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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

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Re: Old News

Yep, just look up LERP for any source-based game like CS:S, Left4Dead2, etc... they all do this.

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Path runs screaming from privacy snafu

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Meh

But...

At least you have explicitly to allow it....

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NSA constructs hardened Android, unleashes it on world

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Bravo

'nuff said

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Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo

Her voice was fantastic for the computer - she had just the right balance.

Looks like it'll have to be Ellen McLain (GLaDOS)

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Blighty promised £43m prang-predicting supercomputer

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WTF?

Surely the opposite?

Surely if you design the software to take advantage of the architecture, the opposite is true - use queues and workers for passing around work units, store your input/results in blob storage, etc...

Then, even if an entire data centre goes down, your app should just be able to spin up, re-process any units that were interrupted by the meteor hit, and continue.

You should also be able to handle the equivalent of cross-thread communication between servers using higher-level comms (although the performance hit _may_ be significant if there's lots of signalling)

The only way I can see cloud making it worse is if the applications are trying to do everything in memory in a single run - in which case an individual server is just as likely to be hit my a meteor / suffer catastrophic failure as any one node in the cloud

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Carrier IQ VP: App on millions of phones not a privacy risk

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Trollface

You can take anything to extremes

And it never helps.

Stop trolling and drink some beer instead

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Quantum computing comes closer as diamonds get spooky

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Very good

Wasn't expecting that - nice one

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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FAIL

Maybe it's just me

But I think sticking _nomap on the end just to keep Google out is messy. Why should I have to use an irritating (case-sensitive?) naming convention on my gear just to tell Google to f*ck off?

This is a kludge, no more, no less - and a shoddy one at that.

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iOS upgrade swells iPhone battery-suckage grief

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FAIL

FAIL

You're using logic in a "Flame Apple" thread. Nothing good will come of it.

Now, where's my blowtorch...

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Basic

Daisy, Daisy

'nuf said

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Basic
Terminator

I see your point but...

I can see your point and understand that it's a difficult situation but the bottom line is that Apple must comply with the law. If that means that local vendors are disadvantaged because apple prices the product higher to include the extended warranty, that's a problem between the vendors and the law makers.

Apple can't just decide to ignore a law simply because it's inconvenient.

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Deep-sea squid go from transparent to dark as fast as a Kindle

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Agreed

She mentions it before you see the spelling and I assumed it was "Banksy" immediately.

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Flame

I want a Squid Plus

With more memory and the ability to time-shift :D

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PSN hack triggers lawsuit

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FAIL

Hmmmmmm

Hmmmmm someone opens a brand new user account to post pro-Sony comments. Not in the slightest bit dodgy.

I wonder if the Moderatrix would be kind enough to check if the account used has an IP address inside Sony - Sarah?

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Google location tracking can invade privacy, hackers say

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Coat

Y'know it really pisses me off...

...when stuff like this happens - I dislike Apple products for a number of reasons and have always promoted Android to friends/family.

How am I supposed to have a good old self-righteous Apple-bash when Android turns around and does this?

I just know that one day I'm going to end up having to compile some odd linux distro and install it on my smartphone so it does what it's supposed to do and ONLY what it' supposed to do. It really is very depressing.

"Here I am, brain the size of a planet and you want me to get my coat"

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

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A title

I can't comment on the US but I know that in the UK, although it's possible to find out about specific towers through planning permission records, etc. the overall network coverage "map" quite closely guarded. The best that has been revealed so far is available here: http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/spectrum/mobile-wireless-broadband/cellular/coverage_maps.pdf and you'll note the exceedingly low resolution.

There have been a number of legal and Freedom of Information Act requests to get more detail but they're all been rebuffed/delayed indefinitely/etc.

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Fukushima update: No chance cooling fuel can breach vessels

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Coffee/keyboard

@AC 14:35 LMFAO

>> >> I wonder what Lewis Page's credentials are - is he employed by the nucelar lobby?

>> He can type Nuclear, and doesn't get "there" and their" confused. What are your "credentials?"

You owe me a new keyboard! I wonder, is the OP actually George Bush?

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WTF?

-er-

"All reports indicate the situation is getting worse, and is very serious"

Really? Would that be reports from competent scientists or from news agencies that make money by having "exciting" headlines?

I don't mean to belittle the risks of nuclear power but frankly, I think the situation has been handled remarkably well - Added to which, compare the current risks from radiation (which I understand as being minimal from my own reading) with the other effects on the area and really nuclear power is by far the smallest problem they're facing

I admit I have no knowledge beyond a degree in Physics (Different area) but really this does seem to be over-hyped.

Of course, we'll find out over the next few years who is right. I sincerely hope it's me for obvious reasons.

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Apple handcuffs 'open' web apps on iPhone home screen

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I am an apple hater

I'm an apple hater - I hate the closed approach and a lot of other business practices but in this case, it really does seem to boil down to

The browser launched from the home screen AND OTHER APPS doesn't have all the speed advantages of the native browser

Sounds very bug-like to me - either the actions kick of a slightly different browser UI or something similar - maybe it's a sandboxing issue.

If it doesn't get fixed, I'll be near the front of those booing Apple's dev team - but even I'm having trouble getting worked up over what seems like a simple bug.

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Firefox bloke blasts Microsoft IE 9 hardware acceleration claims

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Gates Horns

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"While on the subject - wouldn't it be nice if there was ONE rendering engine that all browser manufacturers used and built their bells n whistles around? Or is that just me?"

Not in this lifetime. We just aren't that lucky

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O2 tries to explain its new prudish nature

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Not really

They do for contact, they don't for payg - Surely you watch enough TV to know that if you want to make a call that Jack Bauer can't use to identify you, you need to buy a PAYG phone using cash (Ideally from a shop without CCTV) and then use a voice scrambler. Of course, this all falls down if you actually use the phone on CCTV or if somebody types "Run Identify Caller Hack" into a special Gov't search engine.

Sorry, it's been one of those days...

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Android malware attacks show perils of Google openness

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Go

Damn You

I'm pretty stoically pro-android (to be more precise, I'm Anti-apple and a bit "meh" re: WinPhone7)

That said, much as I'd like to disagree, those are all very valid points and I congratulate you for a sensible, balanced comment.

Perhaps the real compromise would be: Start vetting the app store but leave the "Can install from untrusted source option". That way, if I want to go and install Dodgyware(TM), I can do so - but only after I've made an explicit decision to accept risk.

I also feel compelled to point out that even though a vetting process improves security, it doesn't guarantee it - so I think all the app stores (Android/Apple/WP7) are giving a false sense of security to greater or lesser degrees

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Death by 30% cut: Apple app tax must change

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FAIL

Epic Fail

"It turns out that processing payments is a hard problem to solve"

Seriously? How many of us have implemented payment gateways? I'm assuming we all hate the PayPal API (aka Phase 1 and I use the term API generously). But Seriously, it's "hard" to have a DB table for User_Id, App_Id, PaymentAmount ?

I recently spent a day at DDD9 and MS was trying to convince us of the benefits offered by their Win Phone 7 marketplace - They utterly failed.

If they provide a service, I agree they should be paid, but 30% for running some automated tests and writing an interface for a payment gateway is a joke.

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Mozilla: 'Internet Explorer 9 is not a modern browser'

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FAIL

So near and yet so far...

"it is common knowledge within the professional web development community that production sites are typically built to conform to specs that are at least several years old"

You're quite right but I think you also miss an important point - I've only just managed to give IE6 the finger and it will be years before I can rely on features being implemented in the latest browsers available today - But in 5 years time, we'll be having this same conversation - I'll finally be thinking about kicking that god-awful IE8 support. Meanwhile, FF 7, Chrome 5 and IE 11 will be out - And yet again IE will be behind the pack.

It's not that I want to use these features today in professional sites, it's that I want an end to the continual headache that is Microsoft Internet explorer. IE has caused me more wasted hours, bug reports, hacks, code smells and shoddy fixes than any 3 other browsers combined - And as a company it has cost thousands upon thousands of man hours to support Redmond's latest steaming pile of shite (Don't even get me started on backwards compatability modes - ie8 in backcompat doesn't render exactly the same way as ie7, etc. - so I actually have to support 6, 7 pretending to be 6, 7, 8 pretending to be 7, 8 and now 9 and all its quirks)

I don't think there's any doubt amongst professional web developers - IE sucks and has held the web back for years. I feel perfectly justified in complaining about MS (I have to add, I love their development tools, I love Windows 7 and quite a few other products - It' just the IE team I want to drag behind the shed and slaughter)

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@Steve

It's depressing how accurate this observation is - Then again, I had someone say to me the other day "You'll know the answer to this... Who actually owns the internet?"

Sometimes I despair and wish evolution would hurry up

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Missing the point?

I agree that once you spend hours tailoring a standards-compliant site to work with IE, IE performs okay - The problem is, some team of developers has wasted days of development time to make sure that it works as well in IE as other browsers.

That doesn't make IE just as good - It just means the site in question has a good dev team. Unfortuntely, users take this as evidence IE is just as good as other browsers

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Google, MS, Mozilla: Three 'Do Not Tracks' to woo them all

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Grenade

Fixed that for you

"Advertisements are a necessary evil in the Web ecosystem"

I know they have to be there to support sites but any suggestion that advertisers want anything less than every single byte of data they can get is a lie - I don't like it but I can understand why it's the case.

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China announces Skype ban to protect telco revenues

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Facebook is important

Facebook is important - Just think, if it went, all those users would turn up elsewhere. Think of it as the bilge tanks of the internet

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UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info

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Emphasis

"Mensa Candidate"

Emphasiss on candidate

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MP wants age verification for net smut

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FAIL

I think I've heard this tune before

"We already successfully regulate British TV channels, cinema screens, high street hoardings and newsagent shelves to stop children seeing inappropriate images and mobile phone companies are able to restrict access to adult material so why should the internet be any different?"

If you don't know the answer to that, you're a moron - seriously. there's a really quick and simple answer - EVERYONE is a content publisher not just certain companies and although you may control the TV Aerial in this analogy, you've got billions of stations broadcasting signals - some legit, some not. Good luck working out how to leave the good stuff and exclude the bad stuff

For the record, the average 12 year old could've explained it to you.

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Sex abuse fax leak costs council £100k

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Riiiiight

Because faxing it to the RIGHT number would've been so much more secure - It's such cutting-edge and secure technology there's no WAY it could've been intercepted.

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HP pays off investigators

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So that's okay then

Break the law as much as you like - as long as you can pay enough, you won't actually be prosecuted. What a way to run a railroad

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

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@AC FAIL

I don't use Macs and have no real stake here but I believe the point Trev was making is that asking his end-users to download and install anything (let alone compile stuff) is going to result in a lot more issues around end-user support.

Do you think the average Mac user (the non-techie type) would understand this:

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Due to bugs in 10.4's compiler, building the sources currently requires a Mac OS X 10.5 machine.

OpenMotif is the only required dependency. I installed OpenMotif using MacPorts -- if you install it using Fink, or manually, you must modify the ALT_MOTIF_DIR build setting.

The following additional make options are available:

* BSD_OVERRIDE_ARCH: Set to amd64 to build the 64-bit JVM

* DARWIN_SDK: Set to target a specific Mac OS X SDK

To target Tiger, set the MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET environmental variable to "10.4", and pass DARWIN_SDK=/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.4u.sdk as a make flag.

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I can't see how he's wrong - Esp. considering a lot of Mac users do pick the platform because they don't /have/ to know about that sort of stuff. If they wanted to play with binaries and compilers, they would've picked Linux :)

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@Linux in a VM

While you're completely right, doesn't this miss the point?

Why get OS A to run a VM for OS B? why not just get OS B and lose the overhead?

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Software re-sale restricted by US Court of Appeals

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Anyone else smell...

Anyone else smell lobbyists at work?

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Nigerian man gets 12 years for $1.3m 419 scam

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I love that site

My personal favorite is conning them into performing the Monty Python parrot sketch to audition for a new film being shot in the scammers' area...

http://www.419eater.com/html/bigman.htm

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Coca-Cola and Facebook get touchy with Israeli teens

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xkcd sums this up nicely

http://xkcd.com/743/

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Police extend detention of e-voting critic

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Disagree

I understand what you're saying but surely the answer should be that the voter makes a mark on a paper ballot which is then inserted into a machine for counting - so you merely automate the counting process not the input process?

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Microsoft confirms code-execution bug in Windows apps

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FAIL

I call fail on your fail

I can (almost) see a zealous sysadmin spending time authorising and approving hundreds of DLLs. Once. but on tens or hundreds of servers? or do we then have to share trusted information between servers? new attack vector?

And that's not to mention an end-user who has trouble understanding what a program is let alone DLLs

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Cracking software retrieves iPhone 4 passwords

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Flame

Light blue touch paper and retire

Now where's my beer and troll-watching hat?

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FTC settles Intel lawsuit to 'help consumers'

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FAIL

What annoys me...

What annoys me is that what they were doing was illegal and they knew it was illegal - And yet not only do they get off with some flimsy promises they can break tomorrow, the don't even have to admit wrongdoing - compare that with some guy who pickpockets £50 or similar - The punishment in no way reflects the crime

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UK ICT classes killing kids' interest in tech

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FAIL

Title

When I did an ICT A-Level, the exam paper included the following question:

Explain how computers have helped in any 2 of the following areas: Home life, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, <some others>

Frankly, the ICT course had sweet F-A to do with using a computer - It was all the boring stuff associated with it (and no, the DPA 1998 ISN'T interesting enough to study for 2 weeks when you're 17)

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Satnav leaves family stranded in Outback for three days

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Grenade

Nobody?

Nobody else with some righteous outrage? Seems your comment managed to sneak by unobserved (or misunderstood) :D

Well done that man

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Apple ditches video evidence

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Grenade

The beginning of the end

or at least the end of the beginning.

Most of the ppl I know with an iPhone 4 are now embarrassed to admit it. if anything goes wrong, all they hear is "You're holding it wrong" or Death Grip jokes.

For the first time, Apple's customers have actually started to realise that it's just a good UI on a mediocre product ("lipstick on a pig" springs to mind)

From now on, I suspect Apple will have to compete on how their products work - They've lost the ability to trade on "It's Apple ergo it's the best" - Which should be interesting. Hopefully they'll be pushed to a new range of products worth owning.

There will of course be a few die-hard fans who will buy anything from them but everyone has those.

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Apple sued over hot iPad shutdowns

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Fail

Personally, I really dislike apple but even I can't get behind this lawsuit - overheating tech needs to shut down. If you leave something in direct sunlight, it can get hot.

2 + 2 = 4

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Apple brings iMac line up to date

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Woohoo

iMac owners can now use processors that have only been out for a few years :D Congratulations.

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Phonemakers cry foul on Steve Jobs 'We're all alike' attack

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Pint

Cue Denial

I'm going to settle back and watch for the "It's only because Apple is so good that everyone wants to pick on them" comments.

Nothing like a little entertainment while working late. Now if only I had a beer

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Steve Jobs death-grips iPhone 4 reality

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Physics

Agreed, the Laws of physics are unbreakable (as we understand them) but that doesn't mean you don't engineer it to mitigate their effects.

That's like saying a car shaped like a brick can't go very fast due to the air resistance and that's the laws of physics so we can't improve it - Obviously that's false as in fact the solution is to redesign the car to be more aerodynamic - You're not breaking the laws of physics, merely changing how they apply

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China renews Google's internet licence

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When I got to google.cn, I get served an image which looks like the search page but on clicking, it redirects to .hk

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Malaysian politico gets knighted in Photoshop

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FAIL

LMFAO

He bemoaned: "This is a personal matter. It has nothing to do with the public, and it is becoming politicised."

And of course, it wasn't intended to boost his political standing at all. What a moron.

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