* Posts by Lars

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Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

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One can only hope.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Re: Too polite

Perhaps, but if you have worked in a profession where customer service is needed you will know that "polite" is a weapon like silence too. With my 35 years in IT I can assure you that shouting will just increase the time lost with "idiots". With five years as a taxi driver I can assure you it's the same, and silence can be a really lethal weapon too, no good for a 999 emergency though. Polite is in fact quite a weapon.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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I would advice you Brits not to vote for guys of Cameron's age who went to boarding schools as I think his huffing and buffing about tits is due to severe lack of tits as a teen.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Full points for

"boring old men back to act like prats again"

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So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

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My dear aunt

She's 92 and she refuses to go online and she tells me she doesn't need no fucking computer either, what should I do.

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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

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I have avoided Facebook so far, but I have been thinking of signing up my cat, she has a birth certificate, the long form I think. What does Irish law say about that. No cat icons so lets have a penguin.

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Now listen, Gartner – virtualisation and containers ARE different

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Magic Quadrant starts to lose its sparkle

As far as I am concerned that sparkle was lost many many years ago. Surprising people still pay for it as we all know it's more about money than what it claims to represent.

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MIT boffins identify Tor hidden services with 88 per cent accuracy

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Re: No surprise at all

So should we give up or try harder.

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"This is the third time in the last few years I've heard of a way to compromise TOR's security." One could, of course, also read that as an attempt, by the powers who hate TOR, to discredit TOR as much as they can. I don't use TOR either, perhaps one should even if for no other reason than increasing the traffic assuming it will make it harder for spooks.

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Mobiles? What are they? Nokia immerses itself in virtual reality cameras

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Obvious

It's fairly obvious that a 150 year old company has made something else but cell phones in the past.

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Secretive trade pact the TTIP: Death of the web – or a brave new horizon?

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"So it is doing what ancient Rome (and yes, Germany in WWII) ended up having to do: gobble up territory in order to use *those* funds to keep the people at home happy."

Sorry, but wasn't that true with the Empire too, perhaps that's too close to call.

The TTIP should be scrapped completely, a trade agreement should be about trade, short and clear.

The problem, as I see it, is that multinational large corporations want to write the rules. We can write about cultural differences, democracy and what ever but we should remember that those types of considerations where never a part given or demanded of corporations. We, the people, write the rules (how naive that has started to sound) for them to adhere to, not the opposite way.

Some Americans have started to see what has happened to their country, do we need to copy that.

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Too big to fail

Many good comments but it seems to me that we will always end up with the "too big to fail" regarding banks. A bank that doesn't do proper due diligence when lending money should not be too big to fail. Banks have become "the tail wagging the dog". This is true both in the USA and the EU. I feel sorry for the Greek people, they are suffering because of their earlier governments, not exactly a Greek only problem, by any means To their credit they have outvoted the previous government, for good or for worse.

To be honest I am more concerned with the Wall Street than with whatever is going on in the EU.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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Re: It was the devil

That snake was apparently wise enough to emigrate to South America in time. Incidentally perhaps those hands and legs gave it an advantage as a swimmer, but the again legs are made for walking among sea sick boffins.

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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Re: Sea sick boffins

@asdf. I cannot prove you wrong, of course. But I think you should look at the charts of the sea currents of the oceans and why not talk with somebody who has (there are thousands) sailed from the Canaries to the West Indies in very small boats very easily, mostly downwind and assisted by the sea current. Which reminds me of a British guy we met in Las Palmas 1963. His name was Proctor and he had built his yacht "Puppy Duck"? himself. The yacht was about 6m long and smaller than the one I sailed when I was 11 years old. A very nice old guy who told us he rather sails the oceans than rot at home. Anybody who know anything about him. His next stop was the West Indies.

Also your comment about 2500BC might imply that you think people where less intelligent then than now. Personally I don't think we have more brains now than say 40 000 perhaps 100 000 years ago. (how much has the brain of an alligator improved in that time). Which reminds me of a very silly movie about stone age people who had difficulties walking like they suffered from arthritis. Why, I rather think they where as fast and moved as gracefully as the African who win marathons to day. Not that long ago dinosaurs where pictured as slow bastards dragging their huge tail behind them going tut tut tut.

And is it not funny how civilization has been born by a river or/and the sea. And what about Noah, a silly story older than the bible but there was a boat all the same.

Quite frankly, and while I can prove nothing, nor can sea sick boffins prove anything either. I do believe they greatly underestimate our ancestors ability to sail the oceans. As for losing boats we are constantly losing every possible device we build and do I need to mention banana peel too.

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Sea sick boffins

As most boffins hardly sail I have this feeling that they underestimate our ability to travel the oceans and are always looking for ice or landbridges to explain everything, poor sea sick boffins.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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And then

There are people who think voting by the internet and using computers is a good idea.

This sentence ""because in a case where a jury is allowed to speculate on what occurred without actual evidence of what occurred, a jury can engage in all sorts of leaps of logic." represents my opinion about jury system.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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"will interestingly accept the proprietary PDF format". PDF is well documented and you can open them in iOS and Linux too, so there is no lock-in with PDF.

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Russian billionaire: GET me the ALIENS ON THE PHONE. Do it NOW

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I think

I rather belong to those not that keen to find "intelligent" life elsewhere, better look for it on this planet first. And if we find it somewhere else and they are like us they will try to kill us. And if they are less intelligent we will kill them. And should they be more intelligent they would probably ignore us, or put us in some zoo or just wipe us out as we are polluting their new planet. Rather look for a same size planet with tasty grass eating animals and a nice climate. The less intelligent life the better.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: Google runs on Linux

Yes, the only surprise here is your comment, or is it.

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Re: am I the only one wondering....

Linus gave all Gmail users a favour, simple as that.

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Pray for AMD

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Re: What if

There is a very good book "Inside Intel" about Intel and AMD. Even Robert McNamara had a part in how AMD survived. AMD has been very important for us consumers and I hope they can get their act together.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Damn it

But I have to ask. A pig is a pig, so what is it with this bacon, cut from a different part, or is it about thinner or thicker slices or what. Or is it about color and colour or what.

As for seaweed the movie it's a mad mad world comes to my mind. I was "married" to that lady.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Re: Personally

I agree with your comment. And yes "What the hell is the pocket thing?". I use Linux since 97 or 98, not sure. In the beginning there wasn't that much but the shell and KDE, Gnome and I spent time on linuxconf and stuff like that. I quite liked that period. To day it just works.

Changes for for what the hell, I do agree there too. But as a programmer I also know that quite often when you delivered a new version containing mostly bug fixes, stuff related to speed, security, memory usage and all the important stuff. Then, invoice in your hand, please sign here Mr Boss. This new version has less shit in it than the previous shit you paid for. That doesn't sound too good, does it. Those bosses newer touch "bread and butter" systems, so you have to do some makeup to make it look new. Those bosses will then ask the girls if it's OK, and they will say, yes it's new (and consequently good).

Car manufacturers do exactly the same thing, beneath the paint there could be something worth it but it has to look new too, and that is really all that matters.

I knew a bunch of guys who were experts in MB makeup. Customers brought their 4 to 5 years old cars and with some welding and new headlights and stuff like that those customers proudly farting parked their "new" MB cars on the street. And along that street, all those now suddenly unhappy wives would turn to their soon unhappy husbands and say, "look that prat has a new car, what about us. Then all those unhappy men would find some excuse to get very drunk with their unhappy neighbours in the nearest pub. Stop it now Lars, or you will start writing about tits.

A firefox user, tried everything also Opera, how are they doing to day and why are they mentioned so seldom. Opere mini was a damned good product too.

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Huawei: in the world of 5G, we're all Europeans now

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We don't really know

But then there is this question, should we trust more in a declining power than in one confident about the future. I would trust Ericsson and Nokia more, but then again there is this geographical position of my arse in this world. When Tricy Dick went to China he told his cowboys not to try to fool them, as they are more intelligent than we are, anyway. Did he have a point or did he not. On vacation with my icon.

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Litmus test

A phone without a replaceable battery is not for me, ever. But of course for you, poor bastards, with a iPhone, there is ifixit.com.

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Hacking Team: We're the good guys, but SO misunderstood. Like Batman

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Re: They're trying to make you believe it was a very capable adversary...

Governments and large organizations do the same all the time, not that it couldn't be true but there is always this "mama he was bigger than me" feeling about it.

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Bernie Sanders wants FCC to probe broadband prices (but wait, is there an election coming?)

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Re: sorry to do this but ...

"allow Sanders to get elected or for anything to really change?". That is all up too you Americans. Wow, have I suddenly become an optimist.

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Bernie Sanders

Is the only candidate worth listening to, which sounds good in a way, but there should be several and that is not the case. I do hope Americans will vote for him.

As for the topic, I get more for about 30% and no caps.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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Re: Bravo

@ Cavehomme2

I suppose you have been downvoted because lemmings don't charge ahead over the cliff edge. That only happened in a Disney film, the poor lemmings were shoveled down the cliff.

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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What the hell

I live by the Baltic Sea, It's polluted, I remmber what I could see as a kid and now I cannot. Just a fact. boffins agree, the shit you find in the fish is just a fact. Nobody denies anything about the damn simple fact that the Baltic is polluted. Efforts, are slow, perhas too slow, but it would be hard to find anybody who would claim adding to the pollution is the way to go. How surprising is that.

Why do we give idiots like Bill O'Reilly, a guy who doesn't know why the tide comes in and out, this handle to argue about man made or not.

Is polluting the air a good thing or not, I would think very few people would dissagree, it just cannot be a good thing. Why do we force idiots to think of ice bears and complicated stuff. If we cannot deal with idiots we have become idiots too.

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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"Did I miss any?". Linux.

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: Everything said in the article may be true.

And there are good reasons to point out that Nokia had problems before Elop. And as Trevor points out he came, as far as we can understand, to Nokia to get the ship on course again.

But what happened next, Elop opened his mouth twice. Great mistake. Then he started to dump out the window everything that could have kept Nokia floating during the transition.

Like a car dealer who pushes all cars out the back door forgetting perhaps a few lying around. And when a customer steps in and asks about those cars he will say - "Oh that is rubbish, come again in a year or two, there will be a long queue of people then eagerly waiting to bye our new cars".

Then there was the N92, quite a good phone I was told. But that phone was marketed only in a very limited market. Finland, Norway and perhaps Sweden and Denmark not sure. What kind of CEO refuses to sell a good product, was that Elop's decision or was Microsoft behind it.

Then there was the fact that he moved to Nokia Finland but left his family in Canada and that seemed to indicate he had no long time plans with Nokia. His CV is all about short stints too.

The problem "conspiracy people" have with this is that they refuse to believe it was all about stupidity and nothing else. A bit like with the assassination o JFK, some refuse to believe it was all about one lonely guy (I doubt it too). The book written about all this doesn't claim any conspiracy but calls him a "tomppeli/tollo/tompelo" which isn't a mean word, a guy who stumbles around walking into walls and similar, mostly slightly obese too. There is another ghost in this "saga" and that is Ballmer. Ballmer went to Finland several times to meet with Ollila the CEO then to persuade Nokia to build WinPhones. It was no thanks each time. Did Ballmer become obsessed with wanting to bye or destroy Nokia's phone division. Who knows, I don't.

All the same, Elop is in my books a huge flop in the history of modern industry.

Trevor's article is a nice one about the peron and I can appreciate that, while my comment is not, as I can find no reason to write one when it comes to Elop's stint at Nokia.

Last time I heard him speak was when he was asked why he deserved all those extra millions when fucking off of Nokia. Divorcing can be very expensive was his answer, more meh meh.

The only positive thing about that time that comes to my mind was the fact that Nokia helped people who lost their jobs to find new ones and assisted people in creating startup's like Jolla. If Elop had any part of that I don't know.

Nokia has always been more than just the cellphone division, and still is.

I believe people working for big firms elsewhere in the world should ask to be treated the same way.

Trevor mentions the sell to Microsoft as a positive thing, still there where people within Nokia who claim Google made an offer too but that offer was pushed under the rug for some reason.

Enough about history, I never worked for Nokia but I knew lots of them since 1969.

If a hospital board of doctors employs a plumber as a heart surgeon then they are crazy but should one not also question the plumber.

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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

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Re: Good on em

Am I successful if I rob a bank,

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Some points

When the state takes care of the infrastucture, like roads and bridges and similar, they know that a large part of that money will return in the form of tax and VAT and from the profit those private companies involved will make not to mention that the anount of unemployment fees might decrease. I cannot see any reason why any of that could be privatised.

Rail tracks are probably similar. There is however a interesting point in this article "But if the state is that of another country, then this problem rather goes away.".

What annoyes me here is that there is not even a shy, very shy, sort of very shy thought that perhaps there could perhaps be some guys is that foreign country who are, well, just better at doing the job. Did Worstall ever think about such a damned possibility or did he, but decided not to be unkind towards his Brittish readers. (Downvotes and such).

Or did he just pick the first new buzzword available "foreign", an other country, a new solution.

Well, I don't know but I would have a lot more respect for "economists" if for once they would mention words like education.

It does not matter if something is private or not, run by idiots it will fail either way.

The thing that worries me much to day is that we seem to live in an illusion that when the country we live in is "educated" then our kids will inherit it in some automatic way. Education is like washing dishes, as soon as you stop for a while it's a complete mess. Forget it for a generaion and the next generation of kids will have uneducated teachers and then it will only get worse. And yes, I am looking at you Amercans "too".

Before any Amercan tells me - "but Lars we have more Nobels than anybody else and we have some of the best universities too". Which is very true, but the damned thing is that education for just the few has never worked and never will.

The damned thing is that education in the capitalist world is in decline. Not so in the third world.

In Sweden the word "education for profit" has become a bad word, perhaps not without good reasons.

Privatisation has risks too.

As for" The Purpose of Government, slightly leaning on JFK ... don't ask the governmen... I would add, "just educate all those fucking kids regardles of parents and what ever then let us build this fucking society the way we want it to be".

What ever we have to day, in this world, is the sum of education and lack of it, it has allways been like that and will allways remain that way.

The day an economist starts his tirade witth the word education I will have more respect for him.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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@ Mark 85. Thanks. I had a look but I must admit "universally" that the sentence "the universal emergency number for everyone in the United States." sounds a bit too universal.

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@ 1980s_coder

Those phones (long ago) with the disk you turned with your finger where different in the Anglo-American world and Europe. The shortest distance to turn the disk was 9 in the Anglo-American world and 0 in Europe. Fast and easy to find even in the dark. Or was it the oppiset way, damn if I can remember. The reason for silly differences like these I think is in inflated egos.

The US date format is dumb as hell, at least for a programmer who has to sort dates. Some dumb programming tasks come to my mind around the year 00 with systems that had only two digits for the year.

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"Wouldn't it be sensible to add a second layer to ask "do you mean the events of September 11 2011, or the emergency services?"

No. the problem is with Siri not the emergency services. Especially if you remember that there lost of people who speek something else but Emglish in the USA.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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Re: Why smartphones?

I have no answers to that but while Nokia is now back to networks and phones are such a great part of that why should they not keep those guys educated, at work, happy and up to date in that respect. Nokia's problems where never a engineering problem, the rot hit the head of the company.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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Pretty good - pretty bad

Pretty useless at Nokia and at Microsoft too, perhaps.

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The Hound of Hounslow: No $40m Wall Street wobbler

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When things get wobbly

There is a "science committee" to deal with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPgZfhnCAdI

At around 3 min.

As for the Tacoma Narrows bridge I still wonder if the driver got out of his car alive.

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Wikipedia to go all HTTPS, all the time

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Re: Will there now be a "cash call" for implementing this?

I won't downvote you but somehow I would consider your questtion more valid if you had given them some money. I have not, but I hope there are those who do, we are better off with the Wiki than without one.

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Renault Kadjar: La Regie's new full-sized, inexplicably named SUV

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Re: 4x4

"aca Land Rover, of the past"". Forgive me for saying it but sometimes it seems to me that there is nothing like the past in the English soul. So I give you something from the past, French as this article is about a French car, Jay Leno because he is able to speak about cars as cars without fucking himself up with dumb nationalistic shit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzW_ERSgFRY

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'Lemme tell you about my trouble with girls ...' Er, please don't, bro-ffin

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Re: I'll get downvoted but whatever

I think he had something else too. So now look, boys are boys and it doesn't get any better with age. There we have a guy a long way from home among all those good locking women thinking about how to make his point for the more important part of his trip. Rather bald, close to eighty years old but alone for the night and with a point he makes his call. I fall i love and they all fall in love with me. Not such a bad start, I have heard worse. Give him a break, boys are boys and that damned point won't leave us alone.

Have mercy.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

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Re: Jesus!

Yes, but I am also slightly distressed by the fact that parts of my wife are less interesting than Pluto. Anybody out there with problems like that.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Just Use Linux

@ Lost all faith...

I am not taking part in the "should MS use Linux or not" but I would like to point out that you don't have to give Linux away for free at all. You can charge as much as you want, the free is not free as in beer. I think you know that very well. As I recall Linus suggested about 15 years ago that Microsoft could sell Windows with a Linux kernel. I don't think they will but they could and who knows, perhaps they should, but that is all up to them.

That would not become a Linux desktop but Windows with a Linux kernel.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Re: RIP Mr Lee

Remembered in Finnland too, earlier to day, as he took part in the "winter war" defending Finnland against Russia for a short while. Claimed Finnland was the worlds best country, knew the Kalevala and some Finnish if not as well as Mr Tolkien.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: What about the noise

Oh dear, folks. Was a "Joke Alert" icon really needed for my post.

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Re: Economy of France

"Socialism does not work". It's the word socialism that does not work, nor does the word capitalism.

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Re: What about the noise

Sorry to spoil this article but the Concorde flew faster than sound and there was complete silece inside. Science is difficult indeed.

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Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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Changing direction...

..is a bit of a joke, it's "down wind" until you can catch wind from some other direction, drifting along like a yacht without any lateral plane area. Interesting all the same.

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