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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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Re: All as bad as each other

If the GPL forbids only one thing, why does it take 5644 words to do it?

If you were going to answer that one, you could also follow up with why the GPL forbids the inclusion of CDDL licensed works, when the CDDL license is so open that it can be included along with BSD licensed works?

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You can be stauch pro-FOSS, and still disagree with the statement "RMS is right as usual".

In this case, I agree that he is right, but on a lot of things I disagree vehemently with him, particularly over GPL.

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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Re: Google worries me - About GeoLocation

Please, if GeoIP even gets the right country I'm impressed. Doing Geo IP on my phone will return the same location each time, and never anywhere near where I actually am. Doing it on my home connection shows says that I'm in the Netherlands, and from work it says I'm in Germany.

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Re: Blimee...

100 TB is a lot more than your average guy, but it's not that much really. It's also probably not 100TB of actual storage, but 100 TB of storage with no redundancy.

I have a simple setup here with two 16 disk JBOD arrays with SAS expanders plugged into one server. Currently I have 18 disks in there, for a total of 36 TB 'headline' storage, which comes down to about 30 TB of redundant storage. If I filled the remaining bays with 4 TB drives, that would be another 80TB, easily bringing me over 100 TB - although there is no way I'm paying £50+/TB.

The JBOD arrays were second hand, only cost me around £70 each plus postage from the US.

Without going for an external chassis, you can get quite a lot of disks just by cramming them into a decent full tower case. Before I had the JBODs, this is what I had, a tower case filled with 12 disks.

You can easily find motherboards with 7 or 8 onboard SATA ports and multiple PCI-E x8 slots, and you can buy cheap 8 port SATA LSI cards from ebay for around £100, or cheap 2 port cards for around £15.

The worst downsides to doing this is that a case crammed with disks needs proper airflow, or your disks die real quick, and when a disk does die, you have to dig around in a powered off case to find the broken one.

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

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Re: Any the negativity continues

We pretty much all agree on space exploration, boobs and a dislike for Oracle.

Actually, there are a few frothy right wingers on here who think that space exploration is a waste of tax dollars (and that tax is somehow immoral or thievery). So mainly just boobs and Oracle.

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Re: @AnotherNetNarcissist Yeah, I've got an issue with Android...

Why[sic] does "supported" mean to you?

People continue to write and update apps for it, which apparently has already stopped happening for WP8.

Eg, most of my music comes from Spotify. There is a WP7.5 spotify app; it's buggy as hell. Here is what a user of it says:

Hey guys! How about a update to this bleepty music software, actually you can't talk about it as music software, but we do not mind to wait forever and ever for updates. In other words this app just not work, actually there is much more bugs than working things. So Spotify and Microsoft how about a update that fix all those bugs and adds all those improvements? source

Allegedly, the WP7.5 Spotify app was written by "some guy" at MS, not Spotify.

Fuck it, WP7.5 is dead, I'll get WP8, that must have a decent Spotfiy app. Oh wait…

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Dutch army digs in on spare spectrum rest of Europe could use

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Unless my American did what?

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Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

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Re: Wrong tense.

If I buy an Apple phone, then I know I will get support for the phone's software for years. I know I will still be able to get the latest apps when I want them.

If I buy an Android phone, then I know I will probably, depending on manufacturer, get support for the phone's software for years. I am fairly confident that I will still be able to get the latest apps when I want them.

If I buy an MS phone, I know that I probably won't be able to upgrade it to the 'next' version, and that as soon as the 'next' version comes out, I won't be able to get the latest apps for my phone as they are only available for the 'next' version, MS want another license payment for their new OS, and the only device that will run it is a new one.

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Schmidt: Microsoft will never be as cool as the Gang of Four

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Rage on

"Gang of Four" in computing uniquely refers to Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides, or their wonderful book. Using it any other way is just wrong, which I suppose is what I've come to expect from Herr Schmidt.

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

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Re: So does everyone.

At least half of them are right,

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Re: so.cl (pronounced “social “)

I keep seeing it as SoCal.

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Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’

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Re: Awesome

Not just this, but it is also going where nothing man made has ever gone before, exploring parts of space that we can only speculate about their behaviour. Soon, this thing will be outside of the solar system's influence, into real space, and we will get a better glimpse into what is beyond.

Personally, I think it will be as Jayne says in Serenity - "Oh, hell. I've been to the edge. Just looked like more space"

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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Re: I can imagine an Alliance For Wireless Power meeting in the future:

Don't mention the Popular Wireless Power Front - fucking splitters.

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News International big boss flings himself overboard

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Damn, I was hoping he'd done a Maxwell and actually flung himself overboard.

Not that Maxwell is dead, he's living it up Israel with his Mossad buddies.</tinfoilhat>

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Microsoft braces for Surface RT feedback storm

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Re: Only use odd numbered versions of Windows NT

Somehow you missed that I was only talking about Windows NT, so you get a fail icon. I'm sure, seeing how you know its all tiresome incorrect bollocks posted by morons, that there are two families of Windows.

XP I did miss off, since that is NT 5.1, and simply a better shell for Win 2k.

I still don't understand why you all think this is bollocks [possibly because of instead of saying why it is bullshit, you've gone straight for the ad hominem. Who is the moron again?]. Are you saying I am wrong because Vista and 8 are awesome, or that Win2k and 7 are shite?

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Only use odd numbered versions of Windows NT

Apart from NT 4, every even numbered version of NT has been utter shite. They fix it for the odd numbered versions

2000 (NT 5) - Awesome

Vista (NT 6) - Awful

7 (NT 7) - Awesome

8 (NT 8) - Awful

9 will be a cracker.

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Unlocked iPhone 5 on sale in US, cheaper than UK - but not cheap

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Re: Jai

But, you have a really crap 4 year old iphone, compared to your friends with up to date high spec Android phones

I know plenty of android fans who literally cannot wait to throw their money at Samsung or Google. There's a guy in the office here who has been through a Nexus, Galaxy S, Galaxy S2, Note, S3, and he's now got a Note 2. For his tablets he's bough a Xoom, a Galaxy Tab and a Nexus 7.

Despite all this, he still regularly has digs at me being a "sheep buying the latest ifads" - I've had an iphone 3G, an iphone 4 when I accidentally tumble dryed that, and an original ipad.

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Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

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Paying for the name

I think I'd rather have a nice pair of Sennys than this. Then you aren't constrained by "This is the Motorhead over ear model" and can actually choose the acoustic characteristics you prefer.

Personally, I have a lovely set of open backed, over ear, Sennheiser HD 558s, cost about the same as this.

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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

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Re: bless

Aww bless, you think this is to do with Linux. This predates the penguin fanciers.

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Re: Oldtimer alert!

The "can't tune a fish" quote came from 4.4BSD, it was present in any OS based on that until taken out. It's never been taken out of FreeBSD, for instance:

http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=tunefs&sektion=8#HISTORY

http://svnweb.freebsd.org/base/head/sbin/tunefs/tunefs.8?view=log

It wouldn't have ever been in the Linux manpage, I don't think.

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Eg:

> $ calendar -f calendar.lotr -A 10

5 Dec Death of Smaug

> $ calendar -f calendar.computer -A 10

8 Dec First Ph.D. awarded by Computer Science Dept, Univ. of Penna, 1965

> $ calendar -f calendar.music -A 10

30 Nov George Harrison dies at 13:30 in L.A., 2001

4 Dec Frank Zappa dies in his Laurel Canyon home shortly before 18:00, 1993

5 Dec Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna, Austria, 1791

6 Dec The Rolling Stones play Altamont Speedway near San Francisco, 1969

6 Dec First sound recording made by Thomas Edison, 1877

7 Dec Harry Chapin is born in New York City, 1942

8 Dec John Lennon is shot and killed in New York City, 1980

8 Dec Jim Morrison is born in Melbourne, Florida, 1943

9 Dec The Who's "Tommy" premieres in London, 1973

Any reg types reading this, you need to sort out the line spacing in PRE blocks :/

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Ten technology FAILS

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Re: Google Now

You're right, this is what Google Now is doing. However, unlike a PA, Google Now is doing this in order to show me even more highly targeted ads. Normally, PAs don't do that.

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Re: Zip Drives?

When I was at uni, my zip drive was essential. There was no LAN or net connectivity in dorms, and not enough computer labs for the people who needed em. I could do all my work in my dorm, put it on my massive 100MB Zip, and rock on down to the lab at 2 am, when there was a chance of a seat.

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Re: "Failures", surely, not "Fails"

Downvote for Minaj-level understanding of racism - Americans are not a race.

Frankly, if Americans were a race, we'd almost all be racists.

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Re: Video CD.

Do you actually see Han shoot first, or do you see a bit of it and then need to turn the disc over?

I thought laserdisc discs degraded, melted or otherwise were largely unplayable unless you treated them perfectly. Any problems with LaserRot?

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Far Cry 3 game review

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Re: Surely you should be reviewing the PC version?

Keyboard and mouse are far superior input devices to a gamepad for controlling a FPS. It's irrelevant on a console, since every player is handicapped to use a gamepad.

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Assange needs to get some sunlight and fresh air, say Ecuadoreans

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Er, so he doesn't need sunlight, he needs UV light. Where do you think UV light comes from?

Just because you can only see the visible spectrum does not mean that is all that is in sunlight.

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Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

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Re: Tom 38

The manufacturer has no obligation to obey EU rules on consumer sales. So whilst you are right, all goods sold to consumers in the EU have 2 years warranty, that warranty comes from the retailer.

If the drive fails after the manufacturer warranty has expired, but before the EU mandated warranty expires, the manufacturer has no obligation to replace your broken drive (and will not), you would have to get a replacement via your retailer. Good luck with that.

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Wish the HD manufacturers could break through the barrier of reliability. You only have 4 choices for cheap spinning rust these days, WD, Seagate, Hitachi and Toshiba. WD and Hitachi have 2 year warranties, Toshiba and Seagate only offer 12 month warranties.

12 months. Yes, you read it right. Seagate want you to buy a 4TB hard drive, but they don't think it will last much longer than 12 months. Mmm, my data feels safe with you Seagate.

HD manufacturers have been gouging us on price for over a year, and now they produce shit product.

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Bash Street bytes: Do UK schools really need the Raspberry Pi?

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Re: Lack of imagination and costing skills

Moving on. "You have to buy cases". Er no you do not, but if you feel you must use a case, why not set it as a task for woodworking or metalworking (or materials technology or whatever high faluting name it is called these days). Or why not set it as homework for each child to design a case out of lego.

Is this some sort of joke? If you didn't put them in cases, they'd all be broken within 2 weeks. You couldn't possibly have the kids make cases out of wood or metal for them - that would be 3 terms of work, only 10% would actually function correctly, and most schools have no CDT provision.

Lego is possible, but the thing with lego is you can disassemble and reassemble as required, so see earlier statement about breakage.

In fact, your entire post is largely bollocks. You've sorted the display problems by sourcing a load of second hand CRT monitors and forking out for HDMI->RGB adapters. Never mind that no-one has stacks of CRT monitors sitting around waiting for someone to say "Oh, on the off chance, do you have 30 spare 19" CRTs I can have?", you've completely missed where the actual cost is - where the fuck are you going to put all these monitors?

You've brought the per-seat cost down to £25+8, but neglected to include the cost of building a new ICT suite. Which is significantly more than £8 per seat.

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Amazon's secret UK sales figures revealed by Parliamentary probe

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Re: If it's legal then there is no problem

If it's legal then there is one big ass problem - it's legal.

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Nexus 4 actually has 4G: But only in Canada, and potentially ILLEGAL

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Re: Consumers are "Mugs" allways have been

Once they realised that they had such a big market AND they could flog coprocessor upgrades to the people who brought them they begun to take DX chips and disable the FPU in order to sell them as "lower" speck cheaper units

Do you actually remember how crazy expensive the DX was? The SX was at least affordable.

When you first start making a particular chip, you bin them according to their quality. This is why faster chips (higher bin) cost more than slower chips (lower bin). Say in the first month, only 12.5% of chips test as valid at the quality mark. Do you absorb the cost of the other 87.5% of failures, or sell at a slightly lower spec?

Over time, as processes get better, the proportion of chips ending in each bin shifts towards the higher bins. If everything in a batch actually ends up getting binned towards the higher end of the spectrum, then potentially each could be sold as a high end chip, but the demand is mainly for low end chips.

So you have a choice then. You can leave most of your stock on the shelves as too expensive, you can cut the price of your high end stock, or you can ship high end stock as low end stock.

If Intel didn't do things like this, processors would cost significantly more than they already do. So take the already crazy price of a DX, triple it, and take away any option of buying an SX instead.

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Ten Linux apps you must install

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Re: Here are my top 5

The learning curve is only steep while you are learning. Once you have learnt it, there is no unlearning. So why not learn something today?

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Totally missed my most favourite program

ack - better than grep

ack does the things that grep -r should do. It searches only the files that are relevant, where as grep -r will dumbly search every file. If you're a programmer, and you've ever used grep to find other uses of a variable/function/class etc, you have to try out ack. It's just miles better.

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Here are my top 5

No-one's reading this far, I know....

vim

Best editor bar none, blazingly fast, I use vim for almost every application of reading or writing text. This is a Pragmatic Programmer tip: Use a Single Editor Well.

I've nothing against emacs, but those nancy boy IDE editors (Kate, gedit, Eclipse et al) are like toy things compared to vim or emacs, once you have several years experience.

ffmpeg

The swiss army knife of media operations. Can do almost anything to almost anything. Used as a base for mplayer, vlc, whole host of other media libraries, the command line tool can do anything those can do.

python

A general purpose programming and scripting language for the 21st century. Begone with your bash scripts.

chromium

A fast browser that looks decent, is regularly updated, doesn't leak memory all over the shop (hi Firefox).

moc

moc - music on console - is a background music player that you run from your console. You can detach from the player, and it continues on running, and is instantly available from any shell, eg from vim, :!mocp

mpd

mpd - music player daemon - is a networked background music player. You run the server on one box, and connect clients from another box. You can also push the audio output from the server through icecast, and broadcast over rtmp to your lan.

I assume all of these things are available for Linux, they certainly are for FreeBSD.

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

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Re: Leap Seconds

If we all say it is 4:00 AM, it is 4:00 AM. There is no universal time counter, time is a human invention of shared perception.

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Re: Leap Seconds

DST = we put the clock forwards by an hour in the summer. Did you really need that explaining?

In the summer in the UK, twilight starts at around 4am, daylight around 5 am. Normally, people are sleeping at that point. By putting the clocks forward, it will be light 'later' into the evening than otherwise, people will require less fuel and lighting, and you get a nice long day to get the harvest in, without getting up at 3 in the morning to do so.

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Re: Leap Seconds

Leap seconds are one of the main reasons why we have DST? Run that one by me again Dave, since DST is solely about getting more daylight hours during the summer and harvest, prompted by a desire to reduce fuel costs on the country during war.

Leap seconds? Fuck all to do with it.

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Swollen SUPER-GIGANTO PLANET sighted in Andromeda

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Re: Astronomical Dope Slap

I have no idea what you said, but sounds amazing. I'll take two.

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Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes

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Re: Meh...

Vinyl sounds a million times better than MP3s, assuming you have a kick ass hifi, awesome pickups, your vinyl is kept perfectly upright in a non humid environment with very little temperature fluctuation, there's no dust around, the floor is stable, you've shaved the cat and don't mind flipping over the LP after 22 minutes…

Personally, I can't tell a difference between CD and high bitrate OGG. Spotify streams me 320kb/s OGG, works for me.

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DUN DER DER DUN DER DER DUN

tnanilialianan DER DUN DER DUN DER DUN DER DUN

(Back in Black, ASCII rendering)

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Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical

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Re: Dear Matt,

So what? In the 80s, everything 16 bit was either Motorola based (Atari ST, Amiga, Apple Mac, workstations from Sun, NEXT, Silicon Graphics) or Intel + clones. The only significant difference was that you could get an Archimedes for some RISC lovin.

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Re: Gotta say

I can run chromium for weeks and not have it use lots of memory or spin the cpus. Or I can use Firefox, and watch it use all my RAM and all my swap space within 3 days, and start churning one of my cpus constantly - presumably trying to free memory.

If you shut down Firefox each day, it probably runs ok. If this was still the noughties, that might be acceptable. These days, if my machine isn't on then it's sleeping, I don't restart applications because its 9 am, they get restarted if they are buggy, leak memory or crash - which doesn't happen with chromium.

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How spreadsheets (nearly) conquered and killed the financial industry

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Re: Agility requires robustness

No-one has dared down vote you, as they would have to explain unit tests for spreadsheets.

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Google stealthily coalesces UK music cloud into being

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Re: Good idea, poorly executed

How to convert from proprietary fanboy codec ALAC to too cool for school FLAC:

for x in *.alac ; do

mv $x ${x%%.alac}.flac

done

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Facepalm

My favourite example of this on Spotify is from Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer track 3, the wonderful ditty entitled "Fuck You". There are two versions of the album on Spotify, one with clean lyrics ("Forget you"), one with the original. The original sweary version is entitled 'F**k you', the clean version is entitled 'Fuck you (clean)'.

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: So plain friendship pages a also creepy?

The entirety of facebook is creepy.

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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I would love a "Are You Serious Face", from the popular intertube meme "Are You Serious Face".

Tide goes in, tide goes out, can't explain it.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/are-you-serious-face-seriously

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Job ad seeks devs to work two hour days in Australia

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Re: Boom or bust?

Aussie prices aint so cheap anymore you know.

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Mini retail empire Micro Anvika implodes, one shop to be shopped

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Competition rules

Yoyotech is a far better store on TCR, better prices, better service, don't try to sell you last years kit at this years prices and you can order online and pick up for web prices on TCR.

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