* Posts by Manolo

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Hooray

You really think EU is not owned by business?

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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Mushroom

Re: stepping on a duck

I've heard that joke before, featuring Helmut Kohl. "Macht nichts, ich dachte, es war das Pferd".

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

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FAIL

Re: Er, what?

As if cats can be trained.

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X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

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Linux

Re: Well....

Some are off-line, some have a password now. Try checking them on shodan.io first.

Shodan will even have screenshots of VNC sessions initiated by them. One one of them I saw a number of warnings on the desktop of the unsecured system.

This one:

https://www.shodan.io/host/219.218.122.194

Personally I was shocked about the things you find people leave exposed to the INternet as a whole.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

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Pint

Re: food hygene people!

Catheters for General Melchett!

"Sorry I can't be with you, but obviously there's no place at the front for an old general with a dicky heart and a wooden bladder"

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Boffin

Re: food hygene people!

It might seem counter-intuitive, but wooden boards are actually more hygienic than plastic. Bacteria can form bio-films that cling to plastics very well. (Also a problem with urinary catheters en iv's for prolonged use)

This is not the case with wood. Glass has other disadvantages in kitchen use: not friendly on your knives and prone to breaking.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Pah!

I also have an EeePC still running: it has Lubuntu on board and is a secondary NAS (with an USB attached 500GB drive) and also doubles as a secondary media server. Does SMB and NFS.

I also have an Acer Aspire One, running some flavour of Linux, I think Xubuntu. Haven't booted it for a while, but I think I'll give it a whirl.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Mushroom

Re: come on now Mr Dabbs

I also wouldn't recommend visiting crashsafari.com with Chrome. It crashed Chrome on Win7 at work. I'll try it on my Chromebook and Chromebook's Linux chroot next and report back.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

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Mushroom

Re: Who ever designed..

Brilliant document:

"Mysterious modes, sudden failures,

peculiar regulation characteristics and just plain explosions

are common occurrences during the design of a

switching regulator."

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Dutch cops train anti-drone eagle squadron

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Re: Useless

No, the rest are operating speed cameras or visiting Twitter users at home to intimidate them if their tweets are deemed to inflammatory.

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Flame

Useless

What an effing waste of money. How is this supposed to work out? "Oh look, there is a suspicious looking drone heading towards the Binnenhof (Houses of Parliament), better call in the eagles!".

At the same time, while there are about 10.000 inmates in Dutch jails, about 15.000 convicts are not incarcerated, because they were allowed to wait for the outcome of their court case in freedom. After sentencing, they just don't show up. Finding them is not really a priority of Dutch police. Training eagles apparently is. Guess what would make me feel safer?

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Press Backspace 28 times to own unlucky Grub-by Linux boxes

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Linux

Re: I amazed..

... or a cat discovered it ;-)

We still need a cat icon. Can be Cat from Red Dwarf.

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Linux

Re: Cat already found this?

No, that involved the Gnome lockscreen if I recall correctly.

And we need a cat icon.

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

"Homophobia is not exclusive to any particular national group or religion!"

I never said that. I mentioned the Bible Belt before. But the inhabitants of the Bible Belt usually express their dislike of homosexuals in words, whereas some other religious groups express it with violence. And I think you' ll also find that the incidence of homophobia varies wildly between national groups and religions.

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Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

OK, so the fact that Americans are bombing Syria, means it is OK for Moroccans in The Netherlands to spit on Dutch gays walking hand in hand in Amsterdam?

I am completely aware of risk perception. I don't fear a terrorist attack, I fear that a once open and liberal society that is eroding further and further. Comedians who say they can't make the jokes any more they used to, columnists self-censoring, politicians needing 24 hour security, gays no longer being able to walk the streets hand in hand, teachers who can't teach the Holocaust in class any more. That is what pisses me off.

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Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

Wait, I found it:

http://weblogs.nos.nl/binnenlandredactie/2009/01/06/chocolademelk-en-champagne/

https://translate.google.com/#nl/en/http%3A%2F%2Fweblogs.nos.nl%2Fbinnenlandredactie%2F2009%2F01%2F06%2Fchocolademelk-en-champagne%2F

Read it and weep. And it's on the NOS site, the Dutch equivalent of the BBC and just as political correct as the Beeb.

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Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

"You talk about "believing the media". In the link you give (published in August 2014, I note), it claims "Hundreds of Islamic State supporters", yet in this one, from the BBC it says "a group of some 20 men were captured on video waving the black flag of jihadist groups and voicing support for the militant group Islamic State (IS)" and this one says "The Public Prosecutor's report of the rally said that "there were only 40 to 50 people present…", so whose figure do you accept? Whatever the case, I think you'd agree that they are a tiny minority of the Muslims in the country."

Oh, so, if there were 50 instead of 200 I should be 4 times less worried that these psychopath live a stone's throw away from me? I'll give it a try. But I think the real worry is that there are sufficient of these idiots around, and it is not significant if there are 50 or 200. We've seen in Paris and in San Bernardino how many it takes.

"> Meanwhile, an elementary school in Amsterdam can no longer toast to the New Year with their pupils with fake alcohol-free bubbly,

Do you have a Dutch version of the Daily Mail? That sounds like one of their sort of stories!"

You are using some very dubious argumentation here. It is only true if published in The Grauniad? Sorry mate, straight from the horse's mouth this one, don't even know if it even made the media.

"> where I draw the line is when they live in our societies and are infringing on our beliefs and freedoms, by by pushing their medieval beliefs on us,

Yet it's OK for us to stomp all over the Middle East and infringe on *their* beliefs and tell *them* how they should live our lives because *WE* know better?! Pots and kettles come to mind."

Do I say that is OK? Or does it give them the right to behave the way they do in the West?

Very dubious argumentation again.

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Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

I don't know about the media in your country, but if I believed the media in my country I would be believing that most people showing up now were refugees (most are not, they are economic migrants), most were families (they are not, they are mainly young men without women and children with them, but the media mainly shows the women and children), most are highly educated (they are mostly not) and that they all will be a glorious contribution to a wonderful multicultural society.

Meanwhile, a few hundred meters from where I live, muslims were also demonstrating:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557201,00.html

Waving ISIS flags and shouting "death to the Jews".

Meanwhile, Moroccans are vastly overrepresented in crime statistics, dependence on social welfare and many of their older generation never bothered to learn the language.

Meanwhile, opinions polls among the Turks here show much sympathy for ISIS and unsavoury attitudes towards Jews.

Meanwhile, an elementary school in Amsterdam can no longer toast to the New Year with their pupils with fake alcohol-free bubbly, because it offended the parents of the muslim pupils.

Meanwhile, neighbourhood shops in the banlieues of Paris face the choice of no longer selling wine and pork or having their windows smashed every night.

I am not denying that there are many, may well meaning muslims. They are my neighbours and colleagues. I have, or had colleagues from Morocco, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Egypt and Pakistan. I have travelled in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, UAE and Oman and have met many friendly, hospitable people who live normal lives and have absolutely nothing with terrorism. But at the same time, If you speak to them, and press a bit further, many of them hold beliefs that are incompatible with our Westerns values and freedoms. Which is still their right to have these beliefs. In the Bible Belt in my country you can find the same attitudes. But where I draw the line is when they live in our societies and are infringing on our beliefs and freedoms, by by pushing their medieval beliefs on us, and assuming the victim role and drawing the racism card when we don't give in.

Just ask those that marched through London last weekend if next weekend they will march for women's rights or against discrimination of homosexuals and see how many show up.

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Coat

"well meaning people"

"well-meaning people"

Who in large parts believe that religious law goes above secular law, women are inferior, apostasy should be a capital offence, homosexuals thrown of high buildings, Jews are Satan, Christians are heretics and atheists really not worth living. Who might say about the Charlie Hebdo shootings "well, we don't approve of violence, but when you insult The Prophet (ymmv) you have it coming".

Yes, we still should help them, but I don think we help them by letting them migrate here in large numbers. That is doing neither them nor us a service.

The ones that we have had here for decades have already proven that the majority is not making much of an effort to fit in.

I'll probably be slaughtered for being a racist and a xenophobe, so I'll get me coat.

Mine's the one with the collected works of Voltaire in them.

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Just two points

1) Only about 2% of the population of Syria has an academic degree...

... so why are certain people trying to make us believe that the refugee stream consists mainly of highly educated people who will be an enormous benefit to our economy?

2) University diplomas sell for about fifty euros on the black market in Syria.

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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Devil

Re: Ground Control to Major Tom...

Stop calling me Shirley.

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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

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Re: Huh?

There are way too many COTS and way too few Tritons, due to human intervention. No need to worry about Tritons starving, worry about humans harvesting them instead.

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Pirate

Re: Evolutionary drivers

"Of course, reducing the nutrient runoff from Queensland agriculture could help, too."

No, that is not what causes the COTS to proliferate. They have only one natural enemy: the Triton: a large shell that is nearly extinct due to human collection: they have beautiful shells.

(But reducing the run-off would still be beneficial to the marine environment, that much is true)

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

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Headmaster

Sacrebleu

“I think that I shall never view / A French film without Depardieu.”

Yes, I think most anglophones would pronounce Depardieu as if to rhyme with view.

Hint: it does not. It rhymes with a Danish cow: møøø.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller special: The WHO bacon sarnie of death

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Boffin

Re: Nuts!

"I suppose you're referring to the typical organic Hg dose being around half the WHO safety threshold. Somewhat disingenuous in relation to such a cumulative, indolent and insidious toxin."

No, I'm referring to actual toxicological studies, where they don't give a single dose once and conclude it is safe, but where those cumulative doses are actually given.

As for why it is better to use it see the insightful post of a fellow commentard.

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Boffin

Re: Food of the gods (MSG)

... and correlation != causation

I've been thinking of getting some MSG myself and doing double blind tests with it :-)

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Re: Food of the gods (MSG)

While I also loathe all the BS being spewed about MSG, it can have effects.

I used to frequent a Chinese restaurant and would ask the owner to make me an extra spicy dish. The most vivid dreams would ensue. Not nightmares, just wild action movie style dreams, quite amusing actually. I found out that instead of adding more chillies, my Chinese friend was adding more MSG. And glutamate being an excitatory neurotransmitter, that makes a plausible explanation.

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FAIL

Re: Nuts!

"Also haven't figured out why The WHO approve of Hg injections."

Sola dosis facit venenum.

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Linux-powered botnet lets rip on victims with 180Gbps network floods

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Joke

Some sys-admins...

I'm running the tiniest of servers: the original EEE PC, running Linux, with an external hard-disk hooked up to it. I can access it locally, and my brother has external access. SSH traffic is forwarded from a non-standard port on my router to the "server". Root login is disabled, as are password logins, only access is with a key. Besides that, the only external IP allowed in is my brother's. This is a configuration by an amateur. So there are paid sys-admins who set up systems with less security?

Maybe I should become a well paid security consultant to the companies employing these sys-admins.

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It's 2015 and miscreants are still trying to dupe you with fake BSoDs

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Paris Hilton

Re: full screen

I am no programmer, but I think Javascript will let you make the browser go full screen. Will make the BSOD look more convincing.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Pint

Re: Grandad

"It just amazes me how some people can find a negative in such a positive story."

A Dutch writer once said: "Some people read like hoovers, they can get dirt from everywhere".

And the article cetrainly mentions the remoteness of Grandad.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Facepalm

Re: Messe

You are right, I forgot about the religious meaning of mass and Messe.

Interesting stuff, languages!

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Tête de veau

"Or perhaps the waiters were aware, and warned people."

Or alternatively, it was just the meat from the head (like tongue and cheek) served without the skull, which is actually more common.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%AAte_de_veau

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Re: Messe

Interesting!

Even in Dutch that works: "Is dat een zwaluw" indeed becomes "est-ce une hirondelle".

Maybe the addition of "a" or "een" signals that the verb should not be used.

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Headmaster

Messe

Fair is the correct translation for Messe, though not fair as in fair play, but as in a fair being held in a fairground. The translation of "mass" would be "Masse", not "Messe".

As for the corrections: that options is gone from the mobile app and I don't have the idea that Google does anything with it. It still translates Dutch "zwaluw" to the French "avaler" instead of "hirondelle".

Why? Because a zwaluw is a swallow and the verb to swallow is avaler in French.

So another tip for using Google translate: translate from English, even if English is not your first language. (Although in this case you still don't get the bird, just the verb)

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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Linux

Speckled Jim

I am happy they didn't shoot it.

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OK, who unplugged the modem? North Korea's internet disappeared for four hours today

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Go

Wut?

Wait, what, are you saying the company is NOT called China Unicorn? Shirley you must be jesting.

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Tobacco field bacteria offers hope for buzz-kill smoking therapy

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Boffin

Re: Not likely

While I did study anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry and toxicology I have no clue what a "lymbic cycle" is. Neither does Google, it suggests I might be searching for an Olympic cycle.

As for nicotinoids being used and synthesised in our bodies, I think you heard the bell toll, but don't know where the clapper is hanging.

Basically, our parasympathetic nervous system has two types of receptors: the muscarinic and nicotinic receptors. The substrate for both is acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. An enzyme that is specific for nicotine would not interfere with acetylcholine, as their chemical structures are quite different. Acetylcholine is broken down by esterases, while no ester bond is present in nicotine.

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Re: Not likely

Indeed, the part of losing the protein properties whilst maintaining the enzymatic activity is incredibly hard. I cannot think of one example where that succeeded and is clinically used.

Crossing the blood-brain barrier would not be necessary for this enzyme, it could break down the nicotine in the systemic circulation with no need to enter the brain.

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Boffin

Not likely

Enzymes are proteins and proteins are: 1) digested in the gut, 2) too big to pass the membranes between the gut and the bloodstream when not digested.

This means the drug would have to be given as an injection, which limits its patient acceptance.

Secondly, introducing proteins of non-human origin in the bloodstream will result in the production of antibodies or even a severe allergic reaction.

I don't see this hitting pharmacy shelves anytime soon.

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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

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Joke

Please Sir, can I have some less?

"then you’re looking at around 70p/GB,"

I'll have a 32 GB one then please, as it only needs to hold my OS. The media files in /home are perfectly happy on spinning rust and don't need those speeds.

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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Re: Smaller and cheaper

"£50 will get you a faster 120GB drive.'"

But no PCI-E, and that was my point.

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Re: Smaller and cheaper

"64Gb for £30 good enough?"

Thats a good price, but it's like the one I already have: it's SATA, not PCI-E. I would like a faster PCI-E card, but not in the currently available sizes, because they are just too expensive.

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Happy

Smaller and cheaper

I'd like to see smaller and cheaper drives like that. I use my SSD just for my root partition, with /home on spinning rust. A 32 GB SSD would be ample, yet when I built my PC a few years ago 64 GB was already the smallest I could get. Why would I need a superfast 480GB SSD if all it does is hold documents and media? I wish I could buy a 32 GB SSD with those speeds for around €40.

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Boffin

Re: Not really surprised

I still maintain that you don't know what you are talking about, The "appointing" of a mayor means the King signs for it. He has no influence on who is nominated.

That being said, the nominations are not a very transparent and democratic process either.

Same goes for the appointment of the prime minister.

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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Devil

Re: Auckland to Heathrow

How do you go through Charles de Gaulle from Auckland to Heathrow?

I once took al longer and more expensive flight, just so I could go through Heathrow instead of CDG.

(Antigua - Heathrow - Amsterdam instead of St Maarten - Paris - Amsterdam)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

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Holmes

491-eater?

What I would like to know is why the jamon is arranged to spell 491?

(And yes, I know it should be 419-eater. Makes it extra puzzeling)

Also, the name of the dish is spelled right in the title (uitsmijter) but wrong in the article (uitsmeijter).

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Joke

Taxonomical...

If the AI previously labeled Caucasians as seals and dogs, the at least from a biological standpoint it is improving. Evolutionary an African is closer to a gorilla than a Caucasian to a seal...

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Devil

... and velcro mitts.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Re: Unfathomable.

I don't know. If you want to do maximum damage to a piece of equipment, do you try to hit as many parts of it as possible, or do you try to make all your bullets fly through one small hole?

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