* Posts by james 68

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Driving for dummies.

"Although just how much damage the hapless shooter did to his foot is unclear, he was able to drive himself to hospital, KWCH notes."

Could have blown the bloody thing clean off and still do that. It IS America, Fool only needs one foot to drive an automatic.

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

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"It appears it IS breaking the rules, hence the removal by Apple. Their motivation is in the email they wrote."

Hmm so using the API's provided by Apple for app development, breaks Apples rules for app development?

That sir is a vicious circle, and by that rationale EVERY app developed for an Apple device is breaking the rules and could be disappeared at any time because they all rely upon those API's.

Apple app devs - you have been warned.

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No, no, no. You know how Apple like to disappear any apps that provide a service so that Apple can then move in and provide a carbon copy app with a safe monopoly?

Well it's obvious, Apple wishes to corner the market on '"potentially" false data'. Or as some like to call it, 'bald faced lies'.

Starting with this spitball of untruth about this poor sods app.

Yay Apple!

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Hacker sells Pornhub shell

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One has to wonder just how many Virii the poor hacker now has to deal with, hope he used decent protection.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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Unhappy

I too can pull fanciful figures out of my arse, probably more accurate than Junipers at that. Unfortunately nobody would be willing to pay me huge wads of cash for the privilege.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Yup, a right pain in the arse for those involved.

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Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study

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Re: @Charles 9 (again)

You mean the apps provided by... Apple? If Apple is in a position where they are revoking and removing their own software because it has been abandoned by it's creator (hence the actual content of the article) then the owners of Iphones have bigger worries than Safari disappearing. Since Apple is so tied in to the Iphone their collapse would leave the users with barely functioning paperweights.

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@Charles 9 (again)

If they're only using it for phone calls then your argument is moot as they are not downloading apps.

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@Charles 9

To be relevant to this conversation then they are in possession of an internet connected device, these days that's pretty much the definition of "in a position to learn".

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Re: Should be a cardinal rule...

I would - better that they learn something from their mistakes than live in ignorance. Hell never mind their mistakes, better just that they learn something.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

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Re: And it all works until...

I've seen that response before. PSU fails on a Sunday and the particular user is convinced that i should "Just log in from home dammit and fix the bloody thing!!"as opposed to a 35 min motorcycle journey to the office to swap it out for a spare. Would not believe that it could not be fixed without my actual physical presence in the office and on monday screamed all kinds of abuse to anyone who would listen that I was costing the company ridiculous amounts of money by both buying useless remote management software (which was actually opensource) and by insisting that I wanted to go to the office not because it was necessary but so that I could claim overtime. For those who haven't guessed he was a beancounter.

So... do tell "Lost all faith" are you also an overpaid, technologically ignorant beancounter? I'm curious because "Just log in from home dammit and fix the bloody thing!!" is a typical beancounter answer for everything.

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Re: Honeywell

I do believe that your argument has more to do with the Royal Enfields tendency to break down, spray oil everywhere and its crap electrics. Honda simply made a reliable bike, that was cheap, rugged and easy to fix with a hammer and a screwdriver.

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Re: And it all works until...

"What, Like when Google (who run Nest) bought out Revolv (a competitor) and then killed all the ones already sold? That sort of thing?"

Yes, exactly that sort of thing.

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Re: And it all works until...

Indeed, I want no part of anything which needs to connect to "the cloud" to function. Cloud = nebulous vapour, and frankly if it's something that I cant lay hands on to fix any issues then it is not fit for my purposes.

What do you do when the cloud service fails?

What about when the company running it decides to quit providing the service?

Can you ever be certain of the security measures that are in place and that security updates are applied in a quick and efficient manner?

Can you be certain that a future mandatory stealth update to the terms and conditions will not result in your details being sold willy nilly to all and sundry?

Sod that. If I run something then I run it and take responsibility for it.

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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I know that Virgin media usually takes a flogging round these parts, but when I was living in Belfast I had their 150 Mbit fibre (no telly or phone, just the internet) and it was very fast.

Now 150 Mbit is supposed to be just under 19 Mbyte per second however I regularly got speeds of 25 - 30 Mbyte on downloads so I'm guessing that when the line is uncongested that Virgin happily upped the speeds to 300 ish Mbit.

Any time my speed was slow I can pretty much guarantee that it was due to the site I was connected to and not my line.

Now, in Japan on a 100 Mbit connection it is frustrating as hell, it crawls in comparison. I wish I had my old Virgin fibre line back. :-(

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AA battery-sized Arduino

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Re: This is great...but get his name right...and link

It's the kind of sloppy "soundbite" reporting I am coming to expect from this author tbh. Surprised he didn't add in some fanciful make believe to spice it up a bit.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Re: What's the worst that could happen?

Trump becomes president and all his businesses have access to that data... Every damn phone in the USA will be ringing 24/7 with obnoxious telemarketers, and it wont be long before blocking them will be made illegal or simply unpatriotic (unpatriotic according to the Don basicly means, you disagree with him so you have no rights or citizenship).

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Re: "The government has shown they have no respect for the law"

I'll just leave this here..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO5MYUajrzo

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

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Re: Conspiracy nuts field day ..... was it a bird, was it a plane, was it Superman?

Because he's fulla balls and scaremongering about a contentious topic to increase site traffic.

"No one has yet been arrested, but police think the drone in question may have been launched from southwest London's Richmond Park. They searched the area for debris but haven't yet found anything." - so says every other news site.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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" Apple is an all american product ", I don't think that means what you think it means.

*cough*madeinchina*cough*

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Supurb

Somebody get this guy to rule on scientology sharpish. (yes, that's scientology with a small 's', because it is not a real religion - or word for that matter according to the spell checker).

In all seriousness this judge has a rather sensible outlook which could give a major blow to those fuckwits.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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As previously stated by BurnT'offering - It's digital

5 digits to be precise.

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Astroboffin discovers exoplanet by accident ... in 1917

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Re: Grey Dwarf?

+1 for "Dirty dwarf". Just don't ever search for such a thing in Google.... it is very difficult to scrub your visual cortex with bleach and Brillo pads.

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Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

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Re: Seems normal to me

When the senators avoid answering questions put forward by the people they are supposed to represent, then sure, why should the people in turn answer questions by those same senators?

"A government of the people, by the people, for the people." - considering that this statement now seems to be little more than the punchline for a bad joke and is willfully ignored by government officials at all levels, why should anyone answer a question put forward by senators?

BTW i wish a pox on ICANN and their houses. they should be abolished and recreated from the ground up into a body more fit for purpose. However the same can also be said for governments in general and the US government specifically.

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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

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Re: Oculus Grift @ james 68

Still on version 1 of homo sapiens sapiens however.

A different species altogether from Lucy and chums.

Or to simplify for the technically minded - Windows 10 is a completely different animal from DOS.

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Re: Oculus Grift

"Never touch version 1.0 of anything."

I hope you are only referring to electronics, otherwise I forsee a very dull sex life for you my friend.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

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Re: Article author lives in a bubble.... Meanwhile reality check...

I tried to read the article you posted, I really did. I wanted to parse all the relevant information before forming an educated conclusion.

Sorry but the guy from Eurogamer is a fucking muppet.

1, He blames windows because he didn't bother his arse to check if he had enough diskspace.

2, He blames windows because he let his pc reboot in the middle of an installation and complains that it borked his install.

Well... boo hoo, he may have made some relevant points after that but tbh I stopped reading because it felt too much like watching Russian dashboard cams on youtube. When you let a moron lose on their own recognizance, then you simply have to expect that things will not end well for the moron.

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MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

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Re: Plane goes missing, search robot goes missing…

“Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.” - H.P. Lovecraft

Kinda fits how topics go on these forums eh?

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

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Google...

...they want ALL of your shit.

https://i.chzbgr.com/full/6552323328/h1AA4589E/

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Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

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Re: Boback...

"...ship guns to Mexican Narcos, Afgan terrorists and the IRA because they can."

Fixed that for you.

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Hmm

Surely any "superhuman AI" would by very definition be wildly smarter than the fleshy bods who designed the control interface - making the designing of said interface redundant as the AI would simply blow right through it.

I still say the best (and only real) defense is a fleshy human sat beside the plug that powers the bugger.

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

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Re: Much ado about fu©k all squared

I too would applaud Apples pushback, were it not for the fact that they have no problem opening devices for the feds so long as the request isnt made public....

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Much ado about fu©k all squared

This whole rigmarole is a farce - on BOTH sides of the argument.

The spangly fashion accessory in question does not belong to the murderer, it belongs to the company he worked for.

Perhaps I‘m a tad jaded but does that not suggest that this whole thing could be cleared up by the actual owner asking for it to be unlocked?

Now I do fully understand that the FBI is trying to set a precedent for phones to be unlocked upon request but surely Apple could simply sidestep the whole deal by stating that they will unlock the bloody thing for it`s rightful owner and the FBI be damned.

Instead we get a media circus where Apple can get some free advertisement and claim to be all fluffy and unicorn fondely.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: Wasted talent

You could be correct, I'm sure that I remember that the legal firm pumped cash into the SCO coffers to keep the holding company alive (after they had spent the Microsoft cash), don't know what they received in return though but I'd imagine it would be a fairly hefty stake.

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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@Graham Marsden

Just offhand I would recon an ice shield is a bad idea.

A small projectile at very high speed might punch a hole through a thin hull on entry and exit, perhaps vaporising an area 10 to 20 times larger than its size, so an object roughly the size of a marble would leave entry and exit holes maybe basketball sized.

But hitting a thick surface like an ice shield would absorb much much more of its energy vaporising an area maybe 70 to 80 times its size and also creating a very large explosion from the resulting superheated steam rapidly expanding.

(these numbers are NOT scientific but are guestimates based on watching a nasa/boeing docu about firing hypersonic projectiles from a very big gun in a vacuum into various surfaces/compounds)

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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@Pascal Monett

That really depends upon its rotational speed, if its slow then lifting off would be boned. However if it is fast then lifting off at or near the equator would be quite easy.

Mind you it would be a bugger to make a rocket of any viable kind capable of withstanding the 10G load of the planet + the atmospheric pressure on a 10G planet + the G load of accelerating to orbit.

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LOHAN takes the stage at Oz Linux shindig

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Umm...

Have you actually contacted these guys? http://www.ukra.org.uk/

Pretty sure that if they cant import the load you require that some of them could instead build an equivalent load to the same specs and dimensions. And if you cannot get an explosives licence (which might not even be needed - see here http://www.ukra.org.uk/legal) then all it would take is to ask one of the members who does have such a licence to join your merry group and store the materials.

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

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Re: He's right... and fighting a losing battle.

Unfortunately there is a huge difference between the governments agreeing to be in the same room as him, and the governments actually listening to him.

What is much more likely is that they will send some low level peons to be in the same room as him for 20 minutes so that they can later say "Hey, look at us, we listened to ALL the viable concerns before steamrolling in a new surveillance society."

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

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Re: ORLY?

No harm whatsoever to China's economy as it happens, but plenty of harm to the foreign business. where do you think 99% of tech gear gets made for pennies? That would be China if you were wondering.

And where are those various companies going to go anyway? America? Europe? Russia maybe? All of which are currently using laws or have laws on the table that are just as bad if not worse than China, but will also cost a hell of a lot more in wages and taxes.

Fact of the matter is that the companies will simply roll over and expect a belly rub just like a puppy seeking affection. Because they face the same deal wherever they go, but china is cheaper so why fight it?

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No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military

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3,000+ feet eh?

Very few "drones" are capable of this feat, any that are, are very large, very expensive, professional quality items of the type used by TV news crews and.... police forces.

So either the TV news/police are generating their own news stories to further a shock and outrage agenda against "drones" (a theory which I subscribe to) or the perpetrator will be ridiculously easy to find, just look for the richest local chump for whom blowing several thousands of dollars on what is essentially a toy when not being used for actual work is meaningless.

These quadcopters, hexcopters etc are generally NOT "drones". A few do have proper autopilot and/or computer C&C with pathfinding etc, but the majority are nothing more than RC aircraft. It is stupid to call them drones unless you are going to apply that name to all RC aircraft equally.

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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Confused

It seems the author has confused "taking over a planet/system" with "utterly destroying a planet/system".

It's kind of difficult to take something over if there's nothing left to take over because it has all been turned into missiles, jus sayin...

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Apple swallows 7 year mobile patent payments deal from Ericsson

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Re: Yet more of what Apple calls ...

"Apple even pinched their logo and name way back in the day!"

Don't forget,they also sued the original Apple records for trademarks and being too similar because they also sold music.... regardless of the fact that Apple records had existed and sold music for a decade before the other apple even existed (apple records - 1968, apple computers - 1977).

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With 1000's of cases of prior art they sure as shit weren't Apples rounded corners either.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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I can just imagine the conversation....

I can just imagine the conversation....

"I think your lightsabers infringe on our patents.... on screen they look like very long rectangles with rounded corners and could easily be mistaken for an iPhone®. If you don't want us to sue your ass off then you had better change them to be more raggedy and shitty."

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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@Dr Dan Holdsworth

Droids in the star wars universe are generally memory wiped every few years to stop any problematic tendencies due to emerging sentience, R2-D2 and C3-P0 (and presumably IG-88) are not the norm thus explaining their various idiosyncrasies and why they act a lot more like living beings than the other droids commonly depicted.

There are "force based" civilizations also, the Night Witches of Dathomir probably being the most recognizable to many (see here http://imgur.com/gallery/FMNUt ). Though many are in sharp decline or have died out/been hunted to extinction.

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Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets

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Bollocks

""Cortana was created to be a truly personal digital assistant – available on the go, no matter where or when you need help, and on whatever device you carry," wrote Cortana group program manager Marcus Ash."

"No matter where" my hairy arse, try using it with the English language whilst the location is set to any other country (Japan in my case) and it'll puke out excuses that Cortana is unavailable with your settings/location. Of course the location could always be set to match the language (British English/UK for example) but then nothing else bloody works (windows store, office360 etc).

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Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

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So an Isreali and an Iranian walked into a police station.... together???

Wonder which was selling secrets to which?

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Microsoft to world: We've got open source machine learning too

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Re: Cortana can't help you.

Same issue on a win10 laptop using English language in Japan. I could get Cortana to work if I change all my settings to British English and location to UK but that would bork pretty much everything BUT Cortana.

Microsoft seems to be pretty much self defeating these days, if I could get away with scrubbing the damn thing and just installing Linux I would do so in a heartbeat.

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Intellectual property laws in China, India are flawed, claims US govt without irony

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Re: If you're going to outsource there

"...Exactly, but no one has ever accused US corps of NOT wanting their cake and eating, too."

True but the real problem arises from them forcibly eating everyone else's cake, and the canapés, and the little sausages on sticks, basically every damned thing.

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

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Launch from the Principality of Sealand, whilst giving the rest of the known world a healthy two fingered salute.

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