* Posts by Ragarath

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BT's taxpayer-funded broadband monopoly may lock out rivals, says independent report

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BT Scope rubbish

It said the scheme also had the potential to create an incentive for BT to reduce the scope of its commercial investments in order to receive state funding for projects that would still be commercially viable without the aid.

Yep,happened at my cabinet. It was on BT's rollout plans (commercial) 2 years ago. Our authority got the government money and all of a sudden our cabinet was not viable. Our local scheme did not include our cabinet because it was on BT's commercial rollout. Now BT are only considering it because the local authority is trying to tack it on the end of their rollout.

We may still never see it, BT are most certainly doing the scope reduction thing with us.

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Google to extend Hyderabad office into first non-US campus

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Is this lack of diversity? Do they need to hire in equal amounts across all of these? Should any company do this?

What ever happened to hiring the best person for the job whomever they may be?

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

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A great use for Kickstarter!

This is what Kickstarter is good at! Allowing people to put money into projects like this that we would not normally hear about as it would all be done in academic circles.

I wish this project well.

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

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Re: Client server

What if the only "hack" is client side? In that you are just modifying the data on your "own" system. As I understand it, that is how many of these doohickys work.

The problem is that a hack on the client side affects the server. All of the problems you describe provide false information to the server thus changing the servers data from what it "should" be. The client does not exist in isolation with these systems, they are interconnected.

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Nothing BEATS a good anti-trust investigation, eh, Apple?

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Re: Digital Downloads

Err... yes, analogue!

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Wordpress munching contagion turns Linux servers into spam bots

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SEE! Linux is EVIL after all!

Don't you dare try and pin it on that poor innocent program WordPress!

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Re: It's the Applications Stupid!

You do realise it said many times through the article that the options for the full fat server are still there for those that need it?

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: Gah!

The idea being that when you feel safer you become more complacent.

So we should make car seats out of razor blades. Also just say there is an airbag when there is not for 1 in a 100.

You'd drive safe just in case it was yours ;)

Other ideas welcome, it's too early for me.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Re: Survived by a monitor and a keyboard

The cat had it!

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Re: Luckily Aussies are bi-lingual

Root means the same here when used in that way, it's just, you know; we know the difference between a bit or hardware and a Woman!

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: In California? Maybe

The exclusive economic zone is 200mi so 80km is well within that for California let alone the islands.

According to the wiki that rules them all this zone is mistaken as or at least used to be known as the territorial waters. In any case it still gives the "owner" certain rights, economic ones as you might expect which IMO would include things such as a wreck.

Read the wiki, it's quite informative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_waters

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Re: Competition?

Did Google it have the same ring all them years ago? I don't think it did. It's the same with everything that becomes a household name, the ring is there because of it's ubiquitous use.

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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Re: My son's Bargain Gaming Laptop ...

128TB at that price bargin!

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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App Name

More importantly, what app do we need to avoid?

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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The Register has contacted Apple and and is awaiting a response.

Good luck el'Reg, maybe just maybe this time they will!

Back on to the story surely with the control over the hardware and ecosystem Apple could lock this down tighter than a... well tight thing.

I would like to know more about the "hacks" and why oh why did they not recover the money from the students that did not hand them back? Please don't say they were leaving that up to Apple too rather than knowing who they were handing out the expensive toys to?

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Re: And why isn't the first word of advice to be

@Alan Brown

It sounds like you have a much bigger budget than most of us.

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Re: Shock news

Not when the telephone poles are stuck along the hedgeline (unlike a lot of mobile towers) and still have no power requirement or foundations.

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Re: Shock news

Especially if a similar footprint such as a telephone pole costs BT effectively fuck all.

Erm, let's see.

A cell tower has foundations, equipment compound, electricity supply and site access needed.

A telephone pole has, well a hole in the ground.

How is that the same thing?

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China's BYD ramps up 'leccycar battery production in challenge to Tesla

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Sorry I had to...

Is that pronounced Giga or Jiga?

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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@The Crow From Below

So you joined in Feb 2015 (just over two weeks ago) and your already bored with something that has been going on for at least 5 years.

Learn the history behind the El'Regs attitude towards Apple. I'm not going to tell you because you are obviously to lazy to find it yourself.

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MOOCROSOFT tosses seven proper tech courses online at edX

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Re: "At $90, a Verified Certificate is ..."

Students registering for this course will be asked to verify their identity and to pay for the course.

A $200 Fee Required.

The above is from the Powershell Course. So $200 not $90.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: I'm sure we're missing something here

Because building the spaceport here first, specifically designed to meet the needs of these new vehicles would then encourage development here and make people doing it the other way round rent our facilities.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Let me be the first to say... @AlbertH

So you lie to your customers, nice one.

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Google hatching YouTube Kiddie Vids – report

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Re: It's not the big friendly buttons, or time limits, or even parental controls...

Content for the new app will, allegedly, work the other way around. Everything is banned until it has been approved for YouTubeKidz or whatever they call it

So why the new app? Just put a tick box in the normal youtube to make it work like this?

At the moment I have 2 streams enabled for my child as they are very good and know their audience is young. But before their streams got big there are a few videos that are risqué in the language department.

Why is a specific app needed for this? Surely a few lines of code will do.

<is account under a certain age>

yes

<has video been tagged child safe by our safety team>

yes

<insert sweetie ads instead of normal ads>

done

<play video>

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

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Huge sample

I'm sorry, but that sample over that many countries is tiny. How is it supposed to represent anything?

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: Marketing/advertising have no ethic, so asking for ethical use is useless...

well, there's a difference between giving a model the benefit on a shoot where her chin might have been a bit spotty, and taking 6 inches off her waistline.

There is? Not in my eyes!

If you want a model with no spots or a model with a certain waist size then go out and find them. Both are still a lie. Young girls and boys think they must be abnormal because they are hardly ever without spots or some other ailment they think makes them not the "normal" as these pics show.

I think models should be shot in whatever state they are in, surely it's not the model we are meant to be looking at but the product?

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

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Re: Serfdom? @DAM

So your saying that a "bribe" must be offered to the employee so that they actually stick to what they agree to?

I'm sure there's a name for something like that, mmmmm, extortion maybe? Might you be advocating more illegal acts to stop another illegal act?

Not saying the poaching thing is right, or that they have given the "secrets" away. But advocating extortion is not a free market idea.

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Android malware hijacks power button, empties wallet while you sleep

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Re: Surprise?

Thanks to Windows there are quite a few people with that mindset, however.

Also thanks to Windows, those "quite a few" probably don't have the know-how to root their phones as they made it easy to use a computer. Quite a conundrum huh?

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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I had assumed you were a tech user. But ignoring the fact that a switch off and on again is a resolution to a lot of tech problems is just ignorance and is what I would expect from a non-tech hence I parodied you.

I did say in my post that Sky are wrong here, in their closed eco-system it should not have occurred as they control everything. This is not the same with anything that involves Software as you insinuated. I have yet to see a piece that does not have bugs that interact poorly with other software hence the first thing to try is? It is not the final resolution in a lot of cases but it is a way to get the person running again while you can figure out what is causing the problem. And that appears (now Sky have admitted the problem) to be what is happening here.

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Ragarath

And WTF Sky? Turn it off and on again!?! This is 2015 not 1995. Standard cop-out answer from "technical" support that knows less about tech than a Neanderthal.

Sounds to me like a standard response from a non-tech user. Yes in this case Sky is having a laugh, but you will not believe how many times (even in 2015) a turn it off and on again will solve the "problem" and stops wasting my time more than the 30 secs required to do something the person using said equipment (whatever that may be) should have done.

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Re: I am one of those victims...

They will be pleased if it is not their out of warranty box which needs repairing or replacing as they have been led to believe.

This is what I was thinking it was a faulty box. I've even replaced the HDD in case that was causing the errors, although I wanted to for a bigger storage space anyway. Sky just tell you to reset which is useless advice and a factory reset will lose all your recordings so is bad advice.

We have lost so many recordings because of this, luckily most of them were on catch up and have been noticed. I'm dreading going through the series that I have recorded but not had time to check. There might be some big gaps.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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Re: "... photos NASA later released as a GIF." @Peter 26

Did PNG's suddenly get cross browser animation capability? As far as I am aware only GIF is the low cost file format that can do this.

http://apngs.com/

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Really? You're going with gas and sewerage. Totally different playing fields.

Telecoms, string a cable and stick in a few cabinets. Gas, very dangerous, needs pumping etc. Sewerage, again massive pumping and cleaning etc. Both of your two comparisons have huge ongoing costs.

BT has a lot of the infrastructure already there they just have not kept up and did not maintain. That is why it costs them so much now. Other players are out for that reason as well, BT already has the infrastructure so for another company to compete it has to put in massive investment.

Lot's of people offering the services yes, not the infrastructure. And what do yo mean not at price we're willing to pay? Did you miss the part where we were doing our own fibre until BT used their might? In our village we are willing to pay but each time BT comes in promising lower prices, if we did install you can guarantee those promises would be fulfilled and we would have paid out for no reason. Give us the guarantee that if we install then BT are not allowed and it would be there in a heartbeat with this "high cost".

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Ragarath

You're right! The other 80% of the population should wait until you've caught up with them.

BT's (Openreach's) excuse most of the time is it takes to much resource. Yet they have the resource to start a second rollout before they have even finished the old tech. Sounds like excuses to me and shafting the people that have no choice, it's up to BT if we catch up not us.

We were starting a fibre rollout because BT were ignoring us. Guess what BT did? Yup, they said they were going to install fibre when they found out.This has the effect of killing any private setup dead because the prices would be higher for us to do it and competing against BT would be daft for a small village. This was 3 years ago and they said last year it is not viable. Basically all they wanted was to scupper our plans.

So before you get on your high horse again, yes others should be made to wait. Finish something properly don't half do a job. Or a much better idea, break BT up so that there are more companies that have to compete for business.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Ragarath

Re: But it's Google... @Tevor_Pott

Yes very true on most accounts, and they should not be the default on any service IMO.

But saying Microsoft is more insidious is a bit far they are as bad as each other. Microsoft just have more users on their OS, I bet Chrome OS needs this too. I've never tried Chrome OS so would need verification.

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Re: But it's Google...

No, you just sign in to Microsoft when you start the computer

I don't - I just log into the corporate domain, which I do trust, since it pays my salary!

Must be one of those people that just clicks OK or Next without reading that it is possible not to use a MS account to set up a PC just as it always has been.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd @Trevor_Pott

huh?

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Re: @Hans 1 @codejunky

I mean good as in alternative not that they are right. Just because they are comments you do not agree with does not mean that they are automatically bad and that they should not be considered in a debate.

Different people think differently, heck it would be a much simpler world if we all did and agreed on the same thing. We would not even be having this conversation if we all agreed on if Europe was a good or bad thing for Britain.

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@Hans 1

Hans, your comments were good but you had to spoil it right at the end by insisting you know better and have it all right just because you studied Economics. Whoop de do. I assume you saw all the problems and solutions of the world right away then?

There are many economists that know bugger all, they guess or their "forecasts" are based on flawed models. You may have a better idea where things might go having studied the subject but it does not automatically make everyone else wrong and you right just because you have.

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd

Would you care to name these people I have "shouted down". I have derided the 'kippers because I genuinely think they are dangerous and those who follow them are fools, but as nobody here has said they support them your accusation holds no credibility.

You have just done it again, they support a party you do not agree with, you call them dangerous and fools (the same can be said about most parties to be honest and it seems you agree) but did not provide any backup to your statement as for why.

You will also note that I am extremely critical of the two major parties for creating the environment in which a party like UKIP can thrive.

I'm glad to hear it. I don't think any of them (all parties) have a solid plan at the moment.

Just beware. In the General Election you might get the Government you vote for. Just before you put that X in the box, imagine Farage standing outside of No 10. I don't know about you, but the thought scares the shit out of me.

This is the same in every General Election, you might get the Government you vote for. Do you really feel any of them standing outside No.10 is much better? We need a better way for the people to affect the Governement. It's not like we need an MP to ride up to London on a horse to represent us any more with the instant communication we have. The problem is getting a reliable efficient and trustworthy way of doing it.

Also I never said which way my vote would go (it's been different a lot of years based on the policies, not the people), I just think the name calling is a little silly, but then I guess that's politics.

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd

So your local rag is full of these people you say yet you are doing exactly the same thing here. Coming on shouting down the other man with not a shred of proof. Your just calling people names in the school playground and making up Chinese whispers..

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About 4King time: Panasonic finally reveals voice-control Firefox OS TVs

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Re: I can see this working well

How does the television you're yelling at the presenter and not at it?

Erm, is it not sensible to set up a keyword as most other things do now-a-days. Does SIRI constantly yabber back at the fanboys (sorry I had to) while they walk along?

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

Ragarath

ShortLegs, if your allowed you can use proper HTML tags. BBCode does not work.

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Re: The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

But we get sun down here so we don't have the hours and hours to stay cooped up inside learning code like our Northern brethren.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

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Re: But...but...but....

Don't be silly, they will spin it as the war on "Pirates" is what is causing the uptake. Not the fact that usually if someone likes something they will buy it and they probably made more stuff people actually like this year.

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Microsoft remote code exec killjoys to dump seven fixes next week

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Re: Surprise!

Because it gets headlines, and clickbait and makes people like you, that believe in sky fairies also believe that it only Microsoft products that have exploits.

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Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

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Re: As a matter of interest

Erm frank ly, wouldn't that be kind of opposite to the idea of the right to be forgotten?

Random Person: Goolge please remove this xxx.xxx

Google: Sure it is your right to be forgotton!

Random Person: Erm... Google why are my details up on this page stating what you removed? It is my right to be forgotten.

Google: Well we have to keep people updated on what we removed.

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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Re: Not surprising...

The interesting thing is that although XP is now EOL, at least on XP x64, 2K3 x64 patches that aren't built for XP x64 all apply just fine, including last month's critical security patches. Which makes it pretty clear that MS' EOL-ing of XP was purely to squeeze more cash out of businesses with the new short term support contracts without having to do any extra work at all.

What are you on about? I take it your car is still repaired for free 10 years after you bought it? (we like car analogies)

It is not a squeeze for cash. There are lot's of alternatives out there, spending a lot of time fixing an old OS takes resources away from developing the new. You may not like the newest, but there are still alternatives available for you to choose from. You seem to like free and there are free ones these days too.

Asking you to pay to support an old system is fine if you do want to shoehorn new things into something that was never designed to properly accommodate them.

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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Re: Wow

POME (Prisoner Of Mother England) but close and it still works ;)

Prisoner of Mother, just does not sound right.

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