* Posts by Symon

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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Re: No to gnome, no to systemd

Do one thing and do it well, unlike systemd.

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IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems

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Re: Unused CPU cycle myth

Those financial types and their depreciation. What do they know!

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Init system.

I wonder if that's enough money to make an uncontroversial init system for Red Hat 7? Probably not!

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Sounds like there could have been an airjam.

MORRIS: A large build-up of air traffic over London has tonight jammed solid in the sky. Thousands of aircraft have ground to a halt in mid-air and may soon start falling like massive buses.

REPORTER: The airjam started about two o'clock this afternoon, bringing chaos to Heathrow and Gatwick, both airports, today. In an airjam, there's a 3-D gridlock in the air, and no way out. The planes just slow down and stop. It's been known for years that airjam could happen, but no emergency measures were ever made.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Tristram.

From Damian Kavanagh's blog post.

"BBC Three launched in 2003. That’s before the iPhone, Facebook, SBTV, Netflix, Snapchat, driverless cars and a man jumping from space."

Has he never heard of Joseph Kittinger? Anyway, they jumped from the stratosphere, not 'space', which starts at 100km or thereabouts. This only goes to show that BBC3 is a fact-free wasteland, and any money it costs would be far better spent on Radio 4, making documentaries about moss.

(Apologies to Stewart Lee.)

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I never done it. I only said I did it so they'd take me bellend out the chilli sauce.

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No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

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Re: "what comes after is breathing heavily down the neck of flash"

We were doing so well. No mention of fucking rust in either the article or the comments, until you, Alan, couldn't resist. Is it because your surname is Brown? And what makes you think Cardiff City's winger would be betting on NAND? No one would do that.

FWIW. The recording layer in modern HDD discs is a granular Cobalt-Chrome-Platinum-based alloy with high uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy.

http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1201/1201.5543.pdf

So there!

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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Re: CA and pilot infalibility

Papal infallibility. "That would be an ecumenical matter." Sorry, --->

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Linux future

Poettering ate dbus!

http://www.muylinux.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/funny-systemd.gif

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Re: Linux future

It'll all be fine after Torvalds. Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers can take over. Only they can make the "Open Source community [..] one happy place".

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Re: Navigation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Minovitch

It's the mathematics developed by Michael Minovitch in the 1960's that really made missions like these feasible.

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Docker part 4: Microsoft CAN'T ignore it. Aux armes, citoyens!

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Re: Name recognition...

Even God supports Dockers!

http://www.printsome.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Robbie-Fowler-DoCKers-t-shirt.jpg

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

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FreeBSD for servers

A bit off topic, but, what with all this systemd controversy, (see below) is it time to give FreeBSD a shot for servers? Use the jails instead of containers? I already use it in firewalls, e.g. pfSense, so maybe that's a way ahead...

http://www.muylinux.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/funny-systemd.gif

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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Hammer to crack a nut.

To see what happens to the DNA when it gets hot, rather than all that rocket nonsense, couldn't they just heat that stuff up in an oven?

Also, wouldn't a real meteor be arriving at at least the Earth's escape velocity of 11 km/s? It's not rocket science, you know. Wait...

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NASA revisits Europa with modern image-processing software

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Re: Motorways?

Europan, actually.

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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@Suricou, " Very low concentration, thus very high processing costs."

Please accept my apologies, you had to read as far as the third and fourth paragraphs in the link I posted to see that point addressed.

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Fission is renewable.

At least according to this bloke:-

http://sustainablenuclear.org/PADs/pad11983cohen.pdf

There's enough uranium in seawater to power the world with fast breeder reactors until the sun stops working properly, i.e. 5 billion years. Reactors like these:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_fast_reactor

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Stop signs at junctions.

Quebec :- ARRÊT

France :- STOP

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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Re: "A method implies an actor"

@ratfox.

Right, I agree with your post, except for the 'impossible' part of your last sentence!

I like to be especially pedantic about natural selection. I agree it's awfully hard to keep from using words like 'method', but it's worth the effort I believe! There's a good web page that reflects my opinion here:- http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_32

"Natural selection is the simple result of variation, differential reproduction, and heredity — it is mindless and mechanistic. It has no goals; it's not striving to produce "progress" or a balanced ecosystem."

So, no 'method' necessary.

What's more, and this is why I don't like your last sentence, although I agree with you that DNA mutation happens randomly, natural selection is not a random process. From the webpage, which says it well:-

"The genetic variation that occurs in a population because of mutation is random — but selection acts on that variation in a very non-random way: genetic variants that aid survival and reproduction are much more likely to become common than variants that don't. Natural selection is NOT random!"

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Re: Overpopulation in Starfish?

"a method of balancing the population"

It isn't a method. A method implies an actor. (Pun intended!) If it's true that starfish populations have increased, then it's a consequence of this rise in population density that enough individuals are present for an epidemic to occur. That's junior epidemiology.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Panic!

@Billa

Not Goldeneye. You only live twice.

http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/SpectreRocket34.jpg

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Anytime the KKK are mentioned...

... I remember the pink sheet story!

http://www.glossynews.com/artman/publish/kkk-746.shtml

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ESNet's 100 Gbps Atlantic link almost ready to flow

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If only CERN understood the internet as well as Ted Stevens.

"They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Vote

Re: James Blunt. Despite the unfortunate rhyming slang the guy is nowhere near the top ten music cunts. In addition to the Twitter thing (up there^) he avoided WWIII in Kosovo, sold his sister on the eBay, supports MSF, and appeared on Sesame St. singing (literally) the praises of a triangle.

As for Boneo, I found this Viz 'top tip' online.

"Bono is much more annoying than Guy Fawkes ever was. Make your Bonfire Night a Bonofire Night by placing some crap sunglasses on your Guy."

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Broadcast vs. Mobile network.

"Since the transmission began as IP, and a smartphone already has a high bandwidth IP path, why not just miss out the bit in the middle? "

Because 5 million radios at 128kbits/sec is 80 Gbytes per second over the mobile phone network. This would use up the total amount of data passed over the mobile networks in the whole of June 2013 in 4 days.

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/telecoms-research/infrastructure-report/IRU_2013.pdf

fig.38.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: Viruses, Bacteria, Fungus, yeasts and Food

"Viruses are not a worry."

Try telling that to the Martians. ULLA!

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Subsidised?

Gorgeous George.

"Who wants to mortgage their, and their children’s future on a finite resource that will soon be finished and the price of which is simply incalculable?"

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/06/spectator-debate-independence-is-the-greatest-threat-to-edinburgh/

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Just to clarify...

...this (apparently mental) ruling applies to a trademark, not a copyright or a patent.

Trademark, Patent, or Copyright?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.

A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/definitions.jsp

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: @Symon - Doesn't kill anyone

@Graham, sorry, I was being faecetious. However, you inspired me to further research. How about this?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS_in_the_pornographic_film_industry

Anyway, that's just pedantry, OP Terry made a good point.

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Re: Doesn't kill anyone

@Terry. I take your point, but it seems pron can kill! E.g.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lorry-driver-watching-porn-phone-3634358

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Re: anti-sex morality groups

@Neil. Parthenogenesis? It could explain why they never change. Or, you could ask Mary.

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Brute-force bot busts shonky PoS passwords

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Re: POS

@WC, likewise, especially when I read PoS passwords.

"I went back to the store

They gave me four more

The guy told me at the door

It's a piece of crap"

-Neil Young.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: "The offending footage of Buzz bopping Bart in the chops is on YouTube."

Buzz Aldrin should be allowed to punch whoever he wants. Especially people who Bible bash. Literally.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2272321.stm

"Californian authorities have decided against prosecuting former astronaut Buzz Aldrin after realising he is Buzz Aldrin."

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Re: As trolling goes you get gold.

To paraphrase Stewart Lee, 'Buzz Aldrin was sent here by God to test us. Like fossils. And facts.'

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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I'm Ivan Dobsky. I'm the Meatsafe Murderer, only I never done it.

Is that Mr. Hoppy in the background?

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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Re: Power

Maybe it's charged using a coil...

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Standby consumes MORE POWER THAN CANADA: IEA

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Re: It comes down to power supply efficiency

"It is pretty much impossible to design a switch mode power supply that is efficient at both low and high powers."

@CM. That's not true. Switchers have a magic thing called "burst mode". They run at full power in short bursts when the average output power is low. As an example, have a look at this data sheet. On page 1 you'll see an efficiency graph in which the device can work over three orders of magnitude of power output with efficiencies greater than 85% when in burst mode.

http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/datasheet/3414fb.pdf

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Re: Speaking of Canada...

@DJ. Of course heat is a good indicator. The temperature difference between the unit and its surroundings is proportional to the power used in the thing. It doesn't matter what's using the electricity inside the box, it (virtually) all gets turned into heat.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Scary stuff...

@David. +1, but it's a lost cause, I'm afraid...

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beg

http://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2010/may/24/begging-the-question-mind-your-language

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Re: not illegal

@Joe, right, I remember when Google blacklisted bmw.de for gaming their search rankings by including a bunch of hidden text on the BMW homepage. That site fell off the Google listings, but I don't recall that was found to be illegal.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/4685750.stm

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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Re: requesting consent

@Tom. I believe you're referring to this experiment:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment#The_experiment

It's worth reading the criticism section of that article also. My rule is, never agree to be in a psychology experiment unless you're willing to be the stooge...

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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Here come the lawsuits.

Finally, maybe someone will be held to account, but I'm not holding my breath.

Yesterday saw this:-

"Britain's most secretive court is to hold a rare public hearing to decide whether there is any legal force behind the long-standing political doctrine that the country's intelligence agencies cannot bug the phones or spy on the emails of members of parliament. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal agreed to the hearing after two Green party parliamentarians – Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, and Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb – complained that disclosures by the whistleblower Edward Snowden made it clear that GCHQ was capturing their communications in breach of the so-called Wilson Doctrine."

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/01/secret-court-investigatory-powers-tribunal-ban-mi5-gchq-spying-parliamentarians

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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Re: The BBC is biased

As Alex Massie wrote for The Spectator, " it doesn’t matter who you are. Conservative, Labour, Liberal, Nationalist, Green or UKIP it’s all the same. The BBC is hopelessly prejudiced against you.

As it should be."

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/03/yes-of-course-the-bbc-is-biased-against-you/

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Stewart Lee did some excellent stuff about the countryside on BBC2.

"A friend of mine, he had a little girl, turned out she was dyslexic, and they were worried about whether she would thrive and prosper in the oversubscribed inner-city London school system. So they, they sold up and they ... they left London and they moved to the countryside, and the, the little girl went to school in the countryside. And she's grown up to be a racist. Who can spell. It's the most dangerous kind."

Symon, Cornwall. (Bring some coke)

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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Re: Can't blame tech companies solely!

Don't worry, a house price correction _will_ come along at some point in the not too distant future. Something like Richter 7.8 should do it for you.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: STOP! In the name of love...

Set me free, why don't you, baby?

Get out my life, why don't you, baby?

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Cryptome pulled OFFLINE due to malware infection: Founder cries foul

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It's back...

...for me.

I notice that NetSol aren't entirely evil. From the front page of cryptome.org:-

"In October 2010 a hacker group disrupted Cryptome by erasing the archive, after breaking into John Young's email at Earthlink to obtain passwords, then crowed to Wire about the hack. NetSol immediately restored the site from it back-up (which are made daily)."

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Global Cooling

The 9/11 thing is probably a red herring, as indeed are contrails...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/climatechange/2009/05/911_contrails_study_challenged.html

"In order to prove this, you might use the 'diurnal temperature range' (DTR), which is the difference between peak daytime temperatures and minimum night-time temperatures...The problem here is that air traffic never actually stops. But for three days after 9/11, that's exactly what happened when all commercial flights were grounded. A team led by David J Travis of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater took the necessary measurements, crunched the data and published the findings in the journal Nature.

The result? DTR did indeed widen by a full 1°C during those three days, in distinct contrast to the three days before the grounding and the three days after flights resumed.

But now a US study by Dr Gang Hong of Texas A&M University has found that DTR variations of 1°C during September aren't all that unusual and that the change in 2001 was probably attributable to low cloud cover. Elsewhere, a team at Leeds University, working with the Met Office Hadley Centre, ran contrails through its climate models and found that you'd need about 200 times the quantity of flights over America to produce a significant effect on DTR.

So while climate warming contrails join endangered polar bears on the list of flawed factoids, it begs the question of why the idea gained so much traction. The three-day grounding was an unprecedented scientific opportunity, yes, but the sample size was arguably far too tiny to have ever produced anything but indicative findings and certainly nothing approaching definitive proof."

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Totally agree. It has to be petrol powered to have a chance. Our dog seems to have the same mission as yours, spending his waking hours secreting mower killing logs all over the lawn. He also secretes foul smelling logs, but those the mower doesn't mind.

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