* Posts by JustaKOS

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Torn

I'm torn between being pleased that the two CEOs have used their weight to speak out against what is a retrogade and down-right wrong piece of legislation, and my concern that the CEOs may be trying to wield undue influence over a democratic process.

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Ah fuckit - well done chaps.

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

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"Why would I use it?"

For me it is only a means to check up on/interact with my dispersed family. Anything that Facebook wants to throw at me such as 'trending' topics, I ignore.

If anyone sends me a link I make a point of copying it and checking it out in a separate browsing session, so Facebook has no information on my interest. The linked-to site, of course, does get the traffic, which is as it should be.

But you're right - if this crap becomes Facebook's primary purpose then it will have jumped the shark.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Apples values.

And yet - this also seems consistent with Microsoft's desire to push Windows users away from 7 and earlier. Makes me wonder if there's a behind-the-scenes deal.

Anyway, it's VirtualBox and Microsoft Bob for me. Almost instant startup/shutdown and a very friendly helpful little guide who's only price for his services seems to be full knowledge about myself.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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"Making it possible to restore TIFKAM doesn't bespeak quality feedbac"

Err I don't know about that. I've noticed that there are plenty who hate TIFKAM (as do I) but also a significant number who actually like it.

That being so, making it possible to restore TIFKAM would seem to be a sensible approach to giving as many users as possible what they want. Provided, of course, that they also satisfy the greater (apparently) number who want something closer to Windows 7.

I get the feeling that there are opposing camps at Microsoft - one that believes user feedback and one that goes by whatever UX book they're reading and ignores any contrary feedback. Hence the builds seem to be oscillating in this area.

As for peer-to-peer windows updates - I'd just be happy if they could fix whatever is currently causing updates to fail on Windows 10.

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Hurry shipmates - the black hats have hacked our fire control system

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"Her two forward 6" turrets are trained on the M1's Scratchwood services"

What, nothing trained on Slough?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Who cares how it's funded?

I think we're way beyond worrying about how the Beeb is funded. These words fill me with horror :

Letting our audience become schedulers. Giving you the health news that you need, based on data you choose to share with us."

"This is the start of a real transformation – the myBBC revolution. How to reinvent public service broadcasting through data."

This is the new DG talking???

The BBC as a producer of worthwhile broadcasting is dead, if this is what the new broom has in store for it.

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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'We'll definitely stop soon,'

Just enough room for a wafer-thin mint, perhaps?

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

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Re: @paulf - Have they stopped

OK, I'd like to downgrade my status to just 'mildly annoyed', as I have now discovered that setting

browser.search.showOneOffButtons to false

in about:config reverts to the older style.

Would have been nice to have a more user friendly way of doing it, mind.

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@paulf - Re: Have they stopped

Mozilla Help on Search says :

Access all your favorite search engines conveniently through Firefox's built-in Search bar.

Well, "conveniently" is a good description of how it was. Now it is just fucking annoying.

Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Turns a Smart TV into a Dumb TV?

The problem starts when this inability to phone home stops the whole thing from working let alone as a dumb TV.

Give it time. I'm sure they're working on eventually having complete control and knowledge of your viewing experience.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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"pave over paradise and put up a parking lot"

It might be stretching it a bit to call Windows 7 paradise, but the line aptly describes the feelings of many who hated Windows 8. All those flat featureless tiles, like so much paving.

Or is it "little boxes, little boxes, ..."

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

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Yup (ish). The first was to Flat Holm, and thus an all-Welsh affair. Then across to England.

I guess that was the proof-of-concept, encouraging him to go on to do the long-distance stuff in Cornwall.

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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@Paul crawford - Re: Deeper problem

Well said. It's the '"undetected" part that's been bugging me.

We have a situation where any software, it seems, can quietly install its own root CA cert during an installation and merrily proceed to intercept a machine's https connections without the user being aware at all of the serious weakness in their own security that has been introduced.

It would be nice if Windows and Firefox at least informed the user that the software had done it, and made it possible for the user to easily remove the CA permanently if they so wish.

The level of trust that allows Avast, for instance, to automatically install its own 'benign' MitM software and certificate also allows the likes of Superfish to do what they do. Something's a little bit broken for sure.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: "Superfish wasn't a major contributor to the manufacturer's bottom line"

Why indeed?

I fancy Superfish will be a major contributor to the manufacturer's bottom line, but in a negative sense. And serves them bloody-well right.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Criminal

Isn't it?

Software designed to intercept communications installed in their laptops and nobody is up in court yet? This is getting so common, it's hard to summon up the anger that I used to have at this sort of thing.

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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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Sad

One of the earliest SF short stories I read was The Man Who Lost the Sea by Theodore Sturgeon, about a dying man reliving his life in his mind as he expires. The punch-line had a profound effect on me :

"God," he cries, dying on Mars, "God, we made it!"

Wind the clock forward 50-odd years, and the attitude here is "Moron", "Fool" etc.

Jeez. We're not going anywhere, are we?

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

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Re: S.I.Unit of Incompetence.

The Spencer (Frank)?

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: And the IT angle

From Bob's perspective, a Man In The Middle attack would be quite evident.

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Microsoft: Look at our cloudy privacy award. Isn't it so ... meaningful?

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“If there is unauthorised access ... we’ll let you know about this,”

Nice, but it's the authorised access that they can't tell you about that is the problem.

I'm not knocking Microsoft in particular here. It is a fundamental flaw in the idea of a business or any person using cloud storage for their sensitive information in preference to their own controlled facilities.

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Hackers fear arms control pact makes exporting flaws illegal

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Might be worse

Hackers might find that merely exporting their expertise is banned - they could find that skill in poking holes in systems is sufficient grounds for a withdrawn passport.

Unlikely? In this borked world, these days, I'm not so sure.

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An NSA spy, a Fed and a sysadmin walk into a bar – that's Prez Obama's new cyber-security order

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"Luckily, technology gives us the tools to avoid these risks."

Yet it's the same technology that is rapidly inflating those risks. Given that it's the negative use that is the most profitable, I don't think on balance that Apple or any others of their ilk should crow about their capabilities.

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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Useful

A bit cyborg-like, but it seems a genuinely good idea.

What would be really nice would be if they could put the cability into the actual glasses - say to switch from short to long-sighted mode - then I could go for it.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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"And do what, once they are out of the seat?"

Fair points. I guess they've already eliminated the need to get out of the seat. Except, of course, if you have a dog like ours, which treats remotes as a prize to be fought over.

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"...some voice commands may be transmitted... to a third-party service that converts speech to text"

Such a lot of complexity in order to save some fat-arse having to press a button or, god-forbid, get up out of their seat.

Wierd how all this technology is easing the strain of modern life, but mostly in areas that are really, really trivial.

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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"... a potential 12 billion ad impressions daily"

And also a potential 12 billion daily annoyances in an already fraught world. It all adds up - this could spell the doom of civilization. Or at least of civilised behaviour.

Kill it now.

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

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"...the real problem is trying to engage young people in the voting process"

I would hazard a guess and say that it isn't because they don't think it is important. Rather, it is because all they can see is corrupt, uncaring, lying, 'in it for all they can get' politicians.

If the politicians can clean up their acts and if the parties can clearly define their stances on the things that matter and stick to their principles, then maybe the young will start to give a shit.

Relying on Facebook Likes is pretty insulting.

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DARPA: We KNOW WHO YOU ARE... by the WAY you MOVE your MOUSE

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Yes, but

I get it, and I think they have something there, but in practice I bet inconsistency in style would leave a lot of people locked out.

Being in a hurry to do something important might be enough to change someone's style sufficiently to fail the test.

My suspicious nature leads me to think it might be more about monitoring who is/was on a machine.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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" I’ve drunk an enormous amount of Kool-Aid by the sounds of it"

Hmm yes.

Anyways, if Microsoft stick to treating the Pi as a device to port embedded applications to only, and Eben Upton makes damned sure they stay well away from the key reason he claims for starting the Pi - kick-starting proper CS training in schools - then maybe he hasn't made a big mistake.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Cooperation

These statements imply a bit more than just Microsoft taking the opportunity to shoe-horn Windows 10 onto the Pi. Together they suggest a close cooperation between Microsoft and the RPF on this issue:-

Microsoft

With the Windows for IoT developer program we're bringing our leading development tools, services and ecosystem to the Raspberry Pi community!

RPF

For the last six months we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to bring the forthcoming Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2. Microsoft will have much more to share over the coming months. The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers.

Visit WindowsOnDevices.com today to join the Windows Developer Program for IoT and receive updates as they become available.

On the face of it, there is little at the moment to suggest that Microsoft see Windows 10 on Pi2 as a desktop solution, particularly as they would be pretty much forced to supply it for free. On the other hand, Pi2 would be a good basis for any company to cheaply trial a Linux desktop and if enough do that, maybe Microsoft would go further.

The question for me is: what's in it for the RPF apart from the inevitable rise in sales of the Pi 2? They've done a marvellous job of bringing a cheap educational computing ecosystem to the masses, and it is pretty much all based on Linux. As long as they keep focused on that then maybe there's nothing to worry about.

We'll see, I guess.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Windows 10

I was wondering the other day if Win10 would go on a Pi, but thought it pointless given the power of the thing. Now it looks a goer.

I really do hope the Paspberry Pi Foundation do absolutely nothing to the Pi in future to accommodate Microsoft's inevitable desire to lock things down and push out all competitors.

I would hate to see the future promised by the Pi go the way of the netbook.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Surprise

Binge-watching seems the same as binge-playing. Video/Video Game - what's the difference?

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Black Beauty Martian meteorite IS a SPOT-ON match with Red Planet's DARK PLAINS: boffins

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Re: Tasty?

Fresh Parmesan

Ahh. I'll give it a go next time I come aross some.

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Re: Tasty?

I'm not too fussy. Except Parmesan. Hate that.

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Tasty?

From the pic, it appears to me that, just as the Moon is made of cheese, Mars is made of Black Pudding. I prefer the Moon.

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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Re: Please, do explain

"Explain? Me? Who the fuck is BongoJoe???"

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Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand

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It's all fine

I'm sure that eventually they will have their way and in future everything we say or do online will be subject to review by the relevant authorities.

That being so, I think I'm at last coming around to their way of thinking. In the past I've said some harsh things here about various Home Secretaries, Prime Ministers and Lords, and I would like to take the opportunity to apologise for my words.

I realise now that they only want to spare me and my family the pain of having our lives upset by someone somewhere doing something.

In my defence, I can only say that when I said those things I was a mere inexperienced youth, unaware of the realities of life.

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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

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I'm totally surprised.

No, not really.

Like a bloated spider coming out to feed, Google wants to pork out on anything on the web.

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UK watchdog grills big biz: So HOW do you use their 'consumer data'?

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Re: enforcement action

Perhaps it is just procrastination. The cynic in me, though, wonders whether it is a sign that the government wants a piece of the action.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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"...a new method of manipulating public opinion..."

It was really good of him and his colleagues to reveal their opinion of the values of objectivity and truthfulness.

It shouldn't be about manipulation - it should be about establishing what is true (to a high degree of certainty) and explaining that to the public along with why the proposed solutions are necessary.

That those things haven't apparently been achieved is a problem, but manipulating public perceptions isn't the solution.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Google can't be evil

Being evil by definition implies some semblance of humanity. Google has become just a thing with the sole purpose of maintaining its existence and its growth.

You can't call something like that evil - but it is becoming destructive. Sort of like Smaug.

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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How about ...

Sacking the twat that signed off on the concept of making patients' care dependent on them signing away their privacy?

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Australian spookhaus ASIO could retain private data FOREVER

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Odd

It seems an odd idea to say that an intelligence agency should destroy data that it has collected - makes its existence rather pointless.

Perhaps a more sensible approach would be to seriously limit what they can collect in the absence of special (legal) permission and to limit how much they can subsequently feed out to other organizations - but to otherwise place no time limit on the data.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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" I do not know about them, but it is absolutely clear that the terrorists and jihadists do"

Hmmmm.

I bet he doesn't know anything about the Raspberry Pi either. I do: does that make me dangerous?

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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

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"Rather than making old cams redundant trash..."

So very nice of them.

Or is it that Google couldn't bear the thought of losing a live feed from their livestock?

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Sneaky

I don't blame the House of Lords for this attempt. Representatives of the four main parties (Conservative, Labour, LibDems and the Metropolitan Police) tried to circumvent proper scrutiny in the Commons and slip this crap in assuming the Lords would just acccept it (and the blame of history).

Their Lordships, smelling a rat, declined to agree. Good for them.

I'm sure it'll be back, though.

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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Re: "...a highly personalised, highly interactive and very interesting world..."

Corporations becoming government has been a long-standing theme, I think. I just thought it would always be fiction. Not so sure now.

The way Google is going I agree that it is heading towards government status. The thing is, though, it will be so powerful that it won't be NSA's (or any other spook organisation's) wet dream : it will be their nightmare, because they will be bit players compared to Google.

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"...a highly personalised, highly interactive and very interesting world..."

So - a future where even the rooms you walk into know immediately who you are and blow any sense of privacy you might have by personalising your experience, no matter who is watching?

And I'm supposed to look forward eagerly to this?

Fuck me, NO!

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: British Democracy

Overrated? Maybe, but it is a lot more than simply a Baronial power-grab. It goes to great detail on how people are to be treated fairly, down to levels well below 'Baron'.

The way I look at it, the Magna Carta primarily constrains the King's power and gives more power to the Barons, but they themselves have to abide by the thing, and that means their powers to abuse those below them are similarly constrained.

As a start I think it is pretty good.

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British Democracy

800 years since Magna Carta.

750 years since the first Westminster Parliament.

0 years since they pissed it all away.

It's rather depressing how it has all come to naught. Snatched/given away by corrupt fools.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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"In no way am I suggesting that INgrooves is an evil bunch of bastards"

OK. Can I do it for you?

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