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Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

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Re: It is impossible to have a billion dollars without that fact in some way helping others.

"if the billion was earned on the free market (no state involvement or corporate welfare"

=

If the billion was earned by my team of pet unicorns.

Because both ideas are complete fantasy.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Ah, so if you can't have dignity, then no-one must.

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Re: Think of the children

Aye, let's get 'em used to being treated like crims from an early age.

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

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Relevance

Odd way to start a paragraph 'Left-wing newspaper...'

As though that was relevant?

Do you routinely start sentences with 'Right-wing newspaper' when describing the Torygraph, or 'Risible comic-book wank-rag' when describing the Sun? Not that I've seen, but maybe I'm wrong.

Weakens your reporting if you chuck in irrelevant canards like this.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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and they past huge amounts of tax in Bermuda...

And the fortunes of the richest 100 people in the world increased by $2.4bn EACH last year.

But of course, they paid their fair share in tax, right?

Oh dear, seems not. No-one actually knows how much money is held permanently offshore in tax havens, but I've seen estimates ranging from about 10 Trillion to about 32 Trillion.

http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cost-of-inequality-oxfam-mb180113.pdf

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Nokia flagellates self further to quell fake cam ad Twitterstorm

frank 3
Pirate

just waiting for the crash

I watched the whole advert from behind the sofa, cringing in fear: just waiting for them to ride into something big, painful and sudden.

It's what happens if you don't look where you are going on a bike.

And then I realised, they are impossibly well-styled hipsters.

And then I wanted it to happen.

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

frank 3
Mushroom

Re: Fast charging

Interestingly, I went back in time to 1905 and attended a public debate on the introduction of motor-cars to our roads.

It was funny because there was a gentleman there who said: 'It's all very well having a fuel tank that can be refueled in a minute, but that assumes that you have big storage tanks that can hold all that petrol. You're not going to find that in a domestic setting. I doubt that many coaching inns that would pay to have these expensive fireproof tanks installed on their premises either, at least initially'

And yet, here we are....

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Chinese feel pressure to work longer hours

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Windows

Re: Unions, eh?

Gosh, I hope you don't take any statutory sick pay when you keel over sick, or statutory holiday or enjoy employment rights of any kind. If you do, then you have unions to thank.

Is your 6 year-old not apprenticed to the local mill? If not, then you have unions to thank.

Even if you are freelance, you benefit from all that because you can and do price in the risk of not having those, secure in the knowledge that the employer has to pay for that for a permie.

Higher productivity through capital accumulation can be a good thing, but there need to be checks and balances to ensure that those accumulating the capital don't just exploit people like slaves.

Even a cursory reading of history will show you that those at the top of the heap aren't generally very good at sharing with those at the bottom of the heap. Unions help redress that problem. You may not like them, but boy are they necessary.

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Browsium rescues HMRC from IE6 – and multimillion-pound bill

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FAIL

Re: How I liked the simplicity of tables.

Javascript that worked?

When was that around?

Oh, you mean when NN and IE had completely different DOMs so you ended up writing each script twice?

Yeah, none of this 'standardised library' nonsense that we get from jQuery.

Sheesh. Get yer facts right.

And tables.

Tables are for the display of tabular data. Not for layout/styling. That's what styesheets are for. Y'know, so you can reskin the site in 2 years time without having to edit every line of code on every page with <font color='green'> or somesuch rubbish.

The good old days? They were shit.

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

frank 3
Pirate

mmmm....

methinks DJ2 doth protest too much. Most of the DJ-orientated stores such as beatport offer uncompressed 44.1k wavs, which are identical in quality to CD. Some places even offer 96k 24-bit files, much better than CD.

It's not just mp3s anymore.

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What downturn? Lenovo stuffs pockets with 54% extra profit

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Stop

profit

profit in the absence of turnover would be fraud in most people's book ;-)

Seriously though: profit is profit is profit. If you are profitable and you don't have shareholders, then you don't give a rats arse about % rates

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Nokia Lumia 710

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WTF?

press release

wow, was that a comment? Reads like a press release.

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Nissan Leaf battery powered electric car

frank 3

yes quite, because non-drivers subsidise car drivers

by over a grand a year per person.

And yes, I have a car. Doesn't make me blind to the numbers tho'

http://www.kimharding.net/blog/?p=470

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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FAIL

thanks for adhereing to stereotypes

See, that's why I could never vote UKIP.

None of our members are right-wing nutjobs, but we regard the BBC as extreme left-wing (cluetrain: most left-wingers regard the BBC as right-wing). None of our members are rascist, but in the extremely complex and sensitive issue of Israel/Palestine, we could never side with the a-rabs. We think its OK to say that you are a supporter of brutal dictatorships and terrorists if you are anything other than howling and frothing about the iniquities of the (democratically elected) Hamas group. Unlike Netanyahu of course, who is a paragon of truth and virtue no matter what other world leaders say. He would never kill and maim and slaughter in the defence of his side of the argument.

Thank you, Anonymous Coward, for having the courage to stand up and be counted for what you believe in. And for confirming that you *do* hold the same views that make so much of the rest of the world regard you as nutjobs.

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Cheap gas is a 'crisis' for Greens, but not for us

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FAIL

you forgot a measure the oil sector relies on.

"The UK's energy policy is anything but "technology neutral". It's full of measures created by lobby groups for their respective energy sectors."

You forgot a subsidy.

The fossil fuel industry requires a regular influx of 'dead english soldiers' and 'spent munitions' to produce 'dead arabs' er.... I mean 'friendly oil-producing states'

It's the same one you always forget Andrew.

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Bill Gates drops $1m on laser-based malaria fighter

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Stop

population control

good point you make, but there is a strong correlation between mortality and birthrate. High mortality = high birthrate.

In the west, where we have very low infant mortality, the birthrate barely exceeds the deathrate, in fact we have an ageing population i.e. no growth.

In 'developing' countries, they need to have many more kids in order to have a chance of having someone to look after them in old age: so they have many more children than we do.

Saving lives lowers population growth. Counterintuitive, but true.

http://www.indexmundi.com/g/r.aspx?v=25

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Fasthosts downed by dicky Dell switch

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FAIL

switched off the wrong server

Ha. Not so long back, I contacted these clowns asking them to switch off one of the last two servers we had with them, gave them the unique server name + account number + pin.

Three weeks later, they duly shut down the other one.

When they put it back online, they then forgot to hook up their own backup systems again, so it was running without backups. Utterly amatuerish.

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Krebs nabs ‘RSA attack’ list

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Trollface

UK companies?

Hutchison - Hong Kong and Chinese owned.

Orange - owned by France Telecom

Tiscali - owned by Carphone Warehouse. A British firm: Yay!

One out of three aint' bad I supppose. Tiscali was originally Italian of course, although mentioning that seems churlish. But then, so does criticising a journo for sticking to facts he knew he could check (and owning up to that) whilst getting your own facts wrong. It may travel over pipes in the UK, but that doesn't make the companies British.

As you were.

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Michael Dell declines to eat his Apple (humble) pie

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'nuff never said

would be 'nuff said, had he ever said it. but he never did so what's your point exactly?

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.folklore.computers/msg/99ce4b0555bf35f4?pli=1

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Facebook: 'We don't track logged-out users'

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Facepalm

that fails the 'which is more likely' test.

"Generally, unlike other major internet companies, we have no interest in tracking people," the insider added"

Err. sure. An ad delivery network that has no interest in tracking the habits of its product (that's you, btw). It's rare you see a whole flock of pigs airbourne at one time.

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EMC exec flames El Reg

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Thumb Up

Ah yes, but thumbs up to el reg for publishing the rebuttal, in full, on the front page, in a way it knew lots of people would look at (surely everyone reads FOTW).

So, I reckon the reg comes out ahead on points + as a bonus, if the guy's facts aren't right then others will point that out and then they do have a story!

If it were a UK print daily, corrections and apologies would appear at the bottom of page 93.

In 4 point type.

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Memo to kid coders: Enterprise software exists

frank 3
Happy

wossa developer?

A programmer is someone who thinks software can be finished.

A developer is someone who knows the job is never completely done.

'Finished' is a word with many meanings.

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The real reason Google bought Motorola

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so that's why...

Every time the big man pays tax, its levels the playing field between him and homegrown entrepreneurs.

I run a UK company and employ skilled UK software engineers, but can't offshore my profits like this because I'm not big enough. My corporation tax payments subsidise my multinational competitors. They pay virtually no tax but benefit from UK services and infrastructure. This destroys UK companies by giving foreign competitors an advantage.

Per pound of profit, I pay 100x as much tax as Google UK operations.

UK tax laws actively discriminate in favour of big, successful US companies at the expense of UK companies.

This is not special pleading, I just want a level playing field.

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News of the World TO CLOSE

frank 3
Mushroom

I used to think I was cynical

but the world just keeps on making me feel naive.

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Man admits writing script that slurped celebrity iPad data

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goatse security?

He owes me a new keyboard.

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Open barbarians poised to storm Apple's gate

frank 3
Megaphone

linux on the desktop?

*cough* Android is linux on the palmtop and it's kinda mainstream wouldn't you say?

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The real reason most source is closed? Open is hard

frank 3
Mushroom

what's hard about it?

one URL should serve to illustrate what's hard about showing your working to all and sundry.

http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=software+patents

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Mozilla cranks out Firefox 5 with cross-platform 'Do Not Track' feature

frank 3
Devil

Now with actual web browsing!

Dear mozilla,

a web browser that isn't worse than Microsofts offering. Is that too much to ask. I've been using FF for years, but 4 is terrible and now 5. Great. so this will get rid of the problems with flash video and cpu suckage and poor javacript performance will it?

Ace.

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Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

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FAIL

session cookies are not really 'allowed'

you still have to gain explicit consent.

It even applies to analytics cookies. So, to see where people go on your website, you have to gain their explicit opt-in consent. Yep, you can't watch people walking around your shop. Not allowed.

Every single site we operate will have to be changed at the cost of many thousands of pounds to my clients (a few hundred quid a pop).

I have to explain it to them and bear their wrath because they have to spend money for no 'benefit'. It's a shambles and no-one in the web dev. world seems to be grasping this nettle because it just seems like such a waste of effort and time.

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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

frank 3
Mushroom

meh, title

in many ways, of course, the very most offensive thing about the Dambusters is:

YAY! We killed a shitload of people! Go team!

I know, we were fighting the dark empire etc. but it's still an unpleasant thing to be involved in: killing people is not really to be celebrated.

It just feels a bit weird to worry about the name of a dog when we're talking about the coldly calculated design of a machine created by people to kill other people.

Bit depressing really.

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Google's Egypt hero: Tech biz, keep out of Arab politics

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genius closing line

well done sir. What a great finisher.

Ouch.

f

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Google pours millions into wind power

frank 3
Flame

you forgot a key subsidy.

oil/gas - regular wars to police the sorts of places that produce. Or. You could choose to believe that we are in the middle East purely to further democracy, justice and so on - and the 50,000 dead iraqis should be GRATEFUL dammit.

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Santander blames Firefox 4 for website fail

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FAIL

Try phoning 0870 from a mobile

It's more expensive than phoning from overseas.

Not eligible to use, my foot.

I'm not going to sit on hold at 25p a minute to listen to terrible music and poorly trained, overworked phone droids muck up my financial affairs.

http://www.o2.co.uk/mobilestariffs/tariffs/specialnumbers

I always, always phone the 'overseas only' number for any service.

0870 - It's only the marketing people wanting to make it look 'official'

(and I know this as I've sat in on the meetings as the web developer for a number of organisations, pleading for them to have a sensible number for mobile users, only to be overridden by the marketing muppets).

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Microsoft rallies IE6 death squads

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IT Angle

mild revisionism...

IE6 was streets ahead better than NN4.7, which was the main alternative when it came out.

NN 4.7 was a developer's nightmare. Everything would always work in IE6 and be broken in NN. That's why I, and most of the developers I knew, called it 'Nutscrape'. 'twas fookin' awful. Was like supporting IE6 now. People would *groan* when I said NN suppport by the end.

Netscape 6 was OK in comparison, but it was too little, too late. IE had won by then.

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In defence of Comic Sans

frank 3
Megaphone

It's not the font

There are worse fonts.

It's the people who use it.

Whenever I get an email in comic sans, a little piece of me curls up and dies in anticipation of the inanity that inevitably follows.

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South Yorks police leads UK in use of ANPR cameras

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Black Helicopters

Anpr does have other uses...

It's not just about catching the uninsured, it's about tracking people the govt. doesn't like.

If you don't have a problem with the rozzers tracking your every move, that's fine: just hope you never annoy the government of the day.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/25/police-domestic-extremists-database

http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2011/01/17/the-real-domestic-extremists/

It's not tin-foil hat, it's well documented and in the public domain.

But you'd never disagree publicly with a government decision right?

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Adobe forgets to thank Apple as it hits $1bn per quarter

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not the best software, the most diverse

given the buggy bloat that is CS5, I think 'diverse' is being kind.

diverse - or ramshackle collection of overpriced heavies that suck all the money from your wallet in a single mighty slurp and all the cycles from your cpu followed by a belch that takes out your entire OS.

Meh

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Trust and risk in the cloud

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Let's move all our...

... accounts data into the cloud, where we don't control it.

... forthcoming strategy and business plan into the cloud, where we don't control it.

... data to a place that available to any authority that happens to ask for without even needing to present a warrant.

On balance. No.

cloudy docs: great for website bug sheets and copy documents. Wouldn't want to store anything important there.

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Oracle demands another $211.6m from SAP

frank 3
WTF?

Interest? What's that?

Certainly not something I get paid on MY savings.

Grumble grumble, macroeconomic mumble and mutter.

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Nick Cave smashes speed camera with Jag

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Megaphone

would that be?

The decade that gave us at least 5 totally new genres with whole new ways of thinking about and making music?

Starting with Hip-hop, house, acid, techno and the unstoppable rise of all genres electronic.

The KLF, Orb, Future Sound of London, Aphex Twin and on and on and on.

Where were you?

Certainly not bouncing up and down in a field with a massive shit-eating grin on your face dancing like a loon to brain-bending sounds until dee morning come.

If you were into your bleeps, it was an impossibly exciting time in music, a time when I regularly heard records that made me think: I didn't know you were allowed to do THAT with a tune!

Yer well within your rights to hate all of that, but music didn't forget the 80s: you just had your earplugs in.

Sheesh, wotta grouch.

(quite like Nick Cave. He's good.)

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Reg hack tickled by Kent schoolgirl

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dangerous biscuits

wasn't that a Frank Zappa song?

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Boris bikes for all from next week

frank 3

Traffic lights: quick fact burst.

As a cyclist, it's safer by far not to stop. At least, that's what Transport For London found.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1695668.ece

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Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'

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does too!

It goes through Chorlton

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frank 3
Pirate

erm...

Happy Mondays

Stone Roses

The Fall

Morrissey

The Smiths

808 State

My mate Bill who sings down the pub occasionally.

Practically ANYONE, in fact, because of the historical enmity between the two cities.

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Chicago officer beats off dildo-wielding bill-skipper

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Thumb Up

best headline ever

Encore! Encore!

<standing ovation>

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Femtocells outnumber proper mobe towers in US

frank 3

paying for a femtocell: massive ripoff

You really are paying twice for soemthing they really should be doing as a matter of course.

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Pentagon: Wikileaks file-dump didn't reveal anything important

frank 3

so what you are basically saying is that...

people in a battle situation behave in horrible ways: disgusting, hateful and shameful ways.

That's just the way war is.

I agree.

You wouldn't think that from an army recruiting video though.

Or a memorial service.

Or war films.

Or a battle report from an 'embedded reporter'.

Or any sentence containing the word 'Glory'.

War is basically shit.

It's helpful to be reminded of that from time to time, because it's glossed over in 98% of the media we see referring to war. I think most people have a picture in their heads of war that bears little relation to the reality.

Personally, I think they should show the tattered remains of the slain on the news of every person who dies in one of our 'elective' conflicts like Afghanistan or Iraq: even if that takes 10 minutes each night.

It would be horrible.

So horrible, that people would realise whatever we were killing for really wasn't worth it.

There's very little worth killing each other for.

Very little.

If you're going to fight: fight, but no country that has chosen this path should be able to claim ignorance about the consequences.

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Dell, Samsung Android iPad rivals demo'd

frank 3
Troll

doesn't work on the iPad? Why is that.

Could it be that the iPad is a closed platform from which steeeeeeevvvv-oh has banned flash: the most popular way of delivering video on the web?

Yeah, it's probably that.

It's your rubbish kit mate: nothing to do with the video

;-)

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Defra gifts £22m to payments quango

frank 3
Boffin

good vs. bad governance

Thank you wikipaedophile, repository of truthiness for defining it as:

Governance - the activity of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance.

e.g.

Germany - good governance

Zimbabwe - bad governance.

Ugly word, but useful. Not new either. Been around for at least as long as I have been aware of it (15 years+)

Carry orn.

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CEOP claims success for Facebook 'panic button'

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0.004% of app users report a problem.

gosh.

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