* Posts by Alistair

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Interesting commentary

I've yet to come to solid conclusions on -- how to wrangle *sanity* in to *corporate taxation* -

Odd to note that Tim's only jumped in here once.

I am starting to feel that we need to leave the (business entities) that actually produce products, move products, sell products, (where product = real goods) alone and start looking at the (produce money, move money, fake money) entities. -- and tax the living shit out of those. But Tim will be all over my ass since these are the entities that "increase the value of the economy".

This would certainly thin out the patent trolls, venture capitalists, vampire squid types to those that a) know what the hell they are doing, and b) those that could do the job well enough to *really add value*.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Like the idea

Sadly in our area we're dealing with over regulation of consumers and no regulation of the (grid) providers -- and possibly no regulation of the source provider in the near future.

Quite literally - we're *not* allowed to store power locally. Not, at least in the residential space. We cant touch the stuff we generate on our roofs or in our backyards - it goes *back* to the grid first, then we have to buy it at the current rate if we want to use it. - There are of course credits - but they pay out quarterly only and you get billed monthly anyhow. (Nah, there's no screwing over the end user is there?)

Seriously though - two, perhaps three of these in a shed off to the side, with relevant controlling/cooling system, Solar on the roof and wind *in* the roof (look it up - thermal values etc) , geothermal heating with a bit of gas backup and gas for the BBQ, and a big black marble wall to heat the pool. I'm happening.

Just - that the damned government here would figure out a way to charge me 0.11/hr/l for the water running through that black marble pool heater, amongst 12 different other "surcharges" even IF I was pushing 40% of my production back into the grid.

And I still want my goddamn Tesla S. But I'll have to get all that set up on the QT so I can stop paying $550 to $600 a month in the winter for electric heat.

It friday and I'm wrapping a project. I have to stop being grumpy, have a beer on me Elon.

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Jeez, AT&T. Billing a pensioner $24,000 for dialup is pretty low

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"...... in damages to customers after its own staff stole subscribers' data and flogged it to other criminals"

Slick Mr. Martin, very slick.

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The world's first proper Bitcoin exchange will be live in a month

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ah - thanks for the reminder

Selling out BC and burning my wallets...

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Why the US government reckons it should keep phone network kill-switches a secret

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Decent engineer.

Designs fall back plan.

1) wait

2) every so often see if the network is there

3) no network? *failsafe*

SOP 303 :

Let stupid knee-jerk overreaction be executed by harassed public servant.

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

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hmmmmm.

windows phone to allow in place android apps.....

Oh - look -- wine in reverse....

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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"deploying the best tools to counter terrorist propaganda on the internet and in social media,”

So - we're going to shut down Faux News et al, and ban them and theirs from ever using a computer?

Perhaps ban politicians from appearing in/on media, or posting anything on social media?

Maybe, just maybe, we'll find a way to gag all of the folks out there without a whit of logic, common sense, or rational thought in a permanent manner?

I shudder to think of just what might be oozing through the brain that concocted that statement.

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Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

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At least his thoughts aren't the same "lets kill encryption of any form" drivel

That a crapton of politicians, bureaucrats and their sycophants have been spewing lately.

No security service, in modern times has excused its failure to prevent a (crime/terrorist event/kidnapping/rape/murder/robbery/hijacking/etc) with the statement "Well, we had these messages/communications/connections between this lot but we weren't able to read/interpret/understand them due to encryption". Until one does the bovine fertilizer shower has to stop.

I'll point out that in the cases in the past where this sort of situation occurred, those entities that *needed* to, put the collective nose to the grindstone, and did what was required to accomplish the job, and didn't rely on whining to the public about the issue.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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I can see the incident call whiteboard

But someone's taken a bite out of the side with the solution on it.

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ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe

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Re: Shocked

Personally I think they're quite transparent. However, I suspect that what shows is not quite what people want to see........

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TURKEY-SIZED 'platypus' T. REX found by kid BAFFLES boffins

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Sad parent moment

..... Go Diego, Go!

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TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

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now... lets see ...

Facechat, *now with relevant advertising*

I forsee every 5 minutes or so your "chat session" getting interrupted with "commercials".

Of course, they will *ONLY* be for things that you've "liked" and or clicked on from your feed in the past, so they are of COURSE appropriate for the individual you are face chatting with. This is important since now you can share your perspective with the one you are face chatting with.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong here..........

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Have Oetti and Google kissed and made up?

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"Unused data capacity? Will there be such a thing or will Google will simply fill all available bandwidth with ads!

FTFY

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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

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Re: My little runaway

Nah, they're just lazy, entitled, layabouts looking for a free ride!.

(and at that pace, WHAT a ride!, hey -- we need a FTL motorcycle icon!!!)

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Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

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googleplexworkx

FD: ($70/month, unlimited NA wide calling, unlimited NA wide sms, 2Gb data, and pics in sms count as data folks)

Living up north of the Land of the Free Corporations, and feeling more and more like they've bought and paid for all of our politicians, as attractive as the bundle might be, and like BarryR comments above, it sure is attractive, I'm still not interested in the plan. I've been trying to sever myself from googleplexity.

Mind you, I *might* just scarf a nexus 6. Just because my 4 year old phone is 4 years old. Sad isn't it that our techie bits have such *buybuybuybuy* short lifecycles these days?

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US judge lobs antivirus patents back to Hell

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Judge Stark.

Well, I suspect that he'd best not be going to Washington, he just might loose his head.

(well, gimme a break it IS friday after all and that means Sunday is Coming.)

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Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

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Re: Badgers?

If you're seeing Badgers at work, I'd suggest that pub o'clock has come and gone.

I however am seeing Cat. But I'm WFH today and the damned animal loves lying on my wrists whilst I type.

But since it is approaching over here, have one anyway.

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

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Re: His Name is Joe freakin' Hockey?

@ Stuart:

We have Stephen"FakeEmOut"Harper@notabalancedbudget.ca

Tradeya ... at least we can put your dude to work as a hockey announcer, where he'll do less damage.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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wait --- did he say C02 release?

Just wait for the agw debate crowd to get hold of that tidbit.

Sorry folks it is most definitely NOT like sticking a balloon with a pin. Latex and rock have substantially different functional responses to stretching events.

As for fluids to run the geothermal bits on, I'd suggest that the vendors of nutribullet and waring get together and come up with a 'congrenatorator' device -- we might, after cleaning out three or four governments, have enough liquefied polititician to set up at least one thermal conduit.

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

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@FrankAlphaXII

So, no cellphone then I take it?

Wouldn't want that in your pants.

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America's cyber-security proto-laws branded 'surveillance in disguise'

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Operational observation as a form of intelligence gathering

Okay -- Y'all wanna share all sorts o data.

Well, Y'all are gonna have ta 'nonymize that data first.

Once y'all are done 'nonymizin' that data, just put it here and we'll make sure ... (for a 'nominal' fee of course, but we'll just charge the taxpayers that fee so that your data trading will make everyone else some money)

Somehow I just *don't* see the government sending the data *back* to have the stripping done again. I see it vanishing into some large data store somewhere. But then I'm a screaming cynic these days.

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Re: PHB united

Wait --

I think you have banks and bookies mixed up.......

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Excessively fat virtual worlds – come on, it's your guilty secret

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I agree

100% with this article.

And I have 8 application sets that I'm about to P2V -- with *all* the corollary panic amongst the app owners.

"But its a VM, we'll need MORE cpu!" is such a common statement in the app/dev crowd, I really don't understand why --

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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They want to study the environment at the bottom of the oceans

Its good they're learning about critters down there.

Perhaps the best study of that part of the ocean would be "Activist investor protocols and Copyright and Patent law in the pelagic deep"

Or "How well lying, fiscally irresponsible political entities can feed vampire squid in the pelagic deep." -----

Or perhaps I'm just in a pissy mood this morning.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Ceres "shiny shiny"

That ! probably has "do not open until <date>" scrawled underneath it.

Likely in puppeteer.

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Anonymous unleashes online petition against US info-sharing bills

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Re: /append to list

@YAAC

I would be FINE with C-51 if it protected us from the terrorists ruling south of our border.

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/append to list

C-51

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NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

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Re: Oh come on now

You need to get that dog home from the pub before it hits the 'vomiting in its sleep' phase.

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HP's $3 BEELLLION Aruba buy ‘significantly undervalues’ wireless operator

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HP can't Sauce the take?

Perhaps they need to audit their lawyers?

(Lawyers make me grumpy old bastard)

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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Paris Hilton

@ej2095

Dammit. I WANT one of those!

(I am the cook at home....)

Because we'd all like to teach her to cook.

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Hold on

Tulsa Oklahoma?

large amounts of alcohol.

Argument about cell phones?

No dead bodies? No Terrorists? No White Cops Shooting Black Dudes? No Radical Christians being oppressed by having to accept Gay lifestyle things?

How did this make the news?

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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@MajorTom

Cookie!.

KSR does have a close match, but the raised hand here is the key.

@old_it_guy --

I don't have good numbers on V2's speed right now but I'm inclined to agree with you on that -- I'm however quite interested in the real numbers for NH's propulsion systems.

I'm reading Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer, (my 9 year old bought it for my birthday..... ) -- Its nice to realize that even in my current position I have it easy.......

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Lets see....

Voyager 2 - life cycle was what ... 8 years? going on 40 some now if my memory serves.

Spirit & Opportunity - 90 days --

Somehow I see Spock meeting New Horizons somewhere out around Antares....

Personally - I can't wait for better piccies of Pluto -- I'm kinda curious to see if there is a single space suit down there with one hand raised to the sun.....

(grumpy bugger trying to find a cache file in ambari that doesn't seem to want to let go of an old version stamp)

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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ISS has decent coffee?

Where I can sign up?

On the other side of the issue:

what brainless twats think this is "failed"?

assignment for brainless twats that think this is failed.

go to store, pick up a box of plastic drinking straws.

go to any local store that carries BB's (for air guns), buy 10 cases.

head off to your nearest large highway. Place an empty pop can on one side of the highway, opened and drained.

Cross the highway carefully. Spend rush hour using the straw to launch bb's across the highway into the small round opening at the top of the can, *past* all the vehicles on the highway.

Eventually you will acquire the skill to get a BB into the can. But I'll bet it takes a bit more than 3 shots to get it.

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Hortonworks to gobble Budapest-based SequenceIQ

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Umm.

The sling tool might be nice for dolts that want to stuff things in clouds.

Enterprise folks want Periscope. Yesterday.

Yes, that's the "grumpy bastard" icon.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Erm...

IT Angle:

Georgia Tech will be using all of their available computing power for the next 3 weekends to calculate the flight path of the bullet.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Re: Problems with Asus monitor

Interesting since my 9 year old's F20 installation is doing precisely the same thing with a recycled Dell 19" 4:3 monitor - and as far as I can tell the monitor is pushing something back to the video card about "suspend mode status" with a garbage call - I've not got the full kit of debug logs since he's on an nvidia card at the moment. But the monitor is absolutely the issue (swapped it out and the issue vanished) -- if I find it, I'll log it with xorg.

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where are all the @#$%@#$% 16:10 monitors

Or am I just plain weird in preferring that ratio?

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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My good man, it ain't the size of the tool that matters, but rather the skill of the artisan using it.

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@MinesAGuniess -

Link be handy ... but ... OMG ... Sooooooooooo Much JavaScript Auuuuuuuugh.

and what is all this (sic) *not supported on Bell and Tellus* crap?

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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@RFG - Aliens are coming.

Have an upvote since you seem to have found my mantra.

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@ WylieC :

You lot from Antares are just low life pond scum teat suckers. Go Home.

Those of us from the outer arm are actually making progress trying to teach this species about reality.

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USA is home to largest number of data perves, study finds

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Umm. They found dumbasses?

Excel spreadsheet on TOR.

And... You're going to open a *known* virus vector on your pc after downloading what is very clearly labelled "illegal" material in that format?

And then the dolts on the other end are going to consider this set of results *valid* data?

Stupidity is indeed spreading like wildfire.

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Tech troll's podcasting patent blown out of the water by EFF torpedo

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Re: A stupid question

"America used to have the best police money could buy perhaps trade practices have spread a little further?"

That they could be bought wasis the problem.

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Re: Spoilers

Actually - you have the spoilers for season 5 only. Season 6 will run off the cliff of spoilers, since he hasn't finished the next book, and the TV series will consume both book 5 and book 6.

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Bad news everyone: Cybercrime is getting even easier

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Being able to restore your data is only one aspect of the issue. Making sure that data doesn't escape the confines of your compound is rapidly becoming a bigger issue. Especially now that business is mandating collecting *all* data into "Data Lake" models. Security of data and access controls make *everyone* in the industry twitch. Subverting the security model with "social engineering" is becoming easier rather than harder from what I can see.

And I'm still dealing with devs that come back with "lets chmod 777 that file....."

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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And someone, somewhere

Still has all that metadata, backed up and duplicated safely, "just in case".

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FCC taps CenturyLink on shoulder, mumbles about a fine for THAT six-hour 911 outage

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errrrrrr

I don't think that PSAPs operate *quite* the way the above commentards think.

If you go read the actual report -

"a total of 6,410 calls to 911 attempted, of which 5,618 failed in the Washington, North Carolina, and Minnesota, as described in the table below. Approximately one thousand additional calls failed in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina"

-- so - yes there were some serious drops, but I'll guarantee that the volume at the destination did not drop off as far as you think. Furthermore the target list is fairly short as providers go - so - other than Washington State PSAPs (who apparently DID call appropriate folks) most of them were still busy.

I know from our e911 system - that cdr (the actual event record) gets handled separately, and if the rest of the sequence isn't there (the connection completing and so on) alarms go off. And loud alarms. When last I was looking at that bit, we had 8 destination centres for those connections.

There is a *crapton* of failure here, but it is most definitely NOT with the PSAP staff. They're too damn busy answering those calls. ( A good friend ended up on PTSD leave after 5 years in one of those hells. You really do need a special sort of insane to do that job)

The kicker here is that the cause was a DB unique key limit. Fuck.

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Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

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Re: This is from people who insist

No worries about self driving cars.

They'll just.

stop.

And considering the traffic I deal with daily on my commute, that will be BETTER than the moronic lane dodging, bumper drafting, cell phone reading, signals and headlights optional, non shoulder checking, squirrel gawking mopes.

At least a dead in the water googlemobile will be immobile and I can drive around it.

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Shades of Cincinatti

Brontosaurus Brontosaurus Brontosaurus!

(beer 'cause it looks like the HSM system is *finally* coming back online)

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