* Posts by Def

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Uncle Sam rules on self-driving cars

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Re: In the UK...

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There's not a whole lot of difference on where you are, I don't think.

The things that irritate me the most (in no particular order) are as follows:

Driving in the left or middle lane of the motorway when the middle or right lanes are empty. I swear if there was a road with 17 lanes, Norwegians would still only use the left two lanes. (Overtaking on the right is technically illegal, but anyone who gives you a ticket would have to be a massive hypocrite for not also giving everyone else a ticket for not driving in the right-most lanes - which is also illegal.)

Not indicating at all, indicating halfway through, or indicating after the manoeuvre. Roundabouts are particularly bad here because Norwegian law recommends you indicate left when entering if you're turning left, but it's not mandatory so half the driving instructors say you should indicate, the other half say you shouldn't. As a result hardly anyone does.

Staying with roundabouts for a second: No roundabout exits are marked, so if you don't remember where you're going after you pass the sign warning you about the roundabout, you're fucked.

Incredibly slow driving. 5km under the speed limit isn't unusual. Until there's an opportunity for people to overtake - then you have to speed up as much as possible to limit the ability of anyone behind you to pass. Norwegians love to lead processions. If I could see through the red mist that regularly accompanies my commuting to work, I wouldn't be surprised if they're all wearing clown outfits too.

Part of the insistence on driving slowly could be due to the fact on non-major roads you have to give way to cars pulling out from the right. (I kid you not.) This is one of the more dangerous laws I've ever encountered anywhere. (I believe New Zealand has one that beats it, but that's another story.) So if you're driving on a minor road, anyone could pull right out in front of you without warning. Legally speaking, they have right of way - unless they're pulling out of a car park, private driveway, or they have signs directing them to give way (but you can't see those signs, so you'll never know). In my experience this tends to be more guesswork than actual knowledge as to who has right of way. (Major roads are marked with yellow diamond signs *after* intersections.)

Generally speaking the quality of the roads are pretty terrible and there are hardly any motorways outside of Oslo. (Most Norwegians driving to the far north of the country first drive east to Sweden and then head north.)

With all that said, I totally recommend seeing Norway. The scenery up the west coast is incredible. :) Just don't forget to re-mortgage your house before coming.

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Re: In the UK...

Some of the worst driving I've seen has been around schools.

In Norway, some of the worst driving I've seen has been around...

...fucking everywhere. People cannot drive for shit up here.

In all fairness, their monumentally vague and totally un-thought-through traffic laws don't help much. But even so... you'd think at least one person would have heard what an indicator is by now.

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Re: Smack them with an "enhanced" GST

I think he was suggesting that the tax be levied against corporate revenue as opposed to standard corporate taxation on profits.

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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Re: Mansfield bars

...they were able to evacuate unaided.

And for when you can't, there are pills available that should help. ;)

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33 million CLEARTEXT creds for Russian IM site dumped by chap behind Last.FM mess

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Re: Irrespective of the strength of passwords

So you need - short term - my name and postal address, and a credit card number. But once the stuff is posted to me, or you receive confirmation from your shippers, you can securely delete that stuff.

Not quite.

While my site doesn't store any credit card details, I am required to save name, address, and contact information. Partly for fraud purposes (just because the stuff arrived, doesn't mean you paid with your own card), partly because my accountants require detailed sales information at the end of the year for tax reasons, and partly because after logging in* you are able to download receipts for past sales if you later require copies for your records.

* You don't need an account to buy something, but one is created in the background while you're purchasing licences from me.

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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Re: Gibberish

Those 'untrained' samples in the middle of the article sounded like Danish to me.

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WhatsApp, Apple and a hidden source code F-bomb: THE TRUTH

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Release builds with debug symbols

Is the accepted way to do things these days - and has been since the mid 90s.

If you're developing on Windows (with Visual Studio), your build system should be pushing debug information and binaries to a symbol server, and pushing current source files to a source server. Visual Studio should be configured to fetch symbols (from the symbol server) and the correct source code (from the source server) when debugging a dump file sent back by your built in bug/crash reporting system. (Assuming you're not relying on Windows Error Reporting to send the dumps automatically back to Microsoft for you to manually download later.)

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

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Re: Sorry pedants, your time has come to an end.

For some reason I'm suddenly craving Taco Bell...

You should seek medical attention immediately. You could be having a stroke. ;)

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: But...

Smooth talking?

Have you heard him give a presentation before?

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest) wouldn't be the worst choice in the world.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: So, heart attack or prostrate cancer? (See related stories.)

http://www.harvardprostateknowledge.org/does-frequent-ejaculation-help-ward-off-prostate-cancer

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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HDMI 1.4 does indeed support 4K resolutions, but only at 30Hz. I.e., it's pretty much useless.

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Windows 10 now rules the weekend, taking over from Windows 7

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Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced Options

Choose how updates are installed:

Automatic (recommended) / Notify to schedule restart

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Re: -1

None of my Win 10 machines install updates automatically. There's an option in the settings (somewhere - it's 4am, and I'm not getting out of bed to go find it for you :p) to switch to notifying you about updates and asking you to schedule a time. (I just ignore that and can usually get away with not updating for a week or two.)

I don't get asked about Office either, but that's probably because I use it from time to time - mostly One Note for taking notes on my phone. (I use real office for real stuff when I need it).

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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A strong password, nine characters do not make.

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

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Re: Why ?

If I really wanted to, I could just try posting something from work where I am lucky enough to have the slowest Internet connection known to man.

So, it seems it's probably not my connection speed that is the cause of this. Someone at El Reg probably screwed up. :)

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Re: Why ?

Are you sure that problem (which I share) is caused by high speed? I have about 6Mb/sec.

No, of course not. :) I'm just offering a possible reason. I don't remember when it started happening to be honest. It might have just coincided with the installation of the fibre here. (If I really wanted to, I could just try posting something from work where I am lucky enough to have the slowest Internet connection known to man.)

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Re: Why ?

Faster Internet isn't always a good thing. I have an 80/80Mb fibre connection and most of the time I am stuck waiting for servers to respond.

In some special cases (like El Reg, for example, *nudge*nudge*), the page is served before the server has finished processing the previous request, so I always have to refresh the comments page after posting to see actually my post.

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India tests Mach 6 scramjet

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Re: What about

India is still number two, but its population is increasing at almost three times the rate of China's.

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Re: Facebook is a cesspool

I guess the point is that freely giving Facebook personal information is both optional and legal.

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Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

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Windows 10 on the Lumia 640

https://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/windows10/#

Microsoft says it's available, with the following caveat: Windows 10 Mobile features may vary by device. The availability of Windows 10 Mobile as an upgrade for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices will vary by device model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, hardware limitations, and other factors. 1.4 GB or greater download required. Wi-Fi internet connection required to install the upgrade; internet access fees may apply.

(Edit: There's an upgrade app in the store you can try out. Link on the above page.)

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Re: Naff Police

Are you implying that in some far off fantasy land there exists some non-naff police?

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Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords

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Re: primetime21 ?

Was beastmode24 on the list, too?

It is now. ;)

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My company's website doesn't have any sort of password meter. I always thought them to be a bit suspect at the best of times.

Nor does it limit choice of password characters.

What it does do though, is force a password length of 10 characters or more, and confirms that the entered password is not one of the 110,000 common/known passwords stored in the database (which does include the aforementioned 'primetime21').

Edit: And it has 'Password1!' too. ;)

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$100m settlement snub: Super Cali goes ballistic, says Uber deal atrocious

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Though the cars will be driving themselves, Uber says a human driver will be behind the wheel to "supervise" the operation of the vehicle and help train their artificial brains.

To be honest, I would rather we train artificial brains to be better drivers than the average taxi owning meat sack.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Re: I can think of a decent list of useful applications for VR/AR

Then you're not thinking hard enough.

Regardless of how you think software development works, outside of dedicated applications such as games, you need OS support first.

Last year I was saying that self driving cars would be here within 10 years - to most people claiming that I was being ridiculous. And yet Ford announced a few days ago they're bringing one to market by 2021. I'm sure Apple, Google, and other manufacturers are looking at similar time scales. It will happen by 2025.

So, let's have another prediction:

Within 20 years (to be honest, I think it'll happen a lot sooner, but let's say 20 years to be on the safe side), either digital contact lenses, or optical implants will replace the clunky VR/AR headsets of today. Your perception of the world will be permanently enhanced. Applications you are running will be projected onto available surfaces in the world around you, or directly in front of your vision when 'at work'. On the bus, the back of the seat in front of you will become your web browser, while the window next to you will have floating conversations with your friends available - or maybe a local news station or music video. A virtual keyboard will appear under your hands for you to type on. As you turn your head, these 'windows' will remain rooted to the surface they're 'on', or if you're not sat down, they will pop from surface to surface or float in your peripheral vision.

People like you will probably hate this. You won't see the attraction of always having information in your face. Or being able to watch a movie without a screen. (In fact, stop considering movies as two dimensional projections - fully immersive 3D movies are coming - part of my new job starting next month will be working with that sort of tech. ;)

The next generation, however, will consider this normal, and won't even be able to comprehend how old fuddy-duddy-30-somethings managed to live without it. Forget trying to convince your grandparents about it.

As for me? Bring it on, I say. The future can't come fast enough. :)

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Good news: Teen hacker gets 1-million-air-miles bug bounty reward. Bad news: It's United Airlines

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Re: 60Km - (new unit kilomiles)

I believe you *earn* one air mile per mile of flight that you take (and even that's debatable at times). They're not redeemable on a equal basis because if they were, you'd only ever need to buy a single flight for your whole life. ;)

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Avast...

Used to be good. Has recently become the crash-happy, bloated bitch of virus scanners. Anyone got any recommendations for good alternatives?

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

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Re: Non Smart Phone

I wouldn't want to get rid of my smart phone completely. There's a time and a place, and sometimes needs must (maps, bus tickets, etc). That said though, I have recently deleted all (pre-installed - I didn't add any extra to begin with) social networking / communication apps from it, so the only real way of getting hold of me when I'm not at the computer is via SMS or actually calling me - and even then you'll be bloody lucky if I a) have the phone switched on in the first place, and b) actually hear it.

Since doing this, I have to say I do feel slightly more relaxed and less tempted to either check up on things, or respond to notifications immediately.

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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

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Prior art much?

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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My first thought was:

"2020! That's ages. :("

Then I realised how close we are to 2020 already.

Fuck I'm old. :(

But still... keep up it, RE. The future's looking shiny. :)

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: Upped the ante.

When will we see suspects armed with drones bombing the shit of civilians from a remote location?

Drones? All you need is a willing suicide bomber, a dirty nuke, and a Cessna. And you could probably rig up the Cessna to be piloted remotely. Set it off in the direction of the nearest city, and high-tail it the other way.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Re: Internet of Ships

But if you can build fully enclosed ships without any access points, you might as well build automated submarine transports. Get them into the open ocean, and submerge to a depth of 200m or so, and away you go. Fewer pirating opportunities, and no pesky weather to deal with either.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

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"I had written the following..."

Good God, man, this is the Internet. You can't go around proofreading things before you post them. What the hell were you thinking?

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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

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Yeah, really.

I don't want to live on this plant any more. ;)

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity

You're all forgetting one minor point... Will UK licences and passports be valid after the UK no longer exists? I.e., when N.I. & Scotland go their separate ways...

Somehow, I doubt it.

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Body of evidence: Biometrics and YOU

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Re: Biometrics all sounds great

And that's why Biometrics should NEVER be used as a password, Which can easily be changed once it's been compromised.

Yeah, it's really scary and very worrying that so many companies and so called experts still don't get this simple point.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: Anti-democratic?

Best two out of three? Or if the result is still not what you want, three out of five?

To be honest, this is a prime example of one of the things wrong with the democratic process. You can appeal all court decisions. Football matches aren't decided from a single penalty kick. Races are rarely one lap long (and professional competitions usually involve different qualifying heats). So why the fuck would you agree to change the entire course of multiple countries from a single vote by an uninformed population mislead by a bunch of liars?

That said, if golf matches were limited to one shot per player, you could a) fit them in during a commercial break, and b) more people might watch them. ;)

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Beautiful model to explain the universe to physicists

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Re: Lumps?

Getting one's head around the fact that we're omitting a dimension and the undulations and densities should be represented in a full 3D volume, now that's a bit harder to visualise.

I find it helps to consider the universe as a bowl of lumpy, shark infested custard. The general consistency is pretty much uniform throughout the entire bowl, only more so where there are sharks or lumps.

Or something.

Mine's the one with the medication in the right pocket.

More tea, vicar?

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: "five have been lost"

Sometimes, Wikipedia is good.

Clearly not good enough for you to include a link... ;)

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DARPA's 'flying wing' drone inches closer to lift-off

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Re: Reinventing are we?

Three.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: google search....

The referendum isn't legally binding at all.

And you don't even need an election to get out of it. You just have a couple of years of haggling with the EU trying to find a suitable exit strategy. You could even stall a bit and ask for extra time to finalise the whole thing. Ultimately though, you can just turn around and say 'yeah, we couldn't figure this out, they're acting like dicks, we'll just stay in for now'. And even if you do agree on an exit strategy, the whole shebang still has to be approved by the European Parliament.

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Musk's Tesla to buy Musk's SolarCity for US$2.8 billion

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Re: Now hang on a second ...

If you'd actually read the article, you'd know it's a share based deal. I.e., all Musk's current Solar City shares are exchanged for Tesla shares. He won't make anything on it until he sells those shares.

And no, there's no word for that - at least the word you're thinking of doesn't apply here (all of SolarCity's shareholders receive the same deal) - it happens all the time.

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Wanted: New cloudy head for UK.gov. 37 hour week, £90k salary

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However, last week G-Cloud pioneer Kate Craig-Wood slammed the framework as "dying" after her company Memset had failed to win any business since 2013.

Well, even a cursory comparison of prices shows that Memset (and seriously, who "thought up" that name) prices are almost 50% higher than my current hosting company (at least for dedicated servers).

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Supercomputers in 2030: Lots of exaflops and LOTS of DRAM

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I'd say he thinks it's about performance. Which it isn't.

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Re: And we trust MS testing?

I'm fairly certain (I don't have my laptop to hand to confirm this) you can specify at what level of battery Windows will automatically shut down. If I remember correctly, by default it's set to 10%.

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

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"a man has died following contact with police"

If you should inadvertently come into contact with the police, wash the affected areas well with soap and water. If you subsequently develop police-related symptoms such as muscle aches, superficial bruising, broken bones, or internal bleeding, seek medical advice as soon as possible.

If you suspect someone you know, or a family member has had contact with the police, avoid all unnecessary contact and treat with extreme caution. Police related ailments should be considered extremely contagious, especially among ethnic/minority members of the community.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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Re: It's SO simple

I did so not choose that icon. wtf iOS? And wtf with the 10 minute limit?

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