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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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Re: Free FON wifi

@Zack

You won't get loads of data, because the Fon stream is throttled.

Back in the day when I was a Fonero with a real Fon, I used to get paid for sharing my wifi.

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Kickstarter hopefuls promise high-res aerial maps for the masses

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Re: Maps?

Cartography is a process that draws maps. Mapping is a process that associates real world features with symbolic representations*. A map is composed entirely of symbolic representations. This service produces composite, corrected images. I'm not for a moment suggesting that their service isn't complex, powerful and useful. However, it's not mapping, it's image processing. (Computer vision systems do produce maps.)

*Of course that's only a subset of what mathematical mapping encompasses.

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Boffin

Maps?

Ok, stitching the images is a good first step, but there doesn't seem to be any evidence on the Kickstarter page that the software does any mapping at all! How is the image segmented? How are map elements identified?

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: Broke

Yes I do mean that Veritas, the one bought by Symantec a decade ago. 'nuff said?

Thankfully, the core of NetBackup is still rock solid, but I was thinking more about the Veritas Filesystem and Volume Manager as shining examples of the way code should be written.

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Re: Broke

> "do it right first time"!!! You mean you have never used any Microsoft software, or to be honest any software of any substance.

Some of us remember Veritas software. That was an excellent example that showed it was possible to produce rock solid software. The trouble is that marketing wins over engineering, e.g Oracle vs. Ingres, Shimano vs. Campagnolo, Bose versus Gale. Marketing people don't believe that a design can ever be optimal.

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Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

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Re: @Pascal Monet

Thanks for that URL The fee is now GBP 20, but what one is paying for is a "SWIFT transfer", so they may have some wriggle room. Is there a simpler way to use IBANs? I'll discuss this with my building society.

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@Pascal Monet

I'd use IBAN more if my building society didn't charge me GBP 25 per transaction.

Are there cheaper ways to use IBAN?

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It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

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Re: I got board of waiting

This sounds more like a "board of control" to me. Isn't a board of waiting a tray?

Mind you, 'round here we usually play with the word order: cheese board, control board, circuit board, etc.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Headmaster

Re: Celsius?

Actually and Pedantically mr.K, Celsius is both the older and the newer name, but not for the same scale. Those of us with long enough memories will recall that Anders Celcius proposed a temperature scale on which water boiled at 0 and froze at +100 degrees. Thanks to the botanist Carl Linnaeus Centigrade became the name for a reciprocal scale based on Anders' degree and used for several hundred years. The new Celcius scale popped into existence mere moments ago (sometime in 1948 apparently, but much later in most people's consciousnesses).

Take home message: Will Kelvin catch on and become the universal temperature scale, or will an independant Scotland bring the Rankine to prominence?

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Re: hourly cost to fly a Vulcan

Hmm, so not enormously more than the cost of flying a helicopter? If we can keep all those police surveillance helicopters and air ambulances flying daily, then hobbyists flying a Vulcan doesn't seem too extravagant. Vulcans may be noisy, but they don't hover a few hundred feet over our houses at night either. All in all I think that more Vulcans and less police helicopters would be a good idea \(tm. I'm not entirely convinced about a vehicle with a low MTBF moving critically ill patients. Is it all willie waving at the end of the day?

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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@jason 7 re: wheelbase

i always thought that short wheel base was an advantage off road as you're less likely to get stuck on a hump.

How does the Panda's level ground clearance compare with a modern Range Rover's pathetic clearance?

On another point in the article, I'm not impressed by the twin towing points on the front. What owning a Land Rover taught me was that you need a front winch or capstan to pull yourself out of trouble.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: AC:- I want a driverless car!

Driverless cars could immediately make more parking space available on streets by shuffling around to close up the gaps, then cooperate to let cars out again. Because human parked cars are static*, a sizeable portion of the potential parking space is wasted by the arrival and departure of different length cars and the inadequacies of many drivers.

*Mind you I like the Paris solution where cars are parked with soft handbraking so arriving and departing cars can shunt them forwards and backwards.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Devil

Re: Preparation

Oops, I upvoted you instead of hitting reply.

Do you really think that power companies and emergency services, let alone governments and police forces would be able to agree to such a shutdown before the CME hit? I can just picture "people in authority" sitting in dark rooms working on the first draft of public proclamations. At the same time I can imagine the barbarian hordes quickly realising that this is an opportunity to cross borders wielding cutlasses.

Time to welcome our Stone Age overlords?

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Why choose pain killers rather than treatment?

A York University randomised trial (2007 - 2010) showed that specific Yoga exercises were the most effective treatment for lower back pain. This led to a programme called "Yoga for for healthy lower backs" with 12 week courses available in many parts of the UK. See http://www.yogaforbacks.co.uk/

ObDisclaimer: I was used as a 'practice class' by someone who's done the training. I don't suffer from chronic back pain, so can't comment on the efficacy, but the exercises were simple and pleasant.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Jan 0

Re: Tom_ @ukgnome

I weep because I've upvoted someone who thinks 'of' is a verb but, leaving that aside, your heart is in the right place.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

@ac: "That's the same defense given against the ivory trade. "

Stopping the demand may lessen the real crimes perpetrated at the supply end, but it's an excuse that allows enforcement agencies to concentrate on the low hanging fruit. The people getting off on kiddie porn may be pathetic , but they need treatment not punishment. It's the perpetrators that need to be caught and punished. Every penny spent on investigating and prosecuting consumers, is a penny not spent on pursuing the perpetrators.

Stop fiddling while Rome burns. The voyeurs are a distraction. Think of the children, stop the actual crimes!

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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Re: hp microserver...

Yes, but you can have zfs on the HP microserver.

Can you on WD and Synology?

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

Jan 0
Coat

Re: SF (San Jose) to LA (Pasadena) nonstop??

Well if you're planning an "In-N-Out" with your wife halfway down, doesn't that leave enough time for a fast recharge?

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Going up: Fancy a virtual flight to 30km above the PLANET?

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Boffin

Re: I fancy the virtual flight, but I'd like to experience it immersively.

@Sir Runcible Spoon: I'd the display to cover my entire visual field and I don't want to be able to detect any pixellation. I think I'd be satisfied with around 36 kpixels x 36 kpixels*, per eye. Then I wouldn't be reminded of the even more pixellated view through 1980's VR headsets. Oculus Rift is better than the 1980's, but it shouldn't show jaggies on curved lines and edges!

* that would at least allow a reasonable 0.3 arc minutes per pixel in the centre. That might be difficult with a TFT device. Maybe I need an implanted individually steerable nano laser array, embedded or in contact with each eye so that any rod or cone can be directly stimulated?

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I fancy the virtual flight, but I'd like to experience it immersively.

The Oculus Rift is so pixellated it just reminds me of my 1980's experience of VR. It's good enough to make you feel insecure, but it's still low resolution video and underwhelming. Please lift your sights Oculus Rift. (I tried the latest Oculus Rift last month. I know that they're about to improve the resolution, but it's embarassingly low now.)

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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Re: I'll just repost this

So what were they expecting to see in 1943?

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Facepalm

Re: New???

No, this is not new in Europe either. I was asked to demonstrate that I could take a photo with my camera at NRW 3 or 4 years ago and I also remember having to boot an Asus 701 EEE PC, probably at BCN, maybe 6 years ago.

Short memories?

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Coat

@Chris G - Saddles, was Re: Frame

Gel filled shorts? Urggh! The gel would migrate from the area of highest pressure anyway. A little padding is all that's required.

The answer for most people is to get fit. Once you can pedal hard all the time, you'll find you're putting very little weight on the saddle. If you need to freewheel, up to a traffic light, down a mountain, etc., then lift your bum off the saddle.

Mine's the one with the spare Selle Italia Flight in the pocket.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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FAIL

Re: Win Win

Just build 1000 ft wind turbines instead of walls to actually capture the energy. Walls may stop the tornadoes, but I bet that the unintended consequences will be just as unpleasant. Ahem, I'm sure there will be unintended consequences from wind turbines too, but at least they'll be low energy consequences.

I have to ask, why do people continue to live in 'Tornado Alley'? I can understand why people stay in Bangladesh, despite the flooding, but there's a vast amount of tornado free land in the USA!

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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Pint

Re: Maybe...

@jason 7

Back then it was only 20 minutes walk to the pub with the blackout curtains and lots of male customers wearing boots and blue serge trousers where you could drink until the wee hours.

Mind you, at 7:30 pm what was stopping you from strolling for 5 minutes to the many pubs in Commercial Street? Better still, it was only 10 minutes to the Pride, with ESB on tap!

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Re: Maybe...

Perfectly true, except 's/toerag/towrag/'

I sentence you to 20 years picking oakum.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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FAIL

Re: bummer...

Sensible comment, why did you destroy it with the misogynist ending?

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Brit giant Daisy stuffs face with treats, but she ain't piling on ££££££s

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Pint

I'm sick of this 'Brit' nonsense.

Totally off-topic I know, but if you don't like the words British and Briton why don't you call us something we can be proud of? I'm a Limey and proud of those wise seafaring ancestors who kept scurvy at bay. 'Brit' sounds like something you'd want to cover up.

Hard to choose between the limey Coat and the limey Go symbol. There's no lime juice, so I'll settle for a beer.

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Limey

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: Thoughts

Why would they need to look behind? Modern tyres are far noisier than engines at low speeds.

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Re: Nope

Aircraft can trade weight against efficiency. Road vehicles can tolerate more weight, but I remember that the gas turbine cars (Rover UK) and US trucks of the 60s sunk without trace.

BTW, what happened to the micro gas turbine to power my mobi?

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Re: Real boffins

Of course! Nobody with half a brain would want to touch their "manhood' with dirty hands. would they?

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Re: We're all Scientists these days!

Don't real boffins wear winged collars?

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US MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER tests above Hawaii: postponed

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"Carrying an unmanned Orion spacecraft"

Errm, just how many atomic bombs will that be carrying? !!!

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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Re: High Ground

Sublime!

One upvote isn't enough:-(

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Avoiding the Streisand effect

What the Black Cab drivers should have* done is to give free rides to anyone that flagged them down. They didn't get any fares during the protest. Free rides could have made them the good guys, but they blew it.

*Pedants corner. Did you notice how I didn't write "of"? Some of us still write English!

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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Is it time to get out more and use paper money?

Thanks to this gaffe, I've discovered another shortcoming. I can no longer specify my own "secret question". Instead I can only chose from one of their questions with easily traceable answers, e.g. "What is your mother's maiden name?". That leaves me in a dilemma. Shall I assume that my secret question, with an answer that nobody else knows, is still safe? Or shall I throw it away and choose one of eBay's questions for Dummies? What worries me about this gaffe is, just how intertwined are eBay's databases and software with Paypal's?

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6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

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Re: 124TB drives?

> "- I want to store my music collection on a RAMR-LAMR DN/DG drive"

You are Barry Mann and I claim my five pounds.

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It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

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Where's the RAIN

This doesn't have a Redundant Array of Independent NICs.

It's bad enough when people reuse TLAs, RAIN is an FLA!

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Re: I Always Do What Teddy Says.

I can't believe that Harry Harrison would write "could of".

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Electric chainsaw?

@Far out man: How do you keep the rain out of your chainsaw?

Just because Ryobi won't sell spare brushes doesn't mean that your local electric motor supplier/repairer/rewinder can't. There's only a limited range of sizes for brushes. As long as it has the right cross-section, the length, spring tension and radius aren't critical.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Re: The Bigfoot was an abomination!

We don't need no steenkin' Quanta, just revive the Seagate Wren 5

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Coat

Re: Auntie Bee has pictures of the drone

The Paju drone looks like a control line model aircraft. Just how wide is the DMZ?

Does N Korean 'Health and Safety' let them use nitrobenzene in the fuel mix?

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Audio reviewing is not what it used to be

Spot on. Has the Register ever had an objective review of audio equipment? Compare this with the reviews of computer hardware. Subjective?

While we're complaining, when are you going to get Catherine Monfils to review the Olympus OM-Ds? (I'm aware that her reviews are subjective, but she is a talented photographer and the results are all available for us to inspect, whereas we can't hear what the audio reviewers heard.)

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Stop fiddling with your VMAX knobs or I'll chop your fingers off

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That acronym is already taken.

Can you fettle something that isn't a motorbike?

I wanted an article about the Yamaha VMAX. Lots of people fettle them to try and make them rideable.

Why can't EMC make up a new name (EMC? Oh wait, I understand.)

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: Brings back memories

Somewhere I've got a Guernsey thruppenny bit, but unlike either the Jersey or mainland one it was silver and had a curved edge with 12 high points.

When I was a kid I dreamed of owning one of those 5 pound notes, that seemed as big as a tea towel and needed folding to fit into a wallet. (5 pounds was the price of the Government Surplus R1155 receiver that I used to drool over in the window of the radio shop.)

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Pint

Re: ... and a fitting tribute this is.

Back in the '50s, 3d was the price of a Mars bar. Thanks to "Mr. Rising Price" Mars bars got proportionally smaller as the years passed. Sometime around 1960, Mars finally restored the size, but upped the price to 4d. Using the Mars bar standard suggests that the present day pound is a bit more valuable than 3d in 1953. (A normal (58 g) Mars bar is now about 60p.)

Foreign readers please note that there are no nuts in a Limey Mars Bar, d=denarius, the standard abbreviation for the old penny that was 1/240th of a pound:) and 3d was, of course, pronounced "thruppence".

Beer: A nice pint of Massey's, with a proper head, to toast those pre-Grotney years when you could buy a round with a ten bob note and still have change for fish and chips.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Pint

We don't need no steenkin' PonoPlayers

You can already store music files in lossless formats on smartphones. All the tracks on my iPhone are AIFFs ripped from CDs. Android audio players can use WAV, FLAC and AIFF

All that Neil needs to do is to persuade music download sites and app stores to supply uncompressed audio. We don't need another gizmo to carry around.

Beer for Neil, because his heart is in the right place as far as music quality is concerned, but he needs to get out on tour more often and do what's important.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Pint

@Ironpaunch Re:What do you mean we Tonto?

"Tonto"?? I think you mean "paleface" or "ke-mo sah-bee."/"kemo sabe".

Beer for the Ojibwa

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Headmaster

Re: Speak for yourself...

Are you sure they're not ageing stripers?

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Healthier for longer?

The new (expensive) drugs may prolong our lives, but we won't be any healthier. We'll be sick, but just postponing death. Big Pharma isn't interested in making us healthy - that requires prevention - they just want to milk our wallets while we take longer to die.

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