* Posts by Tom 38

2692 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: Legalese

If, for example, BT we're going to provide the "voice" service to a new customer using a fibre connection at the same price instead of a copper connection, would we still be insisting on them laying copper too?

No, and we don't. Where BT supply FTTH, they do not and will not supply a copper POTS phone line to your house. Your only option is to have a "Fibre Home Phone", which is backed by a battery in your premises.

They already do this, and consider this fulfilling USO.

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I don't understand this at all. BT will never provide my flat with a POTS connection*, because it has FTTH. The only phone connection that BT will ever provide me with is a "BT Fibre Phone", which has a battery back up.. so if the fibre is down, or the battery gives up the ghost, no phone line.

* Not that I want one. Mobile is fine for me, and BT FTTH isn't as good or cheap as the other FTTH plumbed in to my flat.

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Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ

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Re: The four

Or just go back to our Victorian era sensibilities, where you could get an ounce of morphine from your local chemist if you so desired, and dispense with our outdated 20th century fascination with American influenced puritanical views that someone else knows best what you should and should not be putting in to your bodies.

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

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Re: Java != JavaScript

The snappiness is down to limiting headlines to 68 characters

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Unless your grid is entirely coal based

IC powered cars only ever get worse as they age.

It's not like batteries and bearings don't degrade.

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Online identity woes can only be solved through the medium of GIF

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I'm amazed no-one at any point in the setup of this Global Identity Foundation said "Hey guys, wait a minute, our acronym is going to be confusingly similar to something most tech people already use". They have so many choices of words, but they came up with "GIF". They could have gone French, and been "Fondation Mondiale Identité" (or basically the same in Spanish), but noooo.

PS: I know I'm totally missing the point, but with GIFs I can get a little animated... boom boom

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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Re: Why do we tell them this?

Military Intelligence?

Adrian: Once again we've got our friend from military intelligence. Can you tell us what you've found out about the enemy since you've been here?

Adrian as Gomer: We found out that we can't find them. They're out there, and we're having a major difficulty in finding the enemy.

Adrian: Well, what do you use to look for them?

Adrian as Gomer: Well, we ask people, 'Are you the enemy? And whoever says yes, we shoot them. [Pause] It's very difficult to find a Vietnamese man named Charlie. They're all named Nyugen or Doh or things like that. It's very difficult for me.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: Windows 10?

Pre SP1, XP was anything but good. I'd say fuckawful, actually. No security by default, firewall turned off, IE6 doing its awful, awful thing

People have such short memories, when IE 6 first came out, it was fucking amazing - when compared to all the different vagaries of IE 5, 5.01, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.5. I swear to god, each one of them required a different hack to get right. Firefox (or as we called it back then, Phoenix), didn't really exist yet apart from a beta that no-one other than us geeks used, and we still had to support Netscape 4.

Early XP was 2k with some extra candy, which was nice as 2k was NT 4 with USB and some candy.

People still used 98 and ME for gods sake. Some perspective before denigrating XP!

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Makes perfect sense to me, he's saying it's fine to run around with a gun, as long as it is concealed.

Wait, that's not right.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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"Convicted criminal"

I have no opinion on the gent, or the blogs he funds, but he was only convicted of circumventing ridiculous online gambling laws. These seem to exist only to ensure that online gambling "takes place" in places where the politicos get kickbacks can tax it properly.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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Re: Lack of trust

It's not lack of trust, its that operating systems (in general) used to be cack, and so we all waited anxiously for the next one that might not be cack. Since W7, there is little to no need to upgrade for any reason other than planned obsolescence by the OS manufacturer, eg artificially limiting what features of D3D are available for a given OS.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Ah, memories of my first car, a Ford Fiesta with a dodgy alternator. Never stopped it with my feet, but it often needed its initial power with my feet..

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Re: Got any more from this loon?

Darwin wrote 'A Book', too

But we don't revere his scripture, or think that it contains all the answers we will ever need.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

"Free" in FOSS does not mean "zero money cost". It means "free of encumberances". Meaning, you *must* publish the source code when distributing binaries.

Free of encumbrances, apart from the one you mention in the next sentence?

BSD is FOSS, and doesn't have that encumbrance, and is used for the greatest and most widely shared software developments of the past 40 years. The internet wouldn't exist without BSD.

The main thing I dislike about Stallman and his devotees is that they think that only GPL is FOSS, and that any other license is a mistake. Being more free and reusable is a bad thing in their eyes.

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Re: Hmmm?

How on earth can you follow it on an app?

I don't buy the app any more, partly because the app being shit is not a new thing, but mainly because F1 is less interesting (you didn't know who was going to win or why), and the reasons are simple - the app gives you data which you can follow to see what is going to happen. Watching on TV just lets you know what the excitable gents in the commentary box think from the TV footage that the event producer thinks is worth showing on TV at the time.

It doesn't tell you where the other cars are, it doesn't tell you what sector times the guy in 14th who has just put on the soft tyres has, or allow you to infer what would happen if the guy in 2nd did that right now. If you're a fan of a team other than the ones currently on top, you can track what they are doing, how their sector times compare to their best, when they should be coming in to pit, what tyre they should put on, will they be switching to a different strategy...

The app can be used to follow a race, if you can't watch it in any way, but mainly it is a way to better enjoy the experience of watching the race by giving you more data. When I did have the app, I never used it if I wasn't also watching the race.

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mSpy: We haven't been breached. Customers: Oh yes you have

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Re: mSpy statement

Yes but in other news: MSpy admits hacking and data theft

Ahh, BBC. Hacking is downloading a file using wgetin putty. Would it still be hacking if they showed the same thing in chrome?

Must have got Rory to advise on the story.

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

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Re: EFF = Extremely Foolish Fraudsters

AC is 100% right, EFF are only representing their interests, which are free and open access to information.

The bastards.

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Yep, this is why you never see adverts for Coca-Cola and Marlboro in poor countries. Oh wait...

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Ofcom: Oi, BT! Don't be greedy – feed dark fibre to your rivals

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Stupid question here but why aren't 'the rivals' investing in dark fibre networks of their own...

My guess is because BT is able to deploy dark fibre much cheaper thanks to all the ducting...

Dark fibre == fibre you have installed that is not lit with communications. If you install fibre and are using it, its just called fibre.

BT installed masses of fibre throughout their network that is not lit up, because installing a bundle of fibre cores is similar in cost to deploying a single fibre, and only lit up what they needed, eg 8 cores out of 48.

This is to mandate them to allow other communication providers to light up the cores that BT are not using at a rate that is considered "fair", rather than forcing those providers to buy IP services from BT at whatever rate BT think they can get away with.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Re: There are times when Starbucks is the best choice

customer retention increases x% if staff use the customers names. In America. I can't speak for America (probably very similar, Americans aren't stupid) but in Europe it feels invasive, creepy and insincere.

I don't drink the black stuff, but I do buy a sandwich each day. I couldn't give a fuck if the people serving me remember my name (and I'm certainly not telling them), but I do like it when they remember enough that I like the mayonnaise on the bottom slice, then the chicken, bit of bacon on top and then the salad without me having to tell them every day.

I'd probably start going to a different store if they started asking my name...

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Re: notoriously addictive?

Precisely why I flat refuse to buy any game that is "free" and then demands micro payments for even incremental progress.

I still haven't really forgiven Valve for TF2 - it was a great game, but it required skill. People don't like acquiring skill, so they "re-balanced" the game, and made upgrade items that basically meant you couldn't compete with someone who has the super duper set of items when you just have the stock items.

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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...no immediately noticeable impact on more than 99.99 per cent of our users

So there are roughly 400 users they want to ban?

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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Data discrepancies

Seems you can be on that site if you were ever an MP, as "Louise Bagshawe" stopped being an MP many years ago.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Ashamed Labourite"

Au contraire. In 1997, to the dismay of many of his Labour colleagues, Gordon Brown stuck to the Conservative spending plans for the next 2 years.

Government spending, sure. Have you never heard of PFI, whose purpose it is to take public spending off-book, so you can say "Hey, we're not spending much", all the while pushing the problems, oooh, 18 years down the line?

These bankrupt hospitals, they all had large injections of PFI cash post 97, and we're still paying for it.

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Re: Labour

as people went to vote they remembered Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown thought ah that David Miliband

Well done for paying attention to who was in the red corner...

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Re: Gigabit home internet? Crikey!

I have gigabit, I have trouble saturating for more than a few seconds at a time, but saturating it is not the point - I can stream content at decent bitrates from home to my mobile devices (well, when Three play ball), I can play video games without worrying about any latency issues at all (1ms ping ftw), and cancelled my "hobby" colo box and replaced it with a small box in a cupboard.

I have lower latency to $JOBs colo than I do when I am actually at $JOB. I can video conference with 8+ people in HD without having the annoying dropouts that others do, and all of this means that I can spend more time working from home, since I only have to go in to $JOB when I have face-to-face meetings.

BT actually wired and lit my flat for FTTP, but their FTTP offerings are lame lame lame - artificially asynchronous and limited to 300Mb/30Mb, when what comes in to the Openreach box is 1.2Gbps. Plus, it is (was?) £15 more a month.

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GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

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Re: While the salary is attractive

£28k is attractive? Please don't move to London.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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I find this fascinating. What if someone (a member of the public) gained entrance and forcibly removed him?

We found the same thing very non-amusing when it happened 4 years ago in Iran.

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Wikipedia != Wikileaks

They are both run by obsequious middle aged men, just different ones.

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Telstra builds trans-continental land bridge for data

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I was going to moan about how slow 40ms is for that distance, then I checked the distance - I forget how big Australia actually is.

Light travels go at the speed of light (funny that), but bounces all round the fibre instead of going straight, roughly add 50% to the distance to account for that, giving a total travel time of approximately 20ms.

The distance is probably longer than I've calculated, fibre doesn't travel as the crow flies, but its in the ballpark. For comparison, London to NY is routinely about 60ms and is about 40% further (5500 km vs 3900 km).

ish.

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

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Re: *Whose* code? @ David Dawson

Most people's definition of theft is...

irrelevant - the only definition worth considering is that in law, and that says:

A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it; and “thief” and “steal” shall be construed accordingly.

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Re: *Whose* code?

One of the conditions of the GPL, as you doubtless well know, is that you are enjoined to publish your own modifications to that code freely for the benefit of others.

Fallacy. You are only required to share your modifications if you distribute the modified version. If the "you" is a commercial entity, and you only use the modified software in-house, then there is no requirement to share your modifications with anyone.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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Re: "now that it's well into Debian, Ubuntu really has no choice"

Before PulseAudio nothing worked.

PulseAudio works as well as every other userspace sound daemon ever, and has just as many pitfalls. Look up ESD, or artsd, same shit, different name. The trick with PA is that it got included in to GNOME as a default requirement (if you pay attention, you might spot Leonard's MO), and we all got to find and fix its shortcomings.

Part of the problem is that Linux developers love to reinvent things rather than improve them. On all UNIX, we had OSS, the Open Sound System, worked on Linux, BSD, many UNIX, but it didn't have channel mixing. Linux went through OSS, the aforementioned sound daemons, ALSA (including dmix) and finally PA. On BSD we just added virtual channels and mixing to OSS.

PS: I presume the "nothing worked" refers to mixing multiple

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Tinfoil Hats?

The ISS is more than 400 tons. Should I call the astronauts on board to tell them their home is not feasible?

ISS is only in LEO. This chart might come in handy.

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Re: Not really equivalent

As I understand it, you get a bloody great rock into a cyclic path back an forth between Earth and Mars

So that's what happened to the dinosaurs...

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Netflix looses FIDO hack attack dog as open source

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The tool is part of a series of open source security offerings Netflix has gifted the community.

Last year it released three tools Scumblr, Sketchy, and Workflowable under the Dirty Laundry project.

Plus they use FreeBSD and nginx for their storage nodes, and heavily contribute back to the community.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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"mwahh" is a kissing sound?

On IRC 10 years ago it meant "I am an evil genius and my plan to take over the world is about to bear fruit."

mwahh

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

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qv USA 19th Century?

They don't like it up em.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Re: We had a choice of steak or fish

Surely, they can't be serious?

It's a rorschach test to determine the humourless amongst us. And stop calling me Shirley.

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We had a choice of steak or fish

From what I recall, the pilot and co-pilot are not allowed to eat the same food as each other, just in case one set of foods a bit off and makes one of them ill, the other pilot who ate different food won't be ill.

I had the lasagne.

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Re: Latency

I get <1 ms on the AV500 home plug kits I've provided for my family. I'm surprised your wifi is so low latency, mine varies wildly from 1ms to 50ms.

The ones I've provided for my are all to ensure that wifi signal extends in to the rooms they want it to extend to. I used "TP-LINK TL-WPA4220T", which is a £60 kit with one base station unit and two extenders, the network signal is sent of PLN to the extenders, which then have a built in wifi AP. The APs support WPS push button setup, and the PLU is also PBS, took all of about 2 minutes to pair to the base unit and Virgin superhub, and get my (nursing) sister online in the room she likes to sit in when feeding the baby.

I think its the first time she's ever appreciated that I'm a techy ;)

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

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If you're not going to make an amusing pun out of a typo like Simon did, there is a simple button underneath the page to report errors and corrections, which are always gratefully and warmly accepted by el reg staff in my experience, and you won't attract so many downvotes for being a smarmy know-it-all.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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As MS had no monopoly on desktop OS and IE did not have a monopoly in browsers.

Except it did. Even left-pondian justice department thought they did, and they don't often think that.

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Why? Google has no monopoly on phone OS.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: excellent and distinctive way of identifying your corpse

Good luck scraping DNA out of a hole in Helmand. Most death reports are made by the officer in command and most IDs are done by sight.

And yet there is a murder case working its way through the courts in London at the moment where a man is on trial for murder because his fingerprints where found on a fragments of a roadside IED in Iraq that was next to one that killed a US serviceman. The bomb that killed him was built by someone else, someone not now living in the UK..

The fragments from that bomb were sent to the US and analyzed, and then sent to the UK and analyzed. Did someone have a massive hard-on for that specific bomb, or do they actually take more care?

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

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Re: Eh?

Hacking now means "doing something I don't want you to do" - just ask weev.

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

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Haskell?

I guess he doesn't like his Dad...

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: He did not commit the other crime

THIS law was a favorite of DiBlasio the Mayor as he hated smokers and selling single cigarettes without regard to age tax is a pet peeve of the Mayors office.

FTFY

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Re: @DJV (was: Punometer)

Whose life got taken jake? They don't charge dead people with crimes, this isn't the Vatican.

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