* Posts by Mahatma Coat

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: It must be spent

the "EM sponge"

Or as they are otherwise known, lawyers.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: IoT crazy

Why the hell would I want remote control access for my fridge?

When I first visited Akihabara in 1983 and saw toasters with built-in FM radios I too thought why would I want that? 30+ years later I don't know how I'd get by without my combined torch-iron-juicer with wi-fi.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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Re: Why imagine ?

they used to sell souvenir hammers at Stonehenge so the Victorian visitor could tap themselves a memento. At the same time as telling Greece they couldn't be trusted to look after the Elgin Marbles

That is so wrong it's difficult to know where to start.

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NSA-resistant email service Lavaboom goes BOOM! (we think)

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Pluto Mail also

I had a notification a couple of days ago that Pluto Mail was closing. At least it came with enough notice for me to change a whole bunch of subscription services.

That's about the fourth decent free mail service that has closed now. It may be time to throw some cash at Protonmail in the hope they keep going.

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Spain triumphs! Fascist anthem hails Spanish badminton champ

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"international anthems CD library"

the words were adopted by Franco and chums following their 1939 victory in the Spanish Civil War

Still using the 1939 CD? Amateurs.

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Re: Ten summer Games when summer's 2/3 over?

Why not look on the bright side? If it's winter where you are at present then it won't be long till summer comes.

I'm not sure if your comment was meant for me but if so I can honestly say that winter here is by far the better season.

Winter here is blue skies, little or no rain, 23 Celsius average and low humidity. Just perfect.

Summer, OTOH, is mid 30s, >90% humidity, gloomy skies, mozzies, snakes, cyclones and floods.

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Re: Ten summer Games when summer's 2/3 over?

the hemispherist joke

Joke? I was deadly serious. Localised dead tree publishing for tech organs went out of the window a quarter of a century ago and yet journalists are still using terms such as "summer" and "tomorrow" which are almost meaningless in global publishing.

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Re: Ten summer Games when summer's 2/3 over?

It's even dafter down here in the lower half of the planet: it's still winter. Bloody hemispherists.

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

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Re: Back to the Future: Ads without tracking

Advertisers had to decide which pages were most likely to be viewed by their target audience.

There's an old saying in the ad biz along the lines of "I know 50% of my advertising spend works. The problem is I don't know which 50%". This is why there is so much tracking tech applied to online advertising.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn is Michael Foot MKII

The UK has had Margaret Thatcher MK 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 since 1979 and the economy is still a giant mess.

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Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

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a fresh 8.1 install was a 3 day affair

Last week I bought a new notebook to replace my ageing netbook (almost six years of everyday usage for $199 so I won't complain). The new toy came with Win 8.1 so after installing all my usual bits and bobs and tweaking everything while offline I connected it to the outside world and ignited Windows Update. Some 38 hours later it had finished so don't be too upset with Sony.

On a side note, I divvied up the HD and thought I'd try a few alternative Linux distros before settling for my usual openSUSE. First up was LinuxMint. I really should have been paying more attention because it nuked everything on the HD including Win 8.1, the recovery partition and 38 hours of updates. On the plus side, Mint is rather good so it will be staying where it is and Windows can fuck right off.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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Re: Ah those days...

Slot Car Racing

I'm with you on this. When I was a kid my racing mates and I built our own chassis, wound our motors and even sanded our foam tyres to the desired profile.

Our local club circuit was eight lanes wide and over 100 feet long. The track was constructed from hand-cut hardboard with hand-laid copper conductors. The banking was reminiscent of Brooklands.

On a club night you could guarantee there would be plenty of marshals to replace crashed cars back into their slots. The club even held a 24 hour race once a year.

This was very different to beast to Scalextric.

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Australia's marriage equality vote should take place online

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Just make marriage equal now...

...and let Turnbull get on with the NBN, for fuck's sake.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Time to install windows updates

If I've got loads of updates to do on a computer and I want to get them done quickly I do them in batches of 30 with a restart after each batch.

That's a cunning stunt and will be very useful in a few days time.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: WTF

They counted sunspot activity, and 68 years later you decide the data was wrong?

For decades the treatment for stomach ulcers was a scalpel and then in 1958 a Greek doctor discovered that antibiotics did a much better job. The data was wrong.

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Opera Software asks fat lady to stay shtum for a bit, but keep humming

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Re: figures

nothing but a fancy skin for Webkit/Blink

You beat me to to it. And a business model of selling what the competition gives away for free won't help much either.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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A few things

1. You'd have to be stupid* to drive for 34 hours with only a one hour nap.

2. You'd have to be stupid* to drive for 34 hours to dodge tax

3. There are no slow/fast lanes

*Or a sociopath

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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"the use of rules which allow you to specify the action"

A rule that releases the hungry lions. Yes, that would work.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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“airline crack”

Sounds like a car mechanic I once used. His inspection bill said my engine was a "right off".

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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"the best bits of all of those events"

The best bit of any outdoor event is going home afterwards to clean toilets, hot water, fixed line Internet and electricity.

I'll get me coat. I'll probably need it at an outdoor event.

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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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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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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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"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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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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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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