* Posts by JimmyPage

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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<brainstorming> Total blue-sky thinking

The nub of the problem seems to be that the second transactions happen "outside the jurisdiction", it becomes very difficult to administer any system to monitor the transaction ...

I'm idly wondering if there is a mechanism to lever the currency - sterling - such that transactions in sterling can be taxed. Wherever they happen in the world.

Not really sure *how*, but it's worth a sideline that until recently, OPEC insisted all oil was bought/sold in US dollars, which acted as a boost for the Federal Reserve.

(Side-sideline, the first country to unilaterally stop using USD was Iraq. Followed by Syria, North Korea, and Iran. Curious how these countries were very much Dubya's "axis of evil" .....)

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Ah ... the dream ... the reality

So this fridge that "knows" how many beers are in it. Does it *really* know.

Or, (as I suspect) does need a slightly behind-the-scenes tweak of SOMEONE having to scan the beers in, and scan them out again ? In which case you'd be better off keeping your dumb fridge, and putting a whiteboard next to it. If you want it connected, you point a webcam at it.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Improved boot speed ?

How many times do you need to boot. Almost never, IME.

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Twitter fears big EU tech payout to pacify lawmakers over data-slurping concerns

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WTF?

Am I missing something here ?

Twitter is a US owned, and based company. That means data it controls is the property of Uncle Sam wherever it is (like paying US tax). courtesy of the PATRIOT Act.

So building an EU data centre seems a little disingenuous - it won't solve the problem.

(Here's the story which sparked the fire)

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: Dyslexic ?

aren't we all at 02:15 ?

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: [Android] MTP support ?

I haven't messed around with Android yet - my main phone is a [work] WinPho, so that's where I do most work.

I did notice that there are reports that post ICS versions of Android dropped mass USB support. The fact that Google do things like this is a very good argument against Android IMHO. That and it's overall flakiness.

Has anyone else discovered how to enable developer mode on later Android versions ? It's quite a masonic handshake isn't it ?

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Re: MTP support ?

Clearly you missed the bit where I said "only connect via MTP" ?

And you can't just put the files on the card. Windows Phone has a -proprietary storage architecture for content. Trying to copy files directly, either (a) loses them, or (b) corrupts the system completely.

I'm happy to be challenged by someone who's done it. Less impressed by someone who clearly hasn't ...

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HOC S3 spoliers

you're welcome ;)

MrsJP and I are watching an episode a night (because we're old !). With going to a live event (yes, we still get out) on Friday, we're looking forward to E3 tonight.

There's a couple of scenes where phones - Windows phones - are quite clearly identifiable. Either visually, or aurally.

However Macs are also quite prominent ....

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MTP support ?

Just a tip to anyone whose OS of choice is Linux.

Windows Phone only supports MTP for syncing and streaming music. This effectively means if syncing music is a big deal to you you either

1) Ignore Windows Phone)

2) Get used to Windows 7/8/10 with Windows Media Player (yes, it's not dead) as despite the 4 or 5 hours I have invested in learning all there is to know about MTP, I can only sync via a Windows PC.

I'm not assigning blame (yet !) but it seems Linux MTP doesn't like MS MTP.

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Re: Excellent pricing

Until people actually want Windows on a phone it's going to be a tough sell.

It seems to be the phone of choice in "House of Cards 3" ...

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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Re: There's at least a distro's worth

Englebert Humperdink ?

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Blockheads bork Bitcoin Foundation board election

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Your point being ?

You could have said the same about the first computers ...

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SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

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If I were a layman

I'd say the concept of a "trusted" certification authority is bust. Which means SSL is bust.

Anyone care to correct me - as a layman.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re:Strowger

ISTR a documentary pointing out that the original Stowger gear fitted exactly into an undertakers (tall top) hat.

And why were punchcards the same size as a dollar bill ?

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Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

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Fuck that - what about the silicon ?

You could code your first assembler (F1 ?) in raw machine code. But it would still be compromised if the actual architecture of the CPU had been nobbled.

And with daily revelations about what the NSA/GCHQ have been up to, it's not impossible (and the likeliness is certainly non-zero) that CPU instruction sets have been hacked. After all, has anyone checked what 27 NOPs in a row *really* do in the latest Intel offering ?

I have to smile when people make a big fuss about open source, while ignoring the chipsets you're running that source on.

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Back in the 80s

this got discussed when I was studying at Uni - as a theoretical possibility. We were just waiting for the technology to catch up.

Of course it does raise the possibility that this has already been done elsewhere in the Universe, and *we* are the result ?

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

Well I was quoting from memory, and have the excuse of not being a particle physicist.

If I understood the general thrust, it was that the current theory of how smell works - that it's the *shapes* of molecules which receptors recognise and report on - is incomplete. Mainly because there are several isomorphic molecules, which smell completely different. However, molecular bonds have a quantum dimension, which is unique to that molecule.

More here.

To be honest, the thing that impressed me the most was the technique of using isotopes in compounds to produce different quantum signatures. It seemed so ... simple.

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subliminal text ...

Why did I think I saw something about "crumpet mines" ?

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Re: Back to nature

Total upvote and respect for mentioning the awesome, and sadly missed Feynman.

If anyone here wants some Kindling, then "What Do You Care What Other People Think" and "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman" are great reads.

And the story of his involvement in the Challenger disaster enquiry is well worth a watch.

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Re: Back to nature

It was in two parts, and if you feel comfortable with the big concepts of quantum mechanics, the first is optional. It describes the history more than anything - although you hear some lesser known names.

The second was more interesting. It explained how biologists have started finding quantum effects all over nature. From memory:

1) Robins navigation systems (detecting infinitesimal magnetism)

2) How plant cells process sunlight so efficiently (using the fact a quantum particle is in all places at once)

3) How enzymes work at a molecular level, using quantum tunneling

4) How the sense of smell distinguishes between similar shaped molecules (by differentiating their quantum "signature")

5) Was an examination into an ongoing hypothesis that evolution has been driven by quantum changes.

All proof that what we knew 30 years ago was incomplete at best and wrong at worst.

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Back to nature

With the usual caveat about BBC programmes (even BBC4 programmes) being science-lite and gimmick heavy, the recent 2 part documentary about quantum physics in biology (Jim al Khalili) was quite fascinating.

Seems we could learn a lot from nature.

(I was slightly taken aback that a real scientist like JaK would be mixing imperial and metric units though. Shame on him !)

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

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Re: Not smart.

Downvoted because

you appear to have ignored the linked articles in the story which relate to creating serviceable fingerprint prosthetics using gelatine - in the form of gummi bears.

So the proof of concept is their.

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Is cloud the answer to all your storage problems?

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Re: One big problem with online storage is when you become too reliant on them and they shut down.

To be fair, there's a world of difference between an corporate oriented provider, and one that hopes to make money slinging ads.

Most of the dodgier filesharing sites worked by hosting copyright material and charging users to download it, with the promise of a cut of the action for the uploaders.

However you're still at risk of single point of failure - plus having data stolen (unless you encrypt it, and face jail time in Camerons Britain).

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Serious question

is it cheaper for a company to spend money paying tax, or lobbying politicians,

Maybe the tax avoidance we are seeing is evidence our politicians aren't grasping enough ?

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Re: Great article - *completely* missed the point.

to be fair AC said "seemed to be".

quod Caesaris coniugium non suspectis

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Nigel Kneale would be proud ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Year_of_the_Sex_Olympics

In the future, society is divided between 'low-drives' that equate with the labouring classes and 'hi-drives' who control the government and media. The low-drives are controlled by a constant broadcast of pornography that the hi-drives are convinced will pacify them, though one hi-drive, Nat Mender (Tony Vogel), believes that the media should be used to educate the low-drives. After the accidental death of a protester during the Sex Olympics gets a massive audience response, the Co-ordinator Ugo Priest (Leonard Rossiter) decides to commission a new programme. In The Live Life Show, Nat Mender, his partner Deanie (Suzanne Neve) and their daughter Keten (Lesley Roach) are stranded on a remote Scottish island while the low-drive audience watches. Mender's former colleague, Lasar Opie (Brian Cox), realising that “something got to happen”, decides to spice up the show by introducing a psychopath, Grels (George Murcell) to the island. When Grels goes on a murderous rampage, Ugo Priest is horrified when the audience reacts with laughter to the slaughter and The Live Life Show is deemed a triumph.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Horizon - 1970s stylee

I was aged 9 or 10, and learned enough about quarks and particle physics to scare the bejesus out of my science teacher at school (who just about knew about photons).

I knew about strangness and charm, and the weird up and down nature of spin.

Where did I learn so much.

The Saturday afternoon repeat of Horizon.

The next week, I learned about the role Lucy played in redefining our ideas of the timescale of human evolution - being much older than we previously thought. By then I learned not to discuss this at school.

Nowadays, it's hard to tell if "Moments of Wonder" is parodying BBC science, or actually just a summary.

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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SOP. Never consider rolling back the previous version.

The problem is any non-trivial upgrade will probably do something to the data structures used. Adding a field, or changing a data type. All actions which are pretty much irreversible, unless you create a backup immediately prior to upgrade.

And that's just for a system in isolation. What happens when the servers at the other end rely on the new data formats ?

The real issue is pisspoor testing of releases - probably ignoring the spread of hardware they've dumped over the years that somebody is still using.

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Another advert for "off plan" downloading

it's like Sky want people to torrent ?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Anyone remember the bid for the Olympics ?

Where they "forgot" to add VAT ?

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Samsung, LG wash dirty laundry in two separate court cases

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sounds like the basis

for a re-imagining of "Whacky Races". 21st century stylee

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Except the cars have to have an operator in the vehicle, who can take control in an emergency..

Isn't there a saying about why bark when you have a dog ?

Elsewhere on El Reg, readers were looking forward to autonomous cars getting them home after a bender. Staying sober in case your ride home malfunctions doesn't really make up for it.

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Hacker catches Apple's Lightning in a jailbroken bottle

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WTF?

"If the cables *eventuate* - ffs !

eventuate !!!!!

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W3C turns BROWSERS into VIBRATORS

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Let's hope it gets used

(we can all think of abuses)

for making websites more accessible for partially sighted people, who might just benefit from tactile feedback.

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

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So, so so pathetic

Instead of tempting other countries to come here, why not get this country to innovate and expand.

To me this is chickens coming home to roost, and an acid comment on the past 15 years.

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

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Have to mention Birmingham

who spunked £2,000,000 (yes, million) on writing a custom website which is in effect, a CMS system.

Apparently "there's nothing quite like it on the market" was the justification for not using FOSS.

If you goto Birmingham city councils website I'm sure you'll agree. There really is nothing like it on earth.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Slightly misleading title

(not that it diminishes the arrogance of Samsung)

I doubt the ad was "inserted" into the video stream. More like the users picture (i.e. film) was minimised, and the TVs picture (the ad(s)) was maximised. Although I would be curious to know if the TV managed to pause the film. I know HDMI is full duplex, so in theory a TV could tell a media player to pause.

I know my LG TV can switch my TiVo on.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Upvoting just wasn't enough

to show appreciation of mention of a comic I have only heard of through Stewart Lees Alternative Comedy Experience [first series].

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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So does this mean

there might be some bargains to be had ?

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Microdots ?

Didn't Tommorows World (so must be 25 years old) show a system of spraying thousands of microdots with the VIN (look em up kids) all over a car. The idea being you could never remove them all, and only one would be needed to link a gearbox/engine/ECU (think about the last) to a stolen car.

The problem being the second a car is in pieces (where it's worth more than as a car) then the police are on the back foot having to prove where the piece came from.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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"Flash sales"

the 'net equivalent of a pop-up shop ?

Something traders in the East End have been doing for years - with suitcases and genuine Rolex watches ...

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Bags ? BAGS ?

For about 3 years now, MrsJP and I have used 2 folding crates we keep in the car. Usually one is enough. Unfold, put in trolley, and fill with goods. Get to checkout. Remove delicate items manually, then unend the crate onto the belt.

Total loading time <30s.

Then put crate back in trolley, and fill as operator scans. Be prepared to wait while you do this - you can pack faster than they can scan.

Job done.

Occasionally 2 crates are used for a big shop. Or, if you want to use the self service tills, it's 2nd crate on packing area, and transfer from trolley to crate (scanning as you go).

Still weirdly minority behaviour, from what I see, despite the fact my Mum was doing it 25 years ago.

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Toshiba packs NUMERIC KEYPAD onto self-bricking USB drive

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Plausible deniability ?

I hope the next product under development allows for *two* unlock codes. One for you, and one for the security services - like a TrueCrypt hidden volume.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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Irony ...

It would be nice to imagine both Labour and Conservative high command roundly taking it in turns to kick each other .... it seems to me with the proliferation of Green/UKIP sentiments, STV might have actually helped the big two - particularly the conservatives. But, stuck with the system we have - and an electorate who knows exactly how it works, I suspect they will suffer. UKIP supporter know they have to vote UKIP to get UKIP, and their second choice doesn't count.

Boo fucking hoo.

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Re: None of the above

Coupled with a requirement that a winning candidate polls >50% of the available vote.

If no candidate meets that criteria, the constituency doesn't return an MP (saving money on the salary).

People could still get elected. But they'd have to be worth it.

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Re: Don't moan - Take it a step further

The problem is to stand in a general election required access to funds of £1,000 that you need to be prepared to wave goodbye to.

So it's "democracy" for those that have.

And of all the demographics, I suspect the one least likely to be able to spaff a grand will be 18-25 year olds.

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Given this some thought ..

and am more intrigued by how on earth it is supposed to work.

First off, where did the data set "facebook users" and "UK unregistered voters" come from ? Surely an unregistered voter is - by definition - unregistered.

I wonder if this scheme wasn't actually proposed by Facebook as a free way to acquire lots of lovely data on their fading "target" demographic.

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Our son is 18

and like most of his peers has absolutely no intention of voting. Because there's no one to vote for.

And really, despite it breaking my heart, his response to my urging is just this

"Voting, huh. What's that ever done for you ?"

and since he knows that I have never ever voted for a winning candidate in 20 years of voting, he really has a point. I voted against the Tories (well Tory candidate) in the 80s - we got Tories. I voted against nuLabour in 1997/2001/2005 - we got nuLab. I voted against Labour in 2010 and got a Labour MP.

He has a point :(

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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@kraut

the thing is, getting encryption keys via RIPA is a drag. And annoyingly can involve one of those idiot judges who actually insists on doing things legally. It also generates unhelpful press coverage.

Banning encryption would bypass RIPA for people who obey the law, and give "probable cause" for those that don't. Particularly if their skin is off white.

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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Begs the question ..

How much of this stuff is already going on. Maybe not in a military context, but a political one.

Those Daily Mail comments. Are they genuine, or Tory party shills. Or Labour party activists ?

Those BBC HYS posters. Are they really what they say they are. Or plants to give the appearance of public dissent/support (delete as applicable) ?

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