right across the board, five, five, five and...

Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most mobiles go up to four?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not four. You see, most blokes, you know, will be talking at four. You're on four here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on four on your mobile. Where can you go from there? Where?

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