* Posts by Youngone

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American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

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Re: Presentation to the US congress? Beneficial to society?

elDog is quite right. and the other part that caught my eye was "chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)", which made me immediately think that Weird Ted has started his run for the 2020 Republican nomination early.

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Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

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Re: What is the point ?

Duncan Mac makes a great point, and is exactly what I was wondering.

I could do better for less money from my home VDSL connection.

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Re: Fucking Politicians

As far as I can tell Hollywood has always been a leech.

If it's not "Hollywood Accounting" meaning every movie ever made loses money then it's demanding subsidies to make movies in your town.

The Hobbit was made just down the road from me and cost my neighbours and I about $50 million.

Then we had to pay again to see the stupid thing.

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Re: Fucking Politicians

While I agree, the Romans have done a lot for us, what I think John 104 was complaining about is the piecemeal way these tiny extras add up.

If there was a fair way to tax everyone according to their ability to pay, we might wind up with enough to pay for all those roads, schools etc.

There probably is a fair way, but I don't know what it is and I am not a tax expert, and from what I have observed the actual experts disagree anyway.

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: I think you just nailed it Andrew...

The major anti-smoking lobby group where I live drives all of it's funding from taxpayers, something like $20 million per year last time I looked.

They are exactly what this article is about, starting quite reasonably with getting smoking banned in work places and busses and whatnot, but their latest goal is to have smoking made illegal here, which on the latest figures would put about 15% of the population in prison.

I'm pretty sure they're now in the business of staying in business.

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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Re: Competition

I hope the Elephones are put together with more care than their website.

I quite liked the look of the one model which is described thus: "Elephone S7 is the lastest Elephone smart mobile"

It gets weirder from there.

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Over reaction?

First of all, I'm a huge fan of making lots of copies of stuff, and spreading them about the place, it's just common sense.

However I can't help thinking that this fear of Trump stuff is a bit silly. The US will still have rule of law, and the various Houses and courts will continue to play their parts.

Even if he says he's going to do things, there are ways that Governments work, and I wonder if he understands this.

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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What's the problem?

This ship is not for fighting, it's for providing jobs in the right places.

Also, thanks for the link to the story. I haven't read that for a long time.

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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Re: Well...

@ Tom Paine

It wasn't Donald's election spending I was thinking of, more the way industry lobby groups use their money to get the legislation they want.

This caught my eye

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Well...

It's well known that the US has the best Government money can buy.

The tech sector will pitch in with the appropriate 'campaign contributions" when the time comes, that's how it works and everyone knows it.

To be fair to Donald, he didn't create those conditions but I have no doubt at all that he will be happy to profit from them.

It's not actually Peter Thiel that worries me, it's The Donald's appalling children circling around like a couple of well-groomed vultures.

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Re: Predictable sequence...

I suppose that's possible, but I keep thinking about The Crypto Wars which the US Government completely lost, (at least as far as the export of strong encryption goes).

The arguments then seem the same as now and yet no lessons seem to have been learnt.

In TFA one side seemed to be arguing using logic and facts, and the other side seemed to be using wish fulfilment.

Maybe that's what you get from living in Washington for too long.

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Hacker's Mac pwning expedition: 'Help, I've got too many shells!'

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Re: No mention of the earth quakes

Thanks for the sympathy Dave Roberts.

I live in Auckland, so have avoided having my house fall on my head, but friends in Christchurch are heartily sick of the shaking, even if there was limited damage this time. (In CHCH at least).

The weather has been pretty ropey, it's true, but on the plus side, the first wee tomatoes have set and my Blueberries are beginning to come through too.

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US Director of National Intelligence legs it

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No-one is serious about this

As far as I can tell, lying while under oath to a Congressional Committee is a crime punishable by a fine and up to 5 years prison, but everyone lies all the time, and no-one is punished for it.

All that blather about how outraged the American people are is a total load. Nothing will happen and they know it.

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

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Nice

I enjoyed reading that review, even though the whole way through I knew I am not the target audience for this product.

I just kept thinking "Yes, but what happens when updates for this device stop being released"?

Also, I can't help wondering what network services are running on these things, and who are they talking to? If Nest decide to change the terms of service and sell your info to their advertising "partners" what then?

I will stick with my slightly dumber network cameras thanks, at least I have control over the FTP server they send their pics to.

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Experts to Congress: You must act on IoT security. Congress: Encourage industry to develop best practices, you say?

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No surprises there then

The Senate are largely idiots. I despise them all, the difference between R and D is just the things they misunderstand.

Also, I am not surprised Homeland Security are keen on taking over IoT security. They will be well aware that as soon as someone decides to have a good look at what they really do for a living they are very vulnerable.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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Re: We do not know what Trump will do or will not do

So frankly, Andrew's anti-Google glee is a bit premature. Google has enough money to buy the next president of USA the same way it "owned" this one.

Also, despite Andrew's assertion, according to Opensecrets.org Alphabet were only the 10th biggest lobbiest this year, and 12th last year:

This is 2016

This is 2015

Compared to the Chamber of Commerce $79 million so far this year, they're hardly even trying.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg

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How does that work?

a $1.5bn cash dividend, and $2.5bn in debt and other liabilities; the $2.5bn is made up of $1.9bn of HPE debt and $0.6bn of net pension liabilities.

Isn't that just a massive bribe to the shareholders? It would be interesting to know if that $1.9bn of debt is new.

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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I must be missing something

Either this is being poorly reported, or I am missing something.

The US Navy purchased 38 licenses and installed the software on hundreds of thousands of machines.

They are now claiming they are allowed to do this under the terms of the license.

Shirley they can point to the license clause that spells this out, but if they can, then why are they in court?

Something weird is happening here.

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Questions

Do I read this in conjunction with the China v Apple story? Are they connected?

Also, if the spyware in question might be on 700 million phones, why has it only been discovered on one model of BLU phone?

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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China knows something

China is well aware who really runs the US government.

If threats are made to the organizations that pay for it all, pressure will be bought on the politicians and the threats will stop.

I did a quick search and it looks like Apple only spent $3.3 million lobbying in 2016, down on 2015,and only $1.4 million or so on campaign contributions, but I expect they were sure Hilary would win.

If Apple need to grease some different palms for all this to stop, then that's what they'll do.

It's how Washington works.

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Former Autonomy CFO indicted in USA for misleading investors

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Lawyers

I have no idea whether the Autonomy people lied about the value of the company or not, but it seems really odd to me that HP wrote off $8.8 billion in value a year after buying in but somehow it's not their fault.

John Keker makes a very good point about UK citizens and businesses verses US law as well. Not that that will save his client, HP are huge bribers campaign contributors.

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Ah the memories...

I'm led to believe that Kiwi nurses can be pretty determined.

At least the one that caught me is, not that I played terribly hard to get.

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CIOs: VDI? Maybe, just maybe, it really will be different this time...

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Awful Citrix

I have a little bit of experience with Wyse terminals and Citrix desktop and it almost seems like a punishment for the users.

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Sony: Get out Comedy Central, MTV – we've built a wall around Vue, the greatest wall ever

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The horns of a dilema

It's really hard to know who to hate more, the awful Sony who have taken so much of my money over the years and given me cheap tat in return, or Viacom who I have nothing to do with but are a huge US media concern so probably torture kittens in their spare time.

Also: What is irksome is that Sony/Playstation are totally clueless.

That just needs a fullstop at the end.

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Question?

The US has been a Democratic Republic for longer than almost anywhere, and has a population of more than 300 million but only has two credible political parties.

Am I the only one that finds this odd?

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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@# DropBear

It's from over here. Must be further away from where you are.

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Celeb-backed music TV phallus Electric Jukebox finally ready for launch

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Yes, it's expensive

Of course it costs a lot of money compared to it's competition but things like An Advisory Board of (mostly retired) bigwigs from finance and the music industry will cost a huge amount.

I'm not sure what value it will add however.

For me, my Serviio server cost me (something like) 30 of my local dollars and Petr Nejedly never bugs me for any more money.

When he does however, I will gladly pay up because it is such good value.

Something the Advisory Board might like to discuss at their next meeting.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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If only they had an equally strong approach to intellectual property laws.

But they don't, because why would they? What possible advantage to China would stronger IP laws be?

This is exactly the same attitude the US took earlier in it's history.

Ironically it is exactly the attitude that got Hollywood up and running.

This is amusing

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LeEco – the Chinese biz that said it'll topple US tech giants – has already hit the rocks

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Wow

So a month ago they were going to give us everything we wanted at half the price?

The Chinese are so much better than those lazy Westerners. They can even run the company in to the dirt quicker.

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RIP EarthLink, 1994–2016: From AOL killer to regional ISP's attic

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EarthLink's board will be combined with Windstream's

I guess that means none of the directors will lose any fees.

Can't have that now, can we?

Why do shareholders put up with that sort of thing?

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Icelandic Pirate Party maroons itself from coalition talks

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That sounds good

It seems to me the Pirates are being sensible here.

They don't think they can be part of a stable coalition, so they won't try to negotiate at all. That seems better than trying to get your way, then having unhappy partners in government.

That's how you get early elections and an unhappy electorate.

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SonicWall goes it alone as Elliott and pal swallow Dell/Quest Software

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Re: B B Bingo!

We almost got Sonicwall in my last job.

I'm pretty sure we didn't because it was many times the price of the Smoothwall we did buy, and offered nothing extra for the money.

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Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

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Does no-one else care?

I was most thrilled by the Raspberry Pi bit.

Is there nothing the little beauties can't do?

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Whoosh! China shows off J-20 'stealth' fighters and jet drones

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Re: Really?

<quote>I think the British had some help.</quote>

Of course they had some help. The 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery helped.

You're welcome.

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Three-commas Thiel expresses love for himself, Trump and downtrodden millionaires

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A few thoughts (some of them my own)

The economic problems in the US are not nearly bad enough to provoke change

The political problems are beginning to become bad enough to provoke change.

When change comes, it will be violent. Those privileged few will not give up their privilege without a fight.

The fact that Donald is a fool does not mean that the people who support him and want change are wrong, it just means they have backed the wrong horse this time.

I'm not sure where all this is going, but I am not hopeful about the future of the US. What happens when Hilary is elected, then the FBI decide to prosecute her because of the email thing? Is that a coup?

I think there are some Hilary supporters who might present it that way.

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Paid Wikipedia-fiddling on wheels

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Re: I prefer the business of...

@ I ain't Sparticus

I read your comment in the voice of Sgt. Detritus, although I'm sure he's one of the good guys.

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Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

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Re: the problem

I know it's a small sample size, but my former boss is a woman, and her University IT class had 4 women, all of whom are now either not in any IT field, are in management or sales.

For what it's worth, she reckoned "chicks just don't really dig computers".

Not my words.

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Cheapest Apple iPhone 7's flash memory is waaaaay slower than pricier model

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Re: Eh?

Sounds like a badge of honour to me.

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China's LeEco eyes up US, takes on, er, Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Tesla

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I'm sure there's a place in the market for a company like LeEco, but they will need to be careful not to over promise.

A high-spec, low price phone is one thing, but they will have to make sure the cars work properly.

The only Chinese car brand I have any experience of is a Great Wall brand ute (pick up truck for our septic mates) that my brother-in-law bought because it was cheap.

My word was it cheap, it barely made it to the end of the warranty period in one piece, and the resale value was almost nothing.

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IoT insecurity: US govt summons tech bosses, bashes heads together

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Walled Gardens?

I wonder if the problem is because everyone has seen the success Apple has had with their control of the whole ecosystem, and want to have some of that action.

I would rather buy a device that uses open protocols so when the manufacturer loses interest, someone else can develop updates, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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HPE UK overlord lines up sales generals, gives ra ra speech

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@ Lee D

I get those calls from Cisco resellers. I don't know why, that kit is all purchased out of HO in the US and they know that, (or at least I tell them that every time they ring).

Some poor phone jockey who is measured on the number of calls they make I suspect.

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The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!

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Not sure

TFA states that user's number one concern is security, but I don't think that's true.

I think people who are likely to buy smart light bulbs (or fridges, or toasters, or hat stands) are not thinking about anything other than "Look, I can do stuff with it over the Internet" as if that's a good thing.

Of course when the shonky companies' "Cloud" fails, they're out of luck, but their money is gone by then, so tough.

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Hey! spies! Get! in! here! and! explain! this! Yahoo! email-scanning! 'kernel! module!'

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@ Doctor Syntax

I just assumed there was an election happening in the US and they needed to be seen to do something.

Well, get their names in the news anyway.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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Historic?

I wonder if the culture at Samsung is because of the historic links to the corrupt Korean governments of the past.

The Chaebols paid a lot in kickbacks to the former military government, so this might be a hangover from those times.

Also, from a quick bit of research, Samsung seems to still be a family owned business, which seems remarkable for a company with something like 17% of Korea's GDP.

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Oracle DB admins urged to swap their gas guzzler for an electric car

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And...

'we're deploying everything on this product, but we like what you have here, so could you give it to us at a reduced cost?'"

Oracle's answer will either be "NO" or if you're a big enough customer, "Yes".

They will then charge you the most they can get away with.

I'm guessing the guy from MasterCard has never heard of vendor lock-in. I just mention it because Oracle know all about it.

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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

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I Know!

My site engineer has requested a three monitor setup for his CAD work. That's definitely what it is...

Hang on, I'm not in Oz, maybe it's not me after all.

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Fujitsu to axe 1,800 jobs across the UK

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Re: Fujitsu Belfast

Sounds like you have a bunch of great stories to send in to On Call.

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ExoMars arrives at the Red Planet on Sunday

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Humidity?

Humidity seems like an odd thing to measure on a planet with not much atmos.

I know there must be some, but it's not something I would have thought to measure.

Not that I'm a rocket surgeon.

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If someone can translate Salesforce's $700m cool Krux plan into English, we'd be really grateful

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I know what happened

The clue is in the last sentence: "The acquisition also means Salesforce will no longer need the help of Oracle or Adobe for its data management platform."

Like everyone in the world they have been looking for a way of getting rid of Oracle. It's cheap at twice the price.

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Oracle loses (again) in battle to get Google Java case retried (again)

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Re: The UK has it better on this point

You do make a good point, but I'm a bit torn on the SCO one, just because of the endless hours of entertainment it gave.

The more recent Prenda Law thing was super funny as well. (For me anyway because they didn't try to ruin my life).

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