* Posts by james 68

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Funny thing is, 2/3rds of Crypto comes from non-American companies, so he will endeavor to make the use of "foreign" crypto illegal.

Because these people my be criminals, but they would never break that law....right?

It's a circle jerk of epic proportions.

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Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

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Re: Well at least

Funnily enough, Anker has just recalled several thousand USB-C charging cables because they make devices go boom.

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"Anker’s USB-C cable model A8185011 can “remember” the voltage of the device it was just plugged into. This is dangerous because if you unplug it from a laptop’s USB-C port and then plug it into your phone, it could push a 15V-20V power draw into a port that shouldn’t see more than 5V."

Just one of many links.

Coincidence?

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African Ring of Fire to show up at annular solar eclipse

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Re: African ring of fire

I had a curry, and now my ring's on fire..

It burns, burns, burns.

My ring's on fire.... my ring's on fire.

(Good ol' Johnny Cash, my coat is the one with asbestos lining)

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Re: And?

Ahh, but it's one of those "hidden truths" that the majority of Western governments would rather that the common people not know. So long as they supply cheap oil and splash cash on campaign funds they can terrorise whoever they like and get away with it.

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Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Re: Highly recommend

Hugh Howey is good, I quite liked his "silo" series.

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Re: Talking spiders in Rama sequels

But where where they when the fly tried to break our balls?

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Highly recommend

I highly recommend "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers. Best book I have read in a long, long time. Was very surprised when I learned that it was her first book.

If you get the chance, read it. It doesn't matter what type of SF you like, it has a little bit of everything, you will not regret it.

Oh, and "Children of Time" was indeed authored by Adrian Tchaikovsky, not Andrew. Not a bad book but.... to me a little too much of a rehash of previous books I had read.

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Radicalisation? UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'

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Re: Ignorance is bliss

After all it worked out so well in Northern Ireland, who could have possibly believed that there may be an odd issue or two with the concept?

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Ignorance is bliss

There are many counter arguments to radicalisation, quite a few of which are to be found within the religious texts such "radicals" claim to follow so...religiously.

Those who wish to be "radicalised" will simply ignore any new counter arguments in the same way that they ignore those that are already present - they do not wish to be aware of anything which opposes their viewpoint and will actively avoid it. (Just like governments and especially government "think tanks" to be honest).

Just another waste of time and taxpayers resources.

"As our schools have shifted towards a for-profit American style system, they've started to resemble the for-profit prison system.

Except you get MORE time for good behaviour, not less. People who are too smart to be indoctrinated by 16 need more time in the system, plus a bunch of student debt to bind them."

You sir, are correct in every way. I see the school system of today and despair.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Another issue is the inverse square law of intelligence, where the more specific intelligence in a given field is displayed by an individual, the less generalised intelligence/common sense is displayed by that individual.

In essence, trying to get a geneticist to understand excel is like trying to get Kim Kardashian to understand humility.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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As does every single damned thing in it.

Including the women (There's a story there that I'm not going to get into right now).

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

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Re: I'm not worried

"Didn't the NSA assure us that their vault-o'-vulnerabilities would never get "into the wild"? I say we take them at their word and trust the government!"

Just like how they recon a built in backdoor in both phone and pc OS's will be perfectly safe in their hands and will never be released into the wild.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Just usb webcams you say?....

There are only 2 complaints I have with the Win10 update.

1) It changed both my language and system settings to Japanese - Every update that changes version number does this. It's fucking annoying.

2) I cannot watch streaming video, this is not just a webcam issue, it's an H.264 issue. Any site that streams in H.264 is stuffed, it'll buffer and play maybe 10-15 mins worth of video then either just stop completely, or stop for 30 seconds and start again from the beginning of the stream, rinse, repeat.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Interestingly the soft lead "ball" round was originally specced so that it would only penetrate "light cover" and NOT overpenetrate and become a danger to civvies (i.e. it stops in the target or whatever is behind the target, like a wall, instead of travelling through the target and several walls coming to rest in some unlucky sod uninvolved with whatever nastyness is taking place).

I guess collateral damage is no longer bad thing.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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Words and actions dont match

I was wondering what was going on here in Japan.

I have been searching for a new phone for about a month, about 2 weeks ago I noticed that all of a sudden every vendor was having sales and special offers on iphones.I'm talking serious 1/2 the previous price kinda deals, and the sales people are giving themselves hernias trying to force an iphone sale even after you tell them that you specifically do not want one.

Not enough to make me even consider one (I had an iphone previously, my wife has an iphone 6 and to me they are utter shite tied up in a pretty bow) but more than enough to get many customers to do so.

I guess they're trying to fluff the sales figures in the asian market, even if it means moving product at or near an actual sane price.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: SSD maxes out every minutes for several seconds

If your running on an SSD then indexing shouldn't be running anyway.....

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Re: Plan ahead

"it seems that you have a little friend who downvotes you, no matter what you post."

I have several of those, they make me feel all warm and fuzzy, safe in the knowledge that I will never be lonely because I will always have a stalky downvoting chum nearby for friendship and giggles.

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Re: It aint just this upgrade

It's not so much the keyboard change that F's me up (Japan uses a similar layout to UK keyboard), it's that it changes the bloody system language every time.

Thank you Microsoft but I set it to English because I can't read F'ing Japanese, and I have to keep the location set to Japan or the Windows store, Office 365 etc all don't work (Oh, and thanks for making those bloody difficult also, ensuring that the online parts only show in the language of my location as opposed to the chosen system language).

Luckily "muscle" memory gets me to where I need to be to change the language settings back, but it would be tremendously difficult for anyone who neither reads Kanji nor can get to the language settings from memory.

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It aint just this upgrade

Every damned update that changes the version number also changes my language settings to Japanese. It's a right pain in the arse.

Win10 was installed using English (UK) for language and Japan as location, Microsoft somehow sees that as a valid reason to change my language settings EVERY. DAMNED. TIME.

I'd call them a pack of incompetent clowns but that'd be a slur on pennywise.

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China's moon rover dies of extreme old age, after two-and-a-half years

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Re: Meh!

That's not just China, it's the same with every manufacturer from any country these days.

Planned obsolescence, you don't need our old shiney - buy our new shiney for just 3x the price!!

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Privacy warriors drag GCHQ into Euro human rights court over blanket spying, hacking

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Re: Not quite true

Unindicted, sure.

Felon, not so much. To be a felon the person must first be charged with a felony crime, it may have escaped your notice but this has not occurred making that claim libellous.

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Private moonshot gets the green light from US authorities

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@Henry 2

The moon and the earth orbit each other, but otherwise yeah, not outside of earth orbit which goes out rather a long way and really depends on the speed of the object and interference from other large celestial bodies.

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Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

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Re: This is not a bad thing

Just pointing this out but if you replace "ICANN" with "US Government" your statements carry the exact same value and truth.

And of the 2 institutions I know which I would rather trust, the one with no politicians. The primary reason (and it is only one of many) is that its easier to replace a dodgy employee than it is to replace a dodgy politician - and ALL politicians are dodgy.

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Africa's MeerKAT looks at the sky, surprises boffins with 1,300 galaxies

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just sayin...

"First light"? It's a radio telescope, different part of the EM spectrum entirely, but otherwise, good show.

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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I don't usually go for conspiracy theories, but this really does seem like a perfect way to get data from mobile phones and email without needing a warrant. The terms and conditions, the access it demands to your phone/email and the fact that the company who released it have CIA ties.... well it just seems very suspect to me when looked at all together.

Have a shufti at this er' link. http://blackbag.gawker.com/pokemon-go-is-a-government-surveillance-psyop-conspirac-1783461240

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity

@PatientOne

French descendants of the Norwegian mercenaries, they had been living in France for a couple of generations at that point and had integrated into French society and were governed by the French royals. So in conclusion, yes, it was a French invasion by French subjects.

Horrible Histories is indeed very good in a generalised sense, but not as informative as you think, they tend to leave a lot of information out to fit a narrative into a short book on the assumption that the missing information will be filled in by either schoolwork or personal study.

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity

"France has tabled a motion to have English removed as an official language in the EU. So if you want to have your UK driving licence recgnised as valid in the EU, once the UK has completed #Brexit, it will have to be printed in French."

Or not....

Because that would annoy the Americans, whose licences are also valid for limited periods in the EU along with other English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and funnily enough Ireland, Ireland being an EU member who's primary language is... wait for it... English. Do try and think before typing.

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McLaren is majority owned by the Bahrain royal family, only 25% of it is owned by a Brit.

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity

Hell no, haven't you ever met the French? who do you think taught it to us during the Norman occupation? ;-)

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity

EU flag on it? so what?

It doesn't have a Japanese flag on it, yet the Japanese not only accept it at full face value but will happily give you a Japanese licence of the same grade without you needing to take any kind of test. If the Euros don't accept it then it wont be because of a little flag, it'll be because of sheer bloodymindedness.

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175-year-old in storage deal

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Re: Is this an article...

Personally, I am curious about the existence of a "175-year-old collection of digital and digitised records".

Either they're calling it digital because it contains numbers (literally digits) or they had access to some damned advanced technology for the time.

Though it is also possible that the author is an utter pillock who meant to write "a digital collection created from 175 years of records". But rather than straight up calling him a berk I think I'll take him at his word, it's more fun that way.

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Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

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Re: Martha Fox - is she still a thing in the news?

Frankly those are the best type of results.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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They should include purchases by school bodies in this research, shame some sense into them. I worked for a number of schools in Northern Ireland and they were regularly paying 3 to 5x the going rate for computer gear. Laptops, desktops and tablets were all 3x the going rate, servers, switches, wifi access points and printers were 5x the going rate or often more.

Suppliers were even charging 15 quid for 500meg USB thumbdrives. Once they get the supply contract anything goes, and they never lose that contract regardless of how much they increase prices or fail to meet targets because it is all doled out via the "old boys network".

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PAC slams UK.gov for lack of evidence-based science investments

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So essentially she's saying that global warming science is bad for business and that means we should stop funding it? Same applies for theoretical physics which may have zero visible short term business sense, but without it the UK would lose it's place as a leading scientific community and that would DEFINITELY be bad for business.

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Let's Encrypt in trademark drama

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Wow, did Comodo get bought out by Apple or something?

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Re: AC

Or more likely they'd just use an AA battery and yell "First!!!!" and sue everybody anyway arguing that because they yelled first that means that they obviously designed it so only they can use it (just like everything else- rounded corners included).

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DARPA demands brand-new command … IN SPAAACE!

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My thoughts exactly, a room full of screens is obsolete so they're gonna replace it with a room full of screens. To me it looks kind of barrelish and smells distinctly of pork.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Money grubbing conscienceless wretch

Does Mr Gonzalez drive a car perchance? Because if he does then I put it to you that he is directly funding terrorism by paying Saudi Arabia for fuel. The vast majority of terrorists in the middle east are funded and supplied with war materials by Saudi Arabia, this is well known but nobody will even think about bringing them to account - because what are a few deaths so long as fuel prices stay at a reasonable low and the oil keeps flowing? Making his support of the Saudis in effect support of terrorism. If Google et al are guilty then so is he, hoist him by his own petard.

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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I wonder

How long before Rush Limbaugh blames it on secret ISIS messages by those nefarious Muslims and calls for a ban on brown dwarfs closely followed by an invasion to put them in their place?

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Cold space gas? Sure, supermassive black holes can eat that. Nom, nom, nom

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Re: ummmm

More like:

Something that eats EVERYTHING shocks scientists by eating something.

I mean seriously, nothing escapes from a black hole it even "eats" light, but for some reason it's terribly surprising that some gas got gobbled?

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Clock that? New ARM designs point to virtual reality

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Short fluff piece containing no real information followed by "We have much deeper coverage on its way. ®"

Is this really the professional journalist version of those twats on forums who post "FIRST!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!111111" in every damned comment thread?

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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Re: Quite a large pachyderm in the room

Over the period of time earth has existed? quite a lot I'd imagine. You are I notice studiously ignoring the entirely new material added to the crust on a continuous basis, this is not an insignificant mass of material even discounting the heavy bombardment periods over the current lifespan of our planet makes an enormous difference in relative age of crust and core materials.

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Re: Quite a large pachyderm in the room

Some plates manage to get deep enough to interface with the magma-core boundary and dredge up core material, the materials from the crust mix with the cores due to these interactions at the the magma-core boundary which is why there are heavy elements for us to mine in the crust. Which would make crust and core the same age. So again screwing the hypothesis, and how about the new material from space which is constantly added to the crust (160+ tonnes per year according to NASA)? That adds up to a metric fuck-ton over geological timescales.

If you really want to stick to atomic age and not material age then answer me this- How old is the earth? Because if you answer 4.543 billion years then you would be wrong (by your reasoning) as that is the "material age" the atoms were formed long long before that in the hearts of long dead stars from atoms which were created long long before that yadda yadda etc.

I say it again, the hypothesis only works for a static earth model.

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Quite a large pachyderm in the room

Seems to me like nobody considered a little thing called plate subduction, wherein the earths tectonic plates constantly move, when forced against each other one plate will be forced under the other, as that plate is pushed further into the underlying magma it in turn "melts" once again becoming magma itself. At areas where the plates pull apart, new land is formed by upwelling magma (Hawaiian island chain is a good example of this).

Long story short - the earths crust is much much younger than the core as it is constantly being "recycled". This scientific hypothesis which states the opposite is only relevant in a static earth model where there is no subduction or upwelling to recycle the crust.

Currently Mars has no plate tectonics, but the hypothesis doesn't even work there, as Mars did have plate tectonics in the past meaning that even its crust is in fact younger than its core.

I guess this is a problem specific to when physicists try to work out geology.

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Telegram in Iran crackdown

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Wait a second, now I'm confused. I thought the article was about Iran? Surely the "Supreme Council of Cyberspace" is an American invention institution?

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Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Labour's "discomfort" over the Snoopers' Charter

"When it comes to Westminster, there's nothing to choose between any of them, just a bunch of lazy, over-paid, vain, incompetent, self obsessed, illiberal fuckwits."

You forget crooked, ignorant and self-serving. But otherwise spot on.

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MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

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Be thankful

At least he didn't name it "Buggy MacBugface".

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Goats boost solar power

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Re: Weed whacker is more eco

"Pretty sure human powered pruning sheers are even less energy efficient. Humans tend to need a lot of high energy foods too. Not to mention all the other stuff a humanoid weed extermination device likes to have."

The human is already part of the equation in that they already have a groundskeeper to cut back weeds, with the sheep and goats there will also be a human to corral them and provide their supplementary feed, therefor simply providing said human with manual shears IS the most green option. BTW the CO2, N2O and CH4 emissions from 4 sheep and 2 goats is much greater than from 1 human.

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Weed whacker is more eco

"that problem goes away ... and so does the CO2 emissions that come from using a powered weed-whacker."

No CO2 emissions from the weed whacker sure, but you've now got the CO2 emissions from 4 sheep and 2 goats, not to mention the MUCH worse N2O (nitrous oxide) and CH4 (methane) emissions and the emissions from the farming (including the crap they pump in to make the stuff grow and spray to make the bug die) and transport of their supplementary feed.

In this case "green" is not so much green as more of a dark purplish red, which is appropriate as it's the colour the animals will be after they chew through the electric cables.

Green would be swapping the gardeners weed whacker for a manual set of shears.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

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Of course the aid money is needed, how else will they pay for their space program?

Saying that India doesn't need aid money because it has a space program is disingenuous, India certainly needs aid money, not to help so many starving and unfortunate people would be to deny our own humanity, but the problem lies in corrupt officials throughout all levels of government who spend that cash on misguided projects and to make themselves richer.

The aid money should not be removed, the corrupt officials should be.

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