* Posts by Lars

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Europe yawns at EU robo-commish Ansip's digital plans

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Ah please

This is not, as any idiot should understand, about Estonian football and Ansip. Think again, you Brits too.

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Uber pulls up to the bumper, plonks Jeep hackers into driving seat

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The day they get rid of the car too I will be all the uber about them.

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Oh no Wikiwon't: Russians plan own version of 'distorted' Wikiland

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Hmmpf, I would suggest you read the Nautical Almanac for a few years in order to calm down.

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Google Images: EU Commish opens new front against Chocolate Factory

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Re: This case is dragging on so long

So rather carry on than give up I would suggest after all.

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Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: unlike floating Arctic ice which lowers sea levels when it melts. ? ? ? ? ?

"How does floating ice fall off land ?". Yes that sounds funny indeed, perhaps it should be "ice fell off land and floated, if it fell in the sea that is. Then again there is this popular belief that tree will float without having to prove it. Very confusing, what I have learned is that if I drop an ice cube into my drink and it does not float then some bastard has emptied my glass or it was the bartender who just pretended to fill it. There is lots you can learn from science. Calling an iceberg a bastard is rather amusing/odd, nor am I at ease with the statement that it was formed in two days. Nitpick icon needed.

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What's Russia smoking? Kremlin bans Wikipedia for dopey article

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Re: Putin wants a return to USSR, doessn't he?

"Putin and the G.O.P are fuck-buddies.". One up vote for you, no difference there, same goals same methods same thinking, sad as it is.

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Indian Mars probe beams back 3D canyon snaps

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Re: I'm impressed as well

I am impressed too, but let us be a bit fair about it. The first missions to Mars took place about 30 years ago. To manage it 30 years later isn't that surprising really and hardly worth mentioning as any "the first".

I am much more impressed with the guys with an Indian background who pop up running big companies like Microsoft and Nokia and many more and that does not surprise me much at all.

In those cases the headline could of course be "First Indian CEO at Microsoft", but that would sound silly, then again perhaps "First Brit-Educated Indian bloke" (not that bloke) might do it.

As for "The Axe" in a later comment, I think you can rest assured GB looted India for such a long time that you should not feel looted by India during your life time. Besides I have a feeling that the foreign aid is more or less finished and India will surpass GB as an industrial country soon. No matter how he turns it, life must be sheer hell for a Brit who doesn't get it and cannot laugh at him self.

I try to help as much as I can.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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@Stevie, Yes I know, it's not about the engine. Water is used with every launch. It's not only smoke in the video but a hell of a lot of steam from the water. To explain why water cuts the sound and the vibration will require the Wikipedia, apart from that, water is needed to save the launch pad. I just wonder how much water, like gallons per second.

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I wonder how much lake water was needed to cut the sound and cool it down.

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Mainframe big boy Big Blue tries to drum up new biz via Linux

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Re: Perhaps a change in direction for IBM?

"The strategy behind this might be". It seems to me that IBM is just adding Canonical to the list of Linux companies they support alongside RedHat and Suse. And perhaps indeed Canonical has something new to add. Not a Canonical user my self but one has to admit that Canonical has had a lot of energy in expanding itself.

I wonder if people actually know for how long IBM has supported Linux, must be more than 15 years by now. IBM was the first ever (and last) that run Linux ads on TV. A small guy representing Linux, I wonder if anybody understood anything about that TV ad.

IBM has spent more effort on Linux than on AIX for a long time. Nothing wrong with AIX, had several customers using it, but it's POWER only and will remain so,

Linux is never sold with a "Linux inside" sticker, it's just used.

In my home I have a few laptops a router, a defunct vacuum cleaner, a TV, e-reader, and a cell phone.

And it would not surprise me if my printer and washing machine and a Huawei dongle run Linux too.

Linux is the world's most used OS to day. (if not on the desktop).

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Re: But does it have...

No doubt, there is an incredible amount of that around in banks, insurance and most likely in the stock exchange too. Had no particular problems with COBOL. As a programmer you use the tools you are given and the problem is never the language but your ability to use it and understand the problem. nothing new there and most cars still have four wheels.

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Re: sigh

You have lost track of what is going on since very long ago completely, or just trolling.

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I've seen Kaspersky slap his staff with a walrus penis – and even I doubt the false-positive claims

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Re: White hats, Black hats, and Grey hats...

Need no hats, will stick to Linux, and now after 15 years my Windows using wife has become very aggressive, accusing me for forcing her to use a rubbish system while I, of course, use a much better one. So RIP yet an other Windows. Note to my self, remember the root password, and don't mention any such stuff ever. Incidentally the Linux copy/past has annoyed my wife for many years, some of you will understand and some will not.

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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@ Graham Dawson

"which has progressively reduced the autonomy of its members to the point that they have to beg for permission to spend their own money)"

Oh wow wow Mr Dawson, imagine the outburst in old England if the French government decided to support an industrial project competing with a British one. The tears the accusations the stiff lips, the frogs the cheese. Please Mr Dawson, either you are a kid without any knowledge of European history or a complete idiot.

What the EU does here is to accept governments support to a project that is seen as good for all of Europe without having to listen to nationalistic idiots like you. Sometimes I wonder witch is the most retarded country in the EU, and I still refuse to believe it's the UK. You add to my efforts believing it though.

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US appeals court: Yes, Samsung ... sigh … you still have to pay Apple

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"Samsung's only remaining hope in beating Apple lies in". In being better than Apple, said from the point of a consumer. Don't worry so much about the US market, like Nokia, it's not worth it, and you are already loosing it in markets that are indeed worth it.

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: The CIA World Factbook

@ Joey M0usepad

Try the Wikipedia then.

"In 2015, the largest economies in the world with more than $2 trillion, €1.25 trillion by nominal GDP were the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and India.[7]"

PS. Perhaps you have a "France" problem. In my experience younger Brits have less of those problems.

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Re: Not so good

The CIA World Factbook has this about the economy "The UK, a leading trading power and financial center, is the third largest economy in Europe after Germany and France. "

Of course exchange rates make comparisons difficult.

But what about "the sixth biggest digital economy". Germany and France? among the top five and then who else.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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I think I lost my belief in intelligent design unless it's a Monday morning design of course.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: Let me guess...made in China?

""do anything you have to to make money" attitude still seems strong in China". So tell me where it's not and where all regulations are considered so very bad for the economy.

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Brit-educated bloke takes Dept of Homeland Security's infosec reins

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Re: "Brit-educated bloke"

Pulls India out of the Empire.

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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Re: All assuming ...

Thanks, I feel much better now.

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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Re: "Don't be evil"

I think they have been asking us not to be evil.

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Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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Re: Jesus

What a fucking twat.

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Re: Happens often enough here in France

Certainly one has to trust a computer more than a dead man and what's wrong with the last known address. As a programmer I know all you need to fuck up something by intent or by accident is a computer.

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

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Re: (Some joke about code Nazis)

So Ubuntu, based in London, is what? And Chaplin when based in the USA was American.

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Re: (Some joke about code Nazis)

No, what surprises me is how much faster the Germans are at getting it compared to Brits. KDE, Suse, (Star office), Knoppix for instance not to mention that the German IBM was where Linux was first successfully run on IBM hardware.

There are Linux distros in France, Italy, Spain and Turkey I know of. So what is keeping you Brits back. The again your government seems to get it.

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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@Hans 1.Yes indeed, Oracle moved to Linux desktops internally years ago. I have worked in fairly big and fairly well run IT companies and I know it's a hell of a problem to keep track of all the licenses used. Invoices are cleared by people who don't know enough about it. And developers/programmers feel it's not their job to report on what's in use and what has been scrapped years ago. It's not just Oracle it's all of it including even hardware. The more people involved the more difficult it gets, and the invoices just keep coming.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: @phil dude

@DougS

I have a feeling you are not as mixed up with socialist and social as so many Americans seem to be. It's social security not socialist security, it's a social person not a socialist person, social awareness not socialist awareness and so forth. Sanders sometimes refers to the Nordic countries Germany and other countries. Countries with affordable education and health care for everybody plus private schools and private hospitals side by side. Non of the American shit with preconditions and people selling their houses because somebody in the family is sic or worrying if they can afford their kids university education. Progressive taxation where the richer pay a higher rate and not the opposite way. Common sense stuff supported from the left to the right in European countries. There are social democratic parties in all of Europe even if the name might vary. Sanders is a social democrat.

The interesting thing with Trump is that he has quite some support among Republicans if not as much perhaps as Sanders among Democrats. I think it's a good thing and what has happened in the USA is that people are waking up, realizing that they are run by people who do not represent them at all.

For the Republicans this will be more difficult to deal with as switching you voting habit is damned difficult. I know, and I would claim divorcing was easier. Trump is a joke, Sanders on the other hand is educated, smart, experienced and honest.

This youtube link is quite interesting and if you cannot see the difference between social and socialist then the Republican party was a socialist party in 1958, and it was not, just a decent party with some social awareness. Somehow I hope Americans start to realize what has happened to that party.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Slzc-DucvH0

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Re: Too Funny.

"What other candidates from either party are willing to do that? Oh and finance their own campaign".

How can you miss Bernie Sanders.

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

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I am a Obama fan too, but I must admit I had no clue he has such influence regarding Nokia or was it Audi & Co, your comment is slightly unclear in that respect.

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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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