* Posts by JimmyPage

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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iSIS

O'reilly ?

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Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

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Re: Time to make your plans

I wanted to guarantee my family the protection offered by ECHR rights

You did know that the EU has nothing - absolutely *nothing* to do with the ECHR before you moved, didn't you ?

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Re: And on the other side of the channel...

Indeed. This was one of the most striking things about the Scottish independence "debate" of 2014. Which was the sight of Alex Salmond telling everybody what *England* would do, what *the EU* would do, what *the US* would do.

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Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

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The way I read that article is that there is massive trouble for Apple ahead

I heard that on the *BBC* back in October. Although if *I* could manage to sell this "news" as exclusive research, I admit I would.

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Who are these morons ?

And why does anybody give a flying fuck what they think ?

With pearls of wisdom such as :

"The analyst blamed falling consumer confidence, saying worsening economic conditions – factors that had had negligible impact on smartphone sales were finally taking a toll."

No, you idiots. Smartphone sales have eased because (look around you) everybody who wants one has one (any previous slowdown would be where anybody who needs one has one).

It really is *that* simple.

cf PC sales. Everybody who wants a desktop PC has one (or two, or three). Speaking for family Page, we have had since 1996, about 6 new PCs. However, our current one was bought in 2010 (and was a 2 year old model then).

My Smartphone is a Wileyfox Swift. Bought December 2015, and should last 3-4 years. Mrs Pages smartphone is a 2 year old MotoG, and she doesn't need a replacement anytime soon either.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Fucking moron

putting volunteer rescue workers lives in danger

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FBI: Er, no, we won't reveal how we unmask and torpedo Tor pedos

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The US has a doctrine "the fruit of the poison tree"

"Are law enforcement officers permitted to commit other felonies whilst in pursuit of a larger crime?"

The final arbiter here, is the courts. If they allow evidence which has been illegally obtained to be presented, then the assumption is, it's "allowed". If they do not allow illegally obtained evidence, then it's not allowed.

The US has a doctrine "the fruit of the poison tree" which is a principle that illegally obtained evidence - and subsequent discoveries - are not permitted. It's a frequent plot device in shows like "Law & Order", and quite fascinating to a UKain, as there's quite a body of precedent and law around it (for example a cop is permitted to search an arrested suspect, but *only* to ensure his own safety (i.e. no hidden weapons).

Here in the UK, 99% of courts (i.e judges) have repeated made it clear they couldn't give a toss what laws may have been broken to bring a case to court. The (somewhat specious) reasoning being that to punish the state for breaking the rules would deny the individual victim in the case justice. Or, in other words (but not ones they'd like, no matter how accurate) "the end justifies the means". Personally, I subscribe to an old-fashioned notion that the law applies to all. But I know that's not really the vogue now.

UK cases where a judge has thrown out dodgy evidence are far and few between, and therefore newsworthy, The last one I can remember (so showing my age, and how shit the system is) is when the judge in the Colin Stagg trial went ballistic at the prosecutions use of tabloid-style psychobabble, and tore the CPS and Met Police a new one - very publicly.

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Closing courts to fling £700m at digital stand-ins will fail, MPs snarl at UK.gov

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You have the laws you can afford ...

that's it basically.

Closing courts makes sense when you reduce the criminal code, not expand it.

By the way, wasn't there a pledge sometime ago about "a new law in means an old one out" ?

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Bottom line

What do I *Need* Windows 10 for ?

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: Do you really think online criminals are looking at your card?

@yoganmahew

What I meant (as I suspect you knew) was that destroying the CV2 number on my card(s) reduces he risk of someone who has physical access to the card making a note of it and then using it online.

I *know* bank advice is to not hand your card to anyone. However there are a number of merchants who - for whatever reason - have engineered it so they "need" to put your card in the machine.

Normally I don't worry about being misunderstood. But I think destroying the CV2 is such a neat trick - and certainly within the skillset of an El Regger - that it needs promoting.

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Re: Contactless fraud up by two thirds

Cite ?

my hunch is contactless fraud is very low-level, if it happens at all. Mainly because it's already protected against to a certain degree by the fact that almost all card readers are overlooked by CCTV.

Bear in mind in the UK the maximum loss possible from contactless payments is £90.

And if (as I do) you destroy the CV2 number on your card, the chances of online fraud are vanishingly small.

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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Re: New motherboard and memory?

I still have my grandfathers ax. I changed the shaft and my Dad changed the head .....

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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Re: it's so easy

Isn't it DELETE FROM, not DELETE * FROM ?

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French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks

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Crack in the dam ....

I suspect there are some folk who would pay (I won't over-egg the claim by saying "willingly") to receive ad-free content.

Let's take El Reg, as an example. How much would we pay for an ad-free Vulture ? £12/year ? £24 ?

Either way, if it turns out that the number (and more importantly *worth*) of people who would pay to dodge ads exceeds what sites like El Reg make from advertisers, then the chill wind will blow through the world of advertising.

I return to my hobby-horse of the moment that I can't believe there are people who *pay* Sky, and STILL GET ADVERTS !!!!!! Surely if you pay for Sky, the very minimum level would be fewer, if not no, ads ?

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Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

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*English and Welsh* justice

occasionally do throw up well constructed cases which are eminently sensible and practical.

Must have been as mistake.

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Comms 'redlining' in Brussels as explosions kill up to 30 people

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RE:Tighten the nose on civil liberties

Why, oh why, did I suddenly remember "tweak the nose of terror" ?

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Obama bigs up His Man in Havana: Google

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"Veep" is a documentary ...

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Big data boffins crunch GPS traces, find altruistic route planning is good for everyone

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The Dirk Gentley method ?

You may not get where you were going, but you end up where you needed to be ...

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The easiest solution ?

Just tweak the satnav software to offer a random pick from the 3 top routes. This should spread the traffic out enough to realise some benefit with fuck all investment.

After all, how many people have any idea if the route the satnav has chosen is the best ?

As an aside, am I missing something, or is there no feature on any satnav where you can press a single button to say "give me the second choice route - the first is blocked". I noticed this after driving from Eastleigh to Birmingham. The motorway signs on the M3 warned the A34 was blocked. However, trying to turn off just had the satnav redirecting me *back* to the A34. No satnav/software I have seen allows you to "X" a road and circumnavigate it. Certainly not while driving :(

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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How unAmerican ...

Of course, if the people who *build* the iPhones tried to band together to express solidarity, they'd be labelled commie bastards, and sacked.

If there's one thing worse than no principles, it's selective ones.

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Judge orders Universal Credit internal reviews must be disclosed

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Where do you get the Roman gladius these days?

I have a vague memory that Roman soldiers had to buy their own kit.

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I disagree with your opening statement ...

"The jury is still out as to whether Universal Credit will go down as one of the major IT disasters of our time. "

Who cares what this "jury" thinks ? I know what *I* think.

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Heartless hackers break into Florida cancer clinic network – 2.2 million records exposed

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Patients *and* employees ?

Is it just me, or does this suggest a system not fit for purpose in the first place ?

Let's hope some of the employees exposed were the CEO and board of directors ...

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State should run power firm spam database, says... competition watchdog

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Who on earth is running this asylum anyway ?

I do price-check. Every so often, the differential between my tariff, and the cheapest makes it worth switching.

However, since 2012, when I did this, and within 2 weeks, the tariff I moved to became the most expensive, I am far less likely to switch when the difference between top-slot and my present tariff is c. £50-60 per annum.

It simply isn't worth my time.

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NatWest tightens online banking security after hacks' 'hack' exposé

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Re: Amazing how cheap a multi £Bn company can be

FTFY

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Re: Are Barclays...

No. Nationwide do too. In fact I thought it was standard in UK online banking.

If it isn't I suggest folks move to banks where it is, and apply some market forces.

With 2FA, even if you physically managed to take control of my session, you'd be scuppered as any transaction out of my accounts requires me to re-validate it with the reader.

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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Once again, I read "peeple"

but think "menshn"

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Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix

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Two minds about this ...

What was a seasoned IT professional expecting from the outset ?

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Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

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£5/£35 unlocking fee ...

I can't say why they quoted that figure. And once they had taken the position that they should charge, I immediately lost any and all interest in EE/the-artist-formerly-known-as-Orange providing me with anything more than junk mail I can use as fuel. I'm sure if I had challenged/escalated they would have "waived" it (don't forget, the phone - bought outright - cost £5).

So I'm a *big* fan of unlocked handsets being sold new. And Wileyfox is worth a big-up (although their customer service isn't. Where's my free case ????).

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Bring it on ...

Up until a few weeks ago, I had a box with all the old phones family Page had ever had - 12 of the buggers. They all worked, in that they powered up.

And I could not get single one working. All due to network locking.

The one which made me see red was a £5 Alcatel originally from Orange that refused to work with an EE SIM (remind me again, where EE came from ?). EE wanted £35 to unlock it.

So a network-free, telco-free phone sounds grand. Having had 3 months use of my Wileyfox Swift, it's the way to go.

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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I'd rather pay £25 a year and have an ad free service from all the sites I visit.

But the "model" from subscription TV is not only do you pay for the content. You're *also* paying for the ****ing ads !

Why pay for GoT - with ads - from Sky, when you can download GoT - without ads - for free ?

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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The real prize will be for the Telcos

not having to pay to upgrade their networks to handle the additional "unlimited" traffic they are selling.

It's rare, but fun (for a while) when you see two diametrically opposed juggernauts of "the market" collide with such momentum.

Popcorn and --->

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Cameron co-opts UK mobile industry for EU Remain campaign

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I'd be more inclined to listen to companies

that paid UK tax ...

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Gov must put superfast broadband along HS2 rail line, says Parliament

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Maybe, just maybe

if broadband provision was markedly better, there would be less need for HS2

I have a sneaking feeling that the world of work in 2032 will be a generation different to now.

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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It's true - what goes around ....

older El Reggers may remember a very decent sci-fi/fact magazine of the 80s, called OMNI (had occasional interviews with Feynman, et al). They devoted a lot of column inches to alternative ways of getting into space - including laser sails.

Sadly the ultimate conclusion then (as I suspect now) was aiming beam at the target - when a 1cm laser beam diverges to 400m over the 250,000 miles to the moon ....

They even suggested bulking up the laser to shorten acceleration times !

So, 30 year old "news".

The upshot - and possible Holy Grail - of laser sails is you are accelerating towards the speed of light. I vaguely recall in terms of efficiency, laser sails the best bet of getting to a decent speed.

I notice a poster has asked how you slow it down. Back in the 1980s, the solution was proposed to ..... turn it off at the halfway point, and let deceleration take over.

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Uber is bombarding us with painfully probing subpoenas, cries Lyft

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Ah the UK

petri dish to the world ....

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OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses

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Having owned a Wileyfox Swift since Xmas ...

My shopping list for a new phone is:

1) Dual SIM

2) No carrier/manufacturer bloat of any description

3) No network lock

4) removable battery

5) MicroSD slot

I arrived at this list, after my son lost (another) phone, and going through my box of 12 *working* phones, not a single one could be used. (The most annoying was a little 5 year old Orange phone bought for £10 that refused to work with an EE SIM - EE wanted £35 to "unlock" it).

So, I'm rocking a Swift with 2xgiffgaff SIMs. But, if I decide to change networks, I will.

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Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

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Weight ?

Surely all that hardware weighs something ? So you need to factor that into your calculations ?

What is the maximum plated weight on a 53 seater coach ?

Also, it might be an idea to spread the ammo out over several coaches ?

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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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If someone wants to go through adding them all up themselves

I once shared a house with an Irish chap, whose brother spent all 1985s ESC with a pad, drawing a grid to "prove" the rest of Europe was out to "get the Irish".

Well, I say all ESC, we went down the pub. But when we got back, he had filled it all out ....

Only one icon for that memory ....

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Driving at 60 ...

I'd rather drive at 60 for 2 hours, than 70/40/50/20/80/70/60/55/56/55/54/30/25/50/65

Better for the car. Better for me. Better for the environment. And I would probably get there *faster* than 70/40/50/20/80/70/60/55/56/55/54/30/25/50/65 anyway.

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This concept is described as <shudder> "mobility as a service".

Which is where we're headed anyway, with autonomous cars. Even if private ownership of an autonomous car will be possible, the rewards for people who pimp out their cars in their downtime (e.g 10:00-16:00 weekdays when they are at work, and 19:00-06:00 when they are at home) will blur the boundaries further.

However, for MrsJP, whose sight isn't good enough to drive, the idea of mobility as a service isn't as cringeworthy as the (presumably fully able) author suggests.

Where's the "bring it on" icon ?

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Instagram rolls out two factor authentication

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Google Authenticator

have it protecting my Lastpass, GitHub and Google accounts already. Quietly impressed.

Also, don't forget Facebooks 2FA verification system.

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Europe's Earth-watching satellite streaks aloft

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thanks to AC and MAF

nice to see some reasoned exchange of physics here, along with the "gotcha" about decreasing mass.

But then I did laugh/appreciate the scene in "The Martian" where Matt Damon forgot to factor in his exhalation to the calculations for burning hydrazine ....

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Impressive, but a sad reminder

that the biggest challenge to space exploration is the earths' gravity.

Is there any work on a space elevator ?

<daydreaming>I wonder how trying to drop a 100km wire from orbit would work out ...

alternatively a stupidly long slightly inclined (magnetic ?) runway to accelerate a capsule to escape velocity (a la Netwons cannonball orbiter).

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Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever

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Re:1974 film Zardoz

not that I am aware of.

The ACC half baked ideas reference is from an interview I read with him, where he commented he had floated so many ideas in fiction or speculation that had become reality.

The most famous idea being the geosynchronous communications satellite.

In a nod to another comment I have made today, he also proposed a space elevator, to reduce the energy required to get into LEO.

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Ah, Arthur C Clarke "half baked ideas"

over 30 years ago, I vaguely imagined a crystalline lattice that could be addressed by laser to act as main storage. TBH, I'm surprised it took so long ....

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Ah, VB ... "variants"

I once worked on a sizeable project in Weath Managment.

Written in VB (I hail from a C/C++ background) they had tried to be "all grown up" and name variables correctly. So you had iCount, dblPrice, strName etc.

Problem was, they were all variants.

Which meant, if there was a fuck-up in the chain, and a string got accepted for a numeric value, the error could be propagated a long way from the source.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Re: I wonder what Google have broken this time ...

Here's an example

https://www.truecaller.com/support#/Android/a23

"Google introduced a limitation on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) and above, which unfortunately prevents the SMS blocking feature from working."

Can't speak as to Google Messenger blocking, as I gave up.

As usual, the Windows Phone implementation of this feature is flawlessly perfect.

Here's a whole thread on how you can't block SMS on Android post KitKat.

http://forums.androidcentral.com/nexus-6p/618966-blocking-sms-marshmallow.html

Admittedly, SMS blocking might be regarded as a niche feature by some. But Googles making it impossible without any warning, consultation or workaround is reason enough for me to stand by my assertion that Android is OK for toys, but not ready for business.

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It's a shame one can't install a base OS and then the options you want/need...

Cyanogen OS ?

Wileyfox ? (Although I can happily plug the phone, as a *company* Wileyfox need to get their act together sharpish).

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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Re: Hawker Siddeley Twat

you are of course right, dear sir --->

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