* Posts by Lars

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Re: So, to sum up...

I would guess that Bradley Kuhn is trying to become some sort of an important "High Priest" in the community. Having them too involved is a risk hardly worth taking, easily poisonous indeed.

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Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....

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Re: Eh?

"as I don't have anything configured for mailto". Use copy/paste and send an e-mail!.

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

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Re: Ok, someone has to say it...

And I suppose I have to add that GNU without the Linux kernel would have come to nothing. Haven't checked the progress of the Hurd kernel for years but as far as I remember it needed stuff from Linux to get anywhere.

This is a bit like claiming the wheels are just the wheels on a car. Kudos for both and all of it.

Git was also mentioned and for those who need more background to it try, for instance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Git_%28software%29

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http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/08/on-linuxs-25th-anniversary-development-has-gone-corporate/

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An ethical Google won't break the internet, leaked EU report finds

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Re: They have it the wrong way around....

I think you have it wrong too, newspapers are not all about advertising, ever heard of stuff like "Investigative journalism", "news". Google is just a parasite in that world. But yes I like YouTube.

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Mars to get Chinese delivery. Estimated time of arrival: 2020

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Red China leaves Blue Planet than Red China meets Red Planet in that pic.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: lets all just die on this ball

"Why's it always Yanks". Perhaps we should have stayed in Europe.

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False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

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Re: Well...

I really hope nobody committed suicide because of this.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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"the usual whining expected from Linux users when confronted by anything from Microsoft.".

So how usual do you think this "confrontation" between Linux uses and Microsoft is. Is it not rather Microsoft that is confronted with something they so desperately tried to kill. It must be at least twenty years since I read about Microsoft guys who claimed the shell was "killed" on Windows because people high up in the organization did not understand why a user would ever need it and because it looked so old-fashioned.

The name PowerShell tells a lot about Microsoft, does it not. You might also notice that apparently some Linux users have voluntarily decided to try it out.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: English is wonderful

English characters. must have been invented in England then, and copied all over the place. Shame on Gutenberg too, one has to assume.

"Johannes Gutenberg refers to the process as "Das Werk der Bücher": the work of the books. He had invented the printing press and was the first European to print with movable type,[13] but his greatest achievement was arguably demonstrating that the process of printing actually produced books."

Well there are those who claim 8 bit was better than 16 bit.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Re: Does it really matter ?

@ Sandtitz

I am afraid you are a bit of an optimist referring to "common knowledge". As you know we don't know why the tide comes in and goes out. Like here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb3AFMe2OQY

I am a lot more concerned with people who believe in guys like Trump and similar.

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DoJ preps criminal charges for VW over dieselgate

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Re: double standards? @Fortycoats

@Lars, my self.

What I was trying to add is that there are no better alternatives with big engines than Diesel. The technology to decrease substantially the emission is there and working. But as always you have to demand it, and as always there is a lobby weeping about how it is expensive and kills business, all those damned regulations. Nothing new there. Regulations regarding cruise ships in the Baltic has done a lot and there has been many tears in some eyes, as expected, but it has happened, and we consumers moan all the same as before, about those damned EU regulations and the emission.

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Re: double standards? @Fortycoats

"And to compare emissions, you don't want to know how much crap the average cruise ship pumps out.".

No, not really, modern cruise ships are really far ahead in that respect provided you demand it. I know there are guys who could tell you more, but do they read ElReg.

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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I still have a working 9210 Communicator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_9210_Communicator

And I still like the form factor and the keyboard, I take it out for a stroll occasionally, what about a modern one, Nokia.

I am not surprised if people get a bit mixed up regarding what Nokia is today as a lot of people believed Microsoft bought the whole company and not "just" the cell phone part, and the brand recognition was with the phones, no doubt.

Nokia Networks compete's well with Ericsson and Huawei.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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@Alistar

I don't get you. from the Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R100

"R100 was built as part of a British governmet programme to develop airships to provide passenger and mail transport between Britain and the countries of the British Empire, including India, Australia and Canada.".

Should I now try to mend an apparently hurt British soul by claiming the "British airship effort" was indeed a great success like the Comet. Or could we just end this by agreeing that sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail.

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"The R100, which was built i parallel by private interests, performed admirably, matched or exceeded all of the goals"- I think the Wiki is a bit more balanced, made one trip to Canada, but wasn't any good for a trip to India, the main goal.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: Risk?

They are also getting bigger and who knows what they could carry with them, so lets just get rid of that stupidity now.

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

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Re: Won't you think of the children?

@AC

"Furthermore, the undergraduate STEM students we produce in the US are much better trained than the international graduate students that we receive".

The whole thing is fairly complicated. Listen to this American professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrE9z1JFT1Y

To put it bluntly, a country that does not understand the value of affordable education for each and every kid will end up with a uneducated population. A catastrophe for a democracy. And please, I am not laughing or mocking you, but this US election is just too revealing to go unnoticed around the world.

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Three posts lacklustre results, angrily mutters over O2 merger rejection

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Re: Revenue dropped by 2%

"Average revenue per user also fell by 3 per cent to £19.50 per month". So should we weep and should we not understand that they like to merge in order not to have to compete.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: What to do

@ tfewster

Yes, it's not about the difference between Windows and Linux it's all about making a decision and supporting it. And by doing a more in house, like training, a lot of money would be saved. Will that happen in Britain, I have my doubts. France, Spain, Portugal and Germany can, for various reasons I will not hurt anybody with. Perhaps Ubuntu could step in with some support and a ready tweaked version. The biggest gains could in fact come from training.

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Re: What to do

@ Commswonk, I would suggest you try Linux first before you express an opinion about it. In reality it's damned easy. Most people get it in no time, and so would you if you ever tried, and all by your own.

Try with your kids, they won't ask you anything.

And besides your comment is too long to be honest, I would claim.

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@ billat29

They could most likely fix that by running Wine, and now that Ubuntu is British the French having already done it might not be so disturbing. All that is needed is somebody at the top who can make a decision and can stand up to Microsoft.

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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Re: Any money

My interest in astronomy has gone from the sky to the net and reading over the years, and each and every time (years ago) I have tried to look for those buggers there are clouds, or perhaps my fuse is just too short and damned it, if I am prepared to lie down or my back. In other words are there any real time net things around, you know about. I start each morning with coffee and

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

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UK tops European charts ... for carder fraud

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Re: What's the Brexit angle?

Clickbait !

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Linux 4.8 rc1 lands, with Surface 3 support promised!

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Re: Keep on hacking

"Surface 3 will be EOL'd at the end of this year." So lets put Linux on it then or is that hardware rubbish too.

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Re: Single point of failure

The problem tends to be that nobody ever has the rights and the guts to actually force a real time test. I suppose it's as well that they don't do real time nuclear rockets tests, 8 inch floppy disks or not. What I have seen more than once is companies who think their backups are fine until they find out it's never tried and total rubbish for years (typically backing up stuff from the wrong place, that was the right place long ago).

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Re: Is anyone surprised?

"if the EU wants to half throw us out before we are out". No, it's you who half throw yourself out. The reaction is common sense among individuals like with what happened to the sterling. So get on with it now, or skip it now. Don't fuck around with that Article 50 forever, it's no good for anybody.

Some commentard seemed to be so happy with the fact that now it's the UK who decides when to "activate" the article. Quite funny, every EU member state has that right when ever they decide to, and no referendum is required in the rules.

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Re: Thank you Mr.Farage

@Archtech. While it's not uncomplicated to work out the costs it's much harder to estimate benefits. If we assume it's £170 million/week then that is just about 1% of the UK GDP. So does the EU membership contribute more than that 1%. I think so.

However, from the very beginning the richer members have paid more than they receive while the poorer countries have got more than they have contributed with. "All for one and one for all" and things like that, in the best British historical tradition, a British virtue if you like. To hope that every country was on the receiving side would indicate a belief in Father Christmas even as an adult.

I also live in a country that contributes, and for reasons you will have to work out all by yourself, if you can, I like that state to continue.

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Re: No suprise....

"Oh no! Who is going to create the next financial crisis?". Oh please calm down, that will be the Wall Street as always before, in 3.2....

As for the "financials", is there such a word, The London Exchange and the Deutsche Börse already joined together and the Germans have a bit more than 50%. I was a bit surprised when a UKIP guy on the telly claimed it wonderfully expressed how important the UK is. Perhaps he is right those guys know what to do to defend their turf with or without a Brexit.

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Article 50

The sterling fell with the Brexit regardless if Blighty had formally leaved or not. There is nothing the UK or the EU can do about it. The same goes for individuals in the science community. I am afraid that eventually everything and anything causing problems in the UK will be blamed on the EU. Much like the responsibility for the refugee problem so totally ignored by the UK. Not a nice picture and that makes me a bit sad.

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Dem-owned-crats: Now its congressional committee is hacked

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Re: Someone get Assange a cookie

@ Big John

What the hell is your problem, I know, you know everybody knows Trump is a twat, a disgrace for the Republicans and for the whole country and western civilization. I really do not envy you the situation your party has put you into. What ever you decide, you will feel rotten about it.

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Re: Someone get Assange a cookie

I would have given you an up vote if you had written "Cause he's doing God's work in showing what a bunch of corrupted criminals most of the Republicans and Democrats are!. Just get rid of the Citizens United.".

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UK govt to launch a tech creche for military-focused startups

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Re: Giant Airships!

Well perhaps, but then again the last and first giant British airship crashed on its maiden flight.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Why wasn't he paying attention?

@ Sorry that handle is already taken.

My point too but the "swerving" is interesting. Breaking in a panic is very normal and sometimes it happens to be the right thing to do and sometimes not. The problem with breaking is that you lose your ability to affect your direction. The car will take the direction of the tangent. People who drive during the winter tend to know it well. So apart from swerving or breaking there is the possibility that adding some speed or a combination is the right thing to do. As we all know we are all a lot better as drivers as the average while on the other hand we make silly mistakes (if we are honest about it).

Somebody mentioned "in a heart beat", which is a second for me and a computer can do a lot in that time.

There is a very interesting case for breaking or swerving, the Titanic. As we know they did both. It's claimed that had they taken the iceberg head on they would have destroyed two perhaps three water tight compartments in the front and they would have survived. But such a decision on the bridge would have been "unhuman" and the poor captain would have been ridiculed and accused of wreaking the ship out of stupidity. And assuming they turned port and that the propeller turned clock wise on forward then reverse would have prevented to some degree the ship from turning port. Perhaps adding some speed could have helped instead. All more than a human can deal with in a heart beat.

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Re: Why wasn't he paying attention?

@Shadow Systems, while I partly agree I think you overestimate our "speed" we are in fact rather slow and our peripherals are slow too. Lots of tests about it. Our multitasking ability is rubbish also. Then again a computer system will react only according to its programming. We have also a emergency system which is a lot faster but out of our control. A "classical" example of it, is when you drop a burning fag in between your legs when driving (have some rather scary experience) or why not a cup of hot coffee.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: ..."got to admire the 'chutzpah'" --

I think the opinion the ghostwriter of "The Art of the Deal" has about him is quite revealing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2NHTka-gw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq-OUClcLF0

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: It's an old story

"Don't you mean his "hookers 'n' blow" budget?". That reminds me of a guy who spent some time in Germany and then tried to enter a bill from "Escort Service" into his travelling expenses claiming he had to service his Ford Escort. Nice try.

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Re: Procurement departments are a waste of space

"but have you taken a look at the charts for the Euro? Almost identical.."".

Does that make you happy, you eat shit of your own making and now you are happy the rest of the EU has to eat your shit too. Shame on you.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: I've said it before

"The problems are only with packages I have downloaded and installed, you know, things like Steam among others.".

Those packages are then apparently not suitable for your distro. Use the repositories for your distro and of course RTFM, says somebody who will mostly do everything else first.

And then you also have to just understand that as soon as there is a MS-Linux comparison some trolling tend to happen too.

Don't take that personally and feel offended.

I am an old Linux user since 98 and these modern distros are indeed very usable out of the net or the box.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: SCO is *not* dead...

Hello 404, I was writing about SCO Unix not the Linux version, and I have no idea of what is going on now but I remember they had some big customers like McDonald's. The SCO customers we had, around twenty, all converted to the NT during those years when Microsoft was smiling. Wasn't that difficult as we used PROGRESS for our systems. But it wasn't easy for the customers. I think all of them had to upgrade their new hardware soon because the damned thing got slower. Some customers suddenly found unwanted people messing around in their systems and worst of all they still needed help, something they did not expect because it was Windows.

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SCO

SCO wasn't bad at all, and I compare with Solaris, HP-UX, Aix and For:Pro. (Any For:Pro people out there, Monaco anybody.). Of course SCO came on PC hardware and wasn't up to the more severe hardware for other Unix systems. The occasional unproblematic compile for more semaphores and that was about all. HP-UX had in fact more odd problems with some of the cell commands.

I still feel sorry for the good people at SCO who lost their jobs due to that one idiot who dreamt of a billion bucks out of nothing.

Ps. the SCSI cables for Sun were expensive indeed.

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Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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"what is less clear is what all the tech leaders hope to achieve by publicly slamming Trump.". Seriously - unclear?.

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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@YARR

"Russia and India have space programmes, look at the size of their economies compared to the UK. How do they afford it?".

Perhaps you are not quite up to date with the size of economies.

COUNTRY COMPARISON :: GDP (PURCHASING POWER PARITY)

Rank Country GDP (PURCHASING POWER PARITY) Date of Information

1 China $19,390,000,000,000 2015 est.

2 European Union $19,180,000,000,000 2015 est.

3 United States $17,950,000,000,000 2015 est.

4 India $7,965,000,000,000 2015 est.

5 Japan $4,830,000,000,000 2015 est.

6 Germany $3,841,000,000,000 2015 est.

7 Russia $3,718,000,000,000 2015 est.

8 Brazil $3,192,000,000,000 2015 est.

9 Indonesia $2,842,000,000,000 2015 est.

10 United Kingdom $2,679,000,000,000 2015 est.

11 France $2,647,000,000,000 2015 est.

12 Mexico $2,227,000,000,000 2015 est.

13 Italy $2,171,000,000,000 2015 est.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2001rank.html

And apparently the Brexit has already caused this text too:

"The UK, a leading trading power and financial center, is the third largest economy in Europe after Germany and France".

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"Those of us who remember what the UK was like before we entered the EEC ".

Yes, I was younger then too, my deity, the cars, the girls, the air. It was indeed much better then, but to day my old father comes to my mind who tried to have a positive look at the world and claimed he was able to piss higher and higher the older he got. Eventually he was able to reach his toes but years older he reached up to his knees.

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Re: Boo fucking hoo

"After article 50 is invoked". If Britain's speed at adopting the metric system is anything to go by then I suppose the EU has to wait for quite some time before the article 50 will be invoked. I doubt they are all that happy about being held for ransom that long. Decisions are made now.

And I agree with Richard Branson that you need a second referendum based on facts not lies, now.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: 2020?

"Sad difference between public and private projects.". Just not that simple.

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Dell confirms price rise post Brexit vote as UK pound stumbles

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Re: No Problem...

While I will install Linux anyway I am not sure they will remove the cost of pre-installed Windows 10, or?.

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Post Brexit EU will spend 'stability and peace' budget funding Chinese war drones

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Could it be that some Brexiters are upset bye the fact that the world is not only crying but laughing too.

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Re: Oh {Deity}

"The referendum is finished, get over it." Or around it.

I agree with "Professor Michael Dougan assesses UK’s position following vote to leave the EU "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dosmKwrAbI

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