* Posts by VinceH

1453 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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"The company then went to the law courts, where it was told again that it did not have the rights to the word "easy"."

Someone should point this out to Peter Jones, who seems to think Apple have the right to the 'i' prefix. He and easyGroup would be a marriage made in heaven.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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"Users would have no reason to suspect the whirring of an optical drive indicated unknown software was running, making this a potentially nasty attack handy back door for companies who wish to repeat Sony's (CD) mistake."

FTFY!

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: ... allegedly, you are not allowed to backup your legit copy…

"But maybe the US of A simply anticipates dictating future international laws and preemptively ensures that the world is compliant."

FTFY!

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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Shame Apple didn't think of this - then that quote of Tim Cook's about people in meetings would have been funnier:

"It's quite funny to be in a meeting at Apple and ten minutes before the hour people get [it] up and start moving around, but people like it."

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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" it seemed the main obsession in the 1980s was to have a small-screen portable TV that could live in the kitchen or the bedroom"

Any coincidence, do you think, with that being when home computers really took off, and parents might have wanted to watch TV while the monsters wanted to use that Sinclair/Acorn/Commodore/Atari gizmo they'd pestered them into getting for Christmas?

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Re: are you sure ?

"mines a 5 yr old Panasonic 50" and it's just the right size"

My parents have a 50" jobbie - also Panasonic, IIRC, and it's just right size for their living room (in fact, they probably could go a little bigger if they wanted, before it gets silly).

I have a 32" Hitachi here, which is, again, just the right size - and I don't think bigger would be practical. It doubles up as a monitor - and, TBH, it's not very good at that. None of the computers that are connected to it, whether by VGA or HDMI, give a great picture, but instead a bearable one. As a TV, though, it does very well.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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I'm sure it's best appreciated in the original Klingon Urdo.

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Guess who filed most Euro patents in 2014? Yep, still Samsung

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Although that does indeed sound like Steve's patent, I think it's he that should be suing you - his invention didn't make you fall off the ladder. It's more a case of you've used his idea without permission or payment.

(Though I'm surprised Apple didn't get there first - there's clearly "a mobile device" involved here.)

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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"But this is precisly a cloud operation! The TV should be able to work without phoning home first"

Only if you take the view that everything on the interwebs is the cloud. I don't - and I therefore certainly don't class "phoning home" as a cloud thing. Although, as this case shows, it is as much of a bloody nuisance.

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"I've made my views on the "cloud" quite clear here."

This isn't so much a problem with the "cloud" - from the description given in the story, it's more a problem with crap phoning home and throwing a hissy fit if it's unsuccessful.

But I do agree with you about cloudy crap in general.

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P0wned plug-in puts a million WordPress sites at risk of attack

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"bad news for the folks who've downloaded the plug-in 1.3 million times."

Why would they do that? Is once not enough?

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Re: Clangers

"Nope, their dustbin lids weren't shiny."

It's not the dustbin lids reflecting light. The clangers in question have left their doors dustbin lids open and their lights on.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Well I thoroughly enjoyed the advert. Oh, yes!

"What was it advertising again?"

A teleportation device that, whenever you receive a phone call, teleports the phone to one of your pockets so that it is within earshot as it rings.

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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"in the rats, “too much” turned out to be the equivalent of a bottle of vodka"

What, each? =:o

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Tweak comms laws or Facebook 'n' Twitter folk will be treated like CRIMINALS

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It covers electronic communications, doesn't it? If so, that means it's illegal to send a text message to your other half to say you're working late when you're really engaging in coitus with the receptionist down the pub.

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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Re: Fuck ads and all who serve them up

"If I come back and search for a DVD, however, I'm unlikely to still want to know about lawnmowers."

And I certainly don't want to know about the same lawnmower that I have already bought, with the suggestion to buy it again.

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Archimedes

You appear to be confusing what I/Jess said ("it works [very/rather] well") with something we didn't say ("It's wonderful, and perfect, and completely safe and secure")

There are some people who somehow seem to believe the latter, but most sensible people using RISC OS knowing full well that it's full of flaws, far from perfect and lacks any real security. We use it because of the point that it works very well, and has a reasonably consistent and neat user interface (though there are areas in which it could be improved).

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Re: Archimedes

"RISC OS on the Pi works rather very well."

FTFY, Jess!

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Re: Lord Sugar != Sid James

I thought it sounded just like him.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: The privacy policy says it records video too?

Here, too - and I'm glad I wasn't the only one who picked up on this:

"When users interact with ToyTalk, we may capture photographs or audio or video recordings (the "Recordings") of such interactions, depending upon the particular application being used."

Recording and uploading what a child says is bad enough - but photographs and video?

Being generous, it's possible the terms are generic and used for more than one product, and that this doll doesn't have a camera. But it's still worrying, not least because it suggests other products might.

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UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

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Re: LOL thorough review!

"Unless it was your case?"

Er, you did read what he put in strike tags, didn't you?

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Re: Awesome.

I was thinking more that this might be the real reason the watch is called the Apple Watch, and not the iWatch.

This could carry the iWatch name - although (despite being a fully paid up member of the anti-Apple club) I think it would probably have been more suitable for Google to have used the name instead of Glass.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Shackleton

"I was too old to apply but given the choice between dying on Mars and dying on Earth, I'd pick Mars."

I agree - but not when it comes to this project.

Mars One may be thinking of the bigger picture, of exploration, of furthering our boundaries - but with a reality TV aspect to it (and with some candidates that, as the article suggests, look like they are being picked for that aspect), not to mention the disputed scientific research and funding questions, I find the whole idea very off-putting.

That doesn't mean I won't watch the TV show, though: I've never watched a huge train crash before.

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

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"An internet of thing with no bloody security whatsoever. Quelle surprise."

And this is just one reason why it is the Internet of Unwanted Things - iOUT!

(In theory, an internet connected TV has the potential to be a good thing - and therefore something we'd want - but they fall firmly in the iOUT camp when companies like Samsung do shit like this.)

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

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Re: Spell Checker

I don't know if a single BEEELLION is bigger than a single BEELLION, but I'm pretty damned sure that BEEELLIONS will have a higher value than BEELLION.

Think about it.

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Re: Wonder

"I end up with buffer face"

No, that's just your normal face.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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" The paper produced by the two men, An evidence-based approach to an ancient pursuit: systematic review on converting online contact into a first date (published in the BMJ) is dedicated:

The authors would like to thank the potential dates who turned down one of us repeatedly, encouraging us to think about the effectiveness of online dating. "

Two points:

First, that dedication sounds very bitter.

Second, the word I've highlighted leads me to read it as though he was pestering asking the same women again and again.

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Re: "Incidentally, women find a man more attractive when they see other women smiling at him "

"it is important when looking for a lifetime partner/one night stand/anything in between to smile at everyone. Some people smile back, this creates a virtuous circle."

The problem is that whenever I see a total stranger smiling at me, my immediate thought is to be suspicious.

Perhaps this is a factor in why I'm single more often (by far) than not. ;)

Plus, my name begins with a V.

A V, damn it! That's the 22nd letter! Grrr! I don't know if I can ever forgive you, mum!

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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"Why wont they just stick to what they're (supposedly good at..)"

I think that's what they are aiming to do. They'll design a car and eventually get it to market, and it'll use a lot of technologies that you'd expect in a car and which have (obviously) already been invented. They'll add a few Applisms to the design, and ensure they get the design patents on those.

Then they'll sue (say) BMW for infringing on their design patents, and BMW will counter-sue because Apple are using some real patented tech of theirs without paying up.

That is what Apple are supposed to be good at, isn't it?

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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A contact lens rather than an eye - so a bit less complicated than the approach used in this documentary from the 1970s, then

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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And don't forget the non-standard charging connector.

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Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

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Re: Not so bad

"if you can't can't be arsed to spend 3 or 4 minutes preparing your food you should stay with your mum."

I can't be arsed spending three or four minutes preparing my food, because I prefer spending half an hour to an hour. The microwave might get used to heat up a pre-packaged pie or some such every once in a while, when time is short - but otherwise, meh.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: Nah, we're safe

On the other hand, they might not draw that conclusion, and things will proceed as Lewis suggests, and they'll make plans to attack. But, if we're lucky, due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet will be swallowed by a small dog.

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Gullible Apple users targeted by bogus order cancellation scam

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Re: Grandma

"as if that's going to put off those who play fast and lose with the internet."

Indeed. When will such people ever learn that if they play a little more slowly, they might win with the internet.

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FACEBOOK even from BEYOND the GRAVE: CHOOSE your Legacy

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Re: write your Facebook password on a piece of paper and seal it with any other documents

"Facebook however knows too much. That first needs to go to a close and trusted friend for sanitization."

Ah, you mean a bit like a porn buddy.

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VirusTotal wants YOU (but not you) to join its epic AV whitelist

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Re: Are Chrome and Google Toolbar in the list?

How can people not be aware if McAfee Security Scanm is on their computers? The blasted thing runs automatically on a regular basis (weekly, IIRC?) and warns users that their computer is insecure if it doesn't have some other McAfee crap installed. Quite hard not to notice, really.

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

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Re: Thinking Not Required

"Come on Vince, you just hate that it's an Apple product reminding you to move.

And why would that be? I hate Apple's crud, yes, but other devices exist and can also be used to remind me (or anyone) to move.

"Just admit it. People set their reminders,"

They do indeed, and I have no objection to people setting reminders to do something like this. I could do with setting a few more reminders for myself, TBH. But that isn't the point.

"so it isn't the Apple product deciding for you. It's a petty argument"

No, it's the people using the device deciding to obey the reminder to the letter instead of being sensible about it. Sensible use of reminders would involve dismissing or delaying the reminder when appropriate - such as in a meeting - and making up for it after.

But what Cook is quoted as saying is that people in meetings at Apple get reminded by their watch to move, so they do, there and then. Instead of putting it off until a more sensible/suitable time.

Not only that, but from what he's quoted as saying is that they all do it at "ten minutes before the hour" - which sounds to me like they all do it at the same time, at ten minutes to n o'clock. (So if these reminders are set by the users themselves, why don't some of them set it for, say, twenty five minutes past the hour? Surely it doesn't matter at what point in the hour that ten minutes of moving around takes place, so long as it's typically ten minutes out of every hour on average).

TBH, the more I think about it, the more I think Cook was bullshitting to big up the health benefits of the watch: "Look, it even reminds you to disrupt meetings for ten minutes out of the hour to ensure you're getting the right amount of exercise."

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Re: Thinking Not Required

"There are quite a few studies that suggest that spending long periods sat down is damaging to your health, irrespective of how much exercise you take."

Quite so - but rigidly obeying a rule that you must get up and walk around ten minutes before the hour even when in a meeting?

The idea of stepping away your desk and walking around for ten minutes out of every hour is fine - but to apply the rule quite so rigidly, seemingly because an Apple Watch decrees that it is time, is what makes it so 'robotic'. (Personally, I think Dr Scrum Master was being kind by saying Apple are staffed with robots. I'd have gone for muppets.)

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Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

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Re: Maroons

"This sort of thing makes me see red."

Nyah... *chompchompchomp* What's up Doc Slartybardfast?

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"And people think having their refrigerators, stoves, and toilets connected to internet of things is a good idea."

Internet of Unwanted Things1 - iOUT!

1. By me, and perhaps thee and anyone who realises the potential security implications. Sadly, the average consumer, OTOH, is more likely to think "Ooh, shiny!"

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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Re: Hmmm.

"I was wondering how people rated some of the more frequently used words like "a", "the", "or", "and", etc. as they would seem to be neutral on their own but in different contexts could provoke a different response, e.g. "love and affection" vs "pain and torture"."

Even less neutral words can mean either something positive or something negative, depending on context: Sick, for example - which some strange people use to convey that something is particularly good. ISTM that a key question therefore is one of how the words were rated - in context, or on their own?

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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Re: Kick

That, I think, is where the boffins missed a trick.

What they should have done is programmed it to turn and face the source of the kick, and slowly advance - sneakily throwing in a speaker with a suitably nasty sounding growl to be played at that point as well.

All without telling the guy tasked with kicking it.

That would have been funny.

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Re: It does have laser beams

Nonsense. It's a dog, not a frikkin' shark!

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Re: WTS: 15 year old 29" CRT TV

"Watch TV without being watched. Free rabbit ears aerial.

Starting bid, $1000. Shipping, probably as much again."

You might think you're joking, but when I read this bit in the article:

"Except, of course, that it tells anyone who's listening that you have enough money to buy a connected refrigerator,"

My immediate thoughts were that if enough people become aware of the potential issues of all this then in time, as all of this iOUT1 stuff becomes the norm, what we might see is the complete reverse being true:

'Except, of course, that it tells anyone who's listening that you don't have enough money to buy a refrigerator that doesn't connect.'

1. Internet of Unwanted Things

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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And the really sad thing is that it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if TVs (and other iOUT1 devices) did start appearing like that - so even if your own WiFi is nice and secure, it can latch on to somoene else's insecure network if it can get a signal.

1. "Internet of Unwanted Things" - capitalisation deliberately chosen to emphasise the word 'OUT' in the acronym.

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"I may also disable voice recognition by unplugging the ethernet connection, so I can do away with my so-called smart TV"

Agreed; I'd rather not have a TV connected to the internet in any way shape or form. Even if my TV isn't a dumb one (which the current one is) it will be dumb by not being given access to the hive mind cloudy brain.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Look at the plus side....

"Running mine with Slackware (yea, I keep mentioning it), boots in about 15 seconds."

How long? I'll stick with RISC OS! :p

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Re: Isn't it amazing that...

Seconded - I saw Kingsman a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Re: So, erm...

"I take it that you weren't keen?"

If memory serves, Brid-Aine's was quite scathing of Doctor Who episodes I enjoyed. I will therefore operate on the assumption that a bad review from Brid-Aine means it's something worth watching.

This might prove to be a mistake, of course.

On the other hand, the dislike expressed in this review might affect the amount of brain-switched-off-ness I take with me, which might improve the experience anyway. IYSWIM.

That said, my fleapit of choice doesn't have it listed, so maybe I won't.

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California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

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Re: 3rd attempt

Let me try to guess by the power of telepathy... oooOOOOoooOOOOOoooo.... wait a minute, I think the words are forming... yes, this is it, you were going to say...

"God. I heard Kennedy was dead ages ago. I'm home early, drinking, with my head in my hands!"

I have absolutely no idea what that's got to do with the article, though.

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